Nail Yakupov to be scratched again

Jonathan Willis
December 30 2013 12:34PM

 

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins announced this morning that Nail Yakupov will be a healthy scratch against the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday.

The Player

Nail Yakupov hasn’t been good enough this season.

His stats line shows that (39GP – 6G – 8A – 14PTS, minus-25), and the fact that he’s getting badly outplayed in the most sheltered minutes available is a real problem. The plus/minus exaggerates things (last year at five-on-five Yakupov’s on-ice save percentage was 0.923; this year it’s 0.868, and one would need to be delusional to think those numbers accurately reflect the state of Yakupov’s defensive game in those two seasons) but he’s been getting out-shot and out-chanced despite getting primarily offensive zone time.

He remains a phenomenally talented player, the guy who led both his team and all NHL rookies in goal-scoring last season. He’s fast and aggressive and has a shot that is already one of the best in the game. But he needs to dramatically improve his overall play to be a useful NHL’er.

The Coach

Dallas Eakins, understandably, feels that Yakupov needs to be better if he’s going to earn more ice-time, and that he can’t just keep gifting him with minutes if the results aren’t there.

“You’ve got to earn it,” he says in the video above. “You have to do a number of things on the ice every day. Every day. It can never change. We cannot give things to people. You have to earn them.”

Eakins further said he’d spoken to Yakupov for “40 to 45 minutes” about the scratch, and that he and the player had a “definite plan moving forward.”

Naturally, the coach is going to take some criticism for the scratch, as he took some criticism for sticking Yakupov on the fourth line and slashing the player’s power play role. It’s impossible not to recognize the talent that the Oilers have in that player, and naturally fans want to see him placed in a position to succeed.

Eakins, though, seems clearly focused on the big picture. A scratch here or there isn’t a big deal; Yakupov’s performance this season isn’t even the primary problem. Yakupov is the kind of player who has the talent to play a pivotal role for the Oilers for the next decade or more. The problem Eakins faces is turning him into the best possible player for that next decade, and if that means making unpopular decisions in a season that (like so many others) was lost before the halfway mark, that’s what it means.

Yakupov entered the NHL and had instant chemistry with his first head coach, Ralph Krueger. His enthusiasm was obvious and infectious and a bright point in an otherwise unmemorable season. But it’s worth remembering it for what it was – that despite Yakupov’s point totals, his line was out-shot game-in and game-out, and that all too often he seemed to be floating around on the ice with no clear idea of where he was supposed to be.

Perhaps Krueger would have been able to correct that with time, or perhaps not. Now the responsibility falls to Eakins. Improving Yakupov’s game might be the single most important thing Eakins does this season as Edmonton’s coach, and given that he’s previously compared Yakupov’s problems to the early struggles of people like Steven Stamkos and Joe Thornton it’s a good bet he knows it.

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#1 6zeppelin6
December 30 2013, 12:44PM
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I guess accountability only applies when you are russian.

Sam Gagner gets a free pass for his piss poor performance though.

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#2 Thumby
December 30 2013, 12:53PM
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What are Gagner's comparables like? I bet he deserves to sit and watch too.

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#3 Dan the Man
December 30 2013, 01:03PM
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I don't really have a big problem with Yakupov being scratched. He hasn't been good enough on most nights. I just wish Sam Gagner was held to the same level of accountability. I know it's tough to scratch him right now with Arcobello hurt but what about the rest of the season?

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#4 fedUp
December 30 2013, 12:47PM
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Eakins is an idiot,

"I need him to score" how in the hell will he score with 6 minutes of ice on the 4th line.

If I here him say fitness level once more ill puke look what fitness level has got us last in the west.

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#5 **
December 30 2013, 02:14PM
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Yakupov is going to end up asking for a trade, sent to a contender, end up having a great career, meanwhile the Oilers will still be bottom five for the next 4 years. Eakins is not going to take this team anywhere.

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#6 RexHolez
December 30 2013, 02:22PM
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Yakupov needs Ice time in all situations to learn and grow. This is a ridiculous move and Eakins just keeps getting harder and harder to support.

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#7 **
December 30 2013, 02:17PM
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There are 5 other guys on the ice every time Yakupov is burned for a chance against. How come it is only his bad play that sticks out to the coach?. On a contending team Yakupov would be used for what he is, a goal scoring forward. There would be a good goalie, 2 soild defencemen, a responsible 2 way center, and another great forward. Yakupov would eventually get decent enough defensively. But on a sinking ship, it's hard to learn to swim when all your shipmates are going down with the ship.

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#8 David S
December 30 2013, 01:07PM
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"The goal is to win every game."

