THE WAY I SEE IT: WHAT ABOUT NAIL?

Robin Brownlee
April 21 2014 10:37PM

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The bottom line is it doesn’t matter much that Anton Belov didn't want to return for a second season with the Edmonton Oilers as long as Dallas Eakins was the coach here, opting instead to sign with SKA in Russia.

Belov, who arrived in Edmonton after being named the KHL's best defensemen the previous season, didn't go into detail in comments to Russian reporter Pavel Lysenkov, as noted earlier today in an item by Jonathan Willis, but he did point a finger at Eakins.

"There is no one reason that made it an abrupt change," Belov said. "It all was building up during the season, especially more so after the Olympics. And the hire of coach Bykov (by SKA) was also an influence. The other point is that I could have re-signed with Edmonton, but I didn’t want to stay with that coach (Eakins)

In what can only be described as a sometimes-up-often-down season, Belov was an inconsistent and often mistake-prone player unable to command ice time with a defensive corps lacking both quality and depth. Was Belov worth having back? Sure. Is his departure a big loss? No.

That Belov clearly had issues with Eakins – be it a personality clash or a beef about how he was used -- isn’t a big deal. I'm much more interested in seeing if Eakins and Nail Yakupov can get on the same page going into next season because if they don't, well, that is a big deal. Way more at stake.

SOPHOMORE GONE SIDEWAYS

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After scoring 17 goals and tallying 31 points in 48 games (.65 PPG) as a rookie last season under coach Ralph Krueger, Yakupov went sideways this season under Eakins, finishing with 11 goals and 24 points (.38 PPG) in 63 games before an ankle injury put him out.

Yakupov, 20, saw his ice time drop from 15:34 under Krueger to 14:19 under Eakins, with his power-play time dipping slightly from 2:28 to 2:10. How, when and with whom Yakupov was deployed by Eakins was questioned by agent Igor Larionov during the season.

More than once this season, Yakupov appeared frustrated and seemed at odds with Eakins. By the end of the season it was almost as if he'd mentally checked out. I'm not the only one who has made that observation. I'd be surprised if Larionov doesn't plan on getting back on the telephone with GM Craig MacTavish this off-season to re-visit what's happening with his client.

I've taken a few runs at Yakupov for being too individualistic and not working as diligently as he could at all aspects of his game, particularly his defensive play. He's a work-in-progress, sometimes a frustrating one at that. It comes with the territory when you're talking about a 20-year-old.

MEETING OF THE MINDS

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Despite some obvious shortcomings at this stage of Yakupov's young career, I think Eakins has to take some of the blame for this sideways season – a fair amount, actually. Did Eakins give Yakupov the best possible opportunity to succeed in terms of how he was used and where he was used? No and no.

Did Yakupov contribute to the problem by withdrawing or sulking when things didn’t go his way? It seemed so. Did Eakins dig in his heels and insist things be done his way, as coaches are prone to do? Yes. Simply put, the way I see it, Eakins and Yakupov both have their stubborn streaks.

In the end, splitting the blame whatever way you see it doesn’t really matter. What does matter, and the challenge for Eakins, is that he finds a way to get on the same page with Yakupov. If that doesn’t happen, he risks losing the player and having Yakupov check out for good, and we're talking about a first overall pick here, not a fringe blueliner.

If that happens – nobody has told me we're at that point yet – and Larionov picks up the telephone and tells MacTavish his client wants out, Eakins will have a big problem, vote of confidence from the GM or not. The way I see it, Eakins and Yakupov better have a meaningful sit-down before Larionov and MacTavish do. Over to you, coach.

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#1 Sorensenator
April 22 2014, 12:14AM
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Yakupov sucks, trade him for Linus Omark for all I care.

He is a useless project

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#2 Sorensenator
April 22 2014, 09:28AM
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Yakupov is a dust bucket

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#3 Fresh Mess
April 22 2014, 06:59AM
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The coach is the boss. It's up to the player to conform to what the coach wants. Yakupov is terrible. This team features several coach killing princesses.

