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Larionov blasts Oilers: Let Yakupov play

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07:30 AM ET 11.12 | So far, so no good this season for Edmonton Oilers winger Nail Yakupov under the new administration. The agent for [Yakupov] said Monday night that he is concerned about the limited opportunity Yakupov is getting right now in Edmonton and that if the Oilers are unhappy with the second-year player, he would be open to a trade. Hall of Famer Igor Larionov said he is going to Edmonton to watch Yakupov, the first overall pick in the 2012 draft, and to sit down with the organization. "I'm going to Edmonton on Thursday to watch a couple games against Dallas and New Jersey. Obviously a lot of questions, and I want to have some answers," Larionov said. Yakupov has been a healthy scratch at times this season after some sophomore struggles. "Let the kid play, enjoy the game. He's a hard-working kid."

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November 12, 2013  07:46 AM ET

And what he'll see is a guy that has no concept to do without the puck. A guy that when he does get the puck tries t do it by himself - and fails. A guy that hasn't made a defensive play in his life. Trade him, if you can. Maybe someone has a bag of puks they don't need.

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November 12, 2013  08:16 AM ET

Bust.

November 12, 2013  08:27 AM ET

Should have let him play a couple of years in AHL. Let him learn from his mistakes while not being under a microscope. Larionov can bring the entire 1987 Red Army team with him, not going to help.

November 12, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Pardon my insensitivity but Vladimir Konstantinov would be better than this guy

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November 12, 2013  08:36 AM ET

And how about the fans of the team being abe to enjoy the game?? Seems to me they're the ones paying for this debacle. I think Igor must be a little confused.

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November 12, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Should have let him play a couple of years in AHL. Let him learn from his mistakes while not being under a microscope. Larionov can bring the entire 1987 Red Army team with him, not going to help.

+1

November 12, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Larionov blasts Oilers: Let Yakupov play


Let my people go

November 12, 2013  09:17 AM ET

He's just trying to force a trade.

November 12, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You can't send someone under 20 to the AHL, in one of the more boneheaded rules in a league full of boneheaded rules.

The only reason that I believe you is that it makes no sense. So they really only have two choices. The NHL or Juniors. What is the logic behind that?

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November 12, 2013  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Bust.

Not ready for that declaration, yet. Let's just call it a disappointing start in his career for a number 1 pick

November 12, 2013  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You can't send someone under 20 to the AHL, in one of the more boneheaded rules in a league full of boneheaded rules.

exactly what I was talking about the other day. glad we agree.

November 12, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Larionov blasts Oilers: Let Yakupov playLet my people go

Let the boy watccchhhh!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iD1Xjdr1TbM

November 12, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Should have let him play a couple of years in AHL. Let him learn from his mistakes while not being under a microscope. Larionov can bring the entire 1987 Red Army team with him, not going to help.

Agree with this, let him learn a little unselfish play.

November 12, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You can't send someone under 20 to the AHL, in one of the more boneheaded rules in a league full of boneheaded rules.

Wow, seems like a stupid rule.

November 12, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Wow, seems like a stupid rule.

Does the league have any other kind?

 
November 12, 2013  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Not ready for that declaration, yet. Let's just call it a disappointing start in his career for a number 1 pick

Fair enough. I'm just rooting for him to fail for some reason.

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