It has been a tough year for Nail Yakupov, and news today of a trade request should not have come as a surprise for anyone.

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Eronko routinely breaks these kinds of news items, so suggest we dispense with the ‘if true’ portion of the lecture and advance to what kind of return one could expect. During this season, Nail has been injured (just a noxious moment, ridiculous) and he has not been scoring, but his possession numbers are back to rookie level and he has done some reasonable offensive things when placed with a capable center.

  • With Letestu: 45.7 percent possession, one point in 215:51 (0.28/60 5×5)
  • With McDavid: 52.1 percent possession, eight points in 201:58 (2.38/60 5×5)

So, if there is a team out there who has a quality center but needs a $2.5 million winger, then maybe there is a market for Nail. You are not going to get a massive return, probably a player with some issues or a skill set that is repeated elsewhere on the roster. Damon Severson from New Jersey? That team hit a homer with Kyle Palmieri last summer and the Devils need forwards. Source


Hell if I know. Stuff happens. I suspect we will see this roll out in the summer, and none of us can be surprised. I love the kid based on all we have heard, but can understand being a square peg in a round hole (it has happened to me, maybe you, too) and sometimes a man needs to find his own place in life.

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One final thing: If you are going to try to convince me that Nail Yakupov is the guy who has to leave, then you better tell me Lauri Korpikoski is already gone. Bah! Oilers.

  • Oil City Roller

    I’m guessing his agent leaked this in yet another classic Ruski bull crap move. Stankapov said there were eight teams interested and something went wrong? I’ll tell you what went wrong. They all came to their senses and realized they didn’t want some clown who was going to constantly demand a trade or threaten to go to the KHL if things didn’t go his way. Just an outright bust of a draft pick and I say good riddance. Send us a line from Siberia when you get there.

      • .

        That’s a little disingenuous. The 2012 draft cohort has eight defensemen in the top ten picks. You’d hope that Yak could outscore 8 defensemen. He can’t outscore the other forward, but it’s not even close: Galchenyuk scored 45% more points than Yak and is a -4, while Yak is a -88.

      • Stud Puffin

        He is actually 3rd behind Galchenyuk (154) and Forsberg (125). Lindholm, Reilley, Hertl not far behind. Actually pretty good company to be in the middle of.

      • Oil City Roller

        Eight of the top ten drafted were defence. The only other forward drafted in the top ten has more points than Yak. You would ave to go back to 1999 or maybe even 1993 to find a first overall as bad as Yak.

        *drinks too muck Kool-Aid and pees his jeanshorts*

    • Craig1981

      I’m pretty sure he has never threatened to go to the KHL and his trade request was done quietly, respectfully and professionally.

      Nail has shown to be very passionate, yet team oriented. Slandering him because he is Russian isn’t fair and also disrespectful.

  • FireScorpion

    Another one who wants out of Deadmonton, don’t blame him one bit. Remember how happy Perron,Dubnyk, Petry, Schultz were to leave? Yeah even McFalseProphet isn’t enough to entice people to stay

    Yak woke up and smelled the coffee

  • Explicit

    This makes me sad, I’m a huge #Yakcity fan!! The kid is going to score 30 one year and I will mock the oilers when it happens!!

    Someone’s going to get a good player for pennies on the dollar

    • Señor Frijoles

      I am a big fan of Yak as well, but I’m no longer convinced of him being a 30 goal guy in the NHL. I hope he does and I wish him nothing but success because he seems like a really great kid and because he has been terribly mismanaged in Edmonton. Sad to see him go. We are clearly selling low on this player, but if Chia can only scrounge up a 2nd round pick for him (as someone else mentioned), then he’s terrible at his job.

      • Sorensenator

        A 2nd is an overpay for a kid with 6 goals. He doesn’t have a brain to navigate the NHL, he will be in the KHL or Swiss League in 2 years.

        If Chia mananges somehow to get more then a 2nd round pick for Nail then the other GM who makes the deal is an idiot.

    • I hope you’re right. In a perfect world, he goes to the Capitals to play with Ovechkin on the other wing. Then the Capitals play the Oilers on game 82, with the Oilers needing the win to make the playoffs. Yakupov pots the winner in OT to eliminate the Oilers from the playoffs.

      I laugh for 3 straight days. Then get sad because the Oilers set an NHL record for ineptitude. Wherever he ends up, will be my second favourite team, and I will be following his progress for the rest of his career. I can’t wait to see what this guy can do on a real actual hockey team that doesn’t play favourites and hold grudges.

  • shaner

    yakabust is a bust….thats 99% on him. Don’t start blaming the organization for his failure….when you have one point in something like 27 games, you are brutal and selfish (unless your a defensive specialist)….

