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."

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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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#1 cpetruk
November 12 2013, 02:18PM
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He's right in that everyone is playing the same defensively as he is. I'd stop short of calling it "good".

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#2 Wanye
November 12 2013, 02:23PM
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I LOVE YAK MAKE HIM HAPPY DAMMIT

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#3 BIngBong
November 12 2013, 02:08PM
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What a complete gong-show.

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#4 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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#5 aeiouY
November 12 2013, 02:01PM
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easy there YAK. We have your back right now.... but with only 4 wins this year the crowd can shift on you fast.

Slow your roll, and play better. All will be forgiven

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#6 Nimrod
November 12 2013, 10:27PM
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Embarrassing for the media covering Oilers that they gleefully grill a kid for nine minutes but haven't got the guts to ask a single hard question to the most incompetent management group in hockey for the last half dozen years.

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#7 Randaman
November 12 2013, 02:38PM
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First line: Hall, RNH, Yak. Speed on the left, playmaking in the center and a pure shooter on the right. No brainer for me. It's not like Ebs deserves to be there anyway. Its worth a shot considering the chemistry Hall & Yak had at the end of last year.

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#8 Next up, is Connor McJesus.
November 12 2013, 02:53PM
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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!

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#9 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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#10 Rusty Patenaude
November 12 2013, 08:22PM
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The MacTavish/Lowe braintrust strikes again. It is Joffrey Lupul all over again. Don't put a young offensive player in the situations he needs to learn and be successful. Demand that he be Bob Gainey and when he tries to be responsible defensively with mixed results sit him in the press box, shattering his confidence. In what alternate reality do MacTavish, Eakins and Lowe exist where they are in the thick of a playoff battle and have to cut back a young stars ice time for what? Why isn't Yak on the 1st powerplay being set up for that lazer one-timer? Why isn't he playing consistently with Nugent-Hopkins? Why isn't Eakins talking to him in private regularly about what is expected and why he is being used as he is? Where the Hell are the "leaders" in the locker room who ought to be taking the kid out and giving him support/tough love all through this debacle.

This is not on Yak. He is a passionate kid. he wears his heart on his sleeve, that is why we fell in love with the guy last season. This is on the coaching staff, management and the team leaders (if you can call it leadership when a team which names a guy captain before he even puts on the jersey)

Jesus, it is like Punch Imlach screwing over Frank Mahovolich all over again...except even Punch learned his lesson and kept out of Gilbert Perreault's head. Wish I could say the same for MacTavish et al.

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#11 Smokey
November 12 2013, 02:45PM
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I got no issue with anything he said. One thing we can all say, Yak is not a robot and he cares. He wants ice time, and maybe he feels hasn't been given a shot. I also know that what he says sometimes sounds worse then it should, that was apparent today.

He's watched players like Gagner, Hemsky, Hall, Nuge, and Schultz do the same wrong things, and they keep getting ice time. Don't blame him one bit for being frustrated. His comments are validated to a certain extent by seeing the other players not having to be accountable for making the same inexcusable errors every single night. I can't remember the game where Hemsky turned over the puck and Yak was on the ice with him. Wasn't Yak's fault and he sat the rest of the game.

A player can admit he deserves less time, but gets upset he sees veterans continue to get their ice and they are the ones making the same mistakes. If your going to bench Yak, then bench Hemsky next time he coughs up the puck. No accountability on the ice equates to to room that tunes out a coach when he preaches accountability.

From this point on Eakins should coach with an open mind. Play the guys that are going. If Steve MacIntire and Gadzic pot a goal, run them ragged...just joking.

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#12 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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#13 Harlie
November 12 2013, 05:27PM
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He heard 3 rumours so it sounds like Larionov is plugged in. Sounding to me like its Philly or NYR base on the timing he stated. I hope MacT has some rabbits hidden cuz this is making him look bad and he better find a way to turn this around.

What a freaking sideshow our once proud team has become. Embarrassing.

