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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#1 Nimrod
November 11 2013, 07:50PM
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Between the media piling on the kid and the coach making an example of him at all times, while all the other players are immune, what do they expect?

Watch him being traded in a lopsided deal and flourish elsewhere.

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#2 DSF
November 11 2013, 07:56PM
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Andy Grabia ‏@agrabia

Can the Oilers make Larionov an offer while he's here? Even at 52, he's gotta be better than five or six guys they're currently dressing.

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#3 Big Cap
November 11 2013, 08:21PM
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Can't blame Yak for being frustrated. He's an elite scoring weapon. A competent coach would know how to effectively coach him and put him in situations to succeed.

Instead we have a big mouth, know it all, coach who has changed our effective PP and PK as well as our defensive system.

Yak has been shuffled around, embarrassed by being benched, and sat for back to back games.

This disaster is all on Eakins!!!

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#4 RexHolez
November 11 2013, 07:48PM
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Have fun finally playing on an NHL team Yak! You're my favorite of the 1's

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#5 Walter Sobchak
November 11 2013, 09:55PM
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@Robin Brownlee

from what I've read in tweets from the Oilers, from Stauffer, from Dallas Eakins himself.

Yakupov work ethic is not the issue, his commitment to learning is not the issue!

This can all be found on the Oilers web site.

So where is the disconnect?

My guess is some of it's lost in translation, but by my eye.....

We do have a report out of Russia with Nails dad no less stating before the season started that something was rotten in the orginization.

The fact the rest of the players are not held to the same accountability as Yakupov does scream being singled out!! Player biasis.

When a player like Yakupov sits on the bench watching, Hall, Eberle, Schultz Jr, Petry , and now Gagner making game costing turnovers and defensive gaffs how exactly would you take that as a player??

I would be PIssed off too, when a Hall of Fame like Mr Larionov watches the same thing happening it gets him pissed off as well.

I guess MacTavish, Eakins, and Lowe must know more then a Player like Larionov.

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#6 Taylor Gang
November 11 2013, 07:58PM
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I hope he doesn't get traded, but really who could blame him? This organization treats him like crap. Sure he isn't great defensively, but his main, most important job is to score goals, and how is he supposed to do that with his puny minutes? Everyone also overanalyzes everything he says, ESPECIALLY the media, to the point where he is almost being labelled an enemy of the state. This guy WILL be better than Eberle, he WILL score many goals in his career, and he WILL be a star in the league for years to come. Why pull the plug now?

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#7 James
November 11 2013, 08:03PM
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Too many cligues in the locker room? Something isn't right here, and it's not necessarily Yak, though his agent may not be doing him any favours by speaking out. There may be other people to consider here, there doesn't seem to be the comraderie with Yak as there is with the rest of the kids. You can see it in the games, some of them avoid him.

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#8 Cold Hard Truth
November 11 2013, 10:16PM
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5 stages of realizing the Oilers suck:

1) Denial: "It's still early. They're much better than their results have shown!"

2) Anger: "$*#*@* Dubnyk!"

3) Bargaining: "You think we could package Hemsky and a 1st for Weber?"

4) Depression: "...something inside of me died after watching the game."

5) Acceptance: "Well, maybe next year."

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#9 doubleA34
November 11 2013, 08:03PM
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I'm surprised yaks the only one that wants off this sinking ship. Wouldn't be surprise if you hear other pieces of the fab 5 wanting out too.

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#10 Big Cap
November 11 2013, 08:28PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

No, it's all on Fail's terrible, sub-NHL calibre play.

Your right. Blame the 20 year old with less than 70 Pro games under his belt.

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#11 lenny
November 11 2013, 09:10PM
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fig pucker wrote:

this is exactly why you don't draft russians before the third round. if he doesn't get the money or ice time he wants (not deserves) he's taking his toys and going home, trade him and never use another high draft pick on a russian.

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A STUPID BIGOT!

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#12 BigBurgers
November 11 2013, 09:31PM
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I have it on good authority that the oilers dressing room is more toxic than we realize. A good buddy of mine works close with the team. It's no secret that Hall was upset that he was passed over for captain. He and eberle have been un-officially running the show for a while now. Hall is like Ethan Moreau, doesn't hesitate to pick his favourites and makes things miserable for those who arent buddy-buddy with him or go party at the Rack after. Ebs isn't a leader, he's more of Hall's henchman, so to speak. Even then, he's just as bad and just as guilty as Hall in terms of setting cliques. Anyhow, yaks didn't go out to party and mack on girls with the boys, so hall and friends started shunning him. It's a classic case of school-yard bullying. Yak needs to get out of this poison atmosphere ASAP.

