DONE DEAL: YAKUPOV INKS CONTRACT

Robin Brownlee
July 23 2012 09:06AM

"General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed right-winger Nail Yakupov to a three-year entry level contract." Oh, thank goodness. It was starting to look dicey . . .

It wasn't, actually, but it's late July and after weeks of wondering WHY the Oilers HADN'T signed Yakupov to an entry level contract as quickly as they got Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to sign on the dotted line the past couple of summers, the deal is done, just as Jim Matheson suggested it would be in The Journal.

Here's the news release from the Oilers:

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed right-winger Nail Yakupov to a three-year entry level contract.

Steve Tambellini says, "We're very happy to sign Nail to a three-year contract. He's an extremely talented and passionate young man who we feel will be an integral part of our team for many years to come."

Yakupov, who was selected 1st overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, played in 42 games last season for the Sarnia Sting collecting 69 points (31G, 38A).

In 2010-11, the 5'11", 190-pound right-winger recorded 101 points (49G, 52A) in 65 games with Sarnia. That year he was named the OHL Rookie of the Month three times as well as the OHL Rookie of the Year and BMO Rookie of the Year in the CHL.

Yakupov, who hails from Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan, was part of Team Russia in the 2011 World Junior U18 Championship. He collected 13 points (6G, 7A) and scored a hat trick in the bronze-medal game, including an empty-net goal with four seconds left, helping defeat Team Canada 6-4.

Yakupov was also part of the 2012 World Junior Championship with Team Russia that lost 1-0 to Sweden in the gold medal game, acquiring a silver medal. In seven games he had a team-high nine assists and was +5.

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#51 Copperblueandwhite
July 23 2012, 01:53PM
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@johnchambers: I'm with you, CLB makes out quite well in this trade...Nash is a great player but he's never had an 80 point season and his contract extends in perpetuity....Erixon is an up and comer and Dubinsky is a rough tough guy...CLB gets better...Rangers?? we'll see!...puts Del Zotto in a better negotiating position, imo.

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#52 The Soup Fascist
July 23 2012, 01:54PM
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@ DMan09

So you are willing to take a 30% hit in scoring on a ppg basis for a guy who played a minute / game of PK? Whose PK minutes will he be taking here? You want him / you got him. Just don't see this suggestion as an upgrade to Gagner.

EDIT: As per others suggestions, if you put together a package where we pare off some deadweight and get a serviceable defenceman as well, sure, I am in. Just don't see Columbus eager to take the Oilers dregs.

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#53 Dman09
July 23 2012, 01:55PM
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John Chambers wrote:

@ The Soup Fascist

I would consider a Gagner for Anisimov + Nikitin type of deal, but I agree that if it's just Gags for Anisimov it's either lateral or a step down just to gain size. Like, what's the point.

I think Gags would be a lateral move to gain some penalty killing in the top 6 which isn't a bad idea. Lets face it with or without Gagner the top six is going to put up good numbers with the guys they know have. I would think however that if Edm is going to move Gags that it would need to be in a deal that brings back a defenseman. If they want gagner I would be sure to try and off load Belanger, Omark, and Potter or Plante in the deal along with a pick to make the deal more paletable for CLB. Anisimov and Tyutin for all that seems like a decent deal to me. Gives CLB help now and a pick to add to the shelves for later. Omark could turn out to be a steal for CLB.

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#54 WhattaMike
July 23 2012, 01:57PM
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With Columbus now having some defencemen surplus that is a bit stronger than the Oilers, how about the Oil getting Erixon and Anisimov for Gagner, Jones or Paajarbi, say....Peckham, and a second rounder/third rounder in 2013?

IMO, these kids are not superstars from the Rangers but quality enough and yet, the Oilers should not have to overpay too much.

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#55 WhattaMike
July 23 2012, 02:00PM
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Clarification to ya'all....Not trade Paajarvi, I meant Petrell or Jones, with Ganger and Peckham. Then either trade also with Omark or a second or third rounder in 2013

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#56 TigerUnderGlass
July 23 2012, 02:09PM
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I think Gags would be a lateral move to gain some penalty killing in the top 6 which isn't a bad idea.