*Continues placing 4th liners and AHL'ers with Eberle/Gagner. Lets Yak twist.*

F@ck you Dallas.

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#9 Nori know
December 30 2013, 12:57PM
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Coach Eakins, is this a revenge on Yak for being out spoken? I see some other players who should be scratched before Yak. For instance, Sam, jr Shultz , Ebe, so on.....

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#10 Freewheeling Freddie
December 30 2013, 02:57PM
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How does a player who makes 4.8 million and has several mistake filled games never has to ride the pine? A twenty year old who has less then 1 season under his belt and can actually shot the puck will be sitting out for the third time. This is completely mind boggling. I guess that is why we sit in the sewer hole at 29th

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#11 Cody Black
December 30 2013, 12:49PM
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There is nothing wrong with a young player learning from the press box. Sometimes you just need to step back from the game and re-boot.

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#12 40 Double D
December 30 2013, 02:42PM
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Just play the kid. Ovechkin leads the league in goals and he's still -14.

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#13 Ducey
December 30 2013, 12:47PM
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EricOG wrote:

And the first first overall pick out of town is: #64!!

Good luck signing the other Russians. But, alas, I am just a center ice fan, so what do i know??

Not much

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#14 Kr55
December 30 2013, 02:36PM
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The only reason to treat a top prospect like this is if your team is very successful and you need the kid to catch up to the level of play everyone else is at, like Seguin in Boston. That is not at all the situation with the Oilers.

We all remember Hall/Ebs and Nuge getting sheltered minutes, allowed to neglect defense to gain confidence in their offensive game. Yak is never going to get that time from the looks of it. So, what you end up with is an offensive talent that isn't even sure he can score at this level anymore. All aspects of his game are going to struggle. Eventually he will turn it around I'm sure, but it's going to take a lot longer than it should have, and the chances Yak will bolt as soon as he is UFA skyrocket because of this treatment he's getting. Doubt we get to see Yak's prime while he wears an Oilers uniform.

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#15 RexHolez
December 30 2013, 02:42PM
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This is getting me more pissed off the more I think about this!! Just when you think the bottom of the pathetic barrel has been reached you realize we have an AHL coach ruining the career and spirit of our beloved Yak!! I need to stop keeping tabs on this sad sack of misery

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#16 Lochenzo
December 30 2013, 12:57PM
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A little surprised given that the team is out of the playoff running already. I'd stick Yak on a line with Gordon and Smyth. Let those two take them under their wings and give him feedback on any shift where his performance or positioning is left wanting.

Gordon-Smyth-Hemsky has been a very good line as of late and I'd hate to break them up, but like I said, we're not playing for the playoffs anymore. Developing Yak should be the priority. I guess you could argue this will teach him accountability. But you could make that argument that some of the other young guns need that lesson too.

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#17 **
December 30 2013, 02:29PM
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Serious Gord wrote:

As Johnathon alludes to - would yak thrive under a different coach?

I would further that question to: has any player played better under Eakins than they did under Krueger?

Gordon and Perrons performance don't count as they were playing under very differnent circumstances last years and thus are difficult to compare.

I think you're full of s%$t 90% of the time, but that other 10% like this comment is always solid.

Krueger should've got the benefit of a full season. Forget Yakupov for a moment, the PP and PK were elite under Krueger and they are in the sewer now under Eakins, even with a better (at least on paper) roster and the benefit of a full pre season.

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#18 K_Mart
December 30 2013, 01:26PM
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Cody Black wrote:

There is nothing wrong with a young player learning from the press box. Sometimes you just need to step back from the game and re-boot.

Couldn't agree more... Why is gagner playing?

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#19 Butters
December 30 2013, 03:18PM
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I hope Dallas doesn't leave so big a mess that Coach Horcoff can't clean it up.

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#20 gus1000
December 30 2013, 09:55PM
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Does anyone remember how Claude Giroux started the season? He went 21 games without a goal. Does anyone remember what he did last year? He was a scoring machine. Does anyone remember how many minutes he spent on the 4th line? Me neither. Most likely none. Why? His coach knows what the player can do, and what his job is. And just because he was snake bit, it didn't mean he should be the 4th line guy.

The moral of my out to lunch story is, good players have doldrums. Giroux was not signed to block shots, play on the fourth line, and kill penalties. The Oilers did not spend a 1st overall pick on a fourth line plug. Putting hm there to learn a two way game with guys who either are barely in the league, or shouldn't be here at all, is pointless. He isn't learning what he needs to learn. Eakins is trying to kill the skill on this club. The goal differential is worse this year than last year when we played no defense. Why is that?? Because he doesn't understand his players.