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#4 Sorensenator
April 22 2014, 10:31AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

...dust bucket

can you give context and with that I can maybe get what dust bucket means when the words are used when describing Yakupov?

Means he is terrible at all aspects of life; just because you can skate and shoot doesn't mean you are good hockey player...he has rocks between his ears.

Its only Game... Why you hef to be mad????

Watch the Oiler waste a spot on the top six for Yakupov over the next two or three years only to eventually trade him.... Lowe and Katz - "Well I guess that didn't work out very well, I guess he always wanted to play for SKA in the KHL"

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#5 Sorensenator
April 22 2014, 11:59AM
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I love all the players on the Oilers except Nail Yakupov and Jeff Petry. Yes I am a douche, keep the douche ratings flowing.

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#6 HardBoiledOil
April 22 2014, 08:08AM
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they should just trade Nail.

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#7 Arius Mumin
April 21 2014, 11:03PM
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Eakins is not a good NHL coach, simple and plain.

He is a hypocritical ego maniac.

For the sakes of Oilers future, I hope: they come out on a losing streak next season, so Eakins can get canned sooner than later.

Someone should contact Belov and ask more about the Eakins comments. But, that a pipe dream since the Oilers would never allow media to do that or go there with their team/coach.

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#8 Sorensenator
April 22 2014, 10:53AM
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I think most of you are delusional about Yakupov because you can't stomach a #1 overall pick being a failure.

Maybe he would have been a good #1 elsewhere but we have two #1's ahead of him that are wayyyyyyyyyyyyy better. It makes him obsolete.

This is the Achilles heal of all Oiler fans and the organization - you keep hoping it will turn out and get better and this is exactly how you feel about Yakupov.

I felt the same about Gagner and it has taken 7 years for the majority of people to agree it is time to part ways with him.

I think a reality check is in order.

I guarantee you if the top six remains the same with Yakupov included, they will be drafting top 5 next year no question. They ain't getting a stud defensemen because #1 teams are not going to give him away, #2 MacT will not part with Hall, Nuge, and Ebs, and # 3 they won't sign here anyways.

Oh I'm sorry, you might get an Andrew Ference equivalent who is a 4-5 d man at best.

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#9 SlowTalker
April 22 2014, 12:55AM
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Oops I read the comments again. Fire Eakins, Fire Lowe...so and so sucks...Yadda-Yadda-Yadda!

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#10 WhattaMike
April 21 2014, 11:12PM
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First off, I will say that Belov took the money and ran. He was a star in his KHL league, here he didnt do much. I see him as a 6/7 defenceman in the NHL on any team that good.

HE's the type thats always easily replaceable...as is Fraser, Grebeshkov, Larsen, Potter, etc.

Next, Eakins isnt the know all tell all type guy. He is an AHL coach now being an NHL coach and he has screwed up this season on certain issues to me. That being said, I (as armchair GM) will reasonably but cautiously give him 30 games to show he's grown as an NHL coach....if not give him the boot. I lay the main blame of this season not only only Eakins inexperience for the NHL but also on Dubnyk and LaBarbera for the some of the most inferior goaltending to start a season that I've ever seen before.

Last is that Yakupov has to rise to another level and start showing some better 200 feet two way playing effectively.Yeah Eakins couldve been better with the kid but Hemsky was here and seemingly owed his position. Yak got thrown all over then is confused (IMO) as to nwhich line's job was to be done.

My BIGGEST worry is that these early years with the drafted kids since 2009 ongoing...has been wasted/will be wasted too much... and very shortly in the future... their growing time will be gone and... all these highest picks that the Oilers gathered....will be gone/for naught.

