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Sens’ Lehner to start versus Oilers, who just so happen to need a goalie

Oct 18, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

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We don’t typically promote rampant trade speculation here on PHT (OK, we totally do), but we’d be remiss to not mention that goalie Robin Lehner will reportedly start for Ottawa tomorrow afternoon when the Senators host Edmonton.

The Oilers, of course, are believed to be scouring the league for a goalie — a direct response to Devan Dubnyk’s early-season struggles. And given the Sens already have Craig Anderson as their starter, well, perhaps there’s a match with Lehner and his career .927 save percentage in 27 NHL appearances?

Whatever. Just something to think about. But expect to hear the term “showcasing” to describe what the Sens may or may not be doing by giving the 22-year-old Lehner the nod versus Edmonton. (In reality, Anderson has started the last three games, so chances are it’s just Lehner’s turn. But what fun is reality?)

In a related story, TSN reporter Darren Dreger created quite the buzz yesterday when he went on the radio in Toronto and said he didn’t think the Maple Leafs would trade goalie James Reimer to Edmonton for Nail Yakupov.

“I don’t know that Toronto or any team in the National Hockey League, including Edmonton, is sold on Nail Yakupov,” said Dreger. “And that sounds like a pretty stinging indictment of this young man, first overall in 2012, but he just hasn’t developed to a point yet where you’re going to spend an asset that you can trust to take a shot on this guy.”

The Edmonton Journal has the full transcript of that conversation, if you’re curious.

Related: Russian Olympic scout blasts Yakupov

  1. pmonte3122 - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Jeez Regeir, get there before Ottawa does

  2. sjtorpitt - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Yea HAHA. Sens would be foolish to give away a goalie like Lehner. He’s their future, and he’s already a beast.
    Oilers fans be like : “Lehner, Michalek, and a 1st for Yakupov”.

  3. withseidelinn - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Leafs will try to resign Reimer unless they get a great offer for him like a proven shutdown defenseman.

  4. Reynolds - Oct 18, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    They’re more likely to trade Anderson. Anderson isn’t getting any better at this point in his career (don’t get me wrong, he is fantastic), and he’s a UFA at the end of 2014-15. Lehner is a star in the making, who’s coming into his own, but still a few years from his prime. Ottawa would be wiser to deal Anderson (perhaps at the draft next year) and get some value for him while his stock is still high, and move on with Lehner, rather than dealing away heir best young player.

  5. 19to77 - Oct 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Yakupov’s absolutely plummeted in value, hasn’t he? From 1st overall and runner-up for the Calder to a guy who isn’t even A-list trade bait.

  6. edm93oil - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    If the yak is going to be traded i say u look at jake allen. Blues have a great goalie tandem and are looking to keep that so trading yak and roy for allen and maybe rattie? Idk but allen looks great right now

    • Windmiller4 - Oct 18, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      2 things here, 1: why would the blues trade away Allen? He’s their best goaltending prospect, and giving him to the Oilers could end up killing them in the future, its very rare to trade a goalie in conference, so start looking to the east. It would be more likely that Elliot is traded, he might not fetch the same return but in the long run its a much better option. 2: Yakupov doesn’t fit in with the blues one bit, he doesn’t like to hit or forecheck (even he admitted to that), and he doesn’t backcheck. St Louis is a hard nosed, grinding, defensive team that will hit you and wear you down. Yakupov is none of those things, despite his offensive skill, the blues wouldn’t want him, everything but his talent has been questioned, not the kind of guy you want to give away a very good goaltending prospect for

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