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[Rumour] Oilers, Sabres working on major trade

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Ryan Miller for Nail Yakupov?:

And just so you know, there was talk Wednesday afternoon that the Sabres were working on a deal with Edmonton that would send Ryan Miller or Thomas Vanek and possibly both to the Oilers in a package that would bring Nail Yakupov and more to Buffalo. Whether it actually happens is another story. But as it stood Wednesday, the two sides had considered, or were considering, a major swap.


Miller is in the final year of his contract. The Oilers wouldn’t make the deal unless they could convince him to sign a contract extension. Edmonton is a great hockey town. The Oilers are on the rise. They could be a goaltender away from getting back into contention.


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Even though Miller is an upgraded on Dubnyk, Edmonton major's problem is more on defense than in net. Myers going back to the West coast??

Myers+Miller vs Yakupov + ?

Highly doubt Vanek and Miller both goes in the same trade, well for one because of cap space, but also Buffalo would get way more for them separately than combined.

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Rumour has is Buffalo is trying to send BOTH Vanek and Miller to Edmonton for Yakupov plus 2 big prospects.

Only thing I don't get is how would this work financially as Edmonton would be well over the cap. Also, why would they trade Yakupov and get Vanek in return? Almost a lateral move though Vanek is better considering defense is their position of weakness.

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I think it's pretty safe to assume either Vanek or Miller or both are going to Edmonton (maybe Myers as well? Edmonton needs a big, young defenseman).

I would think it would be one of these scenarios (I'm not great at judging value so please correct me of any problems):

Yakupov+1 1st pick for Vanek

Dubnyk+2 1st picks for Miller+Myers

Yakupov+Dubnyk+2 1st pick for Vanek+ Miller+Myers

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