Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 11/7/13
Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins doesn’t make the final personnel call for this team.But he took it upon himself to squash those Nail Yakupov-to-the-Rangers trade rumors. He delivered that message to Yakupov personally.“I wanted him to know that all of these reports in the media, the people making up trades about him are absolutely, 100 percent untrue,” Eakins told the Edmonton Journal. “This is not going anywhere. Guys like Joe Thornton (Boston) and the kid here (Steven) Stamkos . . . those guys struggled early in their careers, but, boy they turned out to be pretty good players.”(The Bruins eventually gave up on Thornton, but we won’t interrupt Eakins. He is on a roll.“Nail Yakupov is not being shopped, he’s not going anywhere and I wanted him to hear that from me, to look in my eyes, and let him know we’re attached at the hip. We’re going to make him a better player and it’s OK to struggle. I let him know about Thornton and Stamkos. It’s part of the process. He’s 20 years old.
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