Why? I don't see how it matters where the PK guys play at EV.

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#57 Dman09
July 23 2012, 02:10PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

@ DMan09

So you are willing to take a 30% hit in scoring on a ppg basis for a guy who played a minute / game of PK? Whose PK minutes will he be taking here? You want him / you got him. Just don't see this suggestion as an upgrade to Gagner.

EDIT: As per others suggestions, if you put together a package where we pare off some deadweight and get a serviceable defenceman as well, sure, I am in. Just don't see Columbus eager to take the Oilers dregs.

If you average out the last two seasons for both players there is only a 4.5% difference in points. He also already has some playoff experience. Given the wingers this team now has it likely that he will put up points similar if not more than Gags did last season and may be more consistant doing so which hasn't been Gagner's MO. I believe its also imporant to have penalty killers in your top six so that your top lines don't sit on the bench too long during those bad penalty games. His physical attributes also give him an advantage in the corners, fighting off checks and winning faceoffs. And to top it off, having another Russian playing with Yakupov should help him adapt.

I see it as an upgrade to the team but not from an offensive stand point.

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#58 Walter Sobchak
July 23 2012, 02:10PM
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That trade is fine, Howson will parlay this into even more quality players, CBJ will not be the worst team in the NHL next year.

As for the Oilers and CBJ, I Personelly don't think Gagner gets traded unless that player is Johansen and Tyutin and even then it would be Gagner + for those players, maybe a 2nd in 2013 and a 2nd in 2014 or a Gagner and Tuebert.

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#59 Quicksilver ballet
July 23 2012, 02:11PM
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James Wisniewski,Jack Johnson,Fedor Tyutin,Adrian Aucoin,Nikita Nikitin and Tim Erixon....all ahead of Ryan Murray in Columbus.

Have to believe a kid the Oilers dearly love could be available for the right price. I'd give them Hemsky and Paajarvi in exchange for Ryan. With Dubinsky and Anisimov being centers, not sure there's much of an appetite left for Gagner in Columbus.

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#60 Dman09
July 23 2012, 02:12PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:
I think Gags would be a lateral move to gain some penalty killing in the top 6 which isn't a bad idea.

Why? I don't see how it matters where the PK guys play at EV.

Yes but would you be willing to move any of Hall, RNH, Eberle, or Yakupov? Gags is just the odd man out and right now Hemsky isn't worth as much.

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#61 TigerUnderGlass
July 23 2012, 02:16PM
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Dman09 wrote:

Yes but would you be willing to move any of Hall, RNH, Eberle, or Yakupov? Gags is just the odd man out and right now Hemsky isn't worth as much.

What are you talking about?

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#62 Dman09
July 23 2012, 02:20PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

What are you talking about?

I read you post wrong I though you were referring to where in the top 6 they play. If you want your top six sitting on the bench for 5 mins or more and getting out of the rythm of the game you get Vancouver. If part of your top six PK as well you LA. Fully engaged from start to finish.

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#63 The Soup Fascist
July 23 2012, 02:25PM
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@ Dman09

Not to put too fine a point on it, but not sure where you get the 4.5% number. Over the last two years Anisimov scores at 0.496 ppg clip and Gagner at a 0.622 ppg pace. That is over 20% poorer. Even if you just look at raw points Gagner wins 89 to 80.

At any rate, stats are boring. I see Anisimov as a big, soft player and am not sure he wins a lot more battles than Gagner and I certainly like Gagner's compete level / team compatability better. I get that Gagner is small, I just don't think a big soft guy gets you a lot.

You "see" Anisimov better than I do. Fine. I just think there will be some "seller's remorse" when the Oiler's part with Gagner and get some big center who does not understand the game. Chad Kilger was one of the biggest, most gifted, well conditioned hockey players I have ever seen. Looked like a hockey player, but, at the end of the day, couldn't play. Ditto Chris Gratton.

Unless you are sure you can upgrade from Gagner at 2C or take a slight downgrade but get a good D-man in a package, I take Gagner all day. Seen too many guys with "all the tools, but no toolbox" to last a lifetime.

