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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#251 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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#252 RJ
November 11 2013, 10:21PM
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@RJ

The only other thing I'd add is if you're an agent, it's your job to make an effort to keep your player happy, even if you know your guy should have sat. Make a show of sticking up for him and fighting for him. If an agent won't do that, then why would the player keep him around?

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#253 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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#254 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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#255 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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#256 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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#257 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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#258 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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#259 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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#260 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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#261 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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#262 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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#263 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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#264 OilDieHard
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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#265 OilDieHard
November 12 2013, 09:23AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

That's funny stuff.

Make a three-team trade and see if we can get the Musil kid as well.

Also Harold Snepsts.

you mean Oiler prospect David Musil? OK, let's make a deal!! ;-D

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#266 Zamboni Driver
November 12 2013, 09:25AM
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@OilDieHard

Damn.

Seriously? We have HIM too?

I wonder if the Oilers 'scouts' have a travel budget?

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#267 OilDieHard
November 12 2013, 09:45AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Damn.

Seriously? We have HIM too?

I wonder if the Oilers 'scouts' have a travel budget?

lol, well they didn't have to go too far to scout this guy....Vancouver! they drafted him #31 in the 2011 draft, then he got traded to the Oil Kings. guess the scouts could only charge for gas mileage to scout this guy here? :-D

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#268 pkam
November 12 2013, 09:47AM
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sizzay wrote:

I agree on some of your points, for sure. However, the weak spot we are in, the desperation other teams smell means we will have to overpay to improve. It's not what I want, but it's the reality of the situation.

Of course you don't overpay for the sake of overpaying. I also would not have traded Klefbom for Fasth, hell no. However, if Klefbom was required in a package deal to get a Dman like McDonagh or a centre like Staal, then yes I part with him.

Are you telling me that there is not one team other than the Oilers that have weak spot? Why didn't we make them overpay?

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#269 Hockey Problems
November 12 2013, 09:48AM
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MacT... Your move. I don't really care if it's BOLD or not. Right now I want the SMART move ! Time to earn your money bud.

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#270 sizzay
November 12 2013, 09:51AM
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pkam wrote:

Are you telling me that there is not one team other than the Oilers that have weak spot? Why didn't we make them overpay?

Do those other teams have players we want?

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#271 pkam
November 12 2013, 09:56AM
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sizzay wrote:

Than you are blinded between reality and being a typical Oiler fan that overrates his/her players.

Does it matter if I overrate our players or not?

If our players aren't good enough, how can losing trades make us any better? Wouldn't it make us even worse?

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#272 pkam
November 12 2013, 09:58AM
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sizzay wrote:

Do those other teams have players we want?

What is the chance that we are so bad but we have players other teams want, yet other teams doing better than us don't have players that we want?

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#273 sizzay
November 12 2013, 10:04AM
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pkam wrote:

Does it matter if I overrate our players or not?

If our players aren't good enough, how can losing trades make us any better? Wouldn't it make us even worse?

Not exactly. If we get players that aren't as flashy that fill a need to add a different dynamic to the team, I think we improve.

For instance:

Is Jordan Eberle better than Wayne Simmonds? Most would say yes, he's more skilled. Do we need someone like Wayne Simmonds more than Eberle? I would say yes because he can hit, win board battles, score, and fight.

Now I'm not saying trade Eberle straight across for Simmonds, but holding out for Simmonds, Couturier, 1st round pick, and Coburn isn't in the cards (exaggeration I know).

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#274 Smokey
November 12 2013, 10:19AM
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nrXic wrote:

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.

The Yakupov issue is indicative of a complete mess from the top. Larionov is a turd too, but there is disconnect between some players and management. We have seen this over and over again.

The media has been tip-towing I have found around the Oiler management. Its time they call a spade a spade, and write opinion pieces on the ineptitude of the Oiler management.

Richaug this morning talked about the Yakupov and Bryzgalov and Smid gong show. But what about the management just not having the ability to build a winner...That's the heart of the issue, concentrate on that. Talking about the peripherals keeps them in good graces, and gets their questions answered. Sports guys want their job to be easy, I get that. But easy is not what the fans want.

The writers in the blogosphere are taking over because these writers don't hold these guys to account. I don't want sidestepping, I want feet held to a fire.

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#275 sizzay
November 12 2013, 10:20AM
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chris wrote:

you don't trade a first overall pick

Tell that to Quebec, St. Louis, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Boston, etc etc

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#276 Rama Lama
November 12 2013, 10:45AM
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nrXic wrote:

I want to see if people see the situation the same way I do, because I could be completely wrong and I'm open to that.

This year, Yak seemed to be a different player to me. Something changed in his game and it was very obvious to me, and I want to see if anyone else saw the same.

Late last year, he demonstrated a scary (for the opponents) forecheck. He kept his feet moving and attacked the opponent causing a rushed pass or a turnover. He was even hitting more last year, finishing his checks and at least bumping into guys. He was more assertive away from the puck, attacking the puck carrier and getting involved in the play.

