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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#101 maxime3r@hotmail.com
November 12 2013, 11:08AM
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Just finished reding some of the comments. Very good blog. So Yak is open to a trade eh? What the hell happened?

When Yakupov was drafted in 2012, I tought his energy was a breath of fresh air for this organization. I also tought the firing of Tambellini was a step in the right direction.

First order of business for new GM MacT was to show the front-office was no longer run by a bunch of jerks (remember the Souray fiasco?) So firing Ralf Krueger by Skype was not an ideal first move. But then, instead of doing a serious search for a new coach, KLow and MacT just jumped on the offseason's hot commodity.

I should give credit where credit is due, I think the draft went pretty well, with Nurse, Yakimov and Greg Chase. Except they didn't draft any goalie. But I should've guess it would be a long season when MacT did nothing to adress the black hole that was the center position after the Gagner injury. But no, I was still optimistic.

After 10 games or so, like most fans I was realizing something was very wrong with the Oilers organization. The top of the pyramid is rotten.

Did Yak City talk to his agent out of self-entitlement? Maybe. Or did he just realize how bleak the futur was with the current organization? Most likely. And I'll tell you what, he is not the only "young gun" who is not a happy camper. Tell me nothing is wrong with Gagner and Eberle...

It is time for Katz to act now. He can pretend nothing is wrong and let MacT and KLow adress the situation, or he can clean house. Now is the time. Get a new regime in time to evaluate their staff before the trade deadline. The playoffs are not happening this year anyway. Convince Yakupov - and the fans - that there is change and there is hope.

Believe me, it can get worse. Just ask any fan of the Detroit Lions how bad it can get when the top of a franchise is rotten (try an 0 - 16 season). Act now before Yak (and others) officially demand a trade.

Feel free to tell me why I'm wrong.

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#102 nrXic
November 11 2013, 08:50PM
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Fresh Mess wrote:

Then he should be in the AHL learning his trade. The NHL is for big boys. His play has been terrible therefore he hasn't earned further opportunities.

Just like how we did with Nuge last year. Sent him down when he struggled, Coach Nelson whipped him into shape for this year. Right? :)

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#103 Norm
November 12 2013, 08:32AM
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Could MacT's 'bold' move be to hand 'He of the 6 rings' his resignation. Is itt just me or is the entire Oiler organization on fire?

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#104 Harlie
November 11 2013, 08:26PM
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DSF wrote:

Hall.

Yet not a peep from him in the media. And no C on his chest. The word neuter comes to mind in this organization, should be nurture. Fire Lowe.

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#105 Fresh Mess
November 11 2013, 08:33PM
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Big Cap wrote:

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

Then he should be in the AHL learning his trade. The NHL is for big boys. His play has been terrible therefore he hasn't earned further opportunities.

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#106 Big Cap
November 11 2013, 08:35PM
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@ DSF

Do you have any insight on how Pavel Bure and his development was handled his first couple of years in Vancouver?

Im curious to know if they allowed him to be strictly an offensive specialist, or expected a complete player within the first few seasons. What about line mates? Was it new guys each night, or constant line mates.

I realize Bure shot his career out of a cannon with big offensive numbers right ff the bat, but obviously Yak seems most comparable to him with size, skill, and country.

Look forward to your take...

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#107 BleedOil4Life
November 11 2013, 09:22PM
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@Numenius

we now are talking about when they hang out?

oh man....this is getting pathetic

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#108 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 11 2013, 09:26PM
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DSF wrote:

Excellent riposte.

What's there to challenge here?

Did you hear that Iginla is a Bruin (last year)?

Did you hear that Hemsky cleaned out his locker?

Did you hear that aliens are invading?

BTW… reporters acting as mouthpieces for malcontent actors in sports is hardly new territory.

Reporters running with kinda-sorta-twitter-confirmed stories is hardly new territory.

As my post above noted… we've already been down this road with the same player TWICE in the last month.

This isn't about the "reputation" of an individual reporter. It's about a business that thrives on printing things that make you pay attention.

That is important context to the incredulous.

The credulous apparently wake up everyday after a lovely swim across Lethe.