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#14 vickpeterson
November 12 2013, 02:19PM
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"Have you felt a coach not trust you in your hockey career?"

"No, Never."

Gregor and Rishaug is being such a D***s in the presser.

Gregor: "You average 15 minutes a game this year. What do you want, 18?"

Yak: "No, not the past few games" Rishaug corrected him and said he's been averaging about 10 minutes the past few games, and Yak agreed with Rishaug.

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#15 Butters
November 12 2013, 08:14PM
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DSF wrote:

Some observations:

As many of you will recall, I believed, and still do, that the Oilers should have drafted Galchenyuk. Whenever it's close you should always draft the centre and it was close.

Having said that, anyone who doesn't think there is a double standard at work need look no further than the abysmal defensive play of Justin Schultz.

While Schultz's rookie season looked, on the surface, like a decent one, he gave up far more than he scored at even strength...finishing the season at -17...288th in the league among defensemen.

He averaged 21:26 TOI/G.

This season, before he was injured, he was actually playing much worse.

While he was on pace for a 40 point season, he was also on pace for MINUS 58.

Now, Justin Schultz is not 20...he's 23 and despite playing 4 years in NCAA hockey, he can't play defense AT ALL.

How did Eakins respond to his putrid defensive play?

This season, his average TOI/G is 22:01.

That folks is a double standard.

Nah, the Oilers would have ruined Galchenyuk too.

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#16 Oiler Al
November 12 2013, 05:41PM
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"he said", she said", etc, this is really getting to be an embarrassing side show for the organization. Losing, indifferent play, blender linmates, more airmiles to OKC than needed.. Who the .....k is running his Gong Show? The JOKE OF THE NHL!!!! Its a shame getting all those lotto drafts and this is where it ends up.

Edmonton media must fear losing the free lunch... call like it is.... LOWE!! It starts from the top... Cant count Katz he;s been hiding under a rock all his life.

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#17 DSF
November 12 2013, 06:48PM
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Some observations:

As many of you will recall, I believed, and still do, that the Oilers should have drafted Galchenyuk. Whenever it's close you should always draft the centre and it was close.

Having said that, anyone who doesn't think there is a double standard at work need look no further than the abysmal defensive play of Justin Schultz.

While Schultz's rookie season looked, on the surface, like a decent one, he gave up far more than he scored at even strength...finishing the season at -17...288th in the league among defensemen.

He averaged 21:26 TOI/G.

This season, before he was injured, he was actually playing much worse.

While he was on pace for a 40 point season, he was also on pace for MINUS 58.

Now, Justin Schultz is not 20...he's 23 and despite playing 4 years in NCAA hockey, he can't play defense AT ALL.

How did Eakins respond to his putrid defensive play?

This season, his average TOI/G is 22:01.

That folks is a double standard.

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#18 steelymac
November 12 2013, 02:58PM
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As long as Eakins operates under double standards the relationship between Yak and the club will continue to erode until he either demands a trade or leaves for the KHL.There will be comments that he is being a spoiled brat and I would agree with that if he was the only one playing piss poor defensively.Eakins needs a whipping boy and Yak is it,how else can you explain him riding the pine for the rest of the game after the tying goal.You can knock Ralph Kreuger all you want but the morale on and off the ice was a hell of a lot better than it is now not to mention special teams wich last time I checked was an important part of the game.

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#19 JJ
November 12 2013, 02:46PM
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Justin Schultz on his assessment of the situation: "It's tough, we gotta get some wins and get back into the playoff race" Sorry buddy, that ship has sailed already. Do the players really think there's a chance at playoffs or do they just have to say that?

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#20 OilCanFan
November 12 2013, 03:01PM
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Here is a novel idea, Eakin's should try and "coach" and live up to what he said about accountability. Players are not being held accountable and he is being out coached most games.

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#21 FireKLowe
November 12 2013, 08:15PM
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They fcuked up Shremp, Omark, Paajarvi, and now Yakapov! Good job Oiler management!

