YAKUPOV WANTS MORE ICETIME

Jason Gregor
November 12 2013 01:56PM

 

Nail Yakupov wants more icetime. He wants to help his teammates win. He also feels his head coach doesn't trust him. Yakupov spoke with the media after practice today, and it was clear he was frustrated. As he should be. Losing stinks, and I'd hope every Oiler is frustrated.

Yakupov is usually very quiet and reserved with the media, but today he spoke with conviction and passion.

He was asked about his agent's, Igor Larionov, comments about a possible trade.

"I know where he is coming from, we have to do something. I don't see any trust towards me now. I'm playing lower and lower minutes, and I just want to help my team win every game. I haven't had much chance to to that, and it pretty hard to watch the game from the bench when my teammates are fighting for puck and points, because I know I can do the same thing.

"I don't want to say anything bad, but I just want to say that I want to be here. I love the city. I'd love to play with these players. We have a great staff and the atmosphere in games is great. I want to be part of the Oilers," said Yakupov.

When asked how he felt he's played defensively he responded with this:

"I've played good. I've always played like that. I watch everyone play the same. I don't think that question is for me, it is for the coach. I play good," Yakupov said.

When asked if he asked his agent to go public he responded with a smile, "I don't know, that is a tough question. I can't say anything now. Maybe we will see if something changes in a couple of days."

TRADE

He was asked directly if he has asked for a trade.

"I wasn't asking for a trade. I don't want to say anything bad, but I heard something (trade rumour) in the summer, something at the start of the season and then two weeks ago, but we'll see...who knows. I just want to play. I don't want to play nine or five minutes. I think I can play more and I think I can help my teammates to get points. We need points.

"I'm 20 years old and I think this is a  very important year for me learning to play hockey. Sometimes players who are sitting a lot when they are 19 or 20 years old they stop playing hockey. I just want to play. We will see if that ( lack of icetime) is going to be more and more, and if not we will have to figure out something," said Yakupov.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN? 

Yakupov is clearly frustrated. He wants to play more, and you can't blame him for that. Was this the best way to go about it? Probably not, but he isn't the first professional player to go public with his frustrations about a lack of playing time.

When Eakins spoke after Yakupov he wasn't upset at all. He said he understood Yakupov's frustration, but he said he has seen Yakupov working hard to improve his game. He also said that he won't change how he coaches because Yakupov went public with his frustrations.

The most interesting thing to me was when Yakupov said he heard trade rumours in the summer. I can't recall any rumours then, but maybe the Oilers were shopping him. 

I'd love to be a fly on the wall when Igor Larionov meets with Craig MacTavish later this week. 

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#51 Poly
November 12 2013, 03:38PM
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@reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)

I do not think Lowe is calling the shots any more, but he has say.

I do believe that Tambellini was only a store front, and was largely selected because he was somewhat weak and easily influenced. I do not think Mactavish is as weak willed or easily controlled.

Either way, were both just baselessly speculating.

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#52 RexHolez
November 12 2013, 03:40PM
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Don't give yak anymore ice time!! This team is too good and winning too many games to let him make mistakes and learn the pro game!!!

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#53 doubleA34
November 12 2013, 03:42PM
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ebs, hall and nuge were all aloud to develop by making mistakes and learning from them the last couple years why should yaks be treated any different. Give him playing time and allow him to develop.

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#54 Hockey Problems
November 12 2013, 03:42PM
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We got some serious hockey problems goin on. This is going to be an expensive week at the beer store.

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#55 mayorblaine
November 12 2013, 03:43PM
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the only 'kid' on the team that understands defence and is committed full time to it is RNH. As much i'd love to see an oiler on the Olympic team it isn't going to happen. Hall and Eberle haven't got it. hopefully they do.

Yakupov has his issues but so do the other misfits. not recognizing that is a problem.

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#56 ReJ
November 12 2013, 03:47PM
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LOOOOUUDDD NOISES!

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#57 Rama Lama
November 12 2013, 03:47PM
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PREDICTION:

Wait till Bryz sounds off after letting in 7 goals.........it will then be the Bryz/Yak show ..........coming soon to a theatre near you.

The Yakabryz .........a movie about something so sinister that you will be frightened to death and ask for the Gulags!

Director: Mr. Fitness........."I had no idea that this duo was so good"! Executive Producer: Mr Six Rings......"no players have called me this many names before"!

