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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#101 mlcselli
November 12 2013, 11:19PM
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Tomorrow after the meeting, I hope Katz throws a grenade in the office and blows this pitiful excuse of a management team apart. It's the office personnel that needs the GD rebuild.

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#102 Poly
November 12 2013, 03:15PM
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This is a dicey situation right now, everyone involved just needs to take a step back and let things settle down.

You cannot make business decisions when emotion is involved, its a sure fire recipe for mistakes.

Yak is young, emotional, and inexperienced. He'll be told to lay low.

Most of Lowe's mistakes seem to be made when he is fired up (Comrie, how many rings he has comment, etc..)so thankfully he is not calling the shots anymore.

Mactavish is a calm operator however. He knows this is the worst time to make a decision, and so he will let it play out. Listen and placate Larionov, spend some time supporting Yak.

Fans will be fans and spout off, media will be media and stir the pot to create a story. Yak, Oilers management, and lord willing Larionov, will just shut up for a few days and let this blow over. Too much emotion.

Win a game and all the hens will disappear for a while.

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#103 michael
November 12 2013, 05:15PM
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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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#104 Oilerz4life
November 12 2013, 07:35PM
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Some fans need to learn how to not write an entire essay in the comments section. If Yaks wants the ice time he should earn it. That is all.

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#105 Rob...
November 12 2013, 10:25PM
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@Slyers

"The city Of Edmonton I grew up in would never have tolerated this type of behaviour.... And that is maybe one small reason our young guns turned out to be the special players and people they were."

The Edmonton you grew up in thought throwing the 'black guy' under the bus for the same coke problem half the team had was A-OK.

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#107 camdog
November 12 2013, 03:20PM
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I think it says mixed messages when a veteran like Smid calls out players like Yakopov for not playing the system and then they quickly trade him. I guess Yaks thinks it worked for Smid so maybe it will work for him...

Although Smid wasn't really the best of d-man at least he knew his role and he did provide some much needed leadership on this team. THis team lacks leadership and Mact trades one of the leaders for magic beans. This doesn't make any sense at all to me!

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#108 Rambelaya
November 12 2013, 03:22PM
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oildrops wrote:

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 a NHL coach.

The page doesn't auto-refresh so the props/trashes are frozen while you read.

But other people are propping/trashing while you read, so when you click, that's the only time it can update with what's happened since you loaded the page.

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#109 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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#110 DevoKnows
November 12 2013, 05:37PM
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Check this game winner out in OKC last night!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwBz0BpOrAY&sns=em

SWEET!!!!

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#111 DAVE
November 12 2013, 06:35PM
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Wax Man Riley wrote:

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)

well said, you must be a adult.

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#112 Hockey fan 1976
November 12 2013, 07:05PM
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You can slice it any way you want, Dallas Eakins talks a great game but that whole bs of "accountability" "compete" and yet not practising what he preaches is what has gotten this room in trouble. Is Managenemt 101. The moment you lack consistency in how you treat everyone is the moment you lose respect from your staff (team). Yuk sees how other so called vets crapping the bed as bad as he's and yet, they don't get benched or ice time hasn't suffered. DE is the problem and the moment McT admits he made a mistake, the sooner this team gets on track.

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#113 Harlie
November 12 2013, 07:30PM
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DSF wrote:

Thing is...Souray has thrived and Lowe is just as bad as he ever was.

Funny how that works. And what's the common denominator everybody?

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#114 DSF
November 12 2013, 07:31PM
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Pouzar99 wrote:

Calm down folks. Everybody involved has to take a deep breath on this ones. The kid is frustrated and it might be best for everyone that he blew off some steam. Yes, his defensive play has been unacceptable, but he has a lot of company, especially Justin Schultz, as DSF correctly points out.

If Yak has to earn his ice time What about Gagner, Hall, Hemsky and Justin Schultz? Hall's offensive contribution helps obviously, but he is still a major offender defensively. Nuge and Arcobello bust their butts in both ends, why can't the other top six players. Eberle and Perron are okay, but could also play better on the defensive end.

Last season they worked hard with Yak and he got to be a far more complete player as the year went along. Where has all that gone?

I think it is pretty obvious by this point that Eakins isn't exactly a strategic genius. My cat could pick better line combinations and his defensive system design has been a series of busts. Putting Gagner at center for his first game back and matching him up against the red hot Kessel line was a very predictable shocker, just to name one example.

Remember one more thing about Yak. He is a Russian and they have a hockey league. If things become intolerable here he has an easy option. He is going to have to dig down and play a far more complete game, but if he can sit and watch or be shifted down to the 4th line so can others. How about a concession which is just common sense anyway. Put Yak on the first PP unit. He's got the best shot on the team by a mile and every one else on the unit is a pass first guy. Let that cannon rip. And give him some extra shifts on the top three lines if you play on the 4th. its not like we have anything to lose. Except a proud, gifted but flawed young player who will be a star somewhere eventually.

Best post of the thread...by a mile.

