D DAY MINUS ONE

Lordy this draft is wide open. Last time the draft was this crazy the Oilers took “the Pencil” Jesse Niinimaki; this time fans are begging the Oilers to get the lead out and grab Nail. Will they?

Bob McKenzie was on my television a minute ago and told me it’s down to Nail Yakupov, Ryan Murray at #1 and if they trade down the Oilers would be just fine with Griffin Reinhart. I suggested the other day a trade down was possible and mentioned Toronto as an option–still think it’s the obvious choice.

Why Toronto?

  • Brian Burke resists the spotlight like Craig Simpson runs from Jamie Sale.
  • The Leafs will have their pick of the litter–Nail, or Galchenyuk or hell even Forsberg or Grigorenko.
  • The asking price is going down. Steve Tambellini didn’t even mention the number of assets needed to move up today, saying only an NHL player would have to be sent over to make the switch. Hell, that could be Cody Franson, or Carl Gunnarson. I don’t think the bar is high.

The Oilers may indeed draft Nail Yakupov. It is the logical choice, it is the script tonight. However, if the scouts tell Steve Tambellini that Ryan Murray or Griffin Reinhart is the better man, will Tambellini march up and announce the pick? Griffin Reinhart at #1? Dustin Nielson told us on Saturday he had heard it was possible. Stu MacGregor told Jason Gregor today “there has been the consensus amongst the public of Yakupov being the player, but I think some of the players from behind have closed that gap considerably, and that’s why it has been more interesting.”

MacGregor on Reinhart: “It’s almost like he got a bit more determined and decided he was going to show people he is a high-end prospect. Not to say that he wasn’t, but he’s growing into his body and now he’s getting that physical strength that young kids with his size don’t always have right away because they are tall and lanky.”

Steve Tambellini just told Ryan Rishaug they are looking for the “right person.” This is going to be close. I think it is reasonable to suggest the Oilers could take any of those three young men at #1 overall.

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66 Responses to "D DAY MINUS ONE"

  1. ItsTheBGB says:

    If they don’t take Yakupov, there will be vigorous profanity coming out the mouth of this here chap.

  2. DBO says:

    Yep, gonna be fun, stressful and for a big group of Oil fans I expect disappointing. If they don’t draft Nail, but still pick #1 = a lot of angry folk. Tambellini now on TSN, saying quality return for the #1 pick is the key, not quantity. A component of an NHL player now is needed.

    Oh dear. He is now saying he wants the right person, with character and leadership, someone to fit in. “the right kind of people”. That is code for we are not taking Yakupov if I was a betting man.

    hello Ryan Murray if we keep #1, or Reinhart if we trade down.

  3. Downright Fierce says:

    From Toonces’ presser today:
    “[The] scouting staff has been very consistent with their assessment from the halfway meetings to the meetings in the spring time to the last couple days here, so– a few things have moved around as always– but, big picture, they’re pretty consistent with their assessment. It hasn’t changed that much.”

    Seems to me the pick is Nail. MBS doesn’t pass on game-changers. The “trade down” looms, but multiple teams comfortable with trading down, as per Gregor & others on twitter. Weakens the market, no?

  4. Showerhead says:

    Hmm. MY television just told me Ryan Murray is a fan of Neil Young. Is that a game changer, Lowetide, or is it still Hall & Oates all the Oilers room will ever need?

  5. bubbasnickey says:

    Wow, this is exciting! What time does the draft start?

  6. Maverick says:

    Can the oilers risk a fan and media backlash if they choose Murray??

  7. bookje says:

    You know, if nothing else, you need to give credit to Tambellini for keeping this thing totally exciting for everyone. I mean, Burke would have announced his pick the day of the lottery.

  8. Lowetide says:

    Showerhead:
    Hmm. MY television just told me Ryan Murray is a fan of Neil Young. Is that a game changer, Lowetide, or is it still Hall & Oates all the Oilers room will ever need?

    Well, I have Murray #2 and can’t get him to #1 even though his taste is grand. How about 1A?

  9. bookje says:

    Maverick:
    Can the oilers risk a fan and media backlash if they choose Murray??

    I don’t know, I think the fans will buy whatever they say.

  10. Lowetide says:

    Maverick:
    Can the oilers risk a fan and media backlash if they choose Murray??

    The Oilers could overcome almost anything. I think they would have a major problem if they forgot to qualify Gagner, DD and Petry but failing that imo they’ll be fine.

    Stu MacGregor has a tremendous amount of goodwill built up. I would consider it an honor to buy him a beer, and I’m the cheapest bastard on the planet!

  11. russ99 says:

    Lowetide,

    Yes, but he could blow it all in one bad pick, akin to Prendergast and Niinimaki a year after picking Hemsky.

    I doubt any Oiler fan would say no to a quality player like Ryan Murray or even Griffin Reinhart, just not at #1.

    If the Oilers make a “playoffs now” shrewd move to acquire a good player to trade down Yakupov and pick up another top pick in the top 10, it would be easy to understand, if not as thrilling as the idea of adding Yak to our collection of skilled forwards.

    But to forgo Yakupov when picking first would imply that the “brain trust” deems themselves smarter than the vast majority of scouts who put Yakupov above everyone else in the draft, and not only raise the ire of the fans now, but could limit the success of the team in the future.

