Found October 14, 2013 on The Hockey Guys:
2012 NHL Entry Draft – Galchenyuk & Yakupov – Getty Images By James Stephan (@J_Habs) Former Sarnia Sting phenom Nail Yakupov expressed his frustration with the new Edmonton Oiler’s bench boss Dallas Eakins following being a healthy scratch Saturday night.  Shortly after, the twittersphere erupted with rumors that the young star may be headed to the KHL. While fleeing the NHL to join his comrades in the KHL would be a breach of Yakupov’s NHL contract, it doesn’t stop fans from voicing their fear of the situation. Yakupov had voiced his discontent with the situation stating that he feels out of his element; Eakins has implemented a system which forces everyone to contribute at both ends of the rink, leaving the energetic Yakupov with a sour taste in his mouth. Dallas Eakins’ method of benching Yakupov to illustrate a point is not unorthodox as Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien implemented the same technique to Habs forward Lars Eller. Since Eller’s benc...

Yakupov fumes under ‘coach’s rules’

As practice was wrapping up at the Verizon Center Dallas Eakins sought out winger Nail Yakupov for a discussion that will no doubt continue on into the days to come as the Edmonton Oilers bench boss tries to develop the winger’s game. Yakupov had been pulled from the Oilers lineup before they took on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. It was the first time in his career that...

Failing Nail? Oilers scratch Yakupov Saturday

During this period of his career Nail Yakupov seems like one of those all-or-nothing goal scorers.* So far it’s been all-nothing so Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins decided to scratch him for Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. One can understand why Eakins benched the 20-year-old. He doesn’t have a goal or an assist in four games so far this season and...

Oilers-Capitals Preview

Alex Ovechkin and Nail Yakupov are the last two Russian players to be selected No. 1 overall in the draft and both are currently playing for struggling teams. One big difference between them this season, however, is that Ovechkin is producing for the Washington Capitals while Yakupov is not for the Edmonton Oilers. Yakupov was benched in the Oilers' last game and it's unclear...

Nail Yakupov Trade Rumors

Nail Yakupov of the Edmonton Oilers is the subject of rampant trade rumors for the 2013-2014 NHL season. The first overall 2012 draft pick performed well last season, scoring the most goals for rookies. He was also tied with Jonathan Huberdeau for the most points as a rookie, yet he was not nominated as a top 3 Calder Trophy candidate. Yakupov has struggled in the early going of this

Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

One day Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens will tell his grandchildren how he scored a great short-handed goal against Roberto Luongo. Meanwhile...  

Habs' Price shuts out Jets 3-0 in Manitoba

Brandon Prust and P.K. Subban scored first-period goals and Daniel Brière added an empty-netter while Carey Price did the rest as the Canadiens defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 Tuesday night at the MTS Centre. It was the third consecutive win for the Canadiens who finished their Western Canada road trip with a 3-1 record. More bad news for Pacioretty: Max Pacioretty has experienced...

Dubnyk struggles to break out of a slump

After it was over after the Edmonton Oilers had given up another lead followed by an overtime point to the Toronto Maple Leafs Devan Dubnyk sat in his stall his pads still strapped on his head buried in his hands. He didn’t move not for the longest time. It was he said the next day the lowest he’s felt since his trying season began. He knew could have changed the outcome of...

Washington powerplay comes alive, Yakupov sits again; Caps win 4-2 over Oilers

WASHINGTON — Adam Oates’ coaching has fianlly paid off. He preached to his team to calm down and be patient, as they have struggled to score goals early this season. Monday night he was rewarded as his team netted four goals in a 4-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Oates kept his same three lines hoping they […]

TSN’s Insider Trading: Are the Oilers ‘under the gun’ to trade for a goaltender?

TSN's latest "Insider Trading" segment is up on's video page, and TSN provided a transcription of Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie's comments, too: How are the Edmonton Oilers reacting to their poor goaltending to start the season? Bob McKenzie: Devan Dubnyk's sub-par performance on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs...

Goalie Problem In Edmonton

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. When Toronto Maple Leafs’ centre Dave Bolland slapped one through the legs of Devan Dubnyk to finish of a 3-on-1 OT breakout Saturday, the Hockey Night in Canada cameras panned in on Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. He looked sick to his stomach. He wore the look of a man who knows he has a big problem but isn’t sure when...

Jason Chimera boards Justin Schultz

Your browser does not support iframes. Ouch! Not a good hit, actually, this is a very dangerous hit by Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera on former Wisconsin Badger and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz. I would call this a push check. Chimera only received a two-minutes penalty for his efforts. Schultz appeared to be okay.

Pittsburgh Penguins Gameday 6: Edmonton Oilers

Pittsburgh Penguins (4-1-0) @ Edmonton Oilers (1-4-1) Root Sports, SNET-W - 7:00 pm/et  Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Nail Yakupov and the Edmonton Oilers roll into Pittsburgh to play the Penguins. Beau Bennett is day-to-day with a lower body injury, James Neal is on injured reserve and Harry Zolnersdasdnaosncuicachzyk...

Game 6 Preview – Oilers at Penguins

By: Casey Johnston (@CaseyR82) Last Game for the Pens:  Saturday, a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Sidney Crosby scored his first hat trick since 2010, which says all you need to know about how his last couple of seasons has been derailed by injuries.  He added an assist on Matt Niskanen’s game-winning goal. Last Game for the Oilers: Last night, a 4-2 loss to the Washington...

Evening Line

“I wasn’t happy about it last night. You can say a million words about getting better but coach says I’m not playing, so I’m not playing. “I’m not happy about it. I just want to play every game. “I’m going to play my game. I’m not going to change but maybe play better without the puck, or forecheck more, but I love playing with the puck. I really don’t...

Time for Therrien to let the kids play

It’s time to start treating the kids like adults. Going into the National Hockey League season it appeared that Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien would have three well-balanced lines capable of scoring. Based on past performances the potential is still there but over the first four games the Canadiens have been a one-line team and that line is composed of whoever is between...
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