Nail Yakupov scratched again for Oilers; agent debunks KHL departure rumor

Nail Yakupov, the Edmonton Oilers’ leading goal-scorer last season, was a healthy scratch for their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. He’ll be one again as they head to D.C. to face the Washington Capitals on Monday night.

(And he didn’t even oversleep!)

Why? Because he’s not playing the kind of game Coach Dallas Eakins is demanding from his young players. And because Eakins knows the best way to get that message across to his players is to scratch Nail Yakupov.

Yak wasn’t exactly feeling his first healthy scratch in the NHL, as he told the Edmonton Journal he’s still going to play his brand of hockey:–nhl.html

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