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#13 Robert
November 11 2013, 09:22PM
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The team is deliberately not passing to Yakupov unless they have to. Seems odd that is why this story has legs to me

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#14 ubermiguel
November 11 2013, 09:38PM
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BigBurgers wrote:

I have it on good authority that the oilers dressing room is more toxic than we realize. A good buddy of mine works close with the team. It's no secret that Hall was upset that he was passed over for captain. He and eberle have been un-officially running the show for a while now. Hall is like Ethan Moreau, doesn't hesitate to pick his favourites and makes things miserable for those who arent buddy-buddy with him or go party at the Rack after. Ebs isn't a leader, he's more of Hall's henchman, so to speak. Even then, he's just as bad and just as guilty as Hall in terms of setting cliques. Anyhow, yaks didn't go out to party and mack on girls with the boys, so hall and friends started shunning him. It's a classic case of school-yard bullying. Yak needs to get out of this poison atmosphere ASAP.

Or get the poison out of the room and build the team around a guy who doesn't waste his time partying and focuses on hockey.

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#15 Hockey fan 1976
November 11 2013, 09:57PM
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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!!!

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#16 Taylor Gang
November 11 2013, 08:03PM
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Can we stop alienating Russian players and assume that they'll leave to the KHL? I doubt it's appreciated much by Russian players who are very much interested in staying here in North America, such as Yakupov.

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#17 DCC
November 11 2013, 10:43PM
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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.

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#18 SlowTalker
November 11 2013, 08:27PM
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Primo wrote:

I think the Oiler fans have missed the point entirely. In the 2013 draft Yak would be a 10th over all at best. He is simply not ready for prime time. Another Gagne in the making...a young guy who needed further development at a young age but forced to play because his NHL team lacks depth.

Another sad story developing and potentially another ruined career. Gagne will never achieve his potential given his mis-management by the Oiler leadership.

The only solution to all of this is the immediate termination of 6 rings and bringing in a 'builder' who has not only hockey knowledge but demonstrated leadership and management of a pro hockey team.

You know that Simon Gagne plays for the Flyers right? How seriously should I take your opinion if you don't even know how to spell "Gagner"? Do you even watch the Oilers?

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#19 DSF
November 11 2013, 08:56PM
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The demonization of Yakupov has already begun:

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/11/11/nail-yakupovs-agent-open-to-a-trade-from-edmonton-oilers-were-willing-to-make-a-move-any-team/

No mention of the fact that Hall, Eberle Gagner, Schultz et al also need to work like hell on their defensive games.

Hall -8

Gagner -9 (in only 6GP)

J. Schultz -10 (in only 14GP)

Petry -11

Hopkins -12

Hemsky -12

Yakupov -14

Looks like we're blaming the new kid.

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#20 ubermiguel
November 11 2013, 10:06PM
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All this talk of a locker room that looks like it's being run by junior high school girls gets me thinking: maybe Larionov coming here is a good thing. When Igor Larionov flies halfway across the world to tell Lowe, Katz and MacT to get their $#!% together that's got to carry some weight.

Lowetide had a nice article on "The Professor" almost exactly a year ago here.

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#21 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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#22 Rob Gilgan
November 12 2013, 06:53AM
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DrunkGuyTy wrote:

Wow - has this ever gotten everyone in a frenzy! The gossip, and catty-ness on here sounds like bunch of junior high school girls. Somehow an obscure and stock comment by an agent to a 2nd tier reporter about Yak has turned into Hall and Ebs being a couple of b!tches that have poisoned the dressing room.

Please. Listen to yourselves.

These unwarranted and unrelenting attacks on junior high school girls must STOP!!!

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#23 Eulers
November 12 2013, 07:08AM
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The double standard against Yakupov by the media and the organization is just criminal.

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#24 LOIL99
November 11 2013, 10:09PM
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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.

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#25 Fresh Mess
November 11 2013, 07:58PM
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Russian hot shot scorers are very seldom worth the headaches. Ironically, Larionov is one of the few I would have on my team.

Mel Brooks, Larry David, and Carl Reiner combined couldn't write a comedy as gut-busting as watching the Oilers organization.

They traded my favourite Oiler player, Smid away for a bag of pucks. I mean, it's just total chaos.

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#26 6 ring circus
November 11 2013, 08:24PM
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Is anyone really surprised he want's out? I don't blame him one bit,MAYBE now Katz will finally get it ,that there's major problems and the lord of the ring's (k Lowe) needs to be shown the door, before the rest of the team join's Yak and want out to.

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#27 Kirk Brakenberry
November 11 2013, 08:09PM
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Gong Show meets Let's make deal. Ahh the life of an oiler fan.

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#28 Jermiov
November 11 2013, 08:10PM
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For me, I feel the frustration of everyone on this and other Oiler sites. At this point in time, at least for me, the best case scenario is that Hemsky and Yak are packaged to a contending team, as they are my two favorite players. I would then be able to cheer for a new team while watching the Oilers develop or flounder. This is getting very frustrating hearing about how good we are playing night in and night out, meanwhile the losses keep coming. I say FMFN or some variation (FLFN or FEFN)! This is my first post, but I have read 99% of all articles since I found this site during the 2006 cup run. Whatever. I'm sure this post and all the other posts on these sites will fall on deaf ears, as they have for the past 5 years or so.