Get Yak up front with at least one competent player to skate with, pass the puck to, and receive passes from. Now leave him there. The kid is walking on egg shells every game knowing the coach has this notion to send him to the pine with one tiny mistake. As mentioned by another post, Hall and Eberle made half a dozen doozys a night. They learned from it.

Father time is retiring, give those damn minutes to the kid we want to have for another decade. His plus minus argument is a joke due to various reasons, look at Eberle as an example. His is brutal, but -6 is from empty net goals. Pretty sure that makes the stat a little useless when discussing overall play. Yak has his moments, don't get me wrong, but on the right time, given a little leeway, he should get 30 a season.

Half of this roster has earned time off in the press box, yet only one guy seems to consistently get shipped up there. I think the coach is poor at best. Our special teams are worse this year and our goal differential is worse. His judgement to me seems extremely cloudy at this point.

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#21 ryan
December 30 2013, 01:12PM
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@6zeppelin6

I agree 100% , coach s taking a hard line approach with one guy. Think of the free passes ebs and hall got in their first two years. This guy is getting no chances..........

How could he not be producing playing 6 minutes a night with gadzic ,the only thing owrse would be putting him with belanger lol

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#22 steelymac
December 30 2013, 01:33PM
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Eakins lost the team with the double standards and he lost this fan as well.The arrogance he portrays is obvious and I cant stand looking at him on the bench.Last game Smyth played 10 more minutes than Yakupov,give the kid a chance to prove himself.Eakins ego seems to be more important than giving Yak the opportunity to succeed.Way to drive down the players value if they were going to trade him,wich I hope for Yaks sake they do.I work with a guy who feels the Oilers ruin young players and I have disagreed with him but as this crap carries on he may be right.Eakins got to this point coaching in the AHL where 90% of his team would never be good enough to make the NHL and here he is dumping on a kid who was the 1st overall in the entire draft.I know the koolaid consumers with trash this post and I could give 2 sh!ts if they do, but has Eakins made any of the kids better players so far this season?

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#23 jack
December 30 2013, 09:31PM
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when is eakins going to be a scratch

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#24 Ducey
December 30 2013, 01:11PM
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bwar wrote:

I really thought Yak was starting to turn a corner these last few games. Best to blame all our problems on him and send him to the pressbox.

He has been playing better but he still looks lost in the neutral zone a lot.

He just kind of glides around. We heard about his speed in junior, but how often do you see it?

There is not a lot of back checking, shot blocking, going to dirty areas, etc.

With that shot he should bet trying to get off 3 or 4 more shots a game.

The question that should be asked is why isn't he getting farmed to OKC. A month dominating down there might do him a world of good.

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#25 Rob...
December 30 2013, 01:38PM
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I'm getting really sick of quotes from a coach who either lacks sincerity or calls it like he sees it but is completely delusional.

Our power play is a joke, our penalty killing is weak, just about every player we put on the ice is making turnover gaffs, but hey, why not go with a single whipping boy... that way you don't 'lose the room'.

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#26 bwar
December 30 2013, 12:56PM
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I really thought Yak was starting to turn a corner these last few games. Best to blame all our problems on him and send him to the pressbox.

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#27 A-Mc
December 30 2013, 01:19PM
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I dont understand the love that so many of you have for Yakupov.

Here are a few little fun facts:

1. The higher up the roster a player is, the tougher the competition is going to be for that player - GENERALLY SPEAKING. ex) Nuge plays much tougher competition than Lander or Acton.

2. Even on the 3rd or 4th line, Yakupov's line is being outplayed. read: Outplayed vs weak competition.

3. When Yak is put into the top 6, those lines don't perform as well. Also, he continues to fail to produce even with the good line mates.

Yakupov is a microcosm for our entire team. The Oilers have high offensive potential but they can't seem to figure out their defensive game. High Risk. This style of play is clearly enabling us to be picking top 5 for the 4th time in 5 years at the draft. The Oilers will move up the standings when they start playing better defensive hockey; Yakupov will move up the lines when he starts playing better defensive hockey.

Until then, both the Oilers and Yakupov will be bottom feeders. It's time to break the bad habits and it certainly looks like Eakin's is trying to do that. GJ Coach, keep it going.

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#28 Stamsky Hemkos
December 30 2013, 06:44PM
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Under Krueger, Yakupov was -4 in 48 games and had 31 pts. Under Eakins, he's -25 in 39 games and has 14 pts. Is there an Oiler from last year's roster that has improved under the Eakins' regime? They've all gone sideways or regressed. An exception would be RNH... but we all knew he would rebound.

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#29 Arius Mumin
December 30 2013, 01:07PM
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Eakins is a joke.

