YAK CITY TURMOIL?

Lowetide
October 14 2013 07:27AM

Nail Yakupov was a healthy scratch on Saturday night, and it appears some members of the family took it harder than others.

Eronko is certainly a credible source, and it's important to know this is out there. Having said that, it's also important to keep in mind that the player hasn't reacted in this way and that Dads have overreacted in the past. Yakupov DID express himself yesterday (via Joanne Ireland)

  • Yakupov: “I wasn’t happy about it last night. You can say a million words about getting better but coach says I’m not playing, so I’m not playing. I’m not happy about it. I just want to play every game."
  • More Yakupov: “I’m not going to change but maybe play better without the puck, or forecheck more, but I love playing with the puck. I really don’t like skating all the time, and forechecking, and hitting somebody every shift. I don’t think it’s my game.”

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

This is a power struggle, youth v experience, old v young, and it will end with Yakupov playing more of a team game and working within a team structure.

How do I know this? History. History tells us that if the inmates are running the show you don't have much. Dallas Eakins is no doubt fighting a lot of headstrong youth these days, but that's his job and he can't and won't back down.

Play the system. Do the job. Nail Yakupov won't win this battle, but he'll come out the other side a better man.

UPDATE

A very good statement from the agent. Someone needs to talk to Daddy Yakupov, but I understand him. :-)

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#1 Quicksilver ballet
October 14 2013, 10:35AM
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The beginning of the end of Yakupov in Edmonton. Eakins has made his own bed, hope he sleeps well in it.

Must be close to official now, the Oil should've taken Galchenyuk. Oilers should still be okay if Hall and RNH work out.

The move he should've made was to get Bachman up here from OKC to sit Dubnyk.

Friggen rookie coaches.....

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#2 Katzhater
October 14 2013, 01:04PM
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It's only 5 games into the season and the oilers are already confirming their status as a disgrace to professional sports.

P.S. Mactavish is not smart. Last man to not wear a helmet in the NHL.

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#3 EricOG
October 14 2013, 07:40AM
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This is exactly what the team does not need at this point. They already have a headcase with Dubie, and now this.

Only in Edmonton, do you have a natural scorer relegated to third line duties.

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#4 DSF
October 14 2013, 10:07AM
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Damien Cox ‏@DamoSpin 1h

Oilers now getting a sense of what Sarnia Sting had to deal with.

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#5 DSF
October 14 2013, 10:04AM
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Jordan Nugent-Hallkins wrote:

Maybe something was lost in translation, but I'm also kind of put off by Yak's comments. Skating, forechecking and hitting are kind of the main points of the game. If he's saying he doesn't like playing a more two-way, defensive-minded role, I'd say Hall should have a chat with him about doing whatever it takes for the team, whether it's moving to centre or playing a 200 foot game.

That being said - Yak City b***h, Yak Yak City b***h...

I doubt you should hold up Hall as an example of someone who could tell Yakupov about playing a two way, defensive minded role.

That's exactly why Ruff benched Hall.

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#6 MessyEH!
October 14 2013, 07:57AM
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@HardBoiledOil

Lowetide, Why do you hate Yak? I would like to see, or hear, the full interview. I find everyone is trying to sensationalize everything these kids say and do.

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#7 Garon
October 14 2013, 08:58AM
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"Lowetide ‏@Lowetide_ Yak back to Russia? lowetide.ca/blog/2013/10/o..."

Nice to know you're not above scraping the bottom of the barrel for web hits, LT.

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#8 dv.asteroid
October 14 2013, 07:52AM
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This feels surreal.... yak was the leading GOAL scorer....didn't he earn his top six start? Now this melodrama.... I'd be pissed too.

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#9 Rotten Ron
October 14 2013, 08:37AM
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Anybody remember him leaving Sarnia hanging to go to the KHL last year? He went against IIHF rules to skip returing to junior. Everyone one around here praised him, I asked how everyone would take it if it was the Oilers not the Sting.

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#10 Forrestt
October 14 2013, 08:46AM
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The last thing this team needs right now is individuals. Keep it up Yak and we'll be saying "CYA".

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#11 Hayek
October 14 2013, 11:40AM
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I'd simply fire Eakins now. I thought he had a philosophy that different players needed to be treated different to get through to him. He has now alienated what is likely to be the Oilers 2nd best player on the roster.

