WEEKEND WRAP: OILERS DOWN TO FIVE

Jason Gregor
June 04 2012 02:51PM

Nail Yakupov arrived in town last night and since leaving EIA he's had a hectic schedule meeting with Oilers management, touring the dressing room, getting checked over by doctors and meeting Daryl Katz.

Yakupov is a legit 5'11". I stood beside him in this media scrum, and he's one of the few players under six feet who is actually as tall as he's listed in media guides. He is much thicker than Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was last year, but both of them possessed the same willingness to be the first overall pick.

Both are serious and respectful about going first overall, but Yakupov did reveal he has a sense of humour.

Yakupov was asked what the strangest question the Oilers asked him was. "They asked if I had a girlfriend."

What was your response proded someone in the scrum, "I have two," he laughed. "One in Sarnia and one in Russia. I'm going to try for a third today," he continued while laughing. It is nice to see a guy have a little fun, and before you overreact, he was joking. At least about the #3 part.

Yakupov said he's really enjoying his trip thus far and that the dressing room was amazing. "I'm going to go have a nap in there for a few hours," he chuckled.

He said that as of today Edmonton is the only team he's scheduled to visit with prior to the draft. I'd be surprised if only the Oilers wanted to tour him around, but he Columbus doesn't bring him in then it would seem clear they have no intentions of taking him. In 2010 the Bruins had Hall and Seguin come to town, just like the Oilers did. If he doesn't go to Columbus, then all the rumblings about them wanting to take a D-man would seem accurate.

We'll have to wait and see.

Rick Valette, Ryan Murray's agent told me that Murray is scheduled to be in town Thursday evening and then he'll spend Friday meeting and touring with the Oilers. Murray was in Montreal today visiting with the Canadiens.

QUICK HITS

  • The LA Kings are only the fourth team in NHL history to lead 2-0 in all four series in one playoff season. The other three: 1981 Islanders, 1988 Oilers and 2008 Red Wings all won the Cup.
     
  • Don't be surprised if we see OT again tonight. In seven Stanley Cup final games the Kings have been to OT in five of them. They lost games two, three and four to the Habs in 1993, and all of them were in OT.
     
  • Another strange stat courtesy of Elias Sports Bureau. This was only the 3rd time in 60 years that there were zero PP goals in the first two games of the final.
     
  • Another coach off the list. Dallas Eakins signed a three-year extension to stay with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL. I was told he has an out clause that kicks in next year that would allow him to move to the NHL. if he was offered a job.
     
  • I've always felt it was premature to assume the Penguins won't be able to sign Jordan Staal and Sidney Crosby next summer. Of course they are keeping Crosby, but Staal currently has a cap hit of $4 million. Is he worth more than $5.5 at the most? Doubtful, so I don't see why the Pens won't be able to afford a $1.5 million raise for Staal. The only reason they trade him is he wants to leave so he can have a bigger role.
     
  • The Pens showed they are serious about winning by trading for Tomas Vokoun's rights and then signing him to a two-year, $4 million contract. Given that the trade and contract signing were announced today, it is clear the Caps gave the Pens permission to talk to Vokoun prior to the trade.
     
  • I wonder if Steve Tambellini has contacted his friend Bob Murray in Anaheim about doing the same with Justin Schultz? It will cost more than a 7th rounder, but I'm a strong sense Tambellini will be aggressive on Schultz. I've been told the Oilers are very interested in him, and have already had conversations with the Ducks, albeit very preliminary type of discussions.
     
  • The Edmonton Eskimos are the first team in the CFL to have a camera on the helmet of a QB during training camp. This camera allows the coaches and the players to see exactly what the QB sees. It is great for allowing the coaches and QB to see if indeed a passing lane was open or not when he throws the ball. Matt Nichol told me it's been great to watch, because it allows him to see exactly when he mis-read a defense or didn't react quick enough to an open passing lane.
     
  • What a great week to be a sports fan. We'll likely see someone hoist the Cup, Euro 2012 starts, I'll Have Another goes for the triple crown and we could watch the Heat/Celtics and Spurs/Thunder battle in separate game sevens. I love it.

DOWN TO FIVE

Stu MacGregor announced today during Oilers Now that the Oilers are down to five players who could go #1.

Yakupov, Grigorenko, Murray, Reinhart and Forsberg.

Interesting that they don't have Galchenyuk in the top-five, but that just proves that many teams will be evaluating players differently. Some scouts and independent draft rankings have Galchenyuk rated higher than Grigorenko and Reilly higher than Reinhart.

I'll be stunned if the Oilers don't take Yakupov.

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One of Canada's most versatile sports personalities. Jason hosts The Jason Gregor Show, weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m., on TSN 1260, and he writes a column every Monday in the Edmonton Journal. You can follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/JasonGregor
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#51 The Soup Fascist
June 05 2012, 08:37AM
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That was fun! Can you guys do Grabner and Grabovski next? Please? Can ya? Huh?

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#52 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
June 05 2012, 08:39AM
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DSF wrote:

First 5 seasons played:

Gagne 274 GP

Gagner 366 GP

Goals:

Gagne 113

Gagner 77

Goals/Game

Gagne .41

Gagner .21

Assists:

Gagne 132

Gagner 143

It appears that Gagne is twice the goal scorer that Sam is and compiled almost as many assists.

Gagner did this on a VASTLY inferior team that has VASTLY inferior players and Sam is one of those players.

Need I mention that Gagner will have to score 47 goals and 32 assists this coming season to even be breathing Gagne's fumes?

Think he can do it?

Looks like you've been lying again to try an further your little fetish. Great job!!

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#53 madjam
June 05 2012, 09:11AM
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Scary to think Reinhart might be our first choice ? I would hope not .