This year, he's been far more hesitant and reactive without the puck. He skates up to the player and tries to anticipate the play, with the opponent ultimately passing it off untouched. In cases, it looks like he's watching the play as if he was a spectator. Some people see him struggling defensively, I see him struggling away from the puck in any zone where the opponents have the puck.

I don't know if I want to spend $170 on Center Ice and spend hours of combing over footage to prove my point, so I'm wondering if anyone agrees or disagrees with this. I really think he isn't himself as a player and he needs to find that player that was focused and aggressive late last year.

I'm just mentioning this so our criticism is a bit more constructive and understandable.

Could not agree with you more..........it seems to me he looks very confused as to where he needs to be on the ice.

It's almost like the player regressed into a junior hockey player in stead of progressing. He is not the only player to struggle defensively but for some reason he gets singled out a little more. I have seen RNH, Hall, Schultz, and Eberle all make mistakes that they simply did not make last year.

On the positive side everyone is a little more fit than they were last year.

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#277 Walter Sobchak
November 12 2013, 10:50AM
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Six rings takes a seat on the couch last night, takes out his ring chest and cleaner to shine up his collection and take in the NHL HHOF awards last.

Six rings mumbles something while the awards ceremony is taking place.....I know something about winning....

Suddenly Shannahan a hall of famer, In his exception speech calls Tom Renney one of the best coach's he ever had, one of the most influential people he has ever know and Detroit is better for having you.

Lowe starts the slow sob..........but I know about winning......once we trade Yakupov it will all be better....

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#278 Hockey Problems
November 12 2013, 10:52AM
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What a soap opera. Is there anybody else out there in Oilerland getting tired of all the Oiler none sense. I guess anything to draw attention away from the most talented group of perennial losers that couldn't find their own asses, with a map.

"Never mind. Head blows up in frustration".

Take Gags back to arbitration. Ask for 2 mil a year back.

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#279 Bongshow
November 12 2013, 10:55AM
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Hockey Problems wrote:

What a soap opera. Is there anybody else out there in Oilerland getting tired of all the Oiler none sense. I guess anything to draw attention away from the most talented group of perennial losers that couldn't find their own asses, with a map.

"Never mind. Head blows up in frustration".

Take Gags back to arbitration. Ask for 2 mil a year back.

Are you referring to the players, or management ?!?

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#280 Ryan2
November 12 2013, 11:24AM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Could not agree with you more..........it seems to me he looks very confused as to where he needs to be on the ice.

It's almost like the player regressed into a junior hockey player in stead of progressing. He is not the only player to struggle defensively but for some reason he gets singled out a little more. I have seen RNH, Hall, Schultz, and Eberle all make mistakes that they simply did not make last year.

On the positive side everyone is a little more fit than they were last year.

I agree 100% with this - the whole team seems confused and hesitant, especially in their own end. This comes down to systems and ineffective coaching. Like I have been posting all year, while Kruger may not have been the long term answer, he is a better coach than Eakins is proving to be.......

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#281 pkam
November 12 2013, 11:48AM
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@Towersofdub

Sorry I miss your "I'm being sarcastic here".

Can't agree with you more.

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#282 Andy7190
November 12 2013, 12:05PM
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People are making comments about Yakupov not wanting, or playing well with 4th line minutes. The problem as I see it is essentially the same as Monahan with Calgary. Feaster (Burke) told Bob Hartley if Monahan was going to stay with the big club, he had to play top six minutes. Because Monahan isn't a bottom 6 pick. Neither is Yakupov - he is much too talented, and much too high a pedigree player for the checking line. Yakupov should be either in the top six in EDM or the top three on the farm. He isn't going to develop otherwise.

Flames did the same thing with Max Reinhart, if he couldn't crack the top six, down he went. We'll see how the Flames rebuild goes, but I do think there is something to their theory on this.

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#283 Andy7190
November 12 2013, 12:35PM
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@OilDieHard

True, there either has to be room for Nail in the top six or he has to flat out earn the top six. But I can't see either his development or his trade value going well in the bottom six. So, play him in the top six, and coach him up. Coaching him down certainly isn't working.

The long and short of it is that Nail Yakupov is not a back checker. He is almost pure scorer. Obviously a different skill set than Monahan, but still.

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#284 pkam
November 12 2013, 12:40PM
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Walter Sobchak wrote:

IIRC - Brent Sutter got a team full of cast offs to the Eastern conference final twice.

He then left there to be closer to home for family reasons, where again taking a team full of players well past there due date to 2nd in the North division, while not in the playoffs still better then the Oilers and better then expected.

He's won at every level he's coached and he's also a career coach, not someone who coached for four years and was given an NHL job......after winning SFA.

Brent Sutter should have been hired prior to Kruger.

That's the long & short of it.

I just google NHL playoff 2008 and 2009. Devils lost to Rangers 4-1 in 1st round in 2008. And they lost to Caroline 4-3 in 1st round in 2009. He has not won 1 NHL playoff series yet.

