Two words for Mr. Chiarelli: be patient.
A good many pundits will be calling for big changes to the team, the talk of the summer will be full of,"the Oilers need to trade 'x' for 'y' if they want to improve" or "the Oilers need 'w' and that will cost 'z', trade talk.
Fact is the team has three big changes coming right up:
1. Second full year of TMac coaching (this will be HUGE for Fayne if they keep him)
3. McDavid, Draisaitl, Nurse, Talbot and Davidson all starting the 2nd year
With any luck Chiarelli can find a home for Korpikoski and just having the team rid of him and Schultz for the full year will make a difference.
So be patient. Why should the Oilers be trading away guys like Yakupov when their value is low.
Makes no sense.
Would much rather the roster be shored up with smaller deals and get the value back to where it should be. Am I a fan of Jason Demers (ufa) - yes, but - I am also a fan of Kevan Miller (ufa). Miller isn't as good as Demers but Boston doesn't have as much cash with which to keep him and so if a Demers signing falls through there is always Miller.
Sami Vatanen (rfa) has the goods but I am also fond of Damon Severson out of New Jersey. If a trade is being made maybe a Severson trade won't require the same asset value as Vatanen.
Just saying - barring the ability to make a true block buster for a Subban or a Parayko, there is no value in selling wholesale while buying at retail. Not worth it at all imo.
Also, beware the expansion draft. 7.3.1 works right now (as McDavid and Nurse are protected), but get a big name RD and all of a sudden you are working overtime to protect your core 4 (Sekera, Klefbom, Davidson and new RD).