WWYDW: Mark Fayne, yea or nay?

Jonathan Willis
March 30 2016 07:57PM

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Mark Fayne is under contract for two seasons after this one at a cap hit of $3.625 million. This week’s edition of What Would You Do Wednesday asks our readers whether the Edmonton Oilers should try and trade the player away this summer rather than bringing him back for the third season of his four-year pact.

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HOW GOOD IS AUSTON MATTHEWS

Lowetide
March 30 2016 03:49PM

The Edmonton Oilers will get a ticket in the lottery April 30, and with their considerable ability to win lotteries, we should probably start at the top when discussing possible draft targets. This year, the top option is a 6.02, 194-pound forward who is described as an elite offensive talent. If the Edmonton Oilers win the lottery, and draft Auston Matthews, what will it mean? I think we are talking an earthquake of biblical proportions.

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Igor Larionov discusses Yakupov trade request

Jason Gregor
March 30 2016 01:53PM

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One benefit of sitting around during an eight hour flight delay is it allows me to share the interview I had with Nail Yakupov's agent, Igor Larionov.

I noted a few people suggesting Larionov was the bad guy and was giving Yakupov bad advice. Never forget the agent works for the player. An agent can be used as a shield (a wise move in some cases), or to speak on behalf of the player, but the player is always 100% aware of what his agent is saying publicly when it comes to trade demands.

Larionov shared his views on the Yakupov trade request and where they go from here.

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Yak City Is Still My Home

Matt Henderson
March 30 2016 12:07PM

I held back. I bit my tongue. I didn’t write it down because everybody was too busy getting their licks in, and I wanted to see what was going to happen. But, in the back of my head, there’s been a voice growing louder and louder. It’s saying “I don’t want Yak to go!”

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Trade possibilities for Yakupov

Jason Gregor
March 30 2016 09:29AM

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I'm stuck at the Regina airport, sitting through my first ever cancelled flight scenario. Getting up at 4:30 a.m. for a 6:15 flight, is never ideal, but after driving 45 KM from Moose Jaw to Regina, arriving at the airport at 5:20 a.m. and seeing your flight cancelled does not put a spring in your step. But with seven hours to kill I had some time to look at trade possibilities.

With Nail Yakupov and his agent Igor Larionov asking for permission from the Oilers to seek a trade in February, it is safe to assume the 2012 first overall pick will not return to Edmonton for a fifth season.

Which teams would be interested, and what is a realistic return?

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