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#23 JJ
November 12 2013, 02:42PM
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Remember that one interview last year with Osadchenko when Nail was saying how 'You want to out there and win games just because of Krueger'? How likely is it that he'll say the same about Eakins?

I think Dallas has lost the dressing room. Fire this bastard, get him out of Edmonton. He can't get the best out of his players like Krueger did so he should be out. Krueger was NOT the problem, too bad he was let go despite the improvements.

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#24 Batfink
November 12 2013, 08:30PM
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TDSM31 wrote:

I have to think Ference will rip a strip off this kid.

Same Ference that's been a turn over machine last few games? Who rips a strip off him?

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#25 Rheal1
November 13 2013, 04:40AM
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EKLUND on hockeybuzz.com is comparing Yakupov to Alexandre Daigle. http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Eklund/The-Russian-Alexandre-Daigle-Trade-Winds-Rush-in-Western-Canada/1/55632 That guy Eklund has been very suspicious and totally wrong when he made predictions or claims to have sources in the NHL. Seems to me like he's full of it. He is the prototypical unreliable hockey source himself. Yakupov is definitely not Daigle... Props if you think Eklund is a moron.

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#26 **
November 12 2013, 06:01PM
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Facts:

Yakupov is not a very good defensive player. Yakupov was drafted for being an exceptional offensive player.

EAkins said in the summer he would get to know his players by meeting one on one, having water cooler conversations, things like that. Eakins said today that he hasn't spoken with Yakupov one on one about his lack of ice time or his level of trust in him.

Eakins said in the summer it would not matter contract status, or age, everyone would be accountable. Eakins has 7 players at the bottom of the plus/minus stats. Yaks with -14, Hemsky and Nuge with -12, Petry -11, Schultz -10, Gagner -9. Who is the only player being sent to the fourth line and being scratched not once but twice and getting his ice time greatly diminished?: Yakupov.

Steven Stamkos stats for his first season (79 games): 11:58 average ice time per game 23G, 23A, 46 points, plus/minus -13 (keep in mind he is a center with more defensive responsibility)

Nail Yakupov's stats for his first combined 65 games: 12:34 average ice time per game 19G, 16A, 35 points, plus/minus -18 ( this is the combined total of two seasons, with a long break in the summer that could be argued impacted the continuity of Yakupov's development, given how he closed last season, he might have had more points by this time had he played those 65 games continuously. )

Anyone who reads this please tell me:

A) if Yakupov is being given fair treatment, given how long a leash Ebs Hall Nuge Gagner and Hemsky have had on season's past ( I know it is a different coach but he should be aware of these things).

B) If Yakupov's numbers compared to another 1st overall who turned out to be an elite player are that far off course to be trying to run the guy out of town.

Ps: I don't like the plus/minus stat, I think it is extremely flawed, but I have seen it on Edmonton media as an indictment of Yakupov so that is why I included it.

PPS: Jussi JOkinen was traded mid season to make room for Stamkos to play more minutes because that management believed Stamkos was the future even though Jokinen was having a great season and wanted to put him in a legitimate position to succeed.

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#27 Shifty203
November 12 2013, 02:18PM
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dmac4532 wrote:

He is crazy if he thinks he has been playing well. He turns the puck over, flys the d zone with out so much as looking @ Ovi in the slot. This kid needs at least half a season in okc .Not saying he is the only young player that needs to learn to play both sides of the puck but with out a doubt the most glaring example.

This is probably his point. Its not like anyone on the team is actually out playing him, and deserves more ice time. He's probably feeling like he's being picked on.

Now, thats not to say that if he really felt that way he could try working harder and forcing their hand to give him more ice time.

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#28 NJ
November 12 2013, 03:23PM
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Yak shows more passion, more frustration and more drive than half the oil combined. While his defensive positioning is terrible, the same could be said for Eberle, Gagner and any number of the D men. Bottom line. If you're benching Yak, bench the guys showing less passion and equally bad positioning.

