YAKUPOV: LAST IN, FIRST OUT?

Robin Brownlee
November 11 2013 07:41PM

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said just last week he isn’t trying to trade Nail Yakupov, but agent Igor Larionov has tongues wagging across the NHL today, saying his client is open to a trade. Anywhere is fine.

Two Tweets from the Twitter account of ESPN Magazine senior hockey writer Craig Custance are again fuelling speculation that the struggling Yakupov could be on the move out Edmonton just 65 games into his NHL career with the Oilers, who picked him first overall in 2012. Just after 6 p.m. Edmonton time, the following:

A couple of hours prior to that, just before 5 p.m., Custance posted:

So, according to Custance, a seasoned scribe not prone to passing along baseless hearsay or making things up, and in direct quotes, Yakupov is open to and OK with being traded by the Oilers and Larionov plans to swing into town for a sit-down with MacTavish and maybe coach Dallas Eakins to discuss how his client is being used. That about cover it?

Is that trouble with a capital T or entitlement with a capital E?

EARLY SPLIT OR HISSY FIT?

It's completely understandable why Yakupov wouldn't be anything close to happy right now. Aside from the Oilers being off to a horrid 4-13-2 start, Yakupov has struggled mightily through the first 17 games of his sophomore season.

After finishing his rookie season like a house on fire with five goals in his last two games and totals of 17-14-31 in 48 games, Yakupov has scored just 2-2-4 in 17 games this season. He's been a healthy scratch. He's been moved up and down the line-up by Eakins. He's got every reason to be frustrated.

Is that all this is? I'm not sure. Players struggling during a difficult stretch or through a frustrating set of circumstances – diminished ice time, offensive droughts -- will often vent to their agents. Sometimes, it's a one-off. Then, the puck goes in the net, as it did in Chicago Sunday. Ice time increases. The team starts to win again. Cooler heads prevail. It's not often the crux of those conversations is passed on to media types.

Now, this from Larionov about Yakupov, the third and last of three first overall picks over the past four seasons after Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Wasn't it, like, just six or eight weeks ago that Oiler fans and some media types were thinking out loud about how Yakupov's next contract might stack up to those inked by Hall, RNH and Jordan Eberle?

This, just after MacTavish went out of his way to stifle speculation the Oilers were shopping the talented 20-year-old Russian winger: "When we drafted Nail it was because we believed he’d be a dynamic, electric, exciting player and that hasn’t changed. We were not expecting him to become all that in the first 70 games of his career," he said.

"We very much believe Nail will evolve to become that dynamic, electric player — become one of the most entertaining guys in the game. I told that to Igor. And I told that to Yak. Development is very rarely a straight line. It has ups and downs."

SO, WHAT NEXT?

So, what to make of this? Whatever conclusion you draw, it's difficult for me to believe Larionov didn't know exactly what he was saying. I'm guessing he said it with the blessing of his client. Leverage? Sending a message? Or is something already broken that can't be fixed? I don't know.

While "open to a trade" doesn’t necessarily equate to "I want to be traded," it's just a degree or two short. Demanding a trade now, given how poorly he's played, would be the epitome of entitlement -- blaming everybody else but himself for the situation Yakupov finds himself in.

Whatever the case, and despite what MacTavish said last week, I'm guessing what Larionov said today will get MacT's cell phone ringing just as surely as it has people talking already. Stay tuned.

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#151 David S
November 11 2013, 10:46PM
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Oilfan wrote:

To: The article writers and regular contributors.

The Edmonton Oilers are not very good, theres only so much rage press people can take.

The team I am much more interested in is the Edmonton Oilkings, who are very good.

The Oilkings franchise seems to be an absolute factory for great NHL prospects, practically everyone on the team is highly touted.

Id really like to see some analysis on the Oilkings, how they play, their systems, personel, and which NHL teams drafted some of the players on the current Oilkings. This is Oil Nation after all! I think that there is a huge portion of reporting that is being missed on this site with regards to the WHL.

It's "OILERS Nation". Says so on the header at the top of the web page here.

If we go down that slippery slope it won't be long before Wanye is writing GDB's for the Spruce Grove Bantam Championships.*

*The winner of which I suspect would take down the current Oilers squad in a best of seven series.

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#152 Dog Train
November 11 2013, 10:47PM
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All that Yakupov can control is his play. It's been up and down (mostly down) this season. That said, he is held to an entirely different standard it seems than guys like Gagner aand Eberle. We have very few forwards with any commitment defensively. Honestly, Hemsky is probably the best of our current top six defensively right now and that's not exactly a ringing endorsement for the rest of them.

