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No. 1 pick headed to KHL?

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08:17 AM ET 08.22 | Nail Yakupov may have been house-hunting in Edmonton, but he's not set on staying there through any lockout. [Yakupov] plans on going overseas to continue playing professionally, according to his agent. Yakupov's agent, Igor Larionov, told the Edmonton Journal that the Edmonton Oilers No. 1 pick will either join the Kontinental Hockey League and play for his his hometown Russian team Niznekamsk, or join a team in Sweden or Finland if NHL players get locked out this fall. Despite the fact that Yakupov still has junior eligibility left, Larinov says he won't return to Sarnia to play at the junior level. The KHL is an ideal lockout destination for many NHLers, as 25 of the league's games are played in the first two months of the season.

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August 22, 2012  08:20 AM ET

A Russian going to the KHL during a lockout?!?!? Oh the humanity

August 22, 2012  09:07 AM ET

No. 1 pick headed to KHL?

At least the weather's the same as Edmonton.

August 22, 2012  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

No. 1 pick headed to KHL?At least the weather's the same as Edmonton.

more night life?

August 22, 2012  09:17 AM ET

From the headline I thought he decided he didn't want to play in Edmonton and was jumping ship for the KHL. It makes perfect sense for him to go to play somewhere professionally if the NHL is under a lockout.

August 22, 2012  09:21 AM ET

My advice..........1. Keep a Putin bumper sticker on the car. 2. Don't go to see a female rock group perform in a Russian Orthodox church. 3. Have a qualified mechanic check out the airplane your team is using and make sure the crew is not (currently) drunk. 4. Remember that you are welcome in all of Edmonton's hot spots anytime you become "homesick for the Oil".

August 22, 2012  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

more night life?

And less people speaking Ukrainian.

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August 22, 2012  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Stories like this make me wanna yak.

+1

August 22, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Stories like this make me wanna yak.

maybe you need some elk-ahol

August 22, 2012  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

maybe you need some elk-ahol

That gets a big caribou from me.

August 22, 2012  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That gets a big caribou from me.

Oh Deer ?

August 22, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Stories like this make me wanna yak.

I will get in line behind you to vomit...........................

August 22, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Oh Deer ?

I'd like to buck the trend but I can't...wonder how much doe he's going to make?

August 22, 2012  10:31 AM ET
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I'd like to buck the trend but I can't...wonder how much doe he's going to make?

Depends on how many times he fawns at empty nets I am sure

August 22, 2012  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That gets a big caribou from me.

Will he be playing in Moosecow?

August 22, 2012  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

My advice..........1. Keep a Putin bumper sticker on the car. 2. Don't go to see a female rock group perform in a Russian Orthodox church. 3. Have a qualified mechanic check out the airplane your team is using and make sure the crew is not (currently) drunk. 4. Remember that you are welcome in all of Edmonton's hot spots anytime you become "homesick for the Oil".

Sound advice, every word!

August 22, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Will he be playing in Moosecow?

No, that was bull.

August 22, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

No, that was bull.

depends on leather or not you believe his agent

August 22, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

No, that was bull.

a bum steer?

 
August 22, 2012  10:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

No, that was bull.

And utterly ridiculous

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