Trade Update

The Edmonton Oilers traded Nail Yakupov to St. Louis for prospect Zach Porchiro and a conditional third round pick. The conditional third rounder turns to a second if Yakupov scores at least 15 goals this season. If Yakupov can hit that mark, this is a very good trade for St. Louis, especially with how little they had to give up. It’s not very hard to pull that on Peter Chiarelli, though, who has made a habit out of bad trades. Now, granted, he hasn’t been too good with Edmonton, but I still think Edmonton could’ve picked up a bit more for him. The biggest problem he has is defense. He is probably one of the laziest and most stubborn forwards when it comes to that end of the ice. While there is no replacing the two-way game lost from Brouwer and Backes, I still believe this is a low-risk, high-reward move by the Blues.

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