    Good Riddance, wish I could say we would be worse off without you but the truth is we can get any player in any league and they would have done as much as you did

  • Bringer_Of_Snow

    My opinion would be to ship out Ebs, Yak and Korpi this summer, replacing them with Troy Bouwer, Laine/Pulijaarvi, and McGinn.

    Hall-Drai-Brouwer ($12mil)
    Maroon-McD-Laine ($9mil)
    Pouliot-Nuge-McGinn ($14mil)
    Hendo-Letestu-Kass ($5mil)

    Klefbom-Hamonic ($8mil)
    Sekera-Demers ($9.5mil)
    Davidson-Gryba ($3.5mil)

    Talbot/Broissoit ($5.2mil)

    Ebs for Hamonic (Small + to get it done)
    Yak for anything (possibly Bowey from WSH)
    Korpi for anything

    Keep pick if its a top 3(unless team is willing to give top pairing Dman for Matthews), trade if not outside
    Give Brouwer 2 years $3.5-4.5 mil
    McGinn gets 3 yeas $4mil per
    Demers get 4 years $4mil per
    Resign Kass and Gryba

      • Namudi

        I am a huge oilers fan, just frustrated yak is my favorite player. Where ever he goes, I just hope that he will be used properly.

        He never ever got a fair shake here in edmonton.

        You can’t blame the last 4 years on yak and justin shultz.

        The media bashes him day in and day out, guys like Robin Brownlee, Jason Gregor, Bob Stauffer, Rob Brown, made it there jobs to run this kid out of town.

        I hate how people say anyone that plays with Mcdavid would score, look at Hall, they couldn’t even produce a shot on net.

        Yak and Mcdavid had great chemistry were meshing really well, as soon as eberle came back yak automatically gets pushed down to 3rd and 4th line.

        Skilled players should play with skilled players, which is why I’m super frustrated with the handling of yakupov. If you read the full interview you will get a great insight on his situation, and I’ve been saying this for months.

        All people say is he is a defensive liability, blah blah blah. When he goes to a new team it will be a fresh start and I honestly think he will get a fair shake, he might end up on mtl, Pittsburgh, where ever he goes I’ll will support him.

        Anyways that’s all. Good night

  • bazmagoo

    Does Nuge and Yak to the Islanders for Hamonic and Nelson make sense to anyone else? I think that’s a pretty logical move for Chiarelli to make if he has a trading partner. Nuge is the best player in the deal, Yakupov is the worst. #YakCity could definitely turn his game around, but it’s not happening in Edmonton.

    • JimmyV1965

      I’m not doing that deal if I’m Snow. Nuge might be the best player in the deal, but the gap between Yak and the other players is way too big. The Isles would probably want Ebs anyway. They’re got centres. They will need a sniper.

      • bazmagoo

        I think the Isles flip Nuge to the Jets for Trouba. They’d get a potential sniper in Yak and fill the hole left by Hamonic’s departure. I think if the Jets wanted to do Hamonic for Trouba it’d be done. They need offence.

        • JimmyV1965

          I wouldn’t say he’s a game changer at all. He’s a piece Edmonton desperately needs though. I don’t care if the Oil get Hamonic. But we definitely need a dman like him.

        • The Whispererer

          Hamonic is a shutdown type defender who is often near the top of the league in hits. But he is not the all-around guy including PP QB that we need. He is usually in the 20 to 30 point per year range.
          He would absolutely be a good acquisition but we also need to find a Pietrangelo/Shattenkirk type if we hope to be a contender next year.

          • Sorensenator

            Thank you I have been waiting for someone else to say this about Hamonic. He is a good d man but we definitely need a game changer on the back end, we have not seen that in ten years. ………..sigh

  • bazmagoo

    I think the Jets, Isles, and Oilers complete an old school 3 way deal in the off season. Nuge to the Jets, Hamonic to the Oilers, and Trouba to the Isles would make sense as the primary pieces. Wouldn’t be surprised if Yak is involved and other players/picks. I think Brock Nelson would be a good fit for the Oil, he’s a similar age to Yak, has some size to him, and has the same cap hit/salary but is signed for 1 more year.

    • Wintoon

      I certainly have nothing against a three way trade. My problem is that in the scenario you have outlined, the Oilers are getting fleeced.

      Nuge is the best player of the three and, if Nuge is involved, the Oilers should be expanding the breadth of this deal and getting an additional asset. This would have to be a competent centre.

      I would not be willing to sacrifice the recently acquired strength at centre to fill a hole on the blue line. We would just end up out of balance once again.

  • Harry2

    Can someone please explain to me what Yakupov has done to warrant such blind support from fans? Cause it clearly isn’t his on ice numbers and it clearly isn’t his hockey sense. So what is it?