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#64 John Chambers
July 23 2012, 02:26PM
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@Copperblueandwhite

I think it's one of the trades that benefits both teams. The Rangers were one of the few teams actually able to make this deal based on the volume of assets they had at their disposal. Unbelievable that they didnt have to give up Stepan, Kreider, or Del Zotto.

Two thoughts: 1) just goes to show that good drafting as the NYR have done, uniquely enables them to make thus deal, and 2) how on earth are they going to be able to pay their young core (Staal, Girardi, McDonagh, etc) when their next contracts come due. The Nash contract will be a millstone when he's no better than a 55-point player in a few years.

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#65 TigerUnderGlass
July 23 2012, 02:27PM
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@Dman09

If a player lacks the ability to stay engaged in the game they don't belong in the NHL.

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#66 Walter Sobchak
July 23 2012, 02:35PM
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Question

Are the CBJ over the 50 limit in contracts now?

At work, don't have the time to look it up. I apologize in advance if this has been asked

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#67 The Soup Fascist
July 23 2012, 02:38PM
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I am guessing they would have been over the 50 player limit which mandated Steve Delisle (who??) be part of the trade going back to the Rangers.

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#68 Walter Sobchak
July 23 2012, 02:41PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

I am guessing they would have been over the 50 player limit which mandated Steve Delisle (who??) be part of the trade going back to the Rangers.

So I take it there still under?

Thank's for that soup.

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#69 Dman09
July 23 2012, 02:46PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

If a player lacks the ability to stay engaged in the game they don't belong in the NHL.

Then your saying that half the players in the NHL don't belong. Sedin's don't belong in the NHL even though they are top for points goals and assists lists but they don't belong.

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#70 The Soup Fascist
July 23 2012, 02:52PM
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@ Wes

Cap Geek shows 45 active contracts not including guys like Lebda, Huselius, Boyce as unsigned UFAs. So techicically they have lots of room if they do not re-sign those guys.

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#71 Dman09
July 23 2012, 02:58PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

@ Dman09

Not to put too fine a point on it, but not sure where you get the 4.5% number. Over the last two years Anisimov scores at 0.496 ppg clip and Gagner at a 0.622 ppg pace. That is over 20% poorer. Even if you just look at raw points Gagner wins 89 to 80.

At any rate, stats are boring. I see Anisimov as a big, soft player and am not sure he wins a lot more battles than Gagner and I certainly like Gagner's compete level / team compatability better. I get that Gagner is small, I just don't think a big soft guy gets you a lot.

You "see" Anisimov better than I do. Fine. I just think there will be some "seller's remorse" when the Oiler's part with Gagner and get some big center who does not understand the game. Chad Kilger was one of the biggest, most gifted, well conditioned hockey players I have ever seen. Looked like a hockey player, but, at the end of the day, couldn't play. Ditto Chris Gratton.

Unless you are sure you can upgrade from Gagner at 2C or take a slight downgrade but get a good D-man in a package, I take Gagner all day. Seen too many guys with "all the tools, but no toolbox" to last a lifetime.

I'm basing my pick of Anisimov over Gagner based solely on what I think this team needs to keep improving. I really like Gagner and I've been following him since his last year in Junior and was crossing my fingers that the Oilers would select him. I just feel that since they took RNH, Gags isn't the right fit for the team anymore. I would like it if he stayed in Canada, maybe the Jets or the Leafs.

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#72 boxman
July 23 2012, 02:58PM
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They still make phonebooks???

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#73 The Soup Fascist
July 23 2012, 03:03PM
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@ Dman09

We agree that we want the Oilers to improve. Where we diverge is whether or not Asiminov is an upgrade from Gagner. I just hope there is a 2012-13 season where we can see some answers on the ice.

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#74 Dman09
July 23 2012, 03:16PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

@ Dman09

We agree that we want the Oilers to improve. Where we diverge is whether or not Asiminov is an upgrade from Gagner. I just hope there is a 2012-13 season where we can see some answers on the ice.

Well the first improvement would be moving Belanger. Unless he has a comeback season but I'm not willing to bet on that even at 10 to 1

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#75 TeddyTurnbuckle
July 23 2012, 03:30PM
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Now that Yakupov is signed where the hell is Belanger supposed to play on the powerplay?!!