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#153 dave
November 11 2013, 10:55PM
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morgie wrote:

Apparently Katz drafted Yak, scouts wanted Murray

Karma is a bitch I guess

That would explain why Stauffer wanted Murray so badly.

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#154 Rob Gilgan
November 11 2013, 10:56PM
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Contrast Dallas Eakins coaching philosophy with Mike Babcock:

http://oilersnation.com/2013/11/5/tuesday-tidbitslearn-from-detroit

I think Babcock's approach would coax wins out of this talented group, where Eakins is trying to force things and meeting no success.

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#155 hoozonphirst
November 11 2013, 10:56PM
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Another black eye for Wrecksall Spirts and the Oiler faithful. The Katz/Lowe/MacT) triumvirate of invertebrates has struck again. I predict the queque to get the frick out of the Oiler vortex of imcompetence has begun to form on the left.

NOBODY is going to come here to play for any amount of money. I didn't think it could ever be any worse run than Pocklington or EIG but Katz wins the booby prize. These developments are embarrassing. Yakupov's performance this year has been completely unsatisfactory and some of this is on him and his character.

The performance of Oiler ownership, management and coaching is just plain embarrassing. I will never spend another cent on tickets or anything else Oiler!

Shame on you Katz.

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#156 Hauk15
November 11 2013, 10:59PM
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DCC wrote:

What has happened to the Yakupov who oozed unbridled enthusiasm, the ear to ear grin, the deliriously happy goal celebration?

There is something putrid, something insidious and rotten at the core of this organization. It's quite alarming.

Hall and Eberle hate Russians. They turned the team on him. I hope he does get traded, he deserves better than to bullied by "adults". Hopefully we can get a real defense-man back. P.S MacT please send him to the east so we only have to get lit up by him twice a year. Thanks.

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#157 Rocket
November 11 2013, 11:00PM
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All this talk about trading Yakupov has me thinking his trade value must be super low. I wonder what The Oilers would get for him? A first rounder? Second?

Boston was able to get some good pieces for Kessel but then he's a proven scorer. Maybe The Oilers will hold on to Yakupov long enough so that no team will want him.

That worked with Hemsky and Gagner right? Sigh...

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#158 lenny
November 11 2013, 11:02PM
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BleedOil4Life wrote:

Have you ever thought that maybe its because he is not really trying to buy in to the new system like the others??

The others get more ice because they have been playing in the nhl longer....yakupov has struggled so bad so thats why he does not play. I hope that with how he snapped in chicago he now is awake and starts to play better both ways.

oh and "playing hockey since 1963 and watching since 82' doesnt mean anything in any aspect....we are talking about the nhl.

Well, let me see who else played like that in his second year? Hall? Eberle? Hopkins? Remember? How were they treated, I don't remember Hall playing on the 4th line do you? Was Eberle benched last year when Yakupov scored 17 and Eberle next to nothing? I was talking NHL Edmonton Oilers what did you think I was talking about- Oilkings?

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#159 BleedOil4Life
November 11 2013, 11:05PM
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@lenny

Different coach....again maybe the attitudes of the others were better.

its so sad that we have gotten to this point of arguing on website.

CAN WE JUST PUT SOME WINS TOGETHER AND HAVE EVERYONE PLAY AS A TEAM!!?!?!?!

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#160 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 11 2013, 11:11PM
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Is Katz auditioning to be the NHL's Jerry Jones?

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#161 Rocket
November 11 2013, 11:14PM
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reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan) wrote:

Is Katz auditioning to be the NHL's Jerry Jones?

Lol! Hey even The Cowboys have been to the playoffs more recently than The Oilers so whatever it takes.

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#162 Al Low
November 11 2013, 11:15PM
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Thanks MacT for your hasty decision making when you replaced a guy who actually moved the team a few spots out of the gutter last year (Krueger) to a guy who, for all of his bravado, was not ready for prime-time and will be taking the team back to the TSN Draft Lottery Special show in April again (Dallas Eakins). Due to your power trip move, thanks for possibly losing a talented one shot scorer that you will be looking for again in a couple of years. Thanks for overpaying (in cash and term) for soft as butter players like Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle and Gagner who just aren't tough enough to ever make Edmonton a winner. The Boys on the Bus II model is a complete fail. You, Daryl and 6 time Stanley Cup champ Kevin Lowe all deserve to be put on blast for 8 years of ineptness. I look forward to backlash being at a fever pitch for the rest of the year. Oiler fans deserve better -- you fools have taken their loyalty for granted way too long.