Yakupov was 2nd on the team in scoring chances/60, 2nd in shots/60, was 2nd on the team in corsi. Apparently, this non-team play that he employed was largely a benefit to the team. All this has happened while a roster has included worse players such as Brown, Gazdic, and Smyth.

The coach is not always right. Eakins is likely dead wrong here. He is looking at the scoresheet instead of actual gameplay.

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#12 HardBoiledOil
October 14 2013, 07:50AM
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overreactions all around. one game he's a healthy scratch and the kid might come back to Russia? Igor is no different than any other Russian involved with hockey over there...first sign of anything unusual, and all of a sudden there's a problem and he might come home, and daddy saw a problem way back in the summer...yeah, like maybe the Oilers hired a coach that finally will make the players accountable for their on ice performance, and if they can't do the job, they sit. kid needs to learn to play as he's asked to and if he doesn't, then he won't be in the lineup. complete garbage from Igor and total overreaction by daddy, who looks like he may be a problem the Oilers may have to continually deal with.

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#13 Rdubb
October 14 2013, 08:11AM
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dv.asteroid wrote:

This feels surreal.... yak was the leading GOAL scorer....didn't he earn his top six start? Now this melodrama.... I'd be pissed too.

Maybe he was the top goal scorer, but what was +/-...hell, you could score 100 goals, but if you're on the ice for 150, what's the use? The kid has TONS of talent, but NEEDS TO learn how TO PLAY WITHOUT the puck, & it's THAT PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!!! I'd say, that's the reason why he is one the 3rd line and getting benched. Didn't Eakins say in training camp that he liked the kid? So it must have been a hard decision to bench the kid, but we now have a coach who is GOING TO MAKE THESE GUYS ACCOUNTABLE. What happened the other night, Smitty got benched, came back, & has played two great games. He got the MESSAGE, question is, WILL Yak?

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#14 Rama Lama
October 14 2013, 10:21AM
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Not sure I was watching what Dallas was watching when it comes to Nail. Yes he has struggled to put the biscut in the basket but so has everyone else.

Exactly whom on our team right now is all-world? Benching Yakupov is window dressing.........I would have benched the coach for introducing this system " SWARM" , that no one seems to have figured out. Yet some how a rookie is supposed to know exactly how it works and be producing?

It frankly ridiculous to expect him to be something better when clearly everyone is struggling with this system.

Bench Dubynk ...........he has cost us three games and still gets to play.....go figure.

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#15 BleedingOil
October 14 2013, 10:31AM
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yakupov+++ will be traded in the coming days. we need a 1D and 1G. watch.

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#16 Oilers Coffey
October 14 2013, 12:37PM
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Putting your leading scorer in a position to succeed. Whoah is that too far to fathom? You'd think he could have atleast bought himself a chance to start in first two lines this year. Eakins says that Yakupov has to outplay two other RWs ahead if him to get top six minutes. Then gift wraps 83 into that position to start? Eakins and Krueger are/have mishandled the young sniper. If he's struggling playing the New system, then teach him the system. Sending Yakupov to the press box for two straight is not the solution. As for Yakupovs scrum comments. Do you really want Yakupov as a 3rd line plug? Or where he's going to put in a position to do what he was drafted for?

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#17 Rotten Ron
October 14 2013, 08:59AM
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MessyEH! wrote:

I had never considered the Olympics. This is also a reason to have faith in Yak.

As for Yak not returning to Sarnia. Pretty easy decision if you ask me. Play for the Sting and earn 200 a month. Or head to my home town and make 100's of thousands a month. Your a real meathead if you think it was for any other reason. Besides, the kid was too good for the CHL.

Easy decision? Break a contract you signed cause things arent going your way? He knew the rules when he decided to come over. To good for the CHL? What if he decides hes too good for the Oilers, will you be glued to a grainy khl feed watching him slam his stick on the ice after every missed shot or slide across the ice in an empty arena after he scores a goal to tie a meaningless game?

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#18 EricOG
October 14 2013, 07:56AM
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The coach should also review his strategies and adapt them to the NHL, where the players react and move faster.

That "swarm" looks more like they are just running around with no real sense of direction.

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#19 Rama Lama
October 14 2013, 11:01AM
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@Robin Brownlee

I just think that Eakins is getting too much of a free ride here. I'm not the only one who has noticed is odd line combinations, lack of defensive zone structure, choice of goaltender, PK lines combinations that make no sense ( RNH & Hemsky), and in general a blender approach to matching lines.

