Found September 28, 2012 on
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 team Neftekhmik Nizhnekamsk in the KHL during the lockout.
At this time Szymon Szemberg of the International Ice Hockey Federation refuted the claims by saying that it takes seven days for his agency to complete transfer papers. There was nothing special going on in Yakupov's case. It was just an inefficient bureaucracy taking longer than it should. That should be enough to make us wonder if the IIHF is serving any purpose when it comes to its paperwork regarding player transfers between countries but it turns out it is much worse than that. Szemberg was either lying or misinformed. Hockey Canad...
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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...
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...
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...
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...