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#11 Sorensenator
April 22 2014, 11:10AM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

Doug ...straighten your bib there bub...the failure with 64 is he's being badly coached/ handled/developed...y'can't be obsolete at his age even if he has two first overalls ahead of him...that's just the way time works...there is order and your sense of order is badly skewed...I have said he would be great trade bait but really, you must keep quiet about how you guarantee the oilers will be drafting top 5 again because this player is so bad...the team won't get anything for him...jus shhhhush K?

You want to be patient with him, I don't. This team does not have the luxury to be patient any longer, they need results now.

The Oilers have drafted top 6, 5 years in a row, I think I have a good chance at being right for one more year as long as this organization stays in this direction.

So no I won't keep quiet, because deep down you know it's true.

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#12 v4ance
April 21 2014, 10:51PM
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Belov was a UFA and could have signed with any NHL team. The inference that I make is that his agent asked around and found no NHL clubs offering what KHL clubs were willing to pay in term and dollars.

It was an easy decision for Belov to return to the KHL. His take home pay is probably tripled compared to any NHL offers, he and his family are more familiar & comfortable in his homeland and he knows & understands and likes his coach in Russia.

Of the 3 factors of pay, lifestyle and coach that caused him to re-sign in the KHL, the issues with Eakins were probably third on that list. It sucks that he was one of the factors but he wasn't the top issue that caused the departure.

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#13 Tikkanese
April 22 2014, 03:01PM
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Maybe if Belov showed even 10% of his hyped offense and toughness when given ample opportunities early in the season, and even at anytime throughout the entire season for that matter, he wouldn't have ever been a healthy scratch. The Oilers would have been more inclined to match the KHL offer as well.

He was touted as an automatic top 4 D and a possible top pairing guy. He can blame Eakins all he wants but his play alone made him end up being a #8 on the worst D in the NHL. He took a paycut to see how he would fare in the NHL. If there was ever a D that one could easily shine on, it was the Oilers' D this season. He didn't fare well. No real loss. Easily replaceable and upgradeable.

Belov, on your way out don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you.

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#14 Sorensenator
April 22 2014, 04:36PM
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geeker99 wrote:

OOOH Doug, it doesn't matter who we pick, we are awful at development at the NHL level. Might have something to do with the minor pro defense. Just sayin

Taylor was a great pick, he developed himself.

Eberle was a steal of a pick at #22

Yakupov is a one dimensional player (how can you argue this fact) and he blows (my opinion)

The End

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#15 Sorensenator
April 22 2014, 12:15AM
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Eakins is also a useless project

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#16 Cold Hard Truth
April 22 2014, 09:00AM
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MacTavish's presser confirmed what I already suspected about him -- he's clueless. Plenty more losing to come.

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#17 a lg dubl dubl
April 22 2014, 05:41AM
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Yakupov is to the Oilers as Kadri is to the Leafs.

Remember when Kadri first went to the Marlies and Eakins called him fat, then Kadri pouted, then went to the Leafs and had 1 great season.

Im just rambling, but Yak reminds me of Kadri...

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#18 CaptainLander
April 22 2014, 07:24AM
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Hearsay, biased option, gossip and loads of conjecture. Excellent 'blog'!

Does anyone here really understand the intimate relationship between this coach and his players? Not likely.

Belov went from being a top 2 defender to barely cracking the lineup. See why his NHL dream floundered. I liked K-Bomb's and Marincin's game more anyway.

Yak will bounce back.

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#19 2004Z06
April 22 2014, 09:28AM
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We give rookie players all the slack in the world under the excuse that hey....it's their first year, they are learning.

Yet so eager to throw the rookie NHL coach under the bus after one season because you don't like his hair, or how he handles a press conference.

Dallas Eakins may turn out to be a great coach, or a crappy one, but one season with marginal NHL'ers and a handful of spoiled kids with less than 150 games under their belts is not an accurate measuring stick. In the words of the stats guys, "not a large enough sample size."

Let's wait and see what he can do with a real hockey team. You're up Mac T.