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#115 OilFanInVan
November 12 2013, 10:25PM
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No matter who we drafted first over all in 2011, I feel the same things would be happening. It's the organization that takes a draft pick and turns them into what they are. So Yakupov, Murray, Galchenyuk, whatever... It doesn't MATTER!

It's the Oiler's draft pick and they're going to be messed up because we have idiot's running the show at the top and this idiotic losing culture we have trickles down and effects everyone.

That's why when everyone leaves they "get better". No they don't get better, the get away from the Oilers culture, and then they prosper.

I feel real sorry for guys like Hemsky and Gagner who have been here so long... Will Nuge be Gagner 4 years from now? Will Eberle be Hemsky? Will Gagner be Horcoff? Will Nurse be Pronger? It's not the players, it's the team. Heads need to roll from the top down for ANYTHING to move forward.

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#116 Crimson Steel
November 12 2013, 03:17PM
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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. No one likes a whinny cry baby. The give it to me attitude before I earn it is causing the mess we call Oilers.

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#117 Fresh Mess
November 12 2013, 06:43PM
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20 years old. First full season and playing like absolute garbage, yet still on the NHL roster and getting good minutes. For this he creates a media side show and starts making demands.

Get this prima donna cancerous wench off the team ASAP !!

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#118 GVBlackhawk
November 12 2013, 07:25PM
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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.

And now Eakins is doing the same thing with Larsen. He has been abysmal in the defensive zone, but that is good enough for first or second defensive minutes on the team.

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#119 patrick miranda
November 12 2013, 11:47PM
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If I have to watch that smug Eakins one more time, talk about how righteous he is, i'm going to fart in a baloon and release it at one of those media scrums to punish all you media pundits who don't have the BALLS to ask direct questions. Are you so afraid of losing your media pass that you won't ask a poingnant question? Spector asked one of Lowe at the MacT presser and got instant credibility, high time another one of you asked this moron if he is ever going to let his ego take a break and learn to coach like a professional.

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#120 DrunkGuyTy
November 13 2013, 06:12AM
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A couple things: 1. This 20 year old is being guided through this by his agent who, IMO, is doing him a disservice by taking this public. This is on Larionov, not Yak. 2. Do you think there was any way in helll he was going to be able to get out of the rink yesterday without having to face the gossip girls with their microphones?

I yearn for the good ol' days when you cheered for your team and were loyal to the players because they were part of that team. Now you have too many jock- sniffing media members trying to create stories and blow them all out proportion for blog hits. Unfortunately, there is a new generation of fans who know no different and are unable to read between the lines on the script of these soap operas.

...and the pussification continues. As someone with a set of balls, I don't give a sh!t how these players, coaches, and fans "feel" about things. Talk about wins, losses, goals and assists. It is a good thing to be frustrated and pissed off with losing. Let the animal instinct run its course. Why do we need hear about it?

So why read the article? Try finding anything about the team where this situation isn't front and centre.

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#121 Lochenzo
November 12 2013, 03:32PM
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I love the raw emotion of this kid. When things are going well, you've seen his celebrations. When they are not going well, we get this.

I like that he cares. But he's just 20 years old. The coaches need to make sure that he channels his energy into something productive. Otherwise, one of two things will happen. He'll blow up, resulting in a trade. Or he'll stop caring.

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#122 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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#123 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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#124 Rheal1
November 12 2013, 05:31PM
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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 "freaking sideshow" will be over when Katz moves the team to Seattle. Or Las Vegas; more his style.

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#125 Spoils
November 12 2013, 06:16PM
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@DevoKnows

Linus was practically invisible last game in the bigs and he is just magic down there. makes me feel like sending Yak down to OKC wouldn't help matters.

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#126 @mbrunihockey
November 12 2013, 10:42PM
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Maybe Yak should take some tips on dealing with the media from Bryzgalov when he comes in next week.

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#127 Al Low
November 12 2013, 11:28PM
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On a team without a pulse and with numerous players who are indifferent to winning and losing (Nugent-Hopkins, Eberle, Hemsky, Gagner, Justin Schultz to name a few), Oiler fans should applaud Yak for actually caring. MacT really needs to listen hard on offers to pretty much anybody not named Hall, Yak or Darnell Nurse.

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#128 Grant
November 13 2013, 08:47AM
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@Serious Gord

Gord you talk tough on here, but yesterday you hung up on Gregor show and didn't call back in. Scared to have someone debate your thoughts, or points that often are incorrect?

Easy to say ask people to talk tough, but when you had the chance you hung up.

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#129 Kirk Brackenberry
November 12 2013, 02:50PM
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Perhaps Yak is right and there are numerous other oilers playing poorly but come on...this is the absolute worst way to go about this. Stinks of a spoiled brat. Trade the Kid now this is a character flaw and will only get worse.

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#130 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 a NHL coach.

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#131 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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#132 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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#133 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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#134 DevoKnows
November 12 2013, 05:24PM
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Fedun sent down, Potter brought up!! Another brutal decision!!!

"GONGSHOW"

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

"GONGSHOW"

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

"GONGSHOW"

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#137 Taser
November 12 2013, 07:37PM
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We need a better second line centre that plays both ends of the ice. We need that so guys like yakupov have more free reign to utilize their strengths rather than grossly expose their weaknesses. See ya gagner.

