The 2013-14 NHL season has just began, yet trade rumors are already buzzing around social media. Reports from Edmonton have the Oilers possibly looking at dealing former number one overall pick Nail Yakupov, with the Buffalo Sabres a possible destination.
These reports have started after both teams have gotten off to a rough start. With just two wins between the teams and very different needs to improve, a deal between the struggling franchises could be the kick start they need for the rest of this season and into the future.
Buffalo figured to struggle on offense with several moves over this summer, but just eight goals in eleven games have made it difficult for the fans and management. A deal to acquire Yakupov could give the Sabres a spark and at the very least improve the teams chances for success in the future.
Edmonton has the opposite problem as defense and goal tending have made most of their games shootouts with the Oilers struggling to win, despite scoring 21 goals through their first seven contests.
Ryan Miller is one of the better veteran goalies in the NHL, but he is now being wasted on a poor squad, but a trade to Edmonton could give him and the Oilers a big boost and possibly get this squad back in the race for a top eight spot in the Western Conference.