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.

In other news, the new phone books are here, the new phone books are here . . .

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#1 vetinari
July 23 2012, 09:08AM
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Yak's on track!

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#2 geoilersgist
July 23 2012, 09:08AM
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I'm so FISTing happy they got his entry deal done. No more people thinking he is going to book it for Mother Russia

Edit: im slow today

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#4 geoilersgist
July 23 2012, 09:18AM
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I never understood why some people were certain they Oilers wanted the new CBA before they signed him. Some people just don't like Russians I guess, which makes no sense to me. He talked about playing in the NHL in almost every interview there is no way he wasn't going to play/sign here.

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#5 michael
July 23 2012, 09:19AM
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Thank goodness. I was wondering when I was going to get my phonebook. really was starting to worry that they wouldn't come this year. My old phone book barely lasted the season last year. Everytime the Oilers did something stupid I took my frustration out on the Yellow Pages by ripping out pages and shredding them by hand. Hopefully this years has more pages.

Yak signs. well that took long enough. Well/ Done is done.

Nash and Ryan?

CBA? Is realignment on the table also do you know? It would make sense to negotiate that now too. Dosen't it?

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#7 The Soup Fascist
July 23 2012, 09:40AM
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Robin,

The Streit and Kjarlmarsson (sp?) rumours have come and gone with no tangible results. Any thoughts on who is in play and the Oilers should make a move for?

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#9 PaperDesigner
July 23 2012, 09:45AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

This, like Gagner's deal before arb hearing, was a housekeeping item. I'm waiting to see what/if Tambellini does to add another top-4 defenseman to the mix. Stauffer is hinting (so it will likely happen) the Oilers could/should acquire a defenseman for the minors, but that doesn't address the top-4 need.

If they do not add another quality defenceman, Brownlee, I think you need to do those of us fans frustrated that the rebuild was entrusted to those that caused the collapse in the first place and positively tear the management a new one. I would be willing to be patient if this was not a group that thought that players like Narker and Khabibulin were going to be helpful.

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#10 The Soup Fascist
July 23 2012, 09:46AM
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@ Robin Brownlee

I will asssume by that cryptic response, that an article is forthcoming. I won't be losing sleep at night worrying that you will be unable to put that together prior to Dithers actually getting a deal done.

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#11 PaperDesigner
July 23 2012, 09:46AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Yes . . .

Article on the way on that subject, then?

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#12 Dman09
July 23 2012, 09:47AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

This, like Gagner's deal before arb hearing, was a housekeeping item. I'm waiting to see what/if Tambellini does to add another top-4 defenseman to the mix. Stauffer is hinting (so it will likely happen) the Oilers could/should acquire a defenseman for the minors, but that doesn't address the top-4 need.

Kind of sounds like Tambo is waiting to see what pieces start to move and/or fall. Maybe he is looking for some other options to open up that would be a better fit for the team. I don't really think its a rush right now because nothing is happening on any front so he can just sit back and wait for the right situation to jump.

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#14 Romulus' Apotheosis
July 23 2012, 10:01AM
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@Robin Brownlee

there's been some speculation that the Oil was waiting to maximize PR with some kind of event...

any idea on whether we will see Yak in Edmonton soon for some kind of press conference about the "future" or something?

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#15 striatic
July 23 2012, 10:08AM
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I'm unsure why any team would make any significant move without the new CBA in place.

Signing Yak doesn't count as a serious move. Just boilerplate.

Trading is something else though, and it seems like the league's GMs are in agreement.

i think the CBA is responsible for the holdup moreso than Doan, Weber et al. potential missed season and all that. like if you're missing a season, why trade for D before you see how Klefbom develops in the SEL or AHL? PRV likewise.

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#16 The Soup Fascist
July 23 2012, 10:20AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Wasn't trying to be cute there. The first version of your comment simply read, "Robin" with nothing else behind it.

Streit? I'm not crazy about adding a guy his age, but that doesn't matter. If you peel away all the blogger/fan stuff "Wouldn't it be great if the Oilers signed Streit?" and rumours that get passed along etc and get to the crux of the matter, yes, the Oilers have inquired about Streit.

Problem is, Garth Snow has said he isn't interested in moving him.

That was my fault. Keyboard had some premature deployment issues, as it were. (Insert pre-emptive "that's what she said" comment). I tried to fix via editing and attaching my question but was not quick enough.

At any rate, thanks for answering my question. I guess I just don't know who is out there that can be had for a reasonable trade that is a legitimate top four. Unless Tambo wants to take a bad contract.

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#17 Gene Principe
July 23 2012, 10:26AM
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It's safe to say on this contract, Steve Tambellini nailed it.

The Yak is back in Edmonton.

This contract will enable the Oilers' newest superstar to live quite comfortably above the Yakupoverty line.

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#18 Aitch
July 23 2012, 10:28AM
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geoilersgist wrote:

I never understood why some people were certain they Oilers wanted the new CBA before they signed him. Some people just don't like Russians I guess, which makes no sense to me. He talked about playing in the NHL in almost every interview there is no way he wasn't going to play/sign here.