In all this chaos Yaks gets singled out. I can think of at least 5 other players who have played worse.

I see no logic in anything that Eakins has done so far, and I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that I have missed something. I know we cannot afford yet another coach, that's not my position.........I want to see some structure in the game not 5 players supporting the play all bunched up with no one to pass to. I think this system has totally confused poor Yaks. This is not a lazy kid who just lost his way last week.

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#20 godot10
October 14 2013, 11:47AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Steve Yzerman and Scotty Bowman got so heated over Yzerman's defense the Red Wings almost traded him after he had been producing 100+ seasons. Years latter Yzerman is thankful for Bowman changing his game. If Yzerman dealt with it, so can Yak.....and he will be better for it

Yzerman was in hus late twenties and a mature hockey player. Not a 20-year old.

Scotty Bowman was a multi-Stanley Cup winning coach, not a moderately successful AHL coach with a good publicist.

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#21 MessyEH!
October 14 2013, 08:13AM
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I am still not sold on Eakins. I mean, what has he really done as a coach that warrants so much hype.

I feel the team has better players then last year. So they should be better.

I understand two men on the puck in the defensive end. This becomes very dangerous if no one has picked up the trailing man. It also leaves you vulnerable to a team like Vancouver that cycles the puck well.

It's the type of system that takes time for the players to adapt to. The players who are not in the fight for the puck, really have to have their heads on swivels, and keep there sticks in the passing lanes. I'm giving it time. I hope the players do as well.

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#22 Beans1029
October 14 2013, 08:45AM
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@Rdubb

Ummm and RNH having a team worst -7after only 3 games will put him in the rafters? No...not likely. Yaks got the short end since he's been here.

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#23 Wax Man Riley
October 14 2013, 04:12PM
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Hayek wrote:

Really? Yeah, he has no points. But that is not from a lack of effort. If you are going to crucify players for being unlucky, then you would have sent Hall down after his first 9 games with the Oilers.

I think most would agree that Yakupov with zero points has outplayed Smyth with 4 points this year. Also, in the future, since Yakupov has been dominant in outchancing the opposition, he will outscore Smyth over the season.

Stop being narrow minded. Of course Yakupov has had defensive lapses, but not more so than RNH, Hall, or even Eberle. This rhetoric that Yakupov is a floater is so laughable.

I do believe that Smyth has outplayed Yak.

Even being 2 steps behind Yak as far as speed goes, Smyth has been in position and working.

As I mentioned, I have only seen 3 games this year so far in person, but I believe you get a MUCH better sense of how the players play without the puck, and Yakupov has been disinterested and floating.

Maybe he is still learning the system, maybe he refuses to play it, maybe he is more interested in his endorsements than studying positioning, but he has not been effective.

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#24 Serious Gord
October 14 2013, 09:00AM
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Craig1981 wrote:

Steve Yzerman and Scotty Bowman got so heated over Yzerman's defense the Red Wings almost traded him after he had been producing 100+ seasons. Years latter Yzerman is thankful for Bowman changing his game. If Yzerman dealt with it, so can Yak.....and he will be better for it

A similar thing happened to Brett hull.

But in either case did the coach bench the player after barely fifty games in the NHL?

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#25 MessyEH!
October 14 2013, 12:08PM
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Maybe, this second sitting is to teach Yak Sr to stfu.

Or..... another boneheaded move by a boneheaded management team.

I wonder how the rest of the roster feels about Yak being sat. If it's really warranted they would be fine with it. If it's not...

Eakins may want to hold off with the unpacking.

A coach needs to win. If the system does not produce within 20 more games. I think the Oilers would start second guessing Eakins.

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#26 michael
October 14 2013, 12:20PM
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What a load. Hall makes a dozen give aways and does not get sat. Please Dallas this town has a few brain cells that can figure out what is what. Its easy to sit a second year player on the notion that he needs to learn to play without the puck. Sure I'll eat that. But your ability to justify it in lieu of the teams performance on Saturday night is just plain BS.

What we really need is for MacT to ensure that moving forward that Hemsky is somewhere else and that Yakupov is in the top 6.

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#27 Spydyr
October 14 2013, 12:32PM
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Is the team a better team with Ryan Smyth in the line-up or Yak?

Who will be here next year and who won't?

Who is the future of the franchise and who is the past?

Once again bad asset management by the Oilers.

