Found September 28, 2012 on
from Peter Adler of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
... speaking of the Oilers: in the ideal world they would discipline Yakupov to the full extent of the league’s bylaws for insubordination. They would also let him know in no uncertain words that he would have to stay in Sarnia until his contract there expires.
Except: this is not an ideal world. Fearing Yakupov might feel he had been mistreated, and that he might bolt for Mother Russia again, doing another Radulov, so to speak, they would give him red-carpet treatment upon his return.
Well, here’s a word of advice, as if the Oilers wanted it: if you ignore Yakupov’s shenanigans now, the day will come (and sooner than you expect) when you’ll regret even thinking about drafting they guy, never mind doing so, and then signing him to an NHL contract.
Nail Yakupov is a bad apple just waiting to grow on you.
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A little over a week ago I wrote about Nail Yakupov's transfer papers to play in the KHL during the lockout. At that time Yakupov's agent Igor Larionov was publicly complaining that the NHL was preventing his transfer to play in Europe during the lockout. Yakupov, the top pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft selected by the Edmonton Oilers wanted to play for his hometown...
In a trip down memory lane, and to break up the monotony of the lockout, Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal recollects the time back in 2002 when, for a day, Rangers goalie Mike Richter was a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
..."For one day in 2002, Richter was a member of the Edmonton Oilers. By curious coincidence, the player the Oilers traded to add Richter to...
If you were looking forward to Nail Yakupov playing hockey in the KHL this season, don't.
Wait, who ever says, "I'm looking forward to seeing _____________ player in the KHL"? Who seriously cares about the KHL? I heard...was it TSN...giving scores for KHL games and they were talking about what Ovechkin is doing. Who cares? Knock it off. As far as I'm concerned...
from the CP at TSN,
Yakupov, the No. 1 pick by the Edmonton Oilers at this year's draft, was suspended earlier in the week after it was revealed he didn't secure a transfer card to join Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.
The International Ice Hockey Federation ruled he played illegally when he suited up for his hometown team in two games earlier this month.
via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- No matter how or when the NHL lockout comes to an end, both sides should agree that a specific amount of money be set aside to compensate all the team and league employees who have lost salary and work days as innocent bystanders to the hockey wreckage. It wouldn’t be overly expensive to do this and the positive public relations would...