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#163 Oiler Al
November 11 2013, 11:19PM
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You want to break up the clan, Eberle or Hall to Nashville for Seth Jones.

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#164 dougtheslug
November 11 2013, 11:21PM
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Ok, guys, here's the only scenario that makes sense to me......

Somehow, Darry Katz has got himself mixed up with the Russian mafia. They forced him to install Eakins(one of their operatives) as coach. As part of a match fixing scheme, they are forcing Eakins to make his inane line combinations, and knowing how explosive Yak is, are having Eakins break his spirit, all the while making millions betting against the Oilers.

Having Sam Gagner take the crucial draw in the d-zone in the last minute against Chicago was the final tipoff that blew the cover off this thing - no one who knows anything about hockey would be that stupid.....obviously Eakins is not a real coach....

I put it all together watching the Bourne Supremacy last night - has anyone noticed that Jason Bourne has more than passing resemblance with Taylor Hall? Coincidence? I think not.

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#165 camdog
November 11 2013, 11:30PM
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I remember when Steve Staois was still an Oiler, some time before he got traded. He said something to the effect that you can't "trade all the veterans."

And then following each season, it didn't matter whom the GM was whether Tambelini or Mactavish they went public stating that they needed to trade all of the veterans to try and change the culture of the organization. Just curious has anybody figured out what they were ever talking about? I could never understand how our leaders from that cup run all of a sudden tourned to be poison the minute the franchise started to lose!

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#166 kale
November 11 2013, 11:32PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Ok, guys, here's the only scenario that makes sense to me......

Somehow, Darry Katz has got himself mixed up with the Russian mafia. They forced him to install Eakins(one of their operatives) as coach. As part of a match fixing scheme, they are forcing Eakins to make his inane line combinations, and knowing how explosive Yak is, are having Eakins break his spirit, all the while making millions betting against the Oilers.

Having Sam Gagner take the crucial draw in the d-zone in the last minute against Chicago was the final tipoff that blew the cover off this thing - no one who knows anything about hockey would be that stupid.....obviously Eakins is not a real coach....

I put it all together watching the Bourne Supremacy last night - has anyone noticed that Jason Bourne has more than passing resemblance with Taylor Hall? Coincidence? I think not.

That is funny because last night I was watching Moneyball and thinking hmm, maybe the Oilers are Moneyball 2, a new system coupled with a losing streak when the team wont buy in to a total buy in to 20 consecutive victories.. I quickly dismissed the thought though.

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#167 Geoff
November 11 2013, 11:36PM
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After reading this article $^%& trading yak. Trade someone else.

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#168 Taylor Gang
November 11 2013, 11:36PM
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Okay... As interesting as this may be, how can this possibly be true? I don't know about you guys but I'm just a fan who is reading this off my iPhone when I have the time. How on earth can you possibly know this acidity is real? There is some evidence to support that but what "insider" info are we looking at to back this up? How come General Mackenzie and Lieutenant Dreger haven't shed any light on this situation yet? This conspiracy smells as fishy as its contents...

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#169 Wax Man Riley
November 11 2013, 11:36PM
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lenny wrote:

Well, let me see who else played like that in his second year? Hall? Eberle? Hopkins? Remember? How were they treated, I don't remember Hall playing on the 4th line do you? Was Eberle benched last year when Yakupov scored 17 and Eberle next to nothing? I was talking NHL Edmonton Oilers what did you think I was talking about- Oilkings?

Hall, Eberle, and Hopkins were 3 of the best players in the lineup, so they got too minutes.

Yakupov now has to compete with them and Hemsky; a veteren skill guy, and CinderellArco; a guy making the most of his opportunity.

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#170 Bleak Winter
November 11 2013, 11:37PM
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dougtheslug wrote:

Ok, guys, here's the only scenario that makes sense to me......

Somehow, Darry Katz has got himself mixed up with the Russian mafia. They forced him to install Eakins(one of their operatives) as coach. As part of a match fixing scheme, they are forcing Eakins to make his inane line combinations, and knowing how explosive Yak is, are having Eakins break his spirit, all the while making millions betting against the Oilers.

