September 18 2012 01:07PM
Zack Stortini (5of7/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 2.0)
When the possibility of a lockout was still uncertain, KHL was looked at as the haven players would go to if all goes to hell. NHL’s nemesis took its time before announcing special criteria for foreign players willing to cross the Atlantic for a lockout shelter. You would assume KHL put us all on hold to come up with criteria that would really unsure that only top players could come.
They sure fooled us big time, didn’t they?
September 18 2012 11:04AM
The whole story is in these two Nail Yakupov tweets, really. A few days after Yakupov landed in Russia, he said in his own language ‘My beloved Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk’. Then he added a smiley face and an exclamation mark. Oh, Russians and their smiley faces…
August 17 2012 08:15AM
OilersNation's Andrey Osadchenko caught up with Nail Yakupov after game four in the Canada/Russia challenge series; here's what the Oilers' top prospect had to say.
July 07 2012 11:28AM
Nail Yakupov is only a few weeks into his career with the Edmonton Oilers, but already he has impressed with his performance at the team’s summer development camp. OilersNation’s Andrey Osadchenko caught up with Yakupov there.
June 27 2012 08:19AM
Funny how news work around the globe. Daniil Zharkov’s post-draft press-conference didn’t have nearly as much of an impact in North America as it did in Russia. Major sports websites in the country mistranslated his words so that in the Russian media Zharkov appeared to be saying ‘Russian hockey is not for me. I feel I’m Canadian. My favorite food? Hamburgers’.
This caused a huge uproar among Russian fans who instantly proclaimed Zharkov a traitor.