"General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed right-winger Nail Yakupov to a three-year entry level contract." Oh, thank goodness. It was starting to look dicey . . .

It wasn’t, actually, but it’s late July and after weeks of wondering WHY the Oilers HADN’T signed Yakupov to an entry level contract as quickly as they got Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to sign on the dotted line the past couple of summers, the deal is done, just as Jim Matheson suggested it would be in The Journal.

Here’s the news release from the Oilers:

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed right-winger Nail Yakupov to a three-year entry level contract.

Steve Tambellini says, "We’re very happy to sign Nail to a three-year contract. He’s an extremely talented and passionate young man who we feel will be an integral part of our team for many years to come."

Yakupov, who was selected 1st overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, played in 42 games last season for the Sarnia Sting collecting 69 points (31G, 38A).

In 2010-11, the 5’11", 190-pound right-winger recorded 101 points (49G, 52A) in 65 games with Sarnia. That year he was named the OHL Rookie of the Month three times as well as the OHL Rookie of the Year and BMO Rookie of the Year in the CHL.

Yakupov, who hails from Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan, was part of Team Russia in the 2011 World Junior U18 Championship. He collected 13 points (6G, 7A) and scored a hat trick in the bronze-medal game, including an empty-net goal with four seconds left, helping defeat Team Canada 6-4.

Yakupov was also part of the 2012 World Junior Championship with Team Russia that lost 1-0 to Sweden in the gold medal game, acquiring a silver medal. In seven games he had a team-high nine assists and was +5.

In other news, the new phone books are here, the new phone books are here . . .

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  • Thanks Tambo for putting the final top six signing in place, albeit it was an easy entry level contract.

    Wow, I see Hall RNH and Hemsky being the starting #1 line in October with Gags and Eberle playing with Yakupov at #1A.

    I thought about that Yakupov (aka….the Bullet – IMO) would be with RNH and Hemsky at first but with those two passing alot more than shooting (especially Hemsky) I see it being better with putting Yakupov with Gagner and Eberle.

    Now we do need to replace Khabby but he will be here as a russian mentoring a new young russian star come opening season. I would love to have Bernier brought in with a trade but can live with Danis being called up this year.

    Dont think Lombardi wants to trade with the Oil for awhile…lol..

    As for a top D, if the deal is right and makes total sense before the season starts then do it, but there is no rush now to force any trade deal. Why not give the new kid Schultz a good shot first, and/or try to get Klefbom, or how about Fedun too (outstanding til injured last year BTW)?

    However, I see that Hordy, Eager, Sutton, and for sure, Peckham, Teubert, or even Byers (call up), etc, better bring up their boxing and fighting skills cause this young, hot skill top 6 foward team is going to need enforcement help.

    We dont ever need to watch and see a Torres type hit like on Eberle before (and like with Hossa)without giving back a beating.

  • Copperblueandwhite

    Yak signed 6 das before Stamkos in his draft year…a little added drama perhaps.

    Seems Vishnovsky doesn’t want to go to the Islanders…would the Oilers take another shot at him? If healthy?

  • Quicksilver ballet

    It’s safe to say on this contract, Steve Tambellini nailed it.

    The Yak is back in Edmonton.

    This contract will enable the Oilers’ newest superstar to live quite comfortably above the Yakupoverty line.

  • striatic

    I’m unsure why any team would make any significant move without the new CBA in place.

    Signing Yak doesn’t count as a serious move. Just boilerplate.

    Trading is something else though, and it seems like the league’s GMs are in agreement.

    i think the CBA is responsible for the holdup moreso than Doan, Weber et al. potential missed season and all that. like if you’re missing a season, why trade for D before you see how Klefbom develops in the SEL or AHL? PRV likewise.

  • The Soup Fascist

    @ Robin Brownlee

    I will asssume by that cryptic response, that an article is forthcoming. I won’t be losing sleep at night worrying that you will be unable to put that together prior to Dithers actually getting a deal done.

    • Wasn’t trying to be cute there. The first version of your comment simply read, “Robin” with nothing else behind it.

      Streit? I’m not crazy about adding a guy his age, but that doesn’t matter. If you peel away all the blogger/fan stuff “Wouldn’t it be great if the Oilers signed Streit?” and rumours that get passed along etc and get to the crux of the matter, yes, the Oilers have inquired about Streit.

      Problem is, Garth Snow has said he isn’t interested in moving him.

      • The Soup Fascist

        That was my fault. Keyboard had some premature deployment issues, as it were. (Insert pre-emptive “that’s what she said” comment). I tried to fix via editing and attaching my question but was not quick enough.

        At any rate, thanks for answering my question. I guess I just don’t know who is out there that can be had for a reasonable trade that is a legitimate top four. Unless Tambo wants to take a bad contract.

      • Romulus' Apotheosis

        there’s been some speculation that the Oil was waiting to maximize PR with some kind of event…

        any idea on whether we will see Yak in Edmonton soon for some kind of press conference about the “future” or something?

  • The Soup Fascist


    The Streit and Kjarlmarsson (sp?) rumours have come and gone with no tangible results. Any thoughts on who is in play and the Oilers should make a move for?

  • This, like Gagner’s deal before arb hearing, was a housekeeping item. I’m waiting to see what/if Tambellini does to add another top-4 defenseman to the mix. Stauffer is hinting (so it will likely happen) the Oilers could/should acquire a defenseman for the minors, but that doesn’t address the top-4 need.

    • The Soup Fascist

      Kind of sounds like Tambo is waiting to see what pieces start to move and/or fall. Maybe he is looking for some other options to open up that would be a better fit for the team. I don’t really think its a rush right now because nothing is happening on any front so he can just sit back and wait for the right situation to jump.

    • If they do not add another quality defenceman, Brownlee, I think you need to do those of us fans frustrated that the rebuild was entrusted to those that caused the collapse in the first place and positively tear the management a new one. I would be willing to be patient if this was not a group that thought that players like Narker and Khabibulin were going to be helpful.

  • vetinari

    Thank goodness. I was wondering when I was going to get my phonebook. really was starting to worry that they wouldn’t come this year. My old phone book barely lasted the season last year. Everytime the Oilers did something stupid I took my frustration out on the Yellow Pages by ripping out pages and shredding them by hand. Hopefully this years has more pages.

    Yak signs. well that took long enough. Well/ Done is done.

    Nash and Ryan?

    CBA? Is realignment on the table also do you know? It would make sense to negotiate that now too. Dosen’t it?

  • geoilersgist

    I never understood why some people were certain they Oilers wanted the new CBA before they signed him. Some people just don’t like Russians I guess, which makes no sense to me. He talked about playing in the NHL in almost every interview there is no way he wasn’t going to play/sign here.

  • This, despite some apparent consternation among Oilers fans during a decidedly slow news period in recent weeks, was simply a matter of paperwork.

    Not getting a contract signed before Yakupov returned home was more a product of the paper guys and front office taking time off than it was a sign of anything untoward. No drama.

    Three years. Max cap. Max bonuses.