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Nail Yakupov nears 'play me, trade me' talk

Nail Yakupov's reaction to his agent's comments are causing even more furor. (Perry Mah/QMI Agency)

Nail Yakupov's reaction to his agent's comments are causing even more furor. (Perry Mah/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:49 PM ET

EDMONTON - Yakity Yak? Don’t come back?

On Monday evening, agent Igor Larionov greased the skids. Tuesday afternoon Nail Yakupov started down the track.

It was awfully close to ‘Play me or trade me.’

It’s going to polarize people who, until now, were going through a ‘Love him, love him not’ relationship.

Yakupov said he’s unhappy. He said he doesn’t feel Eakins trusts him. He said he thinks he’s been treated unfairly. And when asked if he called Larionov to fight for more ice time, he said “that’s a tough question.”

The hell it is. It’s a yes or no question.

“I just want to play, if it’s not going to be more we’ll figure out something” translates to “Play me more or trade me”.

It’s almost impossible to not interpret this as a player with the worst plus-minus in the NHL — whose defensive play is one of the biggest reasons the team is off to such a shameful start — showing an almost unprecedented sense of entitlement.


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