Having Sam Gagner take the crucial draw in the d-zone in the last minute against Chicago was the final tipoff that blew the cover off this thing - no one who knows anything about hockey would be that stupid.....obviously Eakins is not a real coach....

I put it all together watching the Bourne Supremacy last night - has anyone noticed that Jason Bourne has more than passing resemblance with Taylor Hall? Coincidence? I think not.

I think you may have something there.

In fact, I think we've been too hard on the Oilers this season as fans. If you step back from expecting anything from the Oilers you'd expect to see in a hockey team like wins, progress towards achieving wins, or even icing a competitive roster... you can see this is still a fantastically entertaining organization, if measured strictly in a "soap opera" sense.

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#171 Taylor Gang
November 11 2013, 11:40PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

You want to break up the clan, Eberle or Hall to Nashville for Seth Jones.

Sure, trade a very young player for an even younger player.

Next

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#172 Spoils
November 11 2013, 11:56PM
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Hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but if I wanted to steal yak I might plant a rumor, maybe through the agent and then call with an offer just when it starts to get real.

Of course that is ridiculous, but makes me all defensive.

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#173 nrXic
November 11 2013, 11:56PM
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Oiler Al wrote:

You want to break up the clan, Eberle or Hall to Nashville for Seth Jones.

I mentioned this earlier, ie. trade the problem away, but I'm going to eat my words a bit, here.

With the right management, these situations can be solved with a solution where you can retain your talent, build friendships & team comradery, and heighten the level of professionalism within your whole organization (rather than with just a few 'troublemakers').

This would be the ideal situation, but do we have the right management to make it happen? Do we have a management that even sees it as an issue?

What is clear is that the Edmonton Media doesn't see it as an issue worth reporting. This is discouraging because then Oilers management will passively deal with the issue by trading a player like Yakupov away, without addressing a core issue with the team.

Part of it is not airing dirty laundry in a newspaper piece and I completely get that. But hey, after having a new coach every year, near last place finishes (with another on the way, if things don't turn around), I say it's fair game.

There's something screwed up about this team. Maybe being an Oilers fan in Calgary is taking its toll on me, but I say the Edmonton media should air out anything rotten so they fix it. "Disunity in the Locker Room" is hard to convey without throwing people under the bus, I understand that, but man, maybe that'll get them to smarten up.

Also, my apologies for posting so much on this issue. I could very well be making a big deal out of something that is less significant in reality.

But there's something screwed up about this team and I abhor the idea of sending away a #1 draft pick for nearly nothing after he's played less than a full season. I just know a divided team will never succeed in any capacity, and that management should fix it instead of brushing it under a carpet.

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#174 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 11 2013, 11:57PM
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Taylor Gang wrote:

Sure, trade a very young player for an even younger player.

Next

I am afraid this is the road we are on now.

Katz was supposed to restore balance to the Forc... er um make this team a desired location and add stability

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#175 bazmagoo
November 12 2013, 12:06AM
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LOIL99 wrote:

I assume that Yak will have trouble fitting into many NHL dressing rooms. He is a devout religious guy that doesnt drink or chase girls. Thats pretty much the anti typical young NHL player.

This is likely why Yakupov isn't fitting in with the party crew of the Oilers.. Devout muslim as well. Maybe he doesn't want to wear Eakins military uniform "star of the game" jacket. How many muslims were killed by the person who once owned that jacket?

If we have to trade him I hope we can get at least 2 decent players for him. Would Oilersnation agree that Coburn + Simmonds would be a decent return? Would definitely make us better in the short term, wonder if we could pull it off.

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#176 bazmagoo
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dougtheslug wrote:

Ok, guys, here's the only scenario that makes sense to me......

Somehow, Darry Katz has got himself mixed up with the Russian mafia. They forced him to install Eakins(one of their operatives) as coach. As part of a match fixing scheme, they are forcing Eakins to make his inane line combinations, and knowing how explosive Yak is, are having Eakins break his spirit, all the while making millions betting against the Oilers.

Having Sam Gagner take the crucial draw in the d-zone in the last minute against Chicago was the final tipoff that blew the cover off this thing - no one who knows anything about hockey would be that stupid.....obviously Eakins is not a real coach....

I put it all together watching the Bourne Supremacy last night - has anyone noticed that Jason Bourne has more than passing resemblance with Taylor Hall? Coincidence? I think not.

Best post ever, the internet bows to you sir

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#177 bazmagoo
November 12 2013, 12:18AM
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@Taylor Gang

Getting Seth Jones would be a major coup for our team. Trading Eberle would break up the party boys, I could be into this trade scenario.