While I don't blame coach per se and appreciate how Eakins handled the press today, I'm tired of the double standard, both the one above and the standard we want Yak to live up to in a rookie year (less than 82 games) where he's played more with 3rd and 4th liners than 1st and 2nd lines.

Unfortunately, the last Oiler who showed that level of frustration got shipped off to Calgary for a sack of hammers.

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#29 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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#30 dmac4532
November 12 2013, 02:10PM
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He is crazy if he thinks he has been playing well. He turns the puck over, flys the d zone with out so much as looking @ Ovi in the slot. This kid needs at least half a season in okc .Not saying he is the only young player that needs to learn to play both sides of the puck but with out a doubt the most glaring example.

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#31 number99
November 12 2013, 02:41PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

He said he wants to play more. He's averaging 15 minutes a game. Because he played 11 or 12 minutes for four games doesn't change that. He is upset over four games so he goes public? Not the smartest decision over four games.

Hey JG,

It seems to me that as per Behind the net . com Nail has a TOI of 197.35 min divided by 17 games played = 11.60 min per game.

Correct me if Im wrong.

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#32 sizzay
November 12 2013, 02:44PM
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Gregor,

Tell Rishaug to relax. Larionov made the mistake, not Yakupov by going to the media.

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#33 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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#34 Woogie63
November 12 2013, 05:38PM
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Do you really care if your RW on the first line can't play defense?

LaFleur, Bossy, Stamkos, and Yakupov need to score GOALS.

Lafleur played with Lemaire who was great defensively.

Bossy played with Trottier who was just great.

Find a combination in the top six that gets this kid scoring and play to his advantage.

Hall. RNH. Yakupov Perron Arco. Ebs

Make a competitive group.

What 20 year old is going to get better playing on you fourth line with basically AHL player for 5 minutes a night?

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#35 Harlie
November 12 2013, 08:34PM
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Batfink wrote:

Same Ference that's been a turn over machine last few games? Who rips a strip off him?

The moran who put a C on him before he earned it.

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#36 spliff
November 12 2013, 06:58PM
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Harlie wrote:

He heard 3 rumours so it sounds like Larionov is plugged in. Sounding to me like its Philly or NYR base on the timing he stated. I hope MacT has some rabbits hidden cuz this is making him look bad and he better find a way to turn this around.

What a freaking sideshow our once proud team has become. Embarrassing.

The Oilers during the KLowe years have consistently had ridiculous drama and BS.

There was the Lowe - Burke fiasco, the Heatley fiasco, the Souray fiasco, the Ryan Smyth trade over 100 000 fiasco, the Comrie fiasco, the Hossa fiasco, and of course, the Pronger fiasco.

Now, we have the Yakupov fiasco. This organization is a joke and the loyal fans for this once respected team, deserve far better.

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#37 bwar
November 12 2013, 03:31PM
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How long until all of the articles are about Bryz? Who gives a crap about the other players, Bryz should be holding a press conference daily. I need to know the things that are in his brain.

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#38 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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#39 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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#40 Rama Lama
November 12 2013, 02:25PM
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dmac4532 wrote:

He is crazy if he thinks he has been playing well. He turns the puck over, flys the d zone with out so much as looking @ Ovi in the slot. This kid needs at least half a season in okc .Not saying he is the only young player that needs to learn to play both sides of the puck but with out a doubt the most glaring example.

I don't think that the Oilers really have any plus+ players on the team right now..........exactly who should he pattern his game after?

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#41 bazmagoo
November 12 2013, 06:18PM
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@**

Gags definitely deserves to be benched/moved down/sat for his play since his return. If he's still injured he should stay on the sidelines. His play has been abysmal. Proof that there is a bit of a double standard imo.

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#42 Serious Gord
November 12 2013, 02:13PM
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"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."

Very true. And were I the 20 year old with talent running out my ears, I would want as much ice time as possible. While he obviously had a great abbreviated rookie year in the NHL, perhaps he should have been kept down in the AHL for that season. Hindsight is 20:20.