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#76 Dman09
July 23 2012, 03:32PM
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TeddyTurnbuckle wrote:

Now that Yakupov is signed where the hell is Belanger supposed to play on the powerplay?!!

With a pen and clip board. :)

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#77 TigerUnderGlass
July 23 2012, 03:34PM
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Dman09 wrote:

Then your saying that half the players in the NHL don't belong. Sedin's don't belong in the NHL even though they are top for points goals and assists lists but they don't belong.

The fact that you believe it's possible to lead the league in scoring while disengaged from the game suggests that "engaged" does not mean what you think it means.

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#78 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
July 23 2012, 03:40PM
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"If you want your top six sitting on the bench for 5 mins or more and getting out of the rythm of the game you get Vancouver. If part of your top six PK as well you LA. Fully engaged from start to finish."

Wow ~great point~

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#79 madjam
July 23 2012, 03:40PM
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Howson got hosed on Nash deal , that will do little or nothing to improve his club . Columbus return far less than the franchise player Nash bought to their club . They'll drop, except they are already in basement of league . Probably a misely 25-30 pick is all they will probably get. Looks like they plan to tank and go for MacKinnon .

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#80 Dman09
July 23 2012, 03:46PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

The fact that you believe it's possible to lead the league in scoring while disengaged from the game suggests that "engaged" does not mean what you think it means.

People say the same thing about Semin but he still manages to put the points up as well. And its not like is every game but when it counts it could hurt the team.

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#81 Quicksilver ballet
July 23 2012, 03:50PM
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If the Preds opt for the 4 first rounders for Weber, any chance Philly is willing to part with Scott Hartnell?

He'd be helpful on the left side, behind Hall there's not much here.

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#82 TigerUnderGlass
July 23 2012, 03:59PM
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Dman09 wrote:

People say the same thing about Semin but he still manages to put the points up as well. And its not like is every game but when it counts it could hurt the team.

I would also sign Semin in a heartbeat. He is good at hockey.

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#83 TigerUnderGlass
July 23 2012, 04:00PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

If the Preds opt for the 4 first rounders for Weber, any chance Philly is willing to part with Scott Hartnell?

He'd be helpful on the left side, behind Hall there's not much here.

Except that Yakupov will be playing there.

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#84 Walter Sobchak
July 23 2012, 04:02PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

If the Preds opt for the 4 first rounders for Weber, any chance Philly is willing to part with Scott Hartnell?

He'd be helpful on the left side, behind Hall there's not much here.

I would prefer going after Clowe. He has been rumoured to be on the block, also a L winger

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#85 Quicksilver ballet
July 23 2012, 04:23PM
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@ TUG

A little early to make that assumption. Hate to see him start outside of his comfort zone. Let the kid have a little success first before you start moving him around.

@ Wes Mantooth

Like Clowe but he tends to respect the rules more. Hartnell is just down right chippy and willing to push the bounderies more. Oilers do need a guy of this ilk though, 1A and 1B.

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#86 TigerUnderGlass
July 23 2012, 04:29PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

@ TUG

A little early to make that assumption. Hate to see him start outside of his comfort zone. Let the kid have a little success first before you start moving him around.

@ Wes Mantooth

Like Clowe but he tends to respect the rules more. Hartnell is just down right chippy and willing to push the bounderies more. Oilers do need a guy of this ilk though, 1A and 1B.

Not much of an assumption. Krueger and Yakupov have both publicly confirmed as much.

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#87 Walter Sobchak
July 23 2012, 04:32PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

Except that Yakupov will be playing there.

Until they trade Hemsky.

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#88 TigerUnderGlass
July 23 2012, 04:52PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

Until they trade Hemsky.

I'm not convinced of that either. Read Krueger's take on the subject.

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#89 BlacqueJacqur
July 23 2012, 04:53PM
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Wow, good on Scott Howson. He made out like a bandit in the trade, all things considered. Seriously great return on a winger nearing 30 who hasn't had a great season and demanded a trade while having the better part of a decade left on a boat anchor contract. I thought Howson was nuts asking for a 1st rounder, blue chipper and roster player. Instead he gets all that and an extra roster guy. Dude just saved his career.