    • HardBoiledOil 1.0

      yup, the fans undying love for this guy is baffling. he’s done very little on the ice, scoring at a 3rd line level since his rookie year and for a 1st overall it just isn’t anywhere near good enough and that has hurt the Oilers all these years.

      • camdog

        The Oilers hurt themselves by drafting another winger when they didn’t need another young winger. That’s a self inflicted wound by the organisation just like trading 2 high picks for a left d-man when they already had about 4 young Left d-man in the system. It would be nice to see the Oilers learning from their mistakes, unfortunately this season they did the same thing over again.

  • hags437

    Some of you are hilarious. Let’s blame Yakupov’s failures all at the feet of management. Seriously? The kid has zero hockey sense. End of story. The whining and crying about him playing on the third line is getting old. I would bet that Todd wants some of Letestus D awareness rub off on the kid. It never will because he’s a flaky Russian who only wants to score goals. The NHL has been, and is currently full of them. Datsyk is the exception. I would never draft a Russian. I for one wanted Murray in that draft and so did the Oiler brass. All of them except Bono. He called it and I guarantee that there are people mad as hell to this day that they were overruled. Sorry guys..Russians are a roll of the dice at best. See Nikushkin, Burmistrov, Kovalchuk, Radulov, Grabovski, the Kostitsyns. And yes I know that people will counter with Malkin, Ovie, etc. Yes there are some very good NHL players from mother Russia. But if
    I’m in playoff mode hockey, no thanks to Russians. The heart simply isn’t there. Look at the failure in international hockey from Russia. Save for some good WJ teams, they don’t get it done. Sail on Yak. We won’t miss you

      • hags437

        Racist? Really? Russians are flaky is racist? Try again bud. Guys like you would have no trouble describing Americans, perhaps even people from different regions across Canada. Newfies, Albertans, West coasters for example. People are people absolutely..but news flash. We ARE different based on how and where we were raised. Don’t forget..being politically correct doesn’t make you right

        • PandaBearJelly

          Look man, I get your frustration. I think we can all relate. But something that always bugs me is calling anyone’s personal character into question that you have never met, let alone know on a personal level well enough to understand their morals, desires and feelings etc.

          And yes, I know we all do it now and then, it’s human nature. But in your words, that doesn’t make you right.

          • hags437

            Okay I get it. To the hyper sensitive my sincere apologies. Let’s get back on track regarding Nails hockey ability. Yes, I’ve never met the kid but I’ll comment on his hockey playing ability and do my best not offend. Nail came in and he won the fans over even before his arrival. His post game interview blew up the ol Al Gore..he was funny, personable, a character and fan favourite AND he loved being in Edmonton. Because of this, his on ice follies were forgiven or overlooked. I was in that camp for awhile. Not anymore. A funny, personable, fan favorite character describes Munenori Kawasaki from the Jays and he can’t play RW for the Oilers either

  • Hockeyfan

    Just the start of the exodus delusional coil fans, They all want out while they have a chance to cure the coilitis. HAHAHEHE. Gonna be another rough 10 years.

    • hags437

      Honestly that’s an ignorant comment. There won’t be a mass exodus. There won’t. New arrivals like Maroon and Kassian are happy. Hall/Eberle/Nuge have never asked out and won’t any time soon. Some will be traded to improve the D which has been the Achilles Heal for a long time. It hasn’t been addressed and it shows in the standings year after year. No question about it, the D will be improved and the team will improve. Since McDavids arrival, people like you [Flames fan I’m guessing] are so afraid and insecure that jabs like this are simply a defence mechanism. McDavid is the real deal and you know it. He will be the best player in the NHL as soon as next year. Probably even better than Johnny Hockey. Honestly I chuckle when I read comments like yours. Keep em coming.

      • Hockeyfan

        The whole hockey world is sick and tired of the coil soiling there way to a #1 pick every year and nothing changes. It’s a disease. NOBODY outside of your fan base has any respect for your amateur pop gun franchise.

        • HardBoiledOil 1.0

          the hockey world can kiss Oiler fans collective arses!! Chia and T-Mac and his staff were left a HUGE steaming pile of mess to clean up thanx to Lowe/MacT and it simply wasn’t going to be cleaned up in one season to make the Oilers winners. if you knew anything about hockey you’d know this and not give out knee jerk reactions. it’s mind boggling to me that an apparent Lames fan can spew crap like this about the Oilers after the season the Lames just had!

        • hags437

          Why the anger towards the Oiler fan? I’ll listen to your argument about mistakes from Oiler management. Point taken. But the fans don’t make the decisions pal. As an Oiler fan I’m angry. I don’t want to be at the bottom of the league again. But it is what it is. I’ve been a fan since 1979-80. What can I say man? I’ll always cheer for them and hopefully one day I’ll have something to cheer about again! Lol

  • 99 NOW 97

    No surprise , he was going to get traded anyway. The return will not be great but he cannot be given away either. So he could sit for all i care.