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#20 Wonger
April 22 2014, 12:35PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

Can I play....

Truculence = Sam Bennett

TRUE TRUCULENCE = NICK RITCHIE!!!!!!! If we don't pick him Calgary will pick him or Bennett 4th or Vancouver will pick him 6th for sure!!!! SESTITO-KASSIAN RITCHIE= OUCH!!! Wonger knows for sure!!!

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#21 God
April 21 2014, 11:02PM
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Bold words by Belov. He's got a fat contract now and shouldn't care how NHL clubs view him now. I'm quite surprised, in fact, that he was so reserved in his comments.

I've got a feeling that dressingroom was brutal to be in. I wouldn't be surprised if all UFAs look to leave.

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#22 OilersDynasty
April 22 2014, 12:07AM
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MacT stated he was going to send Yak down to the AHL cause 1st overall picks don't need any more seasoning once they're drafted. While that may be the case, Yak still should've been sent down, not only to allow him to get some more playing time and test out that ankle but to give OKC another weapon alongside Lander and Horak. OKC did excellent despite all the transactions that occured but it would've been nice to see him down to give the team a better chance at competing for the Calder Cup.

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#23 Voice of Reason
April 22 2014, 05:51AM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

WHILE WE ARE PICKING ON EAKINS

Eakins played 120 games in the NHL and scored ZERO goals. I know he was a defenceman, but still...come on...zero goals. BTW, the NHL record for most career games played in the NHL without a goal is 155 games by someone named Steven Halko.

So, objectively speaking, in terms of offence, amoung thousands of men who played NHL hockey, Eakins is once of the worst of all time.

Do any of you know how many goals Scotty Bowman scored in the NHL?

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#24 Tikkanese
April 22 2014, 04:15PM
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Tikkanese wrote:

Maybe if Belov showed even 10% of his hyped offense and toughness when given ample opportunities early in the season, and even at anytime throughout the entire season for that matter, he wouldn't have ever been a healthy scratch. The Oilers would have been more inclined to match the KHL offer as well.

He was touted as an automatic top 4 D and a possible top pairing guy. He can blame Eakins all he wants but his play alone made him end up being a #8 on the worst D in the NHL. He took a paycut to see how he would fare in the NHL. If there was ever a D that one could easily shine on, it was the Oilers' D this season. He didn't fare well. No real loss. Easily replaceable and upgradeable.

Belov, on your way out don't let the door hit you where the good lord split you.

Wow, 8 trashes and 2 props. I swear at least half of you are really fans of other teams just on here trying to get a reaction out of Oiler fans. None of that was untrue.

Belov did not live up to the hype, fact. Belov did not exactly shine on the worst D in the NHL, fact. Did any Oiler D really shine? No. If Belov even delivered half of the hype he had, he would have shined brightly.

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#25 Jason
April 22 2014, 05:48AM
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I m in Toronto, The Marlies still winning after Eakins left, what does that say about him?

You got a few writers hyped him up as the next hot thing in coaching. They had Mac T bite, well he won't admit he screwed up and fire Eakins, he gave him another year to screw the Oilers up.

Eakins only has plumbers (long time AHL players like him) because he had no skills as a players.

He has something against foreign and Muslim players, he insulted and pissed off Kadri in AHL. Now Eakins is doing it to Yakupov over there.

Oilers are NHL worst in goals against, got shut out 10 home games? Allowed 13 short handed goals against (Leafs has 12 so they both has something in common, he came from this organization).

Oilers missed the playoffs from November on, great coaching!

So 4 ex-Oilers said negative things about Eakins since they left. No alarm bells ringing over there yet?

The guy is all talk and no action.

The Avs got new coach, same young team with no big name Dmen. They are second in the West this year after finishing 2nd last the year before.

Even the Flames has better record than the Oilers with no name goalies. Ouch!

Eakins benched the foreign players but he didn't benched Hall, RNH, Eberle or Justin when they screwed up?