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#90 Truth
July 23 2012, 04:55PM
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@ West Mantooth (sorry the reply button doesn't work for me)

Clowe would be a hell of an addition. I bet Moroz wouldn't be picked if he was already on the team. Oiler's are getting so desperate for that player type some could say they are wasting pretty good picks on the outside chance of getting one. I would much rather have seen that pick be included in a package for Clowe than the shot in the dark they took. However he wouldn't come cheap

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#91 smiliegirl15
July 23 2012, 05:00PM
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People still use phone books?

...there's an app for that.

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#92 Jasmine
July 23 2012, 05:01PM
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@Quicksilver ballet

Yakupov plays RW but he shoots left. He could very well play on LW.

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#93 Walter Sobchak
July 23 2012, 05:27PM
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@Truth

I like the cut of your gib Truth! The only player who's in Clowe's class is Lucic, but I still dont think he's as tough as Clowe.

You tube Clowe vs Strudwick classic or Clowe vs Parros great tilts.

I like how he used his stick from the bench to break up that L.A rush, then denied it after the game, classic!

ah, dare to dream.

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#94 Oilertown
July 23 2012, 05:59PM
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Steve wrote:

You serious? No one wants our junk for quality players. It would be nice to ban these tools from posting such silly trade requests.

Are you crazy that is a big time overpay IMO that first rounder would be enough IMO

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#95 knobert
July 23 2012, 06:12PM
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Guys, dont forget to Vote for Ebs

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=9706

even if you think Toews is better.

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#96 Wax Man Riley
July 23 2012, 07:48PM
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Dman09 wrote:

@WhattaMike Belanger, Omark, Potter and a 2014 1st rounder to CLB for Anisimov and Tyutin

Sure, if Howson is looking to lose his job and give the new GM Nathan McKinnon. Why would they give that up for players that can't make a 29th place club?

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#97 Wax Man Riley
July 23 2012, 07:48PM
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Dman09 wrote:

@WhattaMike Belanger, Omark, Potter and a 2014 1st rounder to CLB for Anisimov and Tyutin

Sure, if Howson is looking to lose his job and give the new GM Nathan McKinnon. Why would they give that up for players that can't make a 29th place club?

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#98 nuge2nail
July 23 2012, 08:13PM
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Oiler Domination To Follow

Gagner should not be traded. It would leave a huge hole on our second line. Eberle and Hall play well with Gagner, and that frees up the Nuge to gift wrap goals to Yakupov. Nuge2Nail.

We should see if Visnovsky would waive to come back to Edmonton and we should give Anaheim their pick back, heck throw in Alex Plante.

Visnonsky has been a +25 the last two years, he can mentor Shultz - or move everyone down the depth chart and let Shultz mentor Schultz.

Petry Smid Shultz Whitney Visnovsky Schultz |Sutton Peckham Teubert Potter Fedun

If Visnovsky wont waive to come here, which he might not- we should sign Roszival, and fingers crossed Semin and start the season ready to compete for a playoff spot. Semin Nuge Yakupov might be better than Hall Gagner Eberle. Smyth Horcoff Hemsky isnt a bad third line at all either and we will finally have depth on wings in case injuries occur.

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#99 WhattaMike
July 23 2012, 08:13PM
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@Wax Man Riley

@DMan09 wrote of that trade with using a first rounder for 2014 and I am one who would not use a 1st round draft pick for Anisimov and Tyutin.

I don't mind using Gagner, Omark, Potter and may be a third rounder, but not a first.

Gagner for Anisimov is a one for one type dealand only if I was sure that Anisimov would play hard each game with spirit.

Omark, with Potter and a third rounder, for Tyutin seems okay but I would rather go for a deal with Erixon who is 21 with a lot of upside offensively.

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#100 TigerUnderGlass
July 23 2012, 08:46PM
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Now that Yakupov has been signed the team should probably trade him as soon as possible for the first prairie boy over 6'3 available.

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