I wish one of those females with microphones in front of him had a set of testicles to actually ask a real question. I would really like to know more about this earned ice time and acountability Eakins speaks of, but everything has to be taken at face value and never questioned.

I am not an idiot and I do not believe Yak and Igor to be. I hope Yak demands a trade, get traded for the lowest possible value, then grows to be an elite on an actual NHL team and haunts Eakins corny ass for the rest of his corny career.

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#30 RexHolez
December 30 2013, 09:31PM
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Think I'll sit out the next one too

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#31 ColourMeImpressed
December 30 2013, 01:18PM
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Jason,

When you look at Yakupov's line being outshot over and over, especially last year, did you ever look who his center was most of the season? Gagner.

Gagner is a shots-against sieve this year, and was even worse last year when - IMO - he was blatantly cheating for points.

What are Yak's non-Gagner results like, do you know?

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#32 Sliderule
December 30 2013, 05:41PM
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This is so stupid it could make you cry.

Hall is the turnover machine.

Gagner is the I can't find a man,

Eberle is the what is this defence crap.

Then we have the assistant coach who doesn't like euros and the head coach who is just trying to save his job by listening to feedback from his cronies.

We are ending up with Yak being Seguin or Nediereiter givin away for a song because we have no brains .

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#33 Dan the Man
December 30 2013, 01:05PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

A little surprised given that the team is out of the playoff running already. I'd stick Yak on a line with Gordon and Smyth. Let those two take them under their wings and give him feedback on any shift where his performance or positioning is left wanting.

Gordon-Smyth-Hemsky has been a very good line as of late and I'd hate to break them up, but like I said, we're not playing for the playoffs anymore. Developing Yak should be the priority. I guess you could argue this will teach him accountability. But you could make that argument that some of the other young guns need that lesson too.

Yak did play with Gordon for a bit but the problem with that is Eakins likes to use Gordon for a most of the D zone draws and against tough competition which would be a huge problem with Yakupov on his wing.

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#34 mikedub
December 30 2013, 02:57PM
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@**

Sure Yak would probably be a better player on a contending team, most of the Oilers would. They would be utilized to compliment their skill sets or sent down to the minors to fully develop into the player the organization wants them to be. The Oilers management obviously doesn't roll like that. He's barely surpassed a full nhl season, I say, you want to teach him how to play better defensively? Put him out there with Gordon in those situations. What do the Oilers have to lose? More games? They already do that with or without him in the press box. he's not going to learn anything sitting up there all pissed off. We had patience with the other kids and still have it with Gagner. Let him learn while playing.

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#35 Cain
December 30 2013, 03:29PM
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@Butters

As if the Oilers would be stupid enough to bring back an ex-player to be a coach or GM...how dumb do you think they are...er...um...never mind.

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#36 forsoothed
December 30 2013, 01:47PM
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I have no problem with Yak getting benched, he needs to be better. My problem is with Eakins' definition of things like 'accountability' and 'earn your time'.

Example 1: Gagner; example 1a: Joensuu.

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#37 Newj
December 30 2013, 02:28PM
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Where's MacTavish,Lowe & Howson in all this? Do they see the same as Eakins?

For me this is as much about how MacT & Klowe & Howson might address these types of hockey operation issues. These are big considerations at stake here & I sure hope they don't screw this up too.

Yes Eakins make the call but its not with an approval from 1 of those those 3.

I hope this works out as intended...sign me skeptical.

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#38 BIGDAWG
December 30 2013, 02:37PM
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That's it..Bench him again.. cause it was alllll Yaks fault the TEAM did squat for the better part of 2 and a half periods vs philly and did the absolute minimum vs the flames... This word accountability is a bunch of horse sheet... there are other players to bench not just petry, smyth and yak.......why did we get rid of Fistric and brown and smid again?? grit toughness and a lil bit of nasty... ya we don't need that at all... I have the Oilers logo and the nations logo on my truck......I really wish this team would get some friggin balls....and why is it that the coach says one thing and the team does nothing or the opposite?? I am really starting to wonder.. AND the I don't care factor is starting to creep in.. I can handle baby steps but I cant stand regression..

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#39 merfer
December 30 2013, 03:34PM
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Butters wrote:

I hope Dallas doesn't leave so big a mess that Coach Horcoff can't clean it up.

Well the Oiler GM, Kelly Buchburger, will give Horcoff a 6 year contract so that he has enough time to get his system in place. It's the smart thing to do.

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#40 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
December 30 2013, 02:00PM
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And why is everyone talking to Jason Gregor?....this is a Jonathan Willis article.