I never understood the rhetoric that the team was waiting on the CBA either. After all, Yakupov was drafted within the confines of this CBA and therefore would be subject to the conditions laid out in it

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#19 TigerUnderGlass
July 23 2012, 10:33AM
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Aitch wrote:

I never understood the rhetoric that the team was waiting on the CBA either. After all, Yakupov was drafted within the confines of this CBA and therefore would be subject to the conditions laid out in it

How does that follow?

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#20 HallFever
July 23 2012, 10:33AM
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@Robin Brownlee

And Hjarmalsson? Lots of stuff flying around however all is quiet.

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#21 Copperblueandwhite
July 23 2012, 10:41AM
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Yak signed 6 das before Stamkos in his draft year...a little added drama perhaps.

Seems Vishnovsky doesn't want to go to the Islanders...would the Oilers take another shot at him? If healthy?

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#22 HOFFFF
July 23 2012, 10:55AM
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Re: "In other news, the new phone books are here, the new phone books are here . . ."

Things are going to start happening to me now. . .

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#23 PigeonCamera
July 23 2012, 11:03AM
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Copperblueandwhite wrote:

Yak signed 6 das before Stamkos in his draft year...a little added drama perhaps.

Seems Vishnovsky doesn't want to go to the Islanders...would the Oilers take another shot at him? If healthy?

He asked for a trade the last time he was here (albeit quietly and respectfully.) Can't see a guy at his stage in his career that might be able to call his shot wanting to come back to a team he didn't want to play for in the first place. Nice player, good guy, but I can't see it.

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#24 Quicksilver ballet
July 23 2012, 11:12AM
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What would the Oilers have to surrender to grab Thomas and Hamilton from the Bruins?

Oilers first next summer?

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#25 Shane
July 23 2012, 11:21AM
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@PigeonCamera

Vishnovsky asked for a trade out of here? I was unaware of this

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#26 tileguy
July 23 2012, 11:32AM
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RB

"the new phone book is here"

you didn't happen to watch some banjo playin intellectual last night did you? how was it?

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#27 WhattaMike
July 23 2012, 11:42AM
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Thanks Tambo for putting the final top six signing in place, albeit it was an easy entry level contract.

Wow, I see Hall RNH and Hemsky being the starting #1 line in October with Gags and Eberle playing with Yakupov at #1A.

I thought about that Yakupov (aka....the Bullet - IMO) would be with RNH and Hemsky at first but with those two passing alot more than shooting (especially Hemsky) I see it being better with putting Yakupov with Gagner and Eberle.

Now we do need to replace Khabby but he will be here as a russian mentoring a new young russian star come opening season. I would love to have Bernier brought in with a trade but can live with Danis being called up this year.

Dont think Lombardi wants to trade with the Oil for awhile...lol..

As for a top D, if the deal is right and makes total sense before the season starts then do it, but there is no rush now to force any trade deal. Why not give the new kid Schultz a good shot first, and/or try to get Klefbom, or how about Fedun too (outstanding til injured last year BTW)?

However, I see that Hordy, Eager, Sutton, and for sure, Peckham, Teubert, or even Byers (call up), etc, better bring up their boxing and fighting skills cause this young, hot skill top 6 foward team is going to need enforcement help.

We dont ever need to watch and see a Torres type hit like on Eberle before (and like with Hossa)without giving back a beating.

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#28 16konst
July 23 2012, 11:46AM
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@Shane

IIRC, he mentioned something about wanting to be closer to his family in california and not seeing eye to eye with the coaching staff.

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#29 Reg Dunlop
July 23 2012, 12:17PM
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@striatic

Seems like you have your finger on the pulse. It makes perfect sense to wait on a new CBA before making a major move. The season could be shortened or lost giving the D prospects more time to mature. Also, the season could be lost resulting in some teams folding and a big dispersal draft. OK, I know this is not 1975 but NHL players for free is an attractive scenario.

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#30 marty
July 23 2012, 12:21PM
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Nash in the process of being traded to the Rangers....

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#31 madjam
July 23 2012, 12:39PM
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PRIORITIES AND BEING PRO-ACTIVE . Was Yakupov not a priority signing before he went on a holiday ? Why be so patient when it rubs off on players , team , etc.. Is it any wonder team,etc. follows this patient lackadaisical fuzzy process onto ice ? I'm not impressed by taking it as just a formallity signing ,and therefore expediancy was not done .

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#32 Copperblueandwhite
July 23 2012, 12:50PM
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Dubinsky, Erixson, Anisimov and a 1st rounder seems high for Nash...if he falls asleep in the big Apple.

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#33 Quicksilver ballet
July 23 2012, 12:57PM
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Hmm, Erixon. Might the Jackets part with Murray now if Erixon's more NHL ready?

What a whole lotta nothin special for the Bluejackets.