A coach is supposed to make his team better not make his players lose confidence.

When Hall sprayed Eakins with water on the bench, he sat Hall most of the 3rd period? This Eakins is a clown, a joke.

If anyone trashes this have the balls to reply why, and what good did Eakins bring to the Oilers.

Todd Nelson is a good coach, he should be promoted. Every year he has nobody in the line ups because the big club traded away his players. The big club kept recalling his players, yet he got the Barons in playoffs each year. Give Nelson credits.

The Oilers deserve better, the fans deserve better!

Winning will change all that.

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#26 RexHolez
April 21 2014, 11:10PM
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Can't get on the same page with a 1st overall pick, has ex players saying they don't want to play for him, moves the team backwards in every aspect of the game, I just don't understand why some people don't like him. He seems like the perfect coach to get KLowe canned!

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#27 Aitch
April 22 2014, 08:57AM
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So, Eakins is a bad coach because he didn't score in the NHL. Well, based on that line of thinking, I guess we should replace him with Gretzky. Surely, he must be a Great coach due to his hold on the record books. Right?

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#28 Death Metal Nightmare
April 22 2014, 12:29AM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

I HAD TO CHECK THIS OUT

I just went to the NHL database. 6,397 men have played in the NHL. Halko holds the record for most games played without a goal, DALLAS IS NUMBER TWO! So you could say that Dallas was the second most useless NHL player of all time.

this made me laugh out loud...

such a garbage boy just acting hard with his lame 1970s Clint Eastwood hair.

he couldnt even score in juniors. 20 regular season goals in four years (226 games).

all that "FITNESS" and no skill. real garbage boy.

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#29 dqgc
April 22 2014, 08:14AM
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"Coach Killing Princesses"... Love it.

And Bang On.

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#30 pelhem grenville
April 22 2014, 12:22PM
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pelhem grenville wrote:

Q...would never have thought Galchenyuk would come back in a trade involving 64...Dale Weise and a huge dman prospect would be better than the dreaded of all 'zippo' no?

...I never said 64 has any value....

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#31 madjam
April 22 2014, 08:29AM
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Where has the attitude you must want to play here , or they ship you out , got us over the last 8 years ? Disgruntled player exits that bad mouth organization and prevent others wanting to come here ? These are supposed to be professionals , and they should still perform admirably despite we are not their choicest destination . I doubt Eakins is a major problem ,as he can only work with the players he has .

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#32 Sorensenator
April 22 2014, 06:59PM
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A-Mc wrote:

While i dont agree with the level of your negativity, i do somewhat agree with the sentiment.

You said something here that is key "He Developed Himself".

Good players stay relevant despite what goes on around them. Blaming coaches and line mates only works for seasons with slight dips. The level of failure that Yakupov experienced this year is 100% on him and no one else.

If Yak can't weather this storm, then he doesn't have what makes players great.

I still got 7 trashes and only one thumbs up for mentioning Hall and Eberle as good draft choices...then I mentioned Yakupov

Oh boy is he ever a fan favourite!

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#33 D
April 21 2014, 11:12PM
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Yakupov fan here (my favourite player on this team, so my comment is clearly one sided). If it is a choice between Yakupov leaving or Eakins being dismissed as coach, please keep the number 1 pick and don't let the door hit number 208 on the way out. (Yes, I had to Google Eakins' draft number).

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#34 Sketchy
April 22 2014, 12:00AM
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@Rick Stroppel

one of the worst players to play the game, working on becoming one of the worst coaches to coach the game

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#35 Rick Stroppel
April 21 2014, 11:42PM
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D wrote:

Yakupov fan here (my favourite player on this team, so my comment is clearly one sided). If it is a choice between Yakupov leaving or Eakins being dismissed as coach, please keep the number 1 pick and don't let the door hit number 208 on the way out. (Yes, I had to Google Eakins' draft number).