We'd all be wise to take this Yakupov story as it has developed over the last month very seriously AND with a giant aircraft carrier's worth of salt.

If saying this is somehow off-the-grid, then you all need to give your heads a shake.

ps. Heatley signs with Oilers!… no wait. forget that.

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#109 Jason
November 11 2013, 09:28PM
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I would trade Yakupov to Philly for Sean Couturier

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#110 Jed
November 11 2013, 09:45PM
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Jason wrote:

I would trade Yakupov to Philly for Sean Couturier

What are you trying to do build a real team.

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#111 BleedOil4Life
November 11 2013, 10:19PM
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@BigBurgers

I love how people have the "inside scoop" And this buddy of yours wont be pissed that you are posting info like this??

people in this city never cease to amaze me

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#112 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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#113 Geoff
November 11 2013, 11:36PM
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After reading this article $^%& trading yak. Trade someone else.

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#114 OilCam
November 11 2013, 08:57PM
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Is this the same guy that said I don't go into the corners or forcheck same guy who bailed on Stamkos first goal? We need players that are willing to do anything(just traded one) for the team. Just not sure if he is one of those players.

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#115 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 11 2013, 08:58PM
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DSF wrote:

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."

The number of "reputable" people in sports media to misquote, mishear, misunderstand, rely on bad intel, take out of context, etc. is pretty damn large.

Print and correct later.

We've been down this road a million times.

If you have decided to turn your skepticism device off on sports reporting, I congratulate your credulity and would like to introduce you to some nice entry level positions in foreign dictatorships.

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#116 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 11 2013, 10:36PM
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pssst Katz. Hire Larionov. Do it. Don't think about it just do it. Trust me

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#117 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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#118 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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#119 James
November 11 2013, 09:17PM
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@Numenius

Switch culprits and you may be onto something. Hall not the type to feel threatened by someone else? I disagree. Eberle isn't the leader Hall is, I would bet he follows whatever his good buddy Hallsy says more than the reverse.

Considering some people mentioned Hall snapping at Yak before he was injured after a shot on goal that got whistled down, I'd not lay the blame at Eberle just yet.

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#120 DSF
November 11 2013, 09:48PM
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fig pucker wrote:

the only problem with your argument lenny is that yaks isn't the only russsian on the team (belov), and he seems to be getting on just fine. maybe this is a yakupov problem and not a bigoted everybody is out to get the russian kid problem?

It will be interesting to see if Belov re-signs with the team.

He'll be a UFA at the end of the season.

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#121 Rob Gilgan
November 11 2013, 10:32PM
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sizzler wrote:

Igor is a smart man and he realizes that best thing for his client is to play top line or get out of this mess. And he is trying to make that happen.

Precisely. Igor's allegiance is appropriately with his client and he has to be thinking he's taken a world class talent and placed him with a bumbling, disorganized uncommitted team. No question he wants better for Yak and he's absolutely correct for getting out here and getting this straightened out.

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#122 Manfly
November 12 2013, 08:58AM
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sizzay wrote:

Here's a thought:

Instead of worrying about the 20 year old rookie who has played under 70 games, why don't we try and trade the 7 year veteran Sam Gagner.

We know Gagner's upside, it's 45 points. We know that he is not a strong skater which makes it difficult to play a 200 ft game. We know he won't become taller and can only put so much more weight on. Cut the ties.

Sam Gagner + 1st rounder this year likely gets you a pretty damn good 2nd line centre. Or if we want to remain with Arco as our centre on the 2nd line, trade Gagner and the pick for a top 4 dman.

the Oilers should NEVER use their 1st rounder as a throw in in any deal, especially at the moment when we are picking so high. and especially if you are saying our 2nd line center and high 1st rounder for another 2nd line center...that's just too much and we need to protect our assets and not just give them away!

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#123 Truth
November 12 2013, 09:05AM
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This is being blown way out of proportion. Does Larionov believe that Yak would be getting better ice time and opportunity on another team? Maybe, but he is on the worst team in the league that already struggles with goal scoring. If he could put the puck in the net consistently Edmonton would be the best spot for him.

What would Yak be doing if he was in Detroit? Playing in the AHL.

