I have a GM in my league posing a deal along the lines above. Details of the league in my signature below. Do you make this deal if you're me?
Some additional information as you mull this over:
-- our league is "keep 6"; does Yakupov make that cut 4 months from now?
-- even if Yakupov doesn't make the cut, however, I have Pietrangelo who I can bump into my top 6. (Not sure I like the idea of keeping 2 goalies, 2 D, and only 2 forwards, tho'. And I like the idea of keeping only 1 goalie even less, for the record -- tried that one year, and I regretted for 8 very long months of crappy goalie stats. About 15+ good goalie get help onto every year in my league.)
-- the only two players of interest to me on this GM's roster are Rinne and Neal (listed as a RW in our league). I have expressed this clearly. He seems more flexible on Rinne, and he has been very persistent in pursuit of a number of my players for months now.
-- Rinne is almost certainly an upgrade on Schneider right now, but is he long term? How do you balance hype/pedigree vs. proven-ness?
As always, rep for advice!