March 30 2016 01:53PM
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.
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!”
March 30 2016 09:29AM
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?
March 30 2016 07:00AM
Over the weekend friend of the Nation Owen passed along a story about his cousin Bill that is fighting for his life in Thailand. We want to do what we can to help bring him home. Be warned that this is not a hockey article, and there are no trade proposals going on here.
Chris the Intern
March 29 2016 03:00PM
For the third time this season, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been put on the injury reserve. This time it's not because of the flu or a broken hand, but with a concussion. And before all of you start calling Nuge soft, and weak, he suffered this concussion after going hard for the puck in the least soft way possible.