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#58 TDSM31
November 12 2013, 03:48PM
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This is where Larionov needs to do his job. Deal with it internally and make sure your client isn't spouting off publicly. Be a professional about it...the second things get a bit rough you can't go and play the blame game in the media. Jezuz, the kids played a total of 65 games in the show...the sense of entitlement on behalf of Yak and his agent makes me sick.

Maybe its a Russian thing...

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#59 Clarko
November 12 2013, 03:52PM
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TDSM31 wrote:

This is where Larionov needs to do his job. Deal with it internally and make sure your client isn't spouting off publicly. Be a professional about it...the second things get a bit rough you can't go and play the blame game in the media. Jezuz, the kids played a total of 65 games in the show...the sense of entitlement on behalf of Yak and his agent makes me sick.

Maybe its a Russian thing...

Ya...because a Canadian kid has never felt entitled. That Lindros kid dug down deep and played hard for the Nordiques despite not wanting to play there...

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#60 Cold Hard Truth
November 12 2013, 03:52PM
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MGMT should do the right and trade him to a team that will utilize him properly. The oilers could get a great asset in return. But alas, with this management in place, expect the worse.

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#61 smiliegirl15
November 12 2013, 03:54PM
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Ask Sheldon Souray how well speaking out against management works.

Yak doesn't think he played badly? I think he needs to watch some tape, quit comparing his game to anyone else's and remember what he's getting paid for. His effort sucks a lot of the time. He gives up on the puck if he thinks he can't get and it happens all too often.

You want ice time Yak, prove you DESERVE ice time. Stop acting like an entitled brat.

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#62 Shaun
November 12 2013, 03:55PM
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Yakupov needs to play more minutes with the top two lines and develop his offensive game the defence will come

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#63 Newj
November 12 2013, 03:55PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Kinda odd we never heard as much about these Nail Yakupov deficiencies at all last season under Krueger. Usually kids progress when they make it to the NHL.

Singling him out this season while all of Rome is burning (many other players struggling) appears like what a fly by the seat of their pants organization would do.

There's no bloody plan in place. Management is just banking on these kids bailing them all out at some point. Can'em all...POSERS!

I would agree with most of those statements, but Yak wasn't a Krueger favourite either.

Just clarifying that this current situation wasn't much different than under Krueger.

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#64 Mikey
November 12 2013, 03:56PM
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mayorblaine wrote:

the only 'kid' on the team that understands defence and is committed full time to it is RNH. As much i'd love to see an oiler on the Olympic team it isn't going to happen. Hall and Eberle haven't got it. hopefully they do.

Yakupov has his issues but so do the other misfits. not recognizing that is a problem.

Hemsky might make the team. Same goes for belov, but probably not. Hell even Bryz.... haha just kidding.

Maybe this was the oilers plan all along. The ole rope a dope. And after the Olympic break they will all be rested up and ready to make the playoffs.

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#65 mayorblaine
November 12 2013, 03:59PM
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Mikey wrote:

Hemsky might make the team. Same goes for belov, but probably not. Hell even Bryz.... haha just kidding.

Maybe this was the oilers plan all along. The ole rope a dope. And after the Olympic break they will all be rested up and ready to make the playoffs.

best worst plan ever :)

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#66 madjam
November 12 2013, 03:59PM
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MacT. and his coach Eakins are of like minds , and Kreuger was not . PROBLEM: Eakins wants players like a MacT. mold , but Eakins has little to no idea of how to mold elite talents . Results prove it , as Kreuger had far more success with developing our elite talents with less of a base . How can tou justify getting rid of Kreuger and then not Eakins ? You can't because Kreuger certainy got more out of them and team than current coach . Rectify it and bring back Kreuger if you want to keep a coach that can better service and motivate our elite talents . Should maybe send MacT. packing with him as well , seeing as it was his oversight ? I don't recall Kreuger blaming the players like current staff seems to be doing in their C.Y.A.( cover your a--) circus of guilty parties .

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#67 pkam
November 12 2013, 03:59PM
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doubleA34 wrote:

ebs, hall and nuge were all aloud to develop by making mistakes and learning from them the last couple years why should yaks be treated any different. Give him playing time and allow him to develop.

Because even with their mistakes, they are still the best players in the team. Can you tell me who was better than Hall, Eberle, and RNH in the past 2-3 years? In other words, they earn their ice time by being the best players.

