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Here is the letter from Katz.
from the CP at TSN,
Yakupov, the No. 1 pick by the Edmonton Oilers at this year's draft, was suspended earlier in the week after it was revealed he didn't secure a transfer card to join Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.
The International Ice Hockey Federation ruled he played illegally when he suited up for his hometown team in two games earlier this month.
Hockey Canada, which refused to sign off on Yakupov's transfer, and the Canadian Hockey League both believed he belonged with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League.
But Hockey Canada has since changed its tune.
"Hockey Canada and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation have announced that the OHL has determined that Yakupov had no independent legal advice when, at the age of 17 years old, he signed his contract with Sarnia," the Hockey Canada statement read. "His release goes into effect immediately."
from Peter Adler of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
... speaking of the Oilers: in the ideal world they would discipline Yakupov to the full extent of the league’s bylaws for insubordination. They would also let him know in no uncertain words that he would have to stay in Sarnia until his contract there expires.
Except: this is not an ideal world. Fearing Yakupov might feel he had been mistreated, and that he might bolt for Mother Russia again, doing another Radulov, so to speak, they would give him red-carpet treatment upon his return.
Well, here’s a word of advice, as if the Oilers wanted it: if you ignore Yakupov’s shenanigans now, the day will come (and sooner than you expect) when you’ll regret even thinking about drafting they guy, never mind doing so, and then signing him to an NHL contract.
Nail Yakupov is a bad apple just waiting to grow on you.
MOSCOW, September 26 (RIA Novosti) – The KHL has imposed a temporary ban on NHL No. 1 draft pick Nail Yakupov, preventing him from playing for lockout team Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk until an investigation into the forward is resolved, the league said Wednesday.
The KHL statement said the 18-year-old starlet, who has already made two appearances for Neftekhimik after his lockout contract was reigstered last Thursday, can not take to the ice again under the International Ice Hockey Federation has given the all-clear.
Contacted by R-Sport, the IIHF could not immediately clarify the nature of the probe into Yakupov, though it may involve objections from his NHL team the Edmonton Oilers over his participation in the Russian-based league.
The return of the starlet forward to Russia was hampered by Edmonton, which intended to send him to Canadian major junior team Sarnia Sting, where he had racked up 170 points in 107 games before being drafted.
The IIHF is supposed to release a statement today which I will add to this post when available.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Daryl Katz has owned the Edmonton Oilers for just four years but he is a quick study when it comes to the NHL owners' manual.
Especially with the section on how to extort taxpayers for a free or almost free arena so you can maximize the profits of your hockey team.
So there was Katz on Monday, with several Oiler suits in tow, taking a tour of Seattle's decrepit Key Arena. The local media was tipped off to make sure everyone knew the boys were in town shaking hands with the Seattle politicians and Chris Hansen, the hedge fund manager who is planning a $490-million (U.S.) arena to lure an NBA franchise back to the city to replace the departed SuperSonics and attract an NHL team as well.
added 10:52am, from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Apparently, his NFL road trip with pals Kevin Lowe and Wayne Gretzky was pre-planned. But it was awfully convenient for news to leak that they'd stopped to meet with Chris Hansen, who now has city approval to build a new NBA/NHL-ready arena.
Clearly, Katz is frustrated with negotiations in the Alberta capital. And when you're frustrated, it is imperative to have someone around you who can slap you in the face and say: "I know you're mad. But what you're about to do is really dumb and I'm not going to let it happen."
The Oilers are not going to Seattle. If you don't believe me, maybe you should listen to Don Levin, the guy who actually wants to bring the NHL to The Emerald City.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
Two big developments on the downtown arena file today, with Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz and team president Patrick LaForge reportedly down in Seattle, where city council has just approved a new $480 million arena building, as well as Edmonton’s Mayor Stephen Mandel setting an Oct. 17 drop dead date for the arena deal here.
Katz and LaForge reportedly visited the Key Arena, which is the old arena in Seattle, not the new one.
This all comes from Seattle radio reporter Ian Furness, who tweeted: “Breaking. A group representing the Edmonton Oilers, including team president, owner was in Seattle today taking a tour of Key Arena.”
The CBC updates us with the latest labor law battle between the NHL and the NHLPA.
GM Steve Tambellini announces the— Edmonton Oilers (@NHL_Oilers) August 22, 2012
#Oilers have agreed to terms with forward Taylor Hall on a new seven-year contract extension
Taylor Hall’s agent Paul Krepelka has concluded negotiations with EDM on a 7-year extension that will pay Hall $6M per year.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) August 22, 2012
added 5:11pm, Watch below as Taylor Hall talks about the new contract…
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
When Edmonton Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid, in a conversation with veteran reporter Jim Matheson about his own contract status, included Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle in his answer, you knew something was up.
“I know the team is talking with Ebs and Hallsie, and that’s good,” Smid told the Edmonton Journal.
It does not shake the hockey world to learn that Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini would like to sign his two young stars to the kind of long-term deal that Gary Bettman is attempting to eliminate in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Eberle is 22. Hall turns 22 in November. Each has a year left in their entry-level deals and then will have four seasons left before UFA starts (under the current CBA). Tambellini is free to offer them an extension at any time now, or he can wait and operate under the terms of a new CBA agreement.
Which route will he choose? We’re betting on the former.
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