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#54 OIler Management apologist
June 05 2012, 11:27AM
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Damn EricOG has outed me...its true actually Im Tambo's butler. He pays me to go to these websites and make up excuses why first line guys like Colin Fraser and Stortini and such were terribly mishandled by Klowe and me. I mean even I have to scream at how badly Stortini was mismanaged. Here is a legitmate career 6 goal scorer who was a world class hugger and he is not on our team anymore??? Whats with that!!! I dont know Eric why dont we play NHL2012 ...you can stock your team with Stortini,Fraser,Horcoff,Penner and I will play a regular NHL lineup and we will see who wins.

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#55 David S
June 05 2012, 11:52AM
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OIler Management apologist wrote:

Damn EricOG has outed me...its true actually Im Tambo's butler. He pays me to go to these websites and make up excuses why first line guys like Colin Fraser and Stortini and such were terribly mishandled by Klowe and me. I mean even I have to scream at how badly Stortini was mismanaged. Here is a legitmate career 6 goal scorer who was a world class hugger and he is not on our team anymore??? Whats with that!!! I dont know Eric why dont we play NHL2012 ...you can stock your team with Stortini,Fraser,Horcoff,Penner and I will play a regular NHL lineup and we will see who wins.

The other guys, yeah. But a motivated Penner played to his strengths has proved to be a valuable player for the Kings this year. You can't deny that reality.

Trading Penner was one of the dumbest things this organization has done over the past few years. I mean, what did we get back? Tuebert and best wishes? Oh man, that's rich.

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#56 Clyde Frog
June 05 2012, 02:14PM
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Since the trade in 82 games outside of the playoffs Dustin penner scored 9 goals and tallied 14 assist, with a -7....

Yeah, this is a win for the Oilers any way you look at it. Sure he heated up in the playoffs, but we wouldn't have seen that Penner.

So Tambellini won that trade hands down; a first round prospect, a first round pick (Everyone's favourite Klefbom) and a 3rd rounder all for 9 goals and 14 assists worth of production.

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#57 Clyde Frog
June 05 2012, 05:10PM
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I'll go on record saying it.

We wouldn't have made the playoff's with Penner, so all we can look at is the missed production.

It was 9 goals, 14 assists over 82 games.

For that amazing work LA gave us a 1 first round prospect, a 1 first round pick (Klefbom) and a 3rd.

We paid 23 points in a season for 2 first rounders, no matter how you shake that stick it comes up in the Oils favour.

We still have a shot to reclaim him via free-agency if we desperately wanted to. I don't love a lot of Tambo's choices, but I can't hate on him for that one.

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#58 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
June 05 2012, 08:10PM
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Clyde Frog wrote:

I'll go on record saying it.

We wouldn't have made the playoff's with Penner, so all we can look at is the missed production.

It was 9 goals, 14 assists over 82 games.

For that amazing work LA gave us a 1 first round prospect, a 1 first round pick (Klefbom) and a 3rd.

We paid 23 points in a season for 2 first rounders, no matter how you shake that stick it comes up in the Oils favour.

We still have a shot to reclaim him via free-agency if we desperately wanted to. I don't love a lot of Tambo's choices, but I can't hate on him for that one.

That's all well and good, but the NHL team has still received 0 benifit from the trade.

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#59 Clyde Frog
June 05 2012, 09:01PM
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Still not worried about it, we gave up what amounted to nothing and gained 2 decent futures.

Tuebert has filled in and done well, if all he does is sit at the top of our depth for the next 5 years the trade would be worth it.

Klefbom is gonna challenge in camp this summer and if he doesn't make it, there is always next year...

A lot better than watching Penner bum 23 points over 1 1/4 years with nothing to show for it.

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#60 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
June 05 2012, 09:58PM
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Clyde Frog wrote:

Still not worried about it, we gave up what amounted to nothing and gained 2 decent futures.

Tuebert has filled in and done well, if all he does is sit at the top of our depth for the next 5 years the trade would be worth it.

Klefbom is gonna challenge in camp this summer and if he doesn't make it, there is always next year...

A lot better than watching Penner bum 23 points over 1 1/4 years with nothing to show for it.

Again, you are claiming we "won" the trade, it's impossible to win the trade when you have do far have received 0 benifit.

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#61 Clyde Frog
June 05 2012, 11:06PM
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But we have recieved benefit, more than we would have with Penner rocking the Oil colours...

Teubert is sitting at the top of the defensive depth charts.

Klefbom is a real player projecting well, how is that 0 benefit?

If you were looking for immediate impact in terms of trading roster players, thats not how trade deadline deals work 99% of the time.

We got real value for a kid who did nothing in the next 82 games.

I get hating on Tambo, but that is not one of his blunders

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#62 OutDoorRink
June 06 2012, 07:29AM
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I have to agree with Clyde on this one. I mean really, we had Penner for years and the guy drove us all mad.

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#63 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
June 06 2012, 08:21AM
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We've recieved 0 benifit until we've got something from the trade that is a productive NHL'er.

It's fine to say the verdict is still out on the trade, but to say we've won when we don't have anything to show for it is silly.

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#64 Clyde Frog
June 06 2012, 09:34AM
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I'm still going to politely disagree.

We can say we won when we say Tuebert's NHL games played had more of an impact than would have Penner's...

Penner didn't barely produced at a 4th line clip, Teubert hopped in for 24 games. With the lack of D depth we had, even if thats all he does for the next 5 years, we still win.

Now we just wait for Klefbom, but closing your eyes and saying that was a bad deal is silly.

When else in the history of the NHL has someone claimed 2 kids with high 1st round pedigree for a trade of 23 points?

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