If Yak want to get the same ice time as Hall, Eberle and RNH, all he has to is to play as good as the other 3 kids.

Eberle is 15 pts in 19 game, RNH is 13 pts in 17 games, and Hall is 12 pts in 12 games. Even Hemsky has 9 pts in 19 games.

Yak was averaging about 17 min per game in his first 13 games and he only produced 3 pts. If he can produce at similar rate as the other kids, I am sure he will get more ice time.

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#68 Johnnydapunk
November 12 2013, 04:07PM
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I'm guessing there is more behind the scenes than we know. The only thing that I think this may have done was possibly expose a little bit of the frustration that there may be in the dressing room currently. I would be interested in anything Smid would have to say as he would definitely be someone who would know what was really happening in the dressing room and I don't think he would be too worried about burning a bridge or two.

All that being said, I don't think doing this would benefit Yak in the long run in any way. Teams aren't afraid to dump "difficult" players, and not saying he is difficult, but having your agent make public comments like he has and squirming through the media scrum today does not look terribly good on his part. It may be frustration boiling over, but things like this are always best dealt with behind closed doors.

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#69 nunyour
November 12 2013, 04:10PM
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I think Yak was trying to say,that if he is benched for poor play why is Dubnyk not benched?

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#70 TDSM31
November 12 2013, 04:12PM
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Clarko wrote:

Ya...because a Canadian kid has never felt entitled. That Lindros kid dug down deep and played hard for the Nordiques despite not wanting to play there...

True enough...that Russian comment was probably offside. But still, I think the agent needs to handle this situation a lot better. You gotta suck it up every once and awhile. With all the sh*t this team is going through right now, its pretty selfish to be bitching publicly about ice time...and its not like he's getting 5 minutes a game.

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#71 pkam
November 12 2013, 04:15PM
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nunyour wrote:

I think Yak was trying to say,that if he is benched for poor play why is Dubnyk not benched?

Dubnyk was. But Labarbera wasn't any better so they called up Bachman but he injured himself after 2 games. So what is the coach supposed to do since Dubnyk is the best goalie we have at the moment?

If Yak is comparing Dubnyk's case, then he need to have his brain checked.

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#72 NJ
November 12 2013, 04:21PM
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Tim in Kelowna wrote:

This is bad news. He is getting the ice-time he deserves. The play constantly dies on his stick by trying to make the individual play. If I were Eakins I wouldn't give him any more ice time until Yak figured out that he has to use his teammates to help the team. He isn't scoring and he turns the puck over. So why would he get more ice time? Because he's a 1st OA pick? Garbage.

At this rate, with an attitude like that, his value will only decrease. This team needs SO MUCH HELP at SO MANY POSITIONS, I'd be working the phones pretty hard if I were MacT.

IF everyone got the time they "deserved" on the oil, we wouldn't have a team for half the game and all the tenders would be in the AHL. Seriously. Tell me. Does Gagner deserve to be on the ice? Look at the +- of the whole team.

He should get more ice time because this season is shot already, and the more ice time he gets the more he learns. The steeper the learning curve, the sooner we get the the master instead of the student. Yakupov IS going to be a bonafide sniper. The real deal. Is giving Smyth that ice time helping us next year?

He deserves the same ice time Rnh and Hall got in their first year. You have a changing standard based on where this rebuild is supposed to be. The exception to all this is IF the limited minutes is a lesson learned by Yak and he learns 2 way play... That would be ideal. If it ends with him being shipped out of town for anything but a #1 d man (Jones), than I say it's a damn shame and a mistake we'll look back on with 20/20 and regret with tears.

Last. Bench someone else. Confidence is everything in this league and taking the spotlight OFF Yak would be a brilliant decision at this point. Me as a 20 year old, you as the reader and pretty much any 20 year old would never react so superbly to a benching. Give the kid a break.

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#73 DAVE
November 12 2013, 04:22PM
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Send Yak to the minors, the kid has some growing up to do.

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#74 woodenshoes
November 12 2013, 04:35PM
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@Crimson Steel

What ever happened to taking what you get and making the most of it. Play so damn well that the coach has no choice but have you on ice.

You mean like Arcobello?? I think we all know how that's turned out... Or the reverse with Gagner...