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#138 madjam
November 13 2013, 05:58AM
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Instead of developing a competitive team we have gone from boys on the bus , to a continuing spiral of throwing the boys under the bus . Somehow that justifies coaching and management accountability and jobs ? Any one else gone public has been weeded out and same will more than likely happen sooner over later .

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#139 Mark
November 12 2013, 02:31PM
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Woa hold up Yak, we all love the passion and the potential that you have but don't go all Souray on us, we know what happened to him. Are you being used as you should? Probably not. Have you deserved that ice time with your play? Sometimes. I think he sould be sent to the minors for 10 games. Let him play 23 minutes a night in every situation, he should light it up. If he does bring him back up and play him on the second line in an offensive role (if he deserves it). I cant even will myself to write anymore with how bad the team is. Work hard boys and it will turn around look at the flames (yuk i think i just puked in my mouth) LOL.

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#140 godot10
November 12 2013, 02:38PM
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MacT said Dubnyk and Krueger weren't the problem, and spent all summer looking for a goaltender, and hire a new coach almost immediately thereafter.

Matheson's piece on Jon Cooper the other day said MacT was talking to Jon Cooper about the Oiler's head coaching job full year before he was hired as GM (when Renney was still coach).

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#141 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
November 12 2013, 03:21PM
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Poly wrote:

This is a dicey situation right now, everyone involved just needs to take a step back and let things settle down.

You cannot make business decisions when emotion is involved, its a sure fire recipe for mistakes.

Yak is young, emotional, and inexperienced. He'll be told to lay low.

Most of Lowe's mistakes seem to be made when he is fired up (Comrie, how many rings he has comment, etc..)so thankfully he is not calling the shots anymore.

Mactavish is a calm operator however. He knows this is the worst time to make a decision, and so he will let it play out. Listen and placate Larionov, spend some time supporting Yak.

Fans will be fans and spout off, media will be media and stir the pot to create a story. Yak, Oilers management, and lord willing Larionov, will just shut up for a few days and let this blow over. Too much emotion.

Win a game and all the hens will disappear for a while.

You think Lowe is not calling the shots? I dont think Lowe ever stopped calling the shots,

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#142 Blucifer Copperballs
November 12 2013, 03:28PM
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If he wants to talk the talk, make him walk the walk. Eakins should give him the extra minutes against the Stars, and see what happens.

Either he plays well and feels justified, or bombs and stops shooting his mouth off. Either way, the situation gets diffused a little. only problem is it set precident for other players to handle a situation poorly ( like Yak and Igor DID) and expect to be rewarded with more minutes.

Would love to hear what happens behind closed doors on this.

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#143 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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#144 Randaman
November 12 2013, 06:47PM
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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.

Eberle ha played on the perimeter all year with out a hit thrown and has gotten his points. Does that make him better than Yak that throws checks and stands up for himself like in the Chicago game? Yes & no. Hall & Nugr are the stars of this group and Yak should be on their wing so he can show what he can do with first line talent and ice time. Third line minutes with Hemsky won't help as has been proven thus far this season. Hall, Ebs &Nuge were given that opportunity. Why not try it and see. Gags, Ebs & Perron is a quality mix for a second line. Gordon, Hemsky & Smyth for a third. Arcabello, Jonseeu & Jones/gazdic for a fourth. Problem solved. What is there to lose at this point. Remember the chemistry Hall & Yak developed late last season??

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#145 D-Unit
November 12 2013, 07:56PM
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I understand Yaks frustration, but think his agent should have taken a different path. It's the agents job to listen to his client and advise him. Don't think Igor should have went to the media, even if Yak said it was okay. Yak is young and probably could have used some advice to keep it in house.

Have to give Yak credit for talking to the media though. He was clear and spoke well in my opinion. If he didn't talk, how many people would have been all over him for not wanting to talk.

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#146 china town man
November 12 2013, 08:52PM
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Yak should just shut his mouth And play hockey !!! Did ovechkin tell him to do this?

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#147 mlcselli
November 13 2013, 12:32AM
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Klowe can't hear you. He's got two Stanley Cup rings stuck in his ears.

I know where I'd like to stick the other four. #firelowe

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#148 number99
November 12 2013, 02:49PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Are you only counting ES minutes?

He has averaged 15:28 a game.

Look here

http://www.nhl.com/ice/playerstats.htm?season=20132014&gameType=2&team=EDM&position=S&country=&status=&viewName=summary#

My bad. Thanks!

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#149 Hemmercules
November 12 2013, 03:31PM
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NJ wrote:

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.

They should hang that sack of hammers from the crossbar next game, probably post a better save percentage than Dubs and Barbie combined.

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."

That comment really annoyed me, It basically sounds like "yes I told me agent, and if I'm not getting 20 minutes a night after Lari comes here and lays down the law its gonna be trade request time".

The season is done, might as well play the hell out of him now. I just really hate how him and his agent went about this whole thing.

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#150 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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