Make It Official – Yakupov Inks Entry Level Deal

Done deal. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Go on and put the Red Scare tactics back in the closet for another year. Nail Yakupov has signed his entry level deal.  The deal is a standard, three year entry level deal.  Cap hit is not yet known, but you can safely assume the 2012 first overall pick might get a bonus on top of his rookie-based salary.

I don’t think Yakupov ever considered playing anywhere other than Edmonton. Now, it’s official.

Check the Yakupov deal off your list.  What’s left to do this offseason?  A second pairing NHL defenceman, and a backup goaltender.

Alright, how about a second pairing defenceman.  Get that, and I”ll be OK.

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  • oilfan72

    @OilOnWhyte are you satisfied that the #oilers have the physical presence to avoid the intimidation and “running” of small skilled forwards?

    • OilOnWhyte

      @oilfan72 Do the #Oilers need to sign a third line player who can ‘protect’ the kids? Only if ‘thugging’ isn’t his only role.

    • OilOnWhyte

      @oilfan72 Darcy Hordichuk isn’t an effective patrolman.

      • oilfan72

        @OilOnWhyte and Eager was notably derelict in responding to on ice incidents at times #oilers

        • OilOnWhyte

          @oilfan72 A LOT of that.

        • 4enzix

          @oilfan72 @OilOnWhyte I think Renee played a roll in that. I think to some degree Eager and Hordichuk were held back. #Neutered

        • oilfan72

          @4enzix @oilonwhyte yes, Krueger does seem to have a different philosophy. Time will tell.

        • OilOnWhyte

          @4enzix @oilfan72 I think of the game on Long Island where Eager went bonkers.

      • oilfan72

        @OilOnWhyte I had thought Konopka might be worthy of pursuit

        • OilOnWhyte

          @oilfan72 A premium is placed on ‘toughness’. I agree it’s an admirable trait, but if that’s the only quality in a player, sign John Scott.

        • oilfan72

          @OilOnWhyte point taken; I agree that tough players need to be able to play. I just hope there is a response for any liberties taken. Thanks

        • OilOnWhyte

          @oilfan72 I agree with you. I just hope that if they invest $2M in a player, he can also play. A response needs to be swift.

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