Trade speculation is swirling around former No. 1 pick Nail Yakupov, with armchair GMs speculating about potential deals already. The whole Yakupov thing has become a distraction for the Oilers, but with four points and a minus-15 rating so far this year, his valueís never been lower and other teams have to be wary of a potential bolt to the KHL if Yakupov finds his game to be incompatible with the NHLís standards of grit and effort. If I were a team like the Rangers, Iíd be quite wary about giving up the Michael Del Zotto-Chris Kreider package thatís been floated as a possible match for Yakupov. Kreiderís the best player in that deal right now.
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