Will we do better or worse with him as HC? You can speculate all you want but the fact is nobody really knows.

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#285 Walter Sobchak
November 12 2013, 01:02PM
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pkam wrote:

I just google NHL playoff 2008 and 2009. Devils lost to Rangers 4-1 in 1st round in 2008. And they lost to Caroline 4-3 in 1st round in 2009. He has not won 1 NHL playoff series yet.

Will we do better or worse with him as HC? You can speculate all you want but the fact is nobody really knows.

True, however Sutter actually won his division, he won 45 games one year and 51 the next with a group of cast offs, it's actually pretty impressive considering the Oilers will be lucky to get 55 points this year....

I'm going out on a limb and saying the Oilers would do much, much better then they are now with Sutter.

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#286 Oil Can
November 12 2013, 01:27PM
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@Andy7190

I am not sure if you agree or disagree with me. As you point out the Flames have gotten rid of some players who were not giving 100 percent anymore. And now have a much harder working team, and with that, they are all of four points ahead of the Oilers. I am not saying that Bob Hartley is a bad coach and he would probably be better than the coach that we have. But Hartley has an NHL job and Brent Sutter has a very good coaching pedigree and is not in the NHL. Remember Ken Hitchcock had few rough coaching jobs between Dallas and St. Louis, but he has his team doing pretty well now. And St. Louis did not look so good before Hitch took over.

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#287 cmandev77
November 12 2013, 01:28PM
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Rama Lama wrote:

Could not agree with you more..........it seems to me he looks very confused as to where he needs to be on the ice.

It's almost like the player regressed into a junior hockey player in stead of progressing. He is not the only player to struggle defensively but for some reason he gets singled out a little more. I have seen RNH, Hall, Schultz, and Eberle all make mistakes that they simply did not make last year.

On the positive side everyone is a little more fit than they were last year.

To me this seems more like a coach issue then a player issue. All of the players are learning a new system and every year they seem to learn a "new system".

If all of the players are regressing does this not mean that maybe the new system they are playing is just not working?

Dallas Eakins had a few good years in the Toronto system but I still do not believe he is an upgrade to Kruger. I thought Kruger had the players believing in his system last year and they played well and it was a talent/age issue.

I know Eakins is not going anywhere but if all of your players are regressing, maybe it is time to change the game plan?

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#288 Andy7190
November 12 2013, 01:40PM
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Oil Can wrote:

I am not sure if you agree or disagree with me. As you point out the Flames have gotten rid of some players who were not giving 100 percent anymore. And now have a much harder working team, and with that, they are all of four points ahead of the Oilers. I am not saying that Bob Hartley is a bad coach and he would probably be better than the coach that we have. But Hartley has an NHL job and Brent Sutter has a very good coaching pedigree and is not in the NHL. Remember Ken Hitchcock had few rough coaching jobs between Dallas and St. Louis, but he has his team doing pretty well now. And St. Louis did not look so good before Hitch took over.

I just think the jury is still out on Brent Sutter as a success in the NHL. Bob Hartley is a proven success, though not with the Flames so far, except to say his team has bought in.

No, my point is Brent is more suited to the Junior game, like Dale Hunter. You can't coach pro players the same way you coach kids. Eakins might be in the same type of boat. NHL is different than AHL.

Your point is fair, but I watched a lot of Flames games in the Brent Sutter era, and I still think Keenan would have had that team in the playoffs at least once more. Darryl was to blame also as he spent too heavilly on defence at the time (Regher, Phaneuf, Bouwmeester) and never did find a centre for Iginla. The irony of course is he gets traded and the Flames draft a centre...

I suspect if the Oilers start getting average to good, and sometimes great NHL goaltending instead of the ECHL product they've been getting, we will better understand their true level of strengths and coaching. But right now, that team is playing as if the roof is going to cave in at any moment.

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#289 2004Z06
November 12 2013, 04:01PM
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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!!!

This drivel is exactly what is wrong with this organization. 5 coaches later and you still think the coach is the problem

You would have the inmates running the asylum. The coach is the boss, period.

Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle need to be split up. Those 2 and J Schultz have split this dressing room with their spoiled sense of entitlement.

This is a team game. Not an individual one. Never forget that.

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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!!!

This drivel is exactly what is wrong with this organization. 5 coaches later and you still think the coach is the problem

You would have the inmates running the asylum. The coach is the boss, period.

Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle need to be split up. Those 2 and J Schultz have split this dressing room with their spoiled sense of entitlement.

This is a team game. Not an individual one. Never forget that.

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#291 BobbyCanuck
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@_I_Got_Nothing

YOu know, that is simply backwards Oiler Fanboy logic. Try this

Eberle and Gagner have been around long enough to realize the importance of back checking, and the requirement to play the 200ft game. I think both of them have 6 yr @$6M no trade no movement contracts, wanna fix the Oilers and send a clear message to the team? Put both of them on waivers, and when you see that not one team wants them..well there is your wake up call to the rest of the team

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