WHILE WE ARE PICKING ON EAKINS

Eakins played 120 games in the NHL and scored ZERO goals. I know he was a defenceman, but still...come on...zero goals. BTW, the NHL record for most career games played in the NHL without a goal is 155 games by someone named Steven Halko.

So, objectively speaking, in terms of offence, amoung thousands of men who played NHL hockey, Eakins is once of the worst of all time.

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#36 Rick Stroppel
April 22 2014, 12:12AM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

WHILE WE ARE PICKING ON EAKINS

Eakins played 120 games in the NHL and scored ZERO goals. I know he was a defenceman, but still...come on...zero goals. BTW, the NHL record for most career games played in the NHL without a goal is 155 games by someone named Steven Halko.

So, objectively speaking, in terms of offence, amoung thousands of men who played NHL hockey, Eakins is once of the worst of all time.

I HAD TO CHECK THIS OUT

I just went to the NHL database. 6,397 men have played in the NHL. Halko holds the record for most games played without a goal, DALLAS IS NUMBER TWO! So you could say that Dallas was the second most useless NHL player of all time.

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#37 LOIL99
April 22 2014, 09:36AM
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Andrew wrote:

With all of this disfunctional nonsense going on how do you season ticket holders feel about this? If I were staring at a blank cheque and considering writing a 6 figure amount on it I have to say I'd be weighing my options very carefully.

Eakins made mention, after being baptized on the bench by Taylor Hall, how he had had many more screaming matches with other players over such minor issues. He is apparently no stranger to conflict. His reaction to an unintentional act was way the hell over the top. Can anyone see anger issues here?

If there is this much confusion and controversy visible from the outside fan's perspective what in hell is going on out of our sight? Enough apparently to overflow into public view. Just a thought...

LOL 6 figures? How much exactly do you think Oilers season tickets cost! 6 figures haha.

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#38 OilClog
April 22 2014, 01:43PM
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This thread lol.

Yakupov isn't getting shipped out for cents on the dollar.

Yakupov isn't getting shipped out, his dreams aren't crushed, he's not going back to the KHL.

If Eakins gets to the point next season where he's benching Yakupov again, Eakins will clearly be nearing the end of his stay, as it will be clear the team still looks like blind mice out there.. Due to Eakins having no clue how to deploy players.

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#39 A-Mc
April 22 2014, 04:27PM
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There are a lot of excuses being flown around to justify the bad season for Yakupov.

You want to blame the coach for his poor performance? 20+ other players had the same coach, and the offensive ones did just fine.

You want to talk about his line mates? Yak played on all lines and wasn't effective on any of them.

Specifically you want to target Gagner as the main problem? Perron also played with Gagner, and Perron kicked butt this season.

Yakupov just wasn't good this season and that's on him. Next year is a fresh start and i hope he can get his ducks in a row; this team needs him to figure it out.

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#40 6 ring circus
April 22 2014, 12:46AM
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Mactavish should have never hired Eakins in the first place.Kruger should've been given the opportunity to coach the Oilers this year,that was the right move, instead he was stabbed in the back.The Oiler's organization is a gong show,if we can all see this from the outside,I really wonder what is happening on the inside.

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#41 2004Z06
April 22 2014, 09:24AM
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Rick Stroppel wrote:

WHILE WE ARE PICKING ON EAKINS

Eakins played 120 games in the NHL and scored ZERO goals. I know he was a defenceman, but still...come on...zero goals. BTW, the NHL record for most career games played in the NHL without a goal is 155 games by someone named Steven Halko.

So, objectively speaking, in terms of offence, amoung thousands of men who played NHL hockey, Eakins is once of the worst of all time.

And how many NHL games did Mike Babcock play? How about Ken Hitchcock? Has no bearing whatsoever on his ability to coach a hockey team.

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#42 ONTARIO OILERS FAN
April 22 2014, 09:59AM
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Here we go again. Another article about hypothetics. If we had a team that was managed with competence we'd be talking about how we are doing in the present playoffs series against, say,LA. Another long summer of what ifs.....