How can you sit the kid and not sit players such as Dubnyk and J. Shultz .Players that are playing much worse than Yak.

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#28 mlcsellil
October 14 2013, 01:07PM
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Ordinarily , when a player is scratched 1 game, it is to see his mistakes and learn what he needs to do better. When a player is scratched more than that, (Peckman, Fistric Whitney. Jones PRV, Omark.....), plans are in the works. I sincerely hope Yak is not being considered as a chip to move in any type of trade. I don't care what might come back, Yak can't be sacrificed. There is no way in hell everyone else on the team is playing better than Yak. Let Eakins sit someone else. If is Eakins intention is to send a message, I got it. The Oilers are going to cost us Yakupov in a trade.

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#29 Ryan
October 14 2013, 08:45AM
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I have a hard time seeing him on the third line all the time . I think as a new coach you have to give your leading scorer from the year before some leeway. He should have started on the top 2 lines and been forced to play his way off those lines. This is as dumb as Quinn playing gagner on the fourth line.

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#30 Robin Brownlee
October 14 2013, 10:14AM
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@Kodiak

Once is OK but twice is too much?

If grasping the concept of playing the way Eakins expects takes more than one game sitting out, so be it. You and I know better from afar than Eakins does?

And the Dubnyk reference is a reach of biblical proportions. You know that.

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#31 Smokey
October 14 2013, 12:29PM
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I think the organization for the most part is assbackwards, and when you see the poor handling of prospects over and over again it doesn't surprise me they sat Yak. Its not that I felt there should be no accountability, but Yak could of been given 4th line duty for a game and given a chance to dig himself out rather then a benching. I watched the deteriorating confidence of MPS for two years. His fault was floaters from the side board and he soft on the puck, however he was defensively responsible. I did not see this garbage with the other young players. Hall, RNH, Eberle all have had their stinkers. Justin Schultz was brutal in many games last year, but he played. Why was Yak different? Its a double standard period with some of these kids. Why is that?

Taylor Hall's been a turnover magnet and one could argue his ass should stapled to the bench. Difference is that he's got a few points. Yak led this team in goals last year without a real push all last season. He was only forward who showed up the last ten games consistently last season. Way to go Oilers on this one!

If Yak did not hit those posts and they went in the net, he would of played last game. Let the kids play. If you gotta reduce their ice fine so be it, but don't trash their confidence by benching them, and creating a story.

I think Yak is too valuable, however I question whether he is in the long term goals of the Oilers, and that saddens me.

When Moses returned from Egypt's land he said, "LET MY YAK GO!"

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#32 Hayek
October 14 2013, 02:13PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

Haha.... 5th game in and he has alienated Yak already eh? lol

Yak was 2nd in a lot of stats except the ones that matter... goals and assists.

His D game has also been terrible, and his compete hasn't been there. I've been to 3 home games already and he has floated in all of them.

Really? Yeah, he has no points. But that is not from a lack of effort. If you are going to crucify players for being unlucky, then you would have sent Hall down after his first 9 games with the Oilers.

I think most would agree that Yakupov with zero points has outplayed Smyth with 4 points this year. Also, in the future, since Yakupov has been dominant in outchancing the opposition, he will outscore Smyth over the season.

Stop being narrow minded. Of course Yakupov has had defensive lapses, but not more so than RNH, Hall, or even Eberle. This rhetoric that Yakupov is a floater is so laughable.

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#33 Robin Brownlee
October 14 2013, 09:52AM
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@james_dean

He'll need a long stick to score from the press box. It's Yak Sitty again tonight.

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#34 Hayek
October 14 2013, 11:58AM
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Oil town on E wrote:

Here, here !! Get our top sniper off the line with a pylon and a plug!!! Just sayin ...

Not that it is necessary to get him better linemates, because Yakupov makes them immensely better. But yeah, Yakupov is playing well enough to not be buried on the 3rd line and have to play with guys such as Gordon and Smyth (not that Gordon is bad, but he is clearly not interested in generating offence.)

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#35 Oiler Al
October 14 2013, 03:12PM
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No bigger floater on the team than Hemsky. Mr Fly By. He wasn't traded because old 6 rings made sure the deal would not be approved no matter what. It was Lowe that gave #83 the 2 x $5 million contract, and not Tambelini.

PS.. Nothing wrong with Yak taking a seat for a night.... someone has to take a shot at figuring out the SWARM system, because sure as heck no one else can.