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#178 TDSM31
November 12 2013, 12:21AM
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Hockey fan 1976 wrote:

What a freaking joke!!! And how pathetic that some fans here already turned on Yuk for wanting out of this mess if in fact is true. Do you blame him? Am surprised it hasn't happened sooner the way he's been handled in Edmonton. 4th line? Scratched several times while Schultz blows the big one on defence day in and day out before he was injured. When was the last time god almighty Hall or Ebs got sat for stinking so bad defensively which has happened more than once (hence their great record ). This organization is a joke, and I hope Yuk leaves and becomes an All-star at a time that actually knows how to develop talent. Done with the Oilers and all the geniuses here that think Yuk is the problem. BRUTAL MICKEY MOUSE OPERATION!!!

Yep. The Flint Tropics are a better run organization than the Oilers. Fire KLowe and bring in Jackie Moon.

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#179 6 ring circus
November 12 2013, 12:27AM
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Desperate times call for desperate measures,It's time we bring in Mr Burn's and Homer Simpson to replace Katz and Lowe.

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#180 Quicksilver ballet
November 12 2013, 12:31AM
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Send him to Buffalo, in exchange for Tyler Myers and the Sabres first selection in the 2015 draft.

Dallas Eakins chosen whipping boy, will be alot better off getting out of this debacle. The Oilers organization is living proof, you should never give stupid people rope. The results have been tragic. The two kids who've dedicated themselves to becoming better hockey players are RNH and Nail Yakupov. We don't see these kids out partying at all hours of the night.

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#181 mlcselli
November 12 2013, 12:36AM
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Remember when Eakins first addressed the media saying that he will coach a team but treat the players as individuals? He didn't want players being distracted. He would talk to a guy at the water cooler or sit down and have a coffee with someone. Obviously, just like the rest of his own horn blowing, about how committed a coach he will be, this seems like something else that he failed to do. My perception of Eakins is changing to that of the proverbial used car salesman.

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#182 Gongshow
November 12 2013, 12:50AM
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We could get a King's ransom for Hall right about now. If he's the root of the problem. Just sayin ...

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#183 Hockey Problems
November 12 2013, 01:16AM
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Yakupov just might have the highest offensive ceiling of all the kids. The setting "must be" right for him to be moved. When all rational thought fails ... Enter Oiler management. Bold moves. Maybe Yak can find himself in Bryz's universe. KLowe, MacT, and coach Eakins need a slap to the head... Enter Igor Larionov.

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#184 Gongshow
November 12 2013, 01:32AM
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Give the "brain trust " a smack for us fans, Igor !!!

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#185 Oilerz4life
November 12 2013, 01:37AM
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Gongshow wrote:

We could get a King's ransom for Hall right about now. If he's the root of the problem. Just sayin ...

Taylor Hall is the root of the problem in Edmonton? What are you smoking?

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#186 Gongshow
November 12 2013, 01:41AM
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I said... "IF"... And smoking is bad for your health.

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#187 MessyEH!
November 12 2013, 01:44AM
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I never thought about Yak not fitting into the dressing room. Remember how much we loved this kid for his bravado . I am not seeing that confidence or swagger anymore. Youthful enthusiasm has effectively been crushed.

Could he be being made an outcast due to his religious beliefs. No drinking, prayers, and lives with his parents. Yes, Nail Flanders just may not fit in with all the Homers and Barts on the roster.

On a secondary note. I remember Lisa Simpson being one hell of a goalie. Maybe the Oilers should be scouting her.

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#188 MessyEH!
November 12 2013, 01:49AM
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Please let our newest crazy russian goalie have a mask with lisa Simpson's likeness on it.

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#189 MessyEH!
November 12 2013, 01:52AM
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Gongshow wrote:

We could get a King's ransom for Hall right about now. If he's the root of the problem. Just sayin ...

Bongshow may be onto something here. I still think 14 is the wonder kid to trade. But would Hall bring in that much more than Eberle.

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#190 Hockey Problems
November 12 2013, 01:53AM
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Gongshow wrote:

We could get a King's ransom for Hall right about now. If he's the root of the problem. Just sayin ...

We would most definitely get the greatest return if we dealt Hall.

Blasphemy, I know.

But this ship needs to be righted.

At any cost ?!?

Shall I consider the panic button officially pushed ?!?