How about under Tortorella in Vancouver? Hitch in St. Louis? Nashville? Boston? Toronto? etc.

The simple fact is he's not playing well and that is totally on him. Yak (and Larionov) needs to wake up and see that if he competes every single shift and commits to defense he would be used a lot more. A sit down between MacT, Eakins, Yak, and Larionov could be a blessing. Watch some tape, every one in the room will see Yaks shortcomings, and hopefully Yak begins to mature.

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#124 Hockey Problems
November 12 2013, 11:10AM
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@pkam

3 consecutive number 1 picks and still in last place(western conference). I wonder what could have ever went astray. I thought that the Oil should have drafted Seguin over Hall in the first place. He's bigger, stronger, and Hall seems like a primadonna, and that's the absolute last thing this fragile team should be dealing with. A threatened Alpha dog. 4 years into the Hall era and we are worse now than we were when he was drafted. Well played Oilers. Well played, indeed.

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#125 Bongshow
November 12 2013, 11:18AM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

puff puff pass good sir. not puff puff puff until your brain seizes.

Welcome to the Bongshow. Where you can check out, but you can never leave.

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#126 James
November 11 2013, 08:22PM
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Another poster wrote about an on ice confrontation between Hall and Yak prior to Hall's injury on the Sutherby thread. Does anyone remember this? I seem to recall some people talking about it on a game day thread for some reason, but I can't remember what happened exactly.

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#127 prudham's
November 11 2013, 08:52PM
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If it does come to a trade after this develops more, the biggest significance of Larionov's comment is that the trade value of the Oilers asset will be diminished.

At the very least, I would assume that agents should be mindful of this, and be very tentative, and at worst, I feel that an NHL club could have a legitimate grievance with his interfering in this way, especially if it has not been discussed exhaustively in private first.

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#128 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 11 2013, 09:42PM
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DSF wrote:

You mean some reporters get things wrong sometimes...therefore all reporters get all things wrong all the time.

Time for a brush up on those logic lessons Sparky.

Odd that I never said anything like that… wait, it's you… so, not odd at all.

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#129 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 11 2013, 10:04PM
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DSF wrote:

Give it a rest.

You cited a laundry list of erroneous media reports to support your ridiculous thesis that the media can't be trusted because they've been wrong in the past.

Now, you're just sad.

If that's what I said, it shouldn't be too hard to find me saying that.

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#130 Stack Pad Save
November 11 2013, 10:08PM
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James wrote:

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.

This whole thread seriously reeks of man-drama. This is worse than high-school gossip. I feel like I don't like you because of your personality blah blah blah. Seriously talk about the game, it is a game after all. No one should care about off-ice personality, russian heritage etc. Unless you are trying to actually do something positive like get a bigot who has an affinity for pigs to not be a bigot...if that was possible.

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#131 ubermiguel
November 11 2013, 10:13PM
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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.

Could be worse; he could be a lineman for the Miami Dolphins.

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#132 morgie
November 11 2013, 10:23PM
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lenny wrote:

And you know that exactly how? I guess Katz called you personally and informed you of his decision! Now I am mad at him because he did not call me!

you gotta know the right people Lenny :), don't get jealous now

Bob Mackenzie did touch on this as well a month or so ago, saying executive management picked Yak which Lowetide picked up on

an inside source I know revealed Katz was the executive

believe what you want, I care not

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#133 Numenius
November 11 2013, 10:26PM
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Stack Pad Save wrote:

This whole thread seriously reeks of man-drama. This is worse than high-school gossip. I feel like I don't like you because of your personality blah blah blah. Seriously talk about the game, it is a game after all. No one should care about off-ice personality, russian heritage etc. Unless you are trying to actually do something positive like get a bigot who has an affinity for pigs to not be a bigot...if that was possible.

I agree the discussion can degenerate in that direction.

I'm interested in it, though, because these things can directly affect the team and how they perform.

I don't care if Hall is a prick off the ice if he's not poisonous in the room with the guys. If he is, though, that's significant and deserves attention. Ignoring it is burying your head in the sand.

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#134 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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#135 Hockey Problems
November 12 2013, 02:18AM
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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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#136 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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#137 Manfly
November 12 2013, 07:05AM
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maybe we should trade Yak to Ottawa for Curtis Lazar and perhaps a pick?