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#41 **
December 30 2013, 02:47PM
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DAVE wrote:

Eakins it appears has a chip on his shoulder against anybody that might be more talented than him. His mentality is starting to get bizzare. Develope the kid in the NHL or devolope the kid in the AHL. Make up your schizo mind. You will both be better off.

I was thinking the same things.

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#42 Cynic
December 30 2013, 10:28PM
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Since the Oilers are going to miss the playoffs anyway, GF/GA differential is irrelevant. So run thr thoroughbreds out there and entertain the fans. Who cares if you lose 8-3 some nights. You might win a couple along the way, too. If I had to pay to watch former No. 1 picks learn to be NHL grinders I'd jump in front of the LRT. The world of sports is so vast, so diverse, and often entertaining. Why waste time on a dull, perennially disappointing doormat of a hockey team?

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#43 Serious Gord
December 30 2013, 01:18PM
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As Johnathon alludes to - would yak thrive under a different coach?

I would further that question to: has any player played better under Eakins than they did under Krueger?

Gordon and Perrons performance don't count as they were playing under very differnent circumstances last years and thus are difficult to compare.

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#44 Stack Pad Save
December 30 2013, 01:22PM
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Disappointing. This only makes my Goat Gagner look like an even better Goat choice.

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#45 Kr55
December 30 2013, 03:21PM
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Butters wrote:

I hope Dallas doesn't leave so big a mess that Coach Horcoff can't clean it up.

It's going to be tough. We might have to wait until GM Horcoff makes an appearance.

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#46 Butters
December 30 2013, 03:26PM
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Turnover wrote:

Yakupov will likely never get sent to a contender. Contenders roll four responsible lines. With responsible people. Yakupov is not a responsible player. In fact very irresponsible.

The biggest problem Yakupov has, along with numerous posters here, is, he's nowhere near as good as he, or you believes he is. Another Tyler Seguin. Wants to be "the star". Good competitive teams don't care who gets the points. They play to win as a team. If they are trying to build a team here, and I do believe they are, he don't fit right now.

I also believe he's heading back to the KHL if he doesn't get treated as the baby he is.

I am not a big fan of Eakins, but I am a supporter of this move. Keep him out for a few games. If he still hasen't decided to play a team game, move his ass. We need people who believe in competing as a group.

Make that bold move. If you can find a partener to dance with.

Whether your work a drill press, or play pro hockey, you want to be treated fairly by your employer. Some of us see that there are others who are equally worthy of having a seat in popcorn row.

Yakupov uprooted his whole family to come to NA. Unless he has no other choice, he isn't going to the KHL.

I am worried we are going down the same path that the Oilers went down with Miro Satan, amongst others, except Yak is a better player than Miro.

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#47 joshgladu
December 30 2013, 12:39PM
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Thank god we scratched Yakupov. Might as well ship him out now for more toughness and guys who try really really hard but are ultimately useless like Luke Gazdic!!!

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#48 **
December 30 2013, 03:15PM
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نفسه wrote:

إذا yakupov كان لها هذا الأداء نفسه تحت أي مدرب آخر في NHL تظن أنها سوف babying له، ونأمل أن يحصل على أفضل؟ أشك في ذلك.

لا أرى لماذا الناس ينقط خارجا على بعض الحب القاسي للyakupov. وقال انه لن يصبح لاعبا أفضل من خلال وجود من السهل مسيرته بأكملها.

وعلى الناس أن تكف عن الشكوى حول كيفية Gagner لا يحصل خدش. إيكنز يعرف رئيس عمال هو مشكوك في 2C هامشية ويعرف كيف موهوب وجيد yakupov هو ذلك عقد لهم نفس المستوى لا معنى له.

@BC Bear: "

if yakupov was having this same performance under any other coach in the NHL do you think they would be babying him and hope that he gets better? Doubt it.

Don't see why people are freaking out over some tough love for yakupov. He's not going to become a better player by having it easy his whole career.

And people have to stop complaining about how Gagner doesn't get scratched. Eakins knows Ganger is a questionable a marginal 2C and he knows how talented and good yakupov is so to hold them to the same standard doesn't make sense."

Why do you repost in a different language?, are you one of those people who live half way accross the world and get paid to post comments online?, and you just forgot to translate your post?

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#49 6 ring circus
December 30 2013, 07:58PM
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Maybe Eakins should watch a few games from the press box, maybe he would learn a thing or two, he sure hasn't learned much from standing behind the bench.

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#50 Arius Mumin
December 30 2013, 01:23PM
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@A-Mc

Most oppositions 4th lines are way better than Oilers 3rd line, and sometimes even the 2nd.

When you are playing on the worst line on the worst NHL team: what exactly is a sheltered minute?

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