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#43 madjam
April 22 2014, 11:54AM
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Yak is taking his sweet time about learning and implementing the rest of his game beyond offense up to an acceptable NHL level . Our other young stars with longer tenures here have been equally slow in their curves as well - even Gagner . Till they unilaterally start turning that corner our results will remain poor . Yak may out of frustration bolt to KHL , but he still has to work diligently on the rest of his game . Eakins , in this regard , should be a good mentor for most of our underachieving youth.

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#44 Will
April 22 2014, 02:53PM
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Czar wrote:

If you want to make some noise in the playoffs all your forwards should have the ability to play in both ends of the rink. They don't have to be Selke nominees but a definite clue is required.

Can you name any outstanding 2 way wingers in the NHL? Landeskog, Callahan, Perry, Brown (though not this post season). Tough to think of other outstanding two way wingers. Reason being, that's not what they're there for. Is Kane a two way guy? Is Hossa blocking shots? Does Nichuskin pride himself on his defensive responsibility?

I think Ovechkin said it best this year, he's not there to play defence he's there to score goals, and that is the main job of every winger.

Point being that yes Yak needed to play better in his own end, they all did. But saying he's a wasted player because he isn't a two way winger is a bit preposterous.

It's the same reason Hall doesn't get more props for being the best LW in the game. Oh, he's not a complete player, he's a WINGER!

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#45 Oilers Coffey
April 22 2014, 01:22AM
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LMAO at Eakins 2nd worst NHL player of all time. Of all time. Seriously this has got to say something no wonder he was chopping wood and hauling water. WTF does that even mean? His coaching tactics and hair style are beyond outdated. Its 2014 not 1914. Belov said it and he obviously wanted to make that point clear. Eakins is a terrible coach. How many others are going to be jumping town when their contacts are up. So much for attracting free agents. I mean Justin Schultz came to the Oilers because of Ralph. He's probably sitting at his Summer cabin thinking the same thing as Belov. As for Yakupov, how else can Dallas destroy this kids confidence. Nail loves hockey and to see him totally withdrawn is a huge red flag to me.

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#46 Andrew
April 22 2014, 01:45AM
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With all of this disfunctional nonsense going on how do you season ticket holders feel about this? If I were staring at a blank cheque and considering writing a 6 figure amount on it I have to say I'd be weighing my options very carefully.

Eakins made mention, after being baptized on the bench by Taylor Hall, how he had had many more screaming matches with other players over such minor issues. He is apparently no stranger to conflict. His reaction to an unintentional act was way the hell over the top. Can anyone see anger issues here?

If there is this much confusion and controversy visible from the outside fan's perspective what in hell is going on out of our sight? Enough apparently to overflow into public view. Just a thought...

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#47 HardBoiledOil
April 22 2014, 08:59AM
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Why does MacT have to make tough decisions? According to him everything is well and on track. Nothing to see here folks.

and he's a typical manager....passing the blame off, like he did when he endorsed Bucky and Smith, almost daring Eakins to change those 2 freeloaders! if Eakins were to replace those 2 from the "old boys club", he'd not even last the season next year if the Oilers got off to another rocky start.

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#48 LOIL99
April 22 2014, 10:04AM
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Read the correction below that post or can you read? FYVMuch.

My apologies. I usually read all 150 comments and then go back to the ones I would like to reply to rather than replying as I read them...

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#49 casey
April 22 2014, 12:31PM
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If I had a dollar for every negative comment said by a player I would be Bill Gates

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#50 Will
April 22 2014, 01:53PM
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Also, since when do wingers have to be two way players now? There are maybe like 5 wingers in the game who put up decent points and are considered two way guys. The rest are all centermen. I know he had a bad plus minus, but gad he had to play with Gagner all freakin year.

Both Perron and Yak would benefit from a better pivot.

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