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#191 Bongshow ... I mean... Gongshow
November 12 2013, 02:01AM
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MessyEH! wrote:

Bongshow may be onto something here. I still think 14 is the wonder kid to trade. But would Hall bring in that much more than Eberle.

You need to be on "sumthin" to tolerate the ineptness that is Oil Country.

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#192 Hockey Problems
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Gongshow wrote:

We could get a King's ransom for Hall right about now. If he's the root of the problem. Just sayin ...

Any inside info would be greatly appreciated.

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#193 Rdubb
November 12 2013, 02:53AM
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Who cares if he is open to trade or not, he doesn't have a no trade clause, MacT can move whenever & wherever he feels like it and Yak & his agent have NO SAY.... No, maybe Yak should pull his bullheaded noodle out of his butt and start playing better, maybe his ice time would be better if he wasn't a league worst in +/-. It seems that every line he plays with he brings down and they get scored against. 5 games and Eberle is +9, 4 games with Yak and Eberle goes -8, do we see something there? And it goes for every line he plays with... Eakins has tried kid gloves, it hasn't worked, now its time to treat him like a million dollar player and a man, sit him down and TELL HIM TO PLAY THE SYSTEM

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#194 john
November 12 2013, 03:53AM
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The problem is the coach, I see the players are not having fun there. The power plays are not clicking, they scores and they are happy, look at last few years they were among the top in NHL. Even strength they are not playing well also. These are young men not kids so Eakins are treating them like kids. Motivate them not punish them for mistakes by benching. So many coaches and new players coming in, they need to jell as a team and play for each other. Eakins are driving these players out of town.

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#195 hemi
November 12 2013, 04:04AM
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@Hockey Problems

Yes indeed Gongshow, full blown panic it is! And lets not forget that the good old "finger-pointing" may be just around the corner as well.

Just gets tougher and tougher being an Edmonton Sports Fan. Oh the days of mediocrity, how I miss them.

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#196 Rheal1
November 12 2013, 04:19AM
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Larionov stated that Yakupov would be open to any team. Not sure how much he would fetch... Clearly this team requires immediate relief but the way forward seems to be more mediocrity if we rightly deduct the Smid for prospects trade was just that; no immediate relief.Smid should have fetched a comparable in my view. A stay at home type that blocks shots and can also hit hard, punishing blows. Yakupov will probably not fetch much. I would trade him for a bigger 6'4" 220lbs man, not a kid.

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#197 Rheal1
November 12 2013, 04:35AM
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I would also add to my last that I would package Yakupov, Gagner or another kid, a bunch of draft picks for 2014 & 2015 for what we need: a big, mean stay at home Dman, a big power forward and an enforcer. The Dman can be on the second pairing, the enforcer to play against opposition top lines as part of an Oiler 4th trio and the big power forward to play with a kid line.

The kids need stability, confidence and mentoring. Too late to change coaches at this point.... We are truly f@cked.

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#198 Spydyr
November 12 2013, 04:43AM
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If I was MacT I would be calling every team with a top pairing defencman under 25.If that does not work a top 2C under 25.At least fix a hole here.

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#199 Big Cap
November 12 2013, 05:33AM
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My Question is:

Just how bad and desperate does it have to get around here before our Leader of Leaders, comes out of his cave to address this mess?

Everyone can see we are falling apart at the seams. Fans are turning on the team, and on each other. We are the laughing stock of the entire league, once again. Management has yet to even address any of the problems we are facing this year, let alone make amends to change it. If you count trading a 3-4 D-man who loved playing for this team and demonstrated it every night with his toughness and commitment by trading him for 2 prospects that’s clearly not it.

How dysfunctional will things have to get before Katz makes just ONE public statement let alone management changes.

Do we even trust this management group to find the "right" trade should we have to deal one of our young guns? They only have one shot, and I personally think they are scared stiff.

It’s a shame that we see owners like Ed Snider disgusted publically about the performance of his beloved team and vows things will be changed and better. Meanwhile our owner, Katz is lounging around in his Vancouver penthouse enjoying a Long John & Double Double refusing to put his devoted fans minds at ease by saying anything of reassurance .

This Organization is a Complete Joke!

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#200 BleedingOil
November 12 2013, 05:51AM
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Trade his a**. Worst +/- on the team and the 2nd worst s% among Oiler FWD. Half of his points come with a man advantage. He doesnt hit and cant make a pass. GET OUT OF THE YEG YAK! I just wanna see a good return, because he will be an OVI/Stamkos power in a few years.

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