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#75 nrXic
November 12 2013, 04:37PM
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smiliegirl15 wrote:

Ask Sheldon Souray how well speaking out against management works.

Yak doesn't think he played badly? I think he needs to watch some tape, quit comparing his game to anyone else's and remember what he's getting paid for. His effort sucks a lot of the time. He gives up on the puck if he thinks he can't get and it happens all too often.

You want ice time Yak, prove you DESERVE ice time. Stop acting like an entitled brat.

He's not entitled to more ice time but he is entitled to fairness, something that he doesn't see from his perspective. (I'm talking about his perception, let's remember the distinction between perception and reality, his perception may or may not line up with reality).

It's the only reason why I'd side with Yak. Early this season I wanted him off the ice because he was just an apparent defensive liability. He was playing horrible away from the puck in every zone. He was almost invisible, a clear contrast to his play late last year.

It's clearly a mental issue, as he's demonstrated that he can play decent away from the puck, late last year, so I figured the coaching staff would have helped him turn it around.

With all that in mind, I see a player like Larsen cough up the puck at all ends, and I want him off the ice too. What happens? He's out there at points in the game where the game is on the line.

Yak seems to notice this as well.

We used to go with a 4 FWDs and 1 Defenseman Powerplay unit last year that worked well. Sometimes Yak would play the point, and he did well, making great plays to keep the puck in the zone. I preferred him on the wall, but hey, he still made some fantastic passes and shots from the point. Nowadays, we see 2 D on the PP with Larsen being one of them, coughing it up at the blue line on a consistent basis. (I don't mean to beat up on Larsen, but like Yak's poor play I'm just saying it like it is)

We all know we have a horrible PP this year. Part of that could be the under utilization of Yak who got 1/3 of his goals last year on the PP. 1/3 of his goal output...we're ignoring the gravity of that by putting him out on the 2nd unit.

In regards to this situation, I give everyone failing grades. Yak, his agent, the coach (who says "I won't be hounding him but he can come talk to me"), the players on the Oilers who've been through the same situation (Hemsky, though he's a quiet guy so I can't really be that mad at him), the GM (who claimed the source was incorrect), and the Edmonton media (specifically Rishaug who's willing to ask direct questions to Yak, but not to the other players who are part of a larger problem).

I give credit to Yak here for one thing. While he made a mistake in not talking to the team directly about his feelings (or maybe he did), the next best thing was to talk to his agent, and NOT the media. That's exactly what he did. Larionov should have had the right of mind to not make this issue public. I'm sure Hall, Ebs, Nuge, etc have said some things to their agents, and got some good advice from them. Larionov should have been feeding Yak some more responsible advice on the situation. What just happened negatively impacts everybody (including Larionov as a player agent) and the organization as a whole.

In the face of adversity there is opportunity, and this is a fantastic opportunity for MacT to salvage the situation in order to create a stronger team. He should not look at this as competing interests, but rather the same interest and the same goal for all parties involved. His legacy as a GM can be defined in this moment. This is a team at the end of its rope. Hints of fragmentation, apparent perceptions of unfairness, underperforming superstars hinting team unpreparedness (Eberle mentioned this in a post game interview recently)...I sincerely believe that all on-ice woes can be solved through direct communication and not talking through the media. If the team can become stronger through this, then MacT is the sort of GM any team would want.

Sorry for the essay guys. :P

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#76 Wax Man Riley
November 12 2013, 04:39PM
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Haven't read through the comments yet, but....

BOO FU@#ING HOO YAK CITY!

Entitled much??

Put your time in, you are a rookie for F-sakes! Earn your ice time. Be a team player.

Have any posters on here that have a real job (like, you know, not playing a game and making millions)ever stepped right into the top pay grade, getting the best shifts, or the choice clients?

I will bet no way in H-E-double hockey sticks.

Put some time i and show why you deserve to play more than experienced players with double, triple, and quadruple the games played.

All things being equal, as Yak thinks (defensive game, +/-, etc...), the vets gets priority. In a large company or corporation I expect no less.

Good Grief! (to coin a term from our own DashingSilverFox)

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#77 Wax Man Riley
November 12 2013, 04:41PM
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cpetruk wrote:

He's right in that everyone is playing the same defensively as he is. I'd stop short of calling it "good".

I agree, and this is why I still play the vets and experienced players first.