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#138 Spydyr
November 12 2013, 07:26AM
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lenny wrote:

And you know that exactly how? I guess Katz called you personally and informed you of his decision! Now I am mad at him because he did not call me!

You must not be a tier 1 fan.

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#139 sizzay
November 12 2013, 09:09AM
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Manfly wrote:

the Oilers should NEVER use their 1st rounder as a throw in in any deal, especially at the moment when we are picking so high. and especially if you are saying our 2nd line center and high 1st rounder for another 2nd line center...that's just too much and we need to protect our assets and not just give them away!

How do we improve then? We keep drafting high and keep throwing rookies in. It's not always the answer. I'm not saying trade teh 1st for a 35 year old. Gagner and the 1st could get you a Jordan Staal type player. A 6'3 220 2 way centre is what we need. We will not improve until we get someone that can cover our wingers defensive deficiencies rather than expose it.

Yakupov will never be a defensive first guy, that's not why we drafted him. It just goes back to the Oilers having a terrible... TERRIBLE mix of players.

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#140 oilbaron
November 12 2013, 09:31AM
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GET RID OF LOWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#141 Fresh Mess
November 11 2013, 08:24PM
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Big Cap wrote:

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!!!

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

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#142 Fresh Mess
November 11 2013, 08:31PM
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SlowTalker wrote:

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?

well, many people have other things in their lives besides oiler worship, and the spelling of player names is probably not of huge importance

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#143 Reagan
November 11 2013, 08:38PM
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See ya... Should have drafted the center anyways...

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#144 Romulus' Apotheosis
November 11 2013, 09:11PM
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@DSF

hahahahahahahaha

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#145 fig pucker
November 11 2013, 09:24PM
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lenny wrote:

HERE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A STUPID BIGOT!

exactly how is this bigoted, most gm share exactly these concerns with using high draft picks on russian players. it's not a knock on their skill or race but a legitimate concern, just ask nashville or tsn who wrote an articale about how hard teams are going to have to work to keep these young russians in north america, is a russian a big risk with a first overall pick, your damn right it is.

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#146 Numenius
November 11 2013, 09:42PM
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James wrote:

Switch culprits and you may be onto something. Hall not the type to feel threatened by someone else? I disagree. Eberle isn't the leader Hall is, I would bet he follows whatever his good buddy Hallsy says more than the reverse.

Considering some people mentioned Hall snapping at Yak before he was injured after a shot on goal that got whistled down, I'd not lay the blame at Eberle just yet.

I hadn't heard that.

That could change things.

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#147 Bloodsweatandoil
November 11 2013, 10:03PM
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Just my opinion.....I think a lot of the in-house crap does boil down to bringing in the new guy and making him captain via a rookie coach who does not know his club yet. If Hall, Gagner, Smid even or any Oiler that was here before Ference was named captain, would we be looking at a more positive culture and results?

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#148 RJ
November 11 2013, 10:18PM
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I think I commented on this over the summer but I'll repeat what I said; if you are going to get any value for trading Hemsky, you are going to need to give him top 6 minutes to give him a chance to showcase what he can do. Give him all the favourable zone-starts. Then he has a chance to increase his value from a contender looking to add. But to do this you have to drop yak or eberle down, and since eberle is farther along, today, yak would be demoted. This would require him to play a different role until hemsky is traded, but learning to play defensive minutes as a young player is not a bad thing. Then when hemsky is gone yak can move back up, having focused on developing the defensive side of his game. Larionov should appreciate that value. He was a great two-way player. Of course, this would mean that MacT has a definite plan in place.

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#149 mlcselli
November 11 2013, 10:20PM
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I think it might be time Katz to step in and do some damage control. It's public knowledge that Katz is the guy that wanted Yak drafted here and he got his way. If Yak expresses himself to Katz and points his finger at any management (Eakins coaching decisions),then I think that heads roll. With that said, it would be a shame to let a player have that much control.

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#150 YFC Prez
November 11 2013, 10:25PM
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Lowe needs to bugger off already. I'm sure this is all his fault

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