The question now is:

Should he go down to the AHL for the rest of the year where he can get boatloads of ice time and be able to work on his game removed from the limelight (and get a reminder of what no limelight feels like)?

It is notable the contrast between Hockey and the most difficult sport to play - baseball. In baseball it is very common to send players down to AA and AAA for periods of time to work on their game. Even the very best pitchers (halladay) have had it happen.

There is little shame in it in MLB.

Not so much in the NHL.

And that's a shame...

I wonder how Nail would react to such a move?

My guess is that that would very much depend on how management handles it. Looking back on how Lowe has handled similar situations in the past, I would recommend Nail demand a trade immediately and save himself (and fans) the angst and agony.

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#43 oildrops
November 12 2013, 03:02PM
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a lot of the posts are missing props and trashes I hit a prop that said 7 but it was 17.

Yak is awesome, we just need better a NHL coach.

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#44 Cyni
November 12 2013, 03:08PM
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Yak's got leverage. Once his entry-level deal expires, he can de-camp to the KHL for a year years. Then come back and sign for huge bucks with a franchise that isn't a laughingstock. Suk.cs to be you, Oiler fan.

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#45 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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#46 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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#47 Walter Sobchak
November 12 2013, 11:28PM
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Why the hell hadn't Rishaug or any other MSM ask Eakins a simple question.

If your sitting Yakupov and decreasing his ice time due to defensive laps's why aren't you doing that to Schultz, Hall, Eberle and the player who is the worst Gagner?

Seriously, the MSM are told the same story but never question the coach or management.

If the coach is the only one doing the talking then damn right Yakupov should stand up and take a bloody stand!

MSM don't seem to care that Eakins regurgitates the same sound bite on Yakupov.

There just looking to get in, get out, write some junk about 5x5 or how this is part of the normal process now.

Maybe Rishaug should ask Eakins, why wasn't Gagner benched when he left not one but two guys alone in the slot that were directly resulted in goals?

How under one coach Yakupov do well but under you ( Eakins) he seems to have lost all confidence?

The biases extend to MSM as well. Unless MSM start asking the Oilers direct questions then your just another messenger for the Oilers, might as well play for them.

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#48 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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#49 Smokey
November 12 2013, 11:50PM
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Nimrod wrote:

Embarrassing for the media covering Oilers that they gleefully grill a kid for nine minutes but haven't got the guts to ask a single hard question to the most incompetent management group in hockey for the last half dozen years.

You nailed it.

The real issue is why is the entire team stagnating and lacking confidence. Who is responsible for this and how are they going to fix it.

Heard Richaug rail on Nail on the Jason Gregor show today. Where was the venom towards the actual problem. Every damn fan knows the problem, and these lazy reporters are beaking off about a immature kid who's confused as to why he is constantly benched when the rest of the kids are doing the same thing. The kid is 20, from a different country and culture. You gotta take everything he says with a grain of salt. Larionov caused this mess when he did not deal with it professionally and internally. Some Oiler's braintrust then had a huge brainfart and allowed Nail to be made available to the media.Talk about complete set up and disaster. These cold hearted losers through him under the bus. You got a kid who with language barrier who historically has shown a propensity to say stuff that comes out wrong. What do you expect. What a complete lack of judgement by both MacT. Then certain media types jump on him because they rather rail on a kid then do some real reporting for fear of being ignored by the old boys gang. I'd like to see some real reporting. People want real questions to asked. I wanna see MacT pull a Tortorella or ol' Sixrings make some disparaging remarks to the 2nd tier fans again.

Lastly, Eakins should shut his piehole about accountability. He made a another comment about this imaginary accountability concept again today. If there was accountability Hall and Eberle, Schultz, and Gagner and Hemsky would ride some pine. Why the Russian kid? Why does he ride pine after he scores a goal or when make the same mistakes other guys make. No one discounts his minus 14. Eakins if you read this, don't preach accountability, do it. Maybe you'll get the respect of your team that you lost.

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#50 CaptainLander
November 12 2013, 03:24PM
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May as well play him a ton, season is already over anyway.

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