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#78 Reg Dunlop
November 12 2013, 04:42PM
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NJ wrote:

IF everyone got the time they "deserved" on the oil, we wouldn't have a team for half the game and all the tenders would be in the AHL. Seriously. Tell me. Does Gagner deserve to be on the ice? Look at the +- of the whole team.

He should get more ice time because this season is shot already, and the more ice time he gets the more he learns. The steeper the learning curve, the sooner we get the the master instead of the student. Yakupov IS going to be a bonafide sniper. The real deal. Is giving Smyth that ice time helping us next year?

He deserves the same ice time Rnh and Hall got in their first year. You have a changing standard based on where this rebuild is supposed to be. The exception to all this is IF the limited minutes is a lesson learned by Yak and he learns 2 way play... That would be ideal. If it ends with him being shipped out of town for anything but a #1 d man (Jones), than I say it's a damn shame and a mistake we'll look back on with 20/20 and regret with tears.

Last. Bench someone else. Confidence is everything in this league and taking the spotlight OFF Yak would be a brilliant decision at this point. Me as a 20 year old, you as the reader and pretty much any 20 year old would never react so superbly to a benching. Give the kid a break.

More ice time so he can learn? This is the NHL, the AHL is for learning. He deserves? This is the NHL, he deserves nothing beyond the paycheck Larionov negotiated for him. It is what he earns that counts and he has not earned the icetime he wants. Yak is sure to be the real deal? Based on what exactly? Because he was a 1st overall? So was Daigle and Stefan. This public display will only do harm in the oil room. As for Larionov, who does he think he is? Coming here to dictate to the oil mgmt. Like he has some say in how things work here. Tikhonov should have sent him to the salt mines 30 years ago.

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#79 Johe
November 12 2013, 04:43PM
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This is not the first time Yak has been unhappy with a coach and the way he is being utilized. It happened in Sarnia too. I tried to find the quotes but wasn't able to. Anyway, not trying to harp on the guy. He's young, he is not handling this properly, but it comes from frustration which is currently felt by anyone affiliated with the Oilers. He said what he said and now the true indication of his character will come in the next few weeks. If he truly wants to be a part of this TEAM, he will bare down and bust his butt doing all the little things that the coach asks of him. He will take his man in the defensive zone, backcheck like a demon, and protect the puck. If he doesn't do that, he is not playing the way the coach demands and you get what you deserve. And guess what, whether you like him or not, this IS Dallas Eakins team. If you don't give him what he asks, then don't expect to be handed ice time.

Yes the other skilled players are making mistakes, but not to the same degree (Gagner aside, ugh), and they are producing more. They are also more proven players. So Yakupov, you got some stuff off your chest, now go out and do your talking on the ice like any good player does. Force the coach's hand, not by complaining, which will get you absolutely nowhere, but through hard work and commitment to a team game. That's all I got.

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#80 Wax Man Riley
November 12 2013, 04:46PM
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Hemmercules wrote:

What a spoiled brat. Guy plays half a season in the NHL and suddenly they owe him 25 minutes a night. Then he goes crying to his agent over it. Pretty tough to respect a fellow player when he makes comments and acts the way he does. Time to grow up.

This

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#81 Johnnydapunk
November 12 2013, 04:52PM
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Mikey wrote:

Hemsky might make the team. Same goes for belov, but probably not. Hell even Bryz.... haha just kidding.

Maybe this was the oilers plan all along. The ole rope a dope. And after the Olympic break they will all be rested up and ready to make the playoffs.

Considering Belov was the KHL defenceman of the year last season and this year whilst the team has been horrible, he has been getting near 20 mins ice time a game and has played a relatively steady game, I wouldn't be shocked if he did make the Russian Olympic team.

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#82 Wax Man Riley
November 12 2013, 04:52PM
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doubleA34 wrote:

ebs, hall and nuge were all aloud to develop by making mistakes and learning from them the last couple years why should yaks be treated any different. Give him playing time and allow him to develop.

Yak should be treated differently because he isn't the best player on the team like Ebs, Hall, and Nuge were.

Earn your ice time. Earn your spot on the roster.

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#83 Gerald R. Ford
November 12 2013, 04:53PM
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I don't think it's entitlement with this kid. It seems more like confusion/frustration. As in, "Why did you take me first overall if you're not going to play me? I can make a difference. let's go."

