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Eakins to Yakupov: ‘You’ve got to earn it’

Dec 30, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

Dallas Eakins

Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins met with the media on Monday following the decision to make Nail Yakupov a healthy scratch against Phoenix on Tuesday, explaining that Yakupov had to “earn” his spot in the lineup.

“You’ve got to earn it,” Eakins said, per the Oilers website. “You’ve got to do a number of things on the ice every day. Every day. It can never change.

“We cannot give things to people. You have to earn them.”

Eakins said he and Yakupov met for approximately 45 minutes on Monday — a “long, in-depth” talk that Eakins figured was the longest he’s had with a player this year — and said the two addressed some issues.

“Him and I have sorted out a few things,” Eakins explained. “It was a good conversation — at least it ended well. We have a definite plan moving forward.”


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  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    I don’t want to channel my inner Don Cherry too much, but Yakupov doesn’t seem to respect the game. He’s on record as saying he has no interest in becoming a complete player. Then there was that horsesh** forearm to the head he gave to the Columbus (I think) goalie the other day.

    Either he makes some serious changes or he winds up in the KHL, and if I had to I’d bet on the latter within the next year or two.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      yeah i hate cherry but he hit the nail on the head when he went off on him saturday night. yakupov can kick sand for all i care, glad he’s not on my favorite team.

      skip to 3:55 to see the yakupov bit…if you want to skip all the bruins blathering and creepy “beautiful boy” crap

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Fitting that he was talking about how complete Sharp’s game is right before that.

      • jpelle82 - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:11 PM

        and in typical cherry fashion he went out of his way to bash the european karlsson for a rare misplay right before he bloviated all over mcquaid for a simple blocked shot and fight

      • hockeyflow33 - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:36 PM

        A rare mis-play???

        He’s a terrible defenseman and the fact he won the Norris goes to show how little the voters know what the award is supposed to be for. If you think I’m wrong, why is he last on his team’s defense for short-handed time on ice?

    • blackhawksdynasty - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      I’m diggin the Lizard King reference….good choice for a name. Props.

  2. joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    What a flop. Maybe Eakins can ask Boudreau how he was able to manage Ovi. Him and Ovi just want to do their “shtick”. They are very similar.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:50 PM

      The big difference is that even when Ovie was a more selfish player his compete level was one that few players could match. Yakupov is pretty much invisible in the games he does play in.

      • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:55 PM

        However, the road to the NHL was very different for Ovi compared to Yakupov. Ovi had over 150 games with Moscow Dynamo before joining the Caps.

  3. Wineshard - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Where are all those idiots that supported his “youthful exuberance” when he scored as a rookie? This guy will never be more than a poor man’s Pavel Bure with a few highlight reel goals, but lacking any magnetism (both with fans and his teammates).

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