<br> 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…


Igor Larionov discusses Yakupov trade request

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…


Yak City Is Still My Home

Embed from Getty Images 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…


Trade possibilities for Yakupov

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…



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.