Let him make mistakes, and, along the way, put the fear of God into a few teams. Confidence comes before maturity. That's how guys work, not just athletes. Yak gets confidence from putting the biscuit in the basket. That's what he knows how to do best NOW. Put him in a position to do THAT. The other things will follow, naturally, and with experience.

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#84 Quicksilver ballet
November 12 2013, 04:54PM
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Newj wrote:

I would agree with most of those statements, but Yak wasn't a Krueger favourite either.

Just clarifying that this current situation wasn't much different than under Krueger.

Ah, someone's paying attention. I'm not saying he made fewer mistakes last season compared to this one. I was just trying to get across the fact that Krueger and his staff kept it in the dressing room. Not out in the open and creating a toxic environment like Eakins has done. That finger pointing is squarely on our all hat, no cattle coach. Even though warranted, we've never seen that finger pointed in the direction of Hallsy or Eberle, or even Gags these last half dozen games.

Yakupov is a 20 yr old kid. The Oilers organization as a whole, are handling things much like a beginner as well. Good on Yakupov for further embarrassing this organization. As if 6 rings, as well as the on ice play hasn't done a bang up job on that already. The Oilers still have 63 out of 82 remaining nothing games to teach him how to be better without the puck. Use this downtime wisely.

This is Kevin Lowes bed. He made it, let him sleep in it. These are just some of those shippy little details organizations like the Oilers have to go through before changes/realization sets in. What goes around, comes around (Souray) for Lowe and company.

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#85 Wax Man Riley
November 12 2013, 04:58PM
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Clarko wrote:

Ya...because a Canadian kid has never felt entitled. That Lindros kid dug down deep and played hard for the Nordiques despite not wanting to play there...

you are correct sir.

Also, Lindros acted like a spoiled, entitled, D-bag, and the entire hockey world knows this.

Yak is also not a 6'4", 230lb moster center with a mean streak that scored 149pts in 57 OHL games, and he also hasn't scored 41 goals and 75 points in his first 61 NHL games.

When Yak does that, he can mouth off all he wants, until then, grow up and understand this is a marathon and not a sprint. Nobody owes you anything.

P.S.

Your point stands though, that it has nothing to do with the "Russian thing."

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#86 pkam
November 12 2013, 04:59PM
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woodenshoes wrote:

What ever happened to taking what you get and making the most of it. Play so damn well that the coach has no choice but have you on ice.

You mean like Arcobello?? I think we all know how that's turned out... Or the reverse with Gagner...

Gagner played 6 games this year averaging about 18 min per game and has one point. And he is coming off a serious jaw injury and is not fully healed.

Yak's first 6 games average about 15 min per game and has zero point. His ice time went up to about 17 min per game after 13 games (some games he got 21 min) and he had only 3 points. Only the last 4 games his ice time was reduced to 10 minutes.

So how is it not fair? Shouldn't we at least give Sam Gagner 13 games before we make a comparison?

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#87 Mikey
November 12 2013, 05:00PM
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@nrXic

What you speak makes some sense to me. I like Larsen, but I too have seen him cough up the puck at the blue line a lot. I think it was in TB that he did it 2 or 3 times on one PP.

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#88 Wax Man Riley
November 12 2013, 05:01PM
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Mikey wrote:

Hemsky might make the team. Same goes for belov, but probably not. Hell even Bryz.... haha just kidding.

Maybe this was the oilers plan all along. The ole rope a dope. And after the Olympic break they will all be rested up and ready to make the playoffs.

lol.... and go 35-0 after the Olympic break.

Great plan, MacT! Great plan! I can't see how anything could possiblye go wrong.

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#89 DigDeepNBleedBlue
November 12 2013, 05:02PM
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Funny how kids cry when you take away their toys....

Coach gotta be more fair, however. Gagner needed to start on the fourth line as a center or on the third as a winger. There IS more rope for some of these guys. I paraphrase Coach, "I don't want Sam to lose his spot just because of an injury." That's BS.

Also, player number 14 has made some horrendous defensive plays. Horrendous. Not to mention some butter soft plays in his own end. When he's on fire offensively it hides his defensive deficiencies and effort. Or lack thereof. There needs to be more accountability there, Coach.

The defensive system is bad. Understatement. But, this D-core makes it look so much worse. Was Smid the answer? No. Nor is Fedun for that matter. Albeit a great story for the young man. The need is for some talented rough bastards back there who can outlet and play positionally.