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#36 Craig1981
October 14 2013, 08:44AM
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@Lowetide

Well thank you sir.

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#37 Serious Gord
October 14 2013, 09:10AM
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Shane wrote:

Russians over react way to much about a game. Yak wasn't willing to buy into the system so he sat in the press box just like Dallas Eakins said when he took over as head coach. And just because yak sat doesn't mean hall, nuge or ebs can't sit either.

And oilers fans (and Canadian fans for that matter) back management decisions far too often.

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#38 MAC962
October 14 2013, 09:15AM
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Mr Ference, you have your mission, pull the Yak aside and you have the Chat, you are the Captain. And if it happens to be Yak really acting up ? to Philly you you go for Sean C and Braydon Coborne...

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#39 james_dean
October 14 2013, 09:48AM
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The kid just wants to play.

This is exactly what dallas wanted.

Look for 2 to 3 points for him tonight in a "grey hair special"

I hope he uses just for men when that cowlick goes grey

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#40 Naky
October 14 2013, 11:11AM
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@Rama Lama

You're not getting what he's trying to say. He's trying to say that while our best offensive forwards have been absolute train wrecks defensively, they're still at least trying hard. Even if they're not playing the system 100% right, they're still flying around, fighting battles, and landing hits. Dubnyk's not been great, but he's still fighting hard to get out of his slump.

Yakupov? Clearly you're not watching the same games I am, because Yakupov's been floating around out there and cherry picking. He described his own play with his own words! He's not making hits, he's not even trying to forecheck, heck, he's barely trying to cover his man at times. All he does is try to stay open so he can use his one timer in the offensive zone or take off flying with the puck after someone else did all the hard work in the defensive. This wouldn't even be so bad if he was actually scoring goals but he's not. So he gets benched even though the other kids aren't necessarily better - but they're trying.

Down the road, does Eakins sit Hall if he keeps giving prime time, gift wrapped turnovers every time he single handedly tries to split the D (and fails 90% of the time) as he so loves to do? I honestly hope so. But it's Yak's turn this time and he's kinda deserved it.

I will say though... two games is ballsy. This second game feels more like a punishment. However, a warranted one if Yakupov said those same words to Eakins about not going to change his game.

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#41 Rama Lama
October 14 2013, 12:01PM
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Naky wrote:

@Rama Lama

You're not getting what he's trying to say. He's trying to say that while our best offensive forwards have been absolute train wrecks defensively, they're still at least trying hard. Even if they're not playing the system 100% right, they're still flying around, fighting battles, and landing hits. Dubnyk's not been great, but he's still fighting hard to get out of his slump.

Yakupov? Clearly you're not watching the same games I am, because Yakupov's been floating around out there and cherry picking. He described his own play with his own words! He's not making hits, he's not even trying to forecheck, heck, he's barely trying to cover his man at times. All he does is try to stay open so he can use his one timer in the offensive zone or take off flying with the puck after someone else did all the hard work in the defensive. This wouldn't even be so bad if he was actually scoring goals but he's not. So he gets benched even though the other kids aren't necessarily better - but they're trying.

Down the road, does Eakins sit Hall if he keeps giving prime time, gift wrapped turnovers every time he single handedly tries to split the D (and fails 90% of the time) as he so loves to do? I honestly hope so. But it's Yak's turn this time and he's kinda deserved it.

I will say though... two games is ballsy. This second game feels more like a punishment. However, a warranted one if Yakupov said those same words to Eakins about not going to change his game.

David Perron had a horrible game, so did Jossenu, so did J. Schultz, so did RNH........do you bench them too?

I do believe in benching but if not done properly and without bias it totally disrupts the inner working of the team. I suspect everyone is looking over their shoulder every time they make a mistake........can you say squeeeeeeze.

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#42 Hayek
October 14 2013, 12:33PM
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Dog Train wrote:

Heaven forbid if a coach actually has the guts to sit one of our young guns down for a few games. Eakins is getting paid to try and win games. Accountability has been lacking for the Oilers for too long now. Eakins is bringing accountability back to the lineup. I know people will say that there are other forwards who aren't playing well defensively so why don't players like Eberle or Hall get benched? Because at this moment, they are better players than Yakupov and give us a better chance of winning. Smyth has 3 goals already this year so taking him out right now isn't the right move. Joensuu brings more intangibles to the lineup other than scoring and having Yak replace one of the fourth line guys will do nothing for his confidence. The kid will get his chance soon enough and when he does, he needs to prove that he deserves to be in the lineup each and every night.