Signed Long time faithful fan, but at my wits end.

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#29 RbabsYEG
November 11 2013, 09:38PM
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James wrote:

Too many cligues in the locker room? Something isn't right here, and it's not necessarily Yak, though his agent may not be doing him any favours by speaking out. There may be other people to consider here, there doesn't seem to be the comraderie with Yak as there is with the rest of the kids. You can see it in the games, some of them avoid him.

I have been thinking about this too. You never see hall, Ebs, RNH, Schultz include yak in twitter talk. Those guys hang out and you never see yak in the pics. Sad. If they are the leaders we hope they are, they should include him more. Ebs and hall have been given a huge leash and their sense of entitlement appears from the outside at least to be huge.

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#30 nick
November 11 2013, 09:40PM
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BigBurgers wrote:

I have it on good authority that the oilers dressing room is more toxic than we realize. A good buddy of mine works close with the team. It's no secret that Hall was upset that he was passed over for captain. He and eberle have been un-officially running the show for a while now. Hall is like Ethan Moreau, doesn't hesitate to pick his favourites and makes things miserable for those who arent buddy-buddy with him or go party at the Rack after. Ebs isn't a leader, he's more of Hall's henchman, so to speak. Even then, he's just as bad and just as guilty as Hall in terms of setting cliques. Anyhow, yaks didn't go out to party and mack on girls with the boys, so hall and friends started shunning him. It's a classic case of school-yard bullying. Yak needs to get out of this poison atmosphere ASAP.

I have heard that also from credible sources, the dressing room is a mess because of the young guys. Hall and Eberle are the bad influence and Ference is a big Eakins butt kisser that is why he got the Captaincy. Not a leader that will sort the kids out so it gets worse. Bad coaching and bad locker room equals a last place team

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#31 Captain Steve
November 11 2013, 07:51PM
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Heard rumors he doesn't get along with the guys in the room either for whatever reason. He super talented, somethings up this year though...either confidence or not fitting in

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#32 Hockey Problems
November 11 2013, 08:55PM
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I think I need an Oiler intervention. This is starting to hurt.

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#33 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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#34 Loweblows
November 12 2013, 07:15AM
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Don't trade yak!

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#35 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
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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#36 DSF
November 11 2013, 07:53PM
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The Alpha Dog is feeling threatened.

This won't end well.

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#37 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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#38 season not played
November 12 2013, 07:13AM
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I was going to run down a list of reason why, but that is played. I'll keep it short and sweet.

The Oilers are a joke.

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#39 James
November 11 2013, 09:52PM
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Hall has never rubbed me the right way for some reason I couldn't pinpoint. He's an amazing player, but his off ice persona doesn't gel with me. I think it would have ended up being a big mistake making him captain. Not saying Ference is the best choice, but if Hall has the entitled attitude he appears to have, it could have been really bad. Worse than it seems to be now, and that's saying something.

I did notice the lack of twitter convos with Yak too. I saw Gagner interact with him on twitter, but he's really the only person that I've noticed tweet Yak. Yak seemed to enjoy Sam by listening to him speak about him, but I didn't notice the same references to others.

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#40 RexHolez
November 11 2013, 08:00PM
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DSF wrote:

Andy Grabia ‏@agrabia

Can the Oilers make Larionov an offer while he's here? Even at 52, he's gotta be better than five or six guys they're currently dressing.

I'd like to see the entire Barons roster called up and playing. I'm guessing they'd stand a good chance of winning more than 4 in 20

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#41 Robin Brownlee
November 11 2013, 09:14PM
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DSF wrote:

The demonization of Yakupov has already begun:

http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2013/11/11/nail-yakupovs-agent-open-to-a-trade-from-edmonton-oilers-were-willing-to-make-a-move-any-team/

No mention of the fact that Hall, Eberle Gagner, Schultz et al also need to work like hell on their defensive games.

Hall -8

Gagner -9 (in only 6GP)

J. Schultz -10 (in only 14GP)

Petry -11

Hopkins -12

Hemsky -12

Yakupov -14

Looks like we're blaming the new kid.

The demonization of Yakupov? This from the Staples item you linked to:

"Right now, the kid has plenty of learning to do to make it as an NHL player. He’s going to have to sweat, struggle, change his way, fail, fight his way back from failure.

So, yes, the Oilers need to use Yakupov to best effect, but they also need a player willing to work to learn defensive hockey at the NHL level, and not demand trades when he’s struggling and down.

If Yakupov is willing to work like hell on his defensive game, I imagine the Oilers won’t be unhappy with him at all.