This is a situation where you need your captain to step up and, well, lead. Not turn the pucking puck over...

Gotta keep working at it. You know, peaks and valleys and all that sh*t.

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#90 Mikey
November 12 2013, 05:03PM
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Ah, someone's paying attention. I'm not saying he made fewer mistakes last season compared to this one. I was just trying to get across the fact that Krueger and his staff kept it in the dressing room. Not out in the open and creating a toxic environment like Eakins has done. That finger pointing is squarely on our all hat, no cattle coach. Even though warranted, we've never seen that finger pointed in the direction of Hallsy or Eberle, or even Gags these last half dozen games.

Yakupov is a 20 yr old kid. The Oilers organization as a whole, are handling things much like a beginner as well. Good on Yakupov for further embarrassing this organization. As if 6 rings, as well as the on ice play hasn't done a bang up job on that already. The Oilers still have 63 out of 82 remaining nothing games to teach him how to be better without the puck. Use this downtime wisely.

This is Kevin Lowes bed. He made it, let him sleep in it. These are just some of those shippy little details organizations like the Oilers have to go through before changes/realization sets in. What goes around, comes around (Souray) for Lowe and company.

I am 100% certain, Yakapov spoke to the media first....

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#91 BIGDAWG
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I think we are seeing why PLAYERS don't want to come to this city.. Seems pretty clear to me.. Total Gong Show.... It friggin hurts to be a oilers fan.. Not sure how long this kind of crap can go on.. How long will season ticket holders pay thee crazy prices while watching what is being put out there.. I don't see a light at the end of the tunnel.. in fact, it feels like a dark circular tunnel heading to nowhere land..

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#92 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
November 12 2013, 05:12PM
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Yak WILL get more ice

Down there in Oklahoma

Off to the minors

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#93 michael
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Eakins may have a longterm plan for this team but we are currently get creamed more than a barista at a Starbucks. Yaks cry for more ice time is something I applaud. Hear that sound? Its Yakupov giving a S#$% about this team. Wish I heard that from more of our leaders. He is frustrated at losing and wants to do more to stop it from happening. I'll take that everyday and 2x on Sunday. Yak is not being selfish. He is saying what the other 22 guys in the room don't have the balls to say publically. We suck and I don't want this losing to continue. Whats the Klima quote. I can't score from the bench. Another guy in the same mold. And all he did was score and wina Stanley Cup with the Oilers.

Lets bs fly but whe someone speaks the truth I am going to go to the wall with the guy. Yak hates losing. He feels he can have a greater impact. At 4-11-2 we ain't doing diddly. Let him walk the walk. Give him some rope. Pedal to the metal. I hope he proves all right. He is the guy we thought he was/is.

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#94 Lowe Expectations
November 12 2013, 05:23PM
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Maybe Yakupov has anger at not getting ice time because he thought he might get on the Russian team for the olympics. But that dream is basically dead and he's taking aim at anyone in authority

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#95 DevoKnows
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Fedun sent down, Potter brought up!! Another brutal decision!!!

"GONGSHOW"

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November 12 2013, 05:24PM
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Fedun sent down, Potter brought up!! Another brutal decision!!!

"GONGSHOW"

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Fedun sent down, Potter brought up!! Another brutal decision!!!

"GONGSHOW"

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Fedun sent down, Potter brought up!! Another brutal decision!!!

"GONGSHOW"

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#99 The Swarm
November 12 2013, 05:25PM
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Eakins is an ego maniac and has been hell belt from day 1 to show how smart he is. Exhibit A through E...

The swarm defense... Using PP specialists to kill penalties... Playing players returning from injury half the game... Utilizing Yak on the 4th friggin line with plumbers... Having Sam (0 for November) Gagner take a draw in your own end with 30 seconds left when down by 1...

I could go on...

It's all insane.

He's trying to re-invent the game and the results speak for themselves. Eakins - YOU ARE NOT SCOTTY FRIGGIN BOWMAN! Get over yourself.

The destruction of Yak hopefully will be the impetus to finally get MacT to realize his mistake and rid the Oilers of Eakins before there is rioting down Jasper Ave.

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#100 BleedOil4Life
November 12 2013, 05:26PM
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Yak needs to take the frustration he had in Chicago and keep it going. Smash people Get out there and at like you are only getting 10 mins a night but want more Prove you want it because if you do...this team will win more games

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