If only this was true, it would make sense.

Yakupov outshoots, and outchances the opposition this year at the 2nd highest rate on the team at even strength.

While someone like Smyth has played pretty terrible for 3 games this year, and has gotten amazing linemates, and has gotten very lucky in his goals (good for him, but there is no doubt that his production is unsustainable).

I know most people see 0G 0A 0P for Yakupov and assume he is playing bad. The truth is he has been simply amazing this year in outplaying the opposition. The points will come soon enough.

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#43 Wax Man Riley
October 14 2013, 01:10PM
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Hayek wrote:

I'd simply fire Eakins now. I thought he had a philosophy that different players needed to be treated different to get through to him. He has now alienated what is likely to be the Oilers 2nd best player on the roster.

Yakupov was 2nd on the team in scoring chances/60, 2nd in shots/60, was 2nd on the team in corsi. Apparently, this non-team play that he employed was largely a benefit to the team. All this has happened while a roster has included worse players such as Brown, Gazdic, and Smyth.

The coach is not always right. Eakins is likely dead wrong here. He is looking at the scoresheet instead of actual gameplay.

Haha.... 5th game in and he has alienated Yak already eh? lol

Yak was 2nd in a lot of stats except the ones that matter... goals and assists.

His D game has also been terrible, and his compete hasn't been there. I've been to 3 home games already and he has floated in all of them.

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#44 oilabroad
October 14 2013, 08:33AM
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I think its too early to start throwing around the prima donna label again however it doesn't look good on him doing this at a time when the team is in the tank and he really has no legs to stand on in terms of output so far this year. I hate to sound cherryesque, but could you see Hall or Eberle doing/saying this?? not so sure...

One thing we have seen from MacT/Lowe in the past is dissenters get sent away real fast... this could be the beginning of the end

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#45 Gingerballs
October 14 2013, 08:37AM
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This does seem like a little bit of an over reaction, from almost everyone. This was a simple coaching decision to make an example of a prominent but still young player in the lineup. Yak deserved to be sat and has not played well enough within the system to warrent more ice time. Yes, he's on the third line and not paired up with top end talent, but someone struggling to learn the system doesn't get top minutes. Last year he may have been the top goal scorer but he hasn't earned the trust of his new coach. So, that's why when he's in the lineup he's on the third line. I don't think Yak's gonna pout and he really shouldn't. He can obviously leave that to his Dad and the Russian media to do that for him. There shouldn't be a lot of pressure on Yak to be "the guy", cause the Oil already have Hall, Ebs and the Nuge for that. However, I'm sure Yak wants a spot on that Russian Olympic team and he wanted a strong start to the season to be in the conversation. So, that's where some of the pressure is coming from for him. Not to mention, I'm sure he puts more pressure on himself than anyone else does. Yak just needs to focus on his game and keep it simple. I think everyone needs to remember it's only 4 games in with a new system and coach. Yak won't be the only player sat for poor play this year.

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#46 pelhem grenville
October 14 2013, 08:40AM
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...crikey the kid's got it, I do believe...

play the way the coach says to play and you'll get ALL you want...Dad needs to shut the bloody hell up ...p.s. if that's an invitation to "pull my finger" by Scarlet Lowtide

I'm all in...

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#47 Jordan Nugent-Hallkins
October 14 2013, 08:51AM
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I agree with Smitty giving him a private chat, or maybe even Hall.

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#48 Serious Gord
October 14 2013, 09:31AM
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Rotten Ron wrote:

Breet Hull played a full season in the minors after college and was 23 years old his rookie year. A much different siuation. At the time in the league when him and Yzerman were rookies defensive responsobility wasnt as important to coaches. Both had their coaches intervene later in there career when the game had evolved.

Yes, i am aware of all that. But when the coaches "intervention" happened, did it involve benching the player?

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#49 kawi460
October 14 2013, 09:58AM
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I no expert but Yak seems to be getting lost in the shuffle with all the young small skilled wingers. Would it hurt to move one of them and good prospect for a stud young dman? Seth Jones could be a good fit. Plus the Preds could use a top 6 winger with good potential.

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#50 Oil town on E
October 14 2013, 11:53AM
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@Hayek

Here, here !! Get our top sniper off the line with a pylon and a plug!!! Just sayin ...

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