If he’s not, the Oilers should move him as soon as possible, and the same goes for any other player on the team."

Again, the "same goes" (referencing working like hell on the defensive game) for ANY other player on the team. You missed that or where you just picking and choosing to suit your position, as usual?

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#42 BleedOil4Life
November 11 2013, 07:50PM
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He is not going anywhere

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#43 RexHolez
November 11 2013, 08:08PM
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Don't worry guys, in a couple years we'll have McDavid and whoever we draft with this years 1st overall. Maybe a couple losing years after that we'll get new assistant coaches, and a couple years later a capable president

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#44 DSF
November 11 2013, 09:24PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

The demonization of Yakupov? This from the Staples item you linked to:

"Right now, the kid has plenty of learning to do to make it as an NHL player. He’s going to have to sweat, struggle, change his way, fail, fight his way back from failure.

So, yes, the Oilers need to use Yakupov to best effect, but they also need a player willing to work to learn defensive hockey at the NHL level, and not demand trades when he’s struggling and down.

If Yakupov is willing to work like hell on his defensive game, I imagine the Oilers won’t be unhappy with him at all.

If he’s not, the Oilers should move him as soon as possible, and the same goes for any other player on the team."

Again, the "same goes" (referencing working like hell on the defensive game) for ANY other player on the team. You missed that or where you just picking and choosing to suit your position, as usual?

There are several assumptions in Staples blog that don't pass the smell test.

Is Yakupov refusing to work on his defensive game?

Evidence?

Does the evidence support the notion that other players like "Gagner, Eberle, Hall and Schultz are "sweating, struggling to change their ways to fight their way back from failure"

I can't see it, can you?

If not, "the Oilers should move them as soon as possible".

I agree that Staples suggested that should happen but his inference is that Yakupov is not doing that while the others are.

There is no evidence to support that.

If players are benched due to poor defensive play, half the Oilers roster would be eating popcorn on a nightly basis.

Take another look at Phillip Larsens defensive play last game...yikes.

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#45 6 ring circus
November 11 2013, 09:53PM
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What a Sh*t Show this Oiler's team and organization has turned into,I hope Katz and K Lowe are happy how they ruined this franchise.What a bunch of idiot's.

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#46 BigBurgers
November 11 2013, 09:45PM
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RbabsYEG wrote:

I have been thinking about this too. You never see hall, Ebs, RNH, Schultz include yak in twitter talk. Those guys hang out and you never see yak in the pics. Sad. If they are the leaders we hope they are, they should include him more. Ebs and hall have been given a huge leash and their sense of entitlement appears from the outside at least to be huge.

Agreed. While Hall and Eberle are talented players, their sense of entitlement is probably amazingly large for being part of the worst team in the league. Anyone who's seen them cruising around on Whyte after games can attest to this. Guess they can't afford to be late to the party. Ever since the core veterans of years past left, Hall and Eberle have likely been constantly told by higher-ups that the team belongs to them. Guess they took that advice in strides. It's no secret that they're shunning Yak.

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#47 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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#48 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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#49 DSF
November 11 2013, 08:36PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

Some context.

5 days ago Larionov was singing a very different tune:

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2013/11/06/oilers-gm-craig-mactavish-refutes-trade-rumours-surrounding-nail-yakupov

That series of public statements was brought on by some very public speculation.

Prior to that, also not long ago, we went through a different round of public hand wringing about Yak heading off to Russia:

http://lowetide.ca/blog/2013/10/oilers-at-capitals-g6-13-14.html

That didn't last long either.

Larionov/Yakupov could have lost their stuffing in the last 5 days and decided to vent publicly.

It's also possible something has been over-interpreted or misunderstood or simply made up.

The public story of Yakupov this season is more vexed than his on ice story. Don't jump to any conclusions just yet.

Craig Custance is about as reputable as you can get.

Suggesting this is "simply made up" is not only foolish but also slanderous.

I would imagine the crap hit the whirlybird when:

"He gave the Oilers the lead last night and was rewarded with 31 seconds of ice time over the final 11:05 of the period."

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#50 lenny
November 11 2013, 09:00PM
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BleedOil4Life wrote:

he will not be dealt

How do you know that? I am afraid he might be. Do you know why? What does Smid, Hemsky, Omark, Yakupov have in common? Thats right, they are NOT Canadians and because of that he can be only playing 10 min a game and Eberle 20min with almost the same result but Eberle played every game and nobody said anything. In every game Yakupov is getting benched in the middle of 3 period and maybe sooner, how is he suppose to score? When? Is he in the slump? Maybe! Are they picking on him? FOR SURE! So please don't be sure that bigots might trade him for one and only reason- HE IS FROM RUSSIA! Please let me remind you, he is NOT ethnic russian but Tatar but for bigots it doesn't meter because they are stupid.

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