    Nail will never come back to haunt us in the fact he turned into everything we thought we would get with a number #1. He is lost out there more often than not. This is the NHL , not juniors or the KHL and he
    did not adapt. He had chances , do not tell me he didnt.

    But as with Hamonic Nail , you will wait till we get what we deem fair value. May not be much but the Oilers will decide, not you.

    Good Luck , good guy but hey…..

  • FireScorpion

    And swwwiiinggg and a missss on the Coilers taking Fail Yakupov. Don’t worry well give you Matthews and you can ruin his career too.

    Joke of a team and league laughingstock going on how many years now?

    • JimmyV1965

      What a stupid thing to say. Yes, the Oilers management sucked. That’s why we’ve had so many first picks. But we didn’t ruin his career. We picked four firsts. Two have been average to above average. One has been a home run and one was a bust. Law of averages. Our mngt was never smart enough to trade down in the Yak draft. That’s why they took the concensus pick every year. So I guess if we do get Mathews this year and win the Cup in two years, we are suddenly the best managed team in the league.

      • FireScorpion

        Incorrect. On the slim to none odds of that happening you would have succeeded on the backs of the league giving you almost every top pick for 7 years . (7 damn years!!! Let that sink in for a moment)

          • FireScorpion

            Pens and Hawks were able to win cups without taking every #1 selection for 5 out of 7 years .(imagine that? And the oil can’t even climb out of the basement. Just pathetic) They weren’t even close to such shameless failures and as a result they are respected. Something the Oilers will never be.
            And now as the initial lottery picks of Edmonton are failing and burning out to un reached potential they are still being used as trade chips for further gain. Something no other team in the league has at their advantage.A rule should have been put in years ago to prevent this garbage from happening

          • Ned

            It makes me happy that you’re so bothered by this. I sincerely hope this keeps you awake at night. People who know you must think you’re pretty boring, all you probably want to talk about is your obsession with the Oilers and their draft picks.

            Well I’m going to sleep and will dream positive thoughts about the Oilers next first overall pick!!! Good night.

          • Vic Venom

            They both at least started showing progress after there draft picks, its been over 6 years since Hall was drafted, and they have made 0 progress in the standings. Thats embarassing,

          • Seanaconda

            Eventually. Fleury was Pittsburghs first first overall three years later the year after they got crosby they finished bottom three again. If mcdavid is our crosby we are on track ha also Los Angeles took forever to get good too. Same with Chicago and Florida

          • Cageyvet

            I am not an Oilers fan, but it’s not with spite that I make this comment – nobody, and I mean nobody, has done less with more than the past Oilers management.

            PC is the best thing that the franchise has done in years. For once, I believe that the Oilers will be on the rise. Still, don’t try and equate a decade of futility with other franchises, it’s not just the length of the slide, it’s the number of first overall picks that leads to the criticism.

            When other teams would love to have a 1st overall pick or even two, and they often shape their franchises with those players, the Oilers have had more than their fair share and are contenders for the honour yet again.

            Let’s face it, the draft lottery exists because of the Oilers. End of story, whether you want to face that or not, it’s nothing against the team or city, it’s just the way it is.

          • Seanaconda

            Meh the oilers got super lucky.

            Florida and Pittsburgh could of gotten 4 first overalls too. And really the second overall Pitts got. Malkin was better than any of our firsts sans mcdavid and that not even a sure thing yet.

          • Namudi

            The fact that they changed the way the draft worked, is the reason we have so many firsts, last year we were 28th had no business drafting connor but we won the lottery and jumped 2 teams, also we jumped another team when we got Nugent-Hopkins

          • Seanaconda

            Nah the hopkins year the devils won the lottery but they couldn’t jump far enough to take the first. Yaks year we jumped. Same with mcdavids.

            But really if the oilers lost the lottery every year I would only be upset about losing mcdavid.

            We would have no drama and sequin landeskog and galchenyuk instead of hall rnh and yakupov. No big loss Gally is even am improvement. The other two are debatable. (assuming the players were picked in the same order)

        • Ned

          Doesn’t matter how you get there, just as long as you do….. Does anyone now mention how terrible LA or Chi were prior to their recent Stanley cup success? Nope.

          How about Florida and their recent surge in play? Nope, not at all (even though their the co-owner of the longest playoff-less streak in the NHL at 10 yrs).

          Your anger at this organization and it’s fan base is quite amazing (or perhaps should I say startling). You should really consider taking up another hobby that’s a bit more uplifting for your mental health. All of this bitterness (jealousy) cannot be good for you.