Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 11/13/13 at 12:59 AM ET
TSN's Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun offered a slate of scoops on the latest episode of TSN's Insider Trading, and ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's GM's meetings blog entry (it's a blog entry, not a blog, Mr. LeBrun), and the gents covered oodles of issues, starting with Nail Yakupov...
Is there any chance Nail Yakupov ends up being traded out of Edmonton?
Dreger: Not this year. The Oilers have no intentions of trading him. What they need from him, given the fact that he's played 65 NHL games, is to figure it out. He needs to start being a better defensive player, he needs to mature a little bit, work on the issues in his game and be ready for the time when Ales Hemsky is traded by the Oilers so he can take a more predominant role. As for the Igor Larionov story, Craig MacTavish spoke to him and there are no issues there.
And they continue, discussing Vernon Fiddler's future in Dallas, a possible Hiller-to-Nashville scenario, the Florida Panthers,' "Almost Everyone Must Go" sale, P.K. Subban's contract status, and, as you might expect, Steven Stamkos' situation:
Stamkos and Sochi.
McKenzie: Hockey Canada is not ruling him out at this point. The surgery went well. Tampa media is reporting that a metal rod was inserted the length of the tibia and a metal rod is no worse than plates or screws, so right now the unofficial timeline seems to be in and around three months. It could be more than that and it could be less, but with Team Canada not expected to name the roster until December 28, they will wait and see how much more information they've got a month to six weeks from now to make a determination. Team Canada will meet in Toronto over the next day and will be whittling down the hardcore of what the nucleus is.
LeBrun: And whittling it down to about half, I'd say. Team Canada had a long list heading into this season and I think they want to work it down to a manageable number that they can focus on over the next month before D-Day is ready for Team Canada.
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