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#34 WhattaMike
July 23 2012, 01:03PM
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Now that Ho0wson has traded Nash to the Rangers for Dubinsky, Erixon, Anisimov, do the Oil now look at trading for Anisimov as a big second line centre?

I like Gagner but this kid is bigger, maybe faster and more versatile and he does make points comaprable to Gagner.

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#35 Quicksilver ballet
July 23 2012, 01:11PM
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Wonder how in love the Jackets are with Anisimov. 6'4" 200lb center, might be a good fit with Yakupov.

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#36 Stack Pad Save
July 23 2012, 01:14PM
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Wow, how does Howson make such a weak trade. If he was asking for the likes of Skinner from Carolina or Coture from SJS, how does he make this trade?

Does this spell the end of Howson in CB?

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#37 Dman09
July 23 2012, 01:17PM
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Belanger, Omark, Potter and a 2014 1st rounder to CLB for Anisimov and Tyutin

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#38 Reg Dunlop
July 23 2012, 01:21PM
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Not that Nash isn't over-rated but what was Howson thinking? No wonder he was fired here. A bunch of flotsam with a little jetsam thrown in. Luckily nobody in Ohio cares about 'ice hockey'.

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#39 Copperblueandwhite
July 23 2012, 01:23PM
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@QSB: I think Erixson is the player out of this trade....following Corey Pronman's tweets

(@coreypronman)

"Erixon is the kind of player the advanced stats guy will like. Will take a ton of defensive zone starts and play versus top forwards"

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#40 The Soup Fascist
July 23 2012, 01:24PM
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@ Quicksilver

Not sure Anisimov is the guy we want mentoring the pup. Yakupov seems to have the "over-the-top gratuitous goal celebration" component of his game handled. Otherwise not sure what Anisimov is particularly good at.

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#41 Dman09
July 23 2012, 01:26PM
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Reg Dunlop wrote:

Not that Nash isn't over-rated but what was Howson thinking? No wonder he was fired here. A bunch of flotsam with a little jetsam thrown in. Luckily nobody in Ohio cares about 'ice hockey'.

I honestly think that is fair value for Nash. People keep overrating him even though he has never done anything all that special in the NHL. And people can say all they want that he was on a crap team but the reality of being a superstar is you are supposed to bring that team to the next level not the other way around.

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#42 Steve
July 23 2012, 01:29PM
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Belanger, Omark, Potter and a 2014 1st rounder to CLB for Anisimov and Tyutin

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

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#43 Dman09
July 23 2012, 01:33PM
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@ Quicksilver

Not sure Anisimov is the guy we want mentoring the pup. Yakupov seems to have the "over-the-top gratuitous goal celebration" component of his game handled. Otherwise not sure what Anisimov is particularly good at.

Well he manages to win the same if not more faceoffs than gagner and he plays both PP and PK. I'd say he is a big two way center(avg 1:00 PK/G) and can put up similar numbers to gagner.

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#44 John Chambers
July 23 2012, 01:37PM
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CLB doesn't get any star power in return, but they get 3 players they can insert immediately into the lineup, all on decent contracts that they'll control for 3-6 years. Oh, and a draft pick!

It's not a bad deal for a team who are re-building. Essentially they can line Brassard, Anisimov, and Johansson down the middle. My guess is that they trade one of their excess Dmen, probably Tyutin or Nikitin, for a winger, meaning their top-9 wings will include:

Umberger, Dubinski, Foligno, Prospal, Dorsett, and X. No all-stars, but a good amount of depth to build a new core on.

X could be Paajarvi.

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#45 Dman09
July 23 2012, 01:41PM
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@John Chambers

Or Hemsky.

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#46 John Chambers
July 23 2012, 01:41PM
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Last year CLB went into the season essentially as a 1-line team. This year they have far greater depth despite lacking in star power. I think this trade makes them better both short and long-term ...

... however still miles from a playoff team.

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#47 The Soup Fascist
July 23 2012, 01:44PM
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Meh. Bigger than Gags, but does not strike me as a guy who was hard to play against. Will take your word on faceoffs. A year older than Gagner. Anisimov 34 points in 79 games / Gagner 47 in 75 games. Don't see this as an upgrade. If we are looking to pick the over the Columbus carcass here, I would rather look at an overpaid Dubinsky vs Anisimov. But that is just me.

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#48 Dman09
July 23 2012, 01:45PM
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@ Dman09

Meh. Bigger than Gags, but does not strike me as a guy who was hard to play against. Will take your word on faceoffs. A year older than Gagner. Anisimov 34 points in 79 games / Gagner 47 in 75 games. Don't see this as an upgrade. If we are looking to pick the over the Columbus carcass here, I would rather look at an overpaid Dubinsky vs Anisimov. But that is just me.

Does gagner kill penalties?

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#49 John Chambers
July 23 2012, 01:46PM
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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.

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#50 @Oilanderp
July 23 2012, 01:47PM
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In Tatarstan Russia, contracts sign YOU.

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