    AKA – the Hockey Gods gifted you with this chance, don’t foolishly blow it looking for a needle in a haystack that may not be there.

  12. bookje says:

    russ99:
    Lowetide,

    Yes, but he could blow it all in one bad pick, akin to Prendergast and Niinimaki a year after picking Hemsky.

    I doubt any Oiler fan would say no to a quality player like Ryan Murray or even Griffin Reinhart, just not at #1.

    If the Oilers make a “playoffs now” shrewd move to acquire a good player to trade down Yakupov and pick up another top pick in the top 10, it would be easy to understand, if not as thrilling as the idea of adding Yak to our collection of skilled forwards.

    But to forgo Yakupov when picking firstwould imply that the “brain trust” deems themselves smarter than the vast majority of scouts who put Yakupov above everyone else in the draft, and not only raise the ire of the fans now, but could limit the success of the team in the future.

    AKA – the Hockey Gods gifted you with this chance, don’t foolishly blow it looking for a needle in a haystack that may not be there.

    In fact, scouts all seem to go sour after 2-3 good years.

  13. mustang says:

    LT……Simpson & Sale,love it, thats awesome! Can’t blame him though, she is pretty fine! Don’t know what his first???? looked liked. I was pro Yak , now I’m pro MBS. Do the us oil proud! thats all I have to say about that.

  14. sliderule says:

    I can’t watch the draft tomorrow night.I would bust a blood vessel.

    Kevin Lowe who is probably a smart guy is just not a good manager..He is just too loyal to friends to evaluate the problems.

    When he finally decided their draft picks were not working out he had Tambo fire Kevin.

    A good manager would have brought in new blood to run the scouting and figure out why we were picking so poorly especially at the top end.Maybe the new guy would have decided to replace most of the staff.Who knows because they picked the guy in Stu one of Lowes guys who had to be heavily involved in all their picks .The 2007 draft was a disaster with three first round picks we have one player and Stu as the WHL scout had to be touting Plante and Nash.

    We fire Renney and they sound like they are going to hire Krueger .How much you want to bet Bucky and Smith will stay as assistants.

    I hope I am wrong and they draft Yakupov ,sign or trade for a defenceman and add a goalie but I think I am in for another year of the most excitement I get in the spring is hoping the don’t xxxx up the lotto pick.

  15. Lowetide says:

    Rus99: I wrote about this awhile back and was quoted in Yahoo as being something, I don’t remember what. Hey, from where I sit Yakupov is the #1 player available, and based on what is around him it is extremely unlikely that another player is in the range. Still, the Oilers hired these scouts to do a job and this group has delivered.

    So, trust your board. the Oilers scouts will get scorched because this looks terrible, really bad. But, we have to assume MBs and the boys aren’t knowingly ruining their reputation. Right? so, what is it? IS the gap closing as MBS and others have suggested? Or have they been staring at Nail too long?

    I don’t know. Math tells me Nail. If MacGregor says someone else I’ll disagree with him, but will keep a watchful eye on his chosen one. I suspect that’s being a fan, and suspect I’m guilty.

    Still think Yakupov is bpa.

  16. Lowetide says:

    Mustang: Yeah, Simpson and Sale lol. I bet the Oilers win the Stanley spring 2006 if SHE runs the powerplay.

  17. Bad Seed says:

    russ99,

    People keep going back to that draft & blaming the Oil for going off the board for Niinimaki but in truth, it was a really thin draft. There wasn’t much there. And I’m all for laying blame at the Oiler’s feet for their ineptitude over the years.

  18. Woodguy says:

    Downright Fierce:
    From Toonces’ presser today:
    “[The] scouting staff has been very consistent with their assessment from the halfway meetings to the meetings in the spring time to the last couple days here, so– a few things have moved around as always– but, big picture, they’re pretty consistent with their assessment. It hasn’t changed that much.”

    Seems to me the pick is Nail. MBS doesn’t pass on game-changers. The “trade down” looms, but multiple teams comfortable with trading down, as per Gregor & others on twitter. Weakens the market, no?

    How do you know the scouts didn’t like Murray from the start?

  19. mustang says:

    I would still like to see the Oilers send the #1 and whatever with in reason to MTL for the #3 and Subaan. then select Galchenuyk. This to me makes the Oilers take a huge step forward.

  20. Downright Fierce says:

    Woodguy: I don’t. I suppose that is the rub with which we are all struggling. But lots of chatter is saying that Murray “closed the gap” as the year progressed. Murray’s injury happened earlier, his WJC was weaker. This, for me, points to Yaku as the early favourite and, by Toonces’ statement, I’m guessing that he held his lead.

  21. cabbiesmacker says:

    Not sure about the Oiler’s needs but right now I’d trade my left nut for a big set of schmeebs with red hair and some attitude.

  22. SoxandOil says:

    I’m a huge fan of Yak and it would be a glaring mistake to not select him first overall but the KHL flight risk is a terrifying possibility. Every interview I hear a guy who sounds like he hates media attention and its also scary that he refused to answer questions about his injuries. I eagerly dread the draft tomorrow and hope that Nail pulls a oil drop over his head (and that he’s smiling when he does it).

    This will be the riskiest draft in quite a while for Edmonton, the potential to get it wrong is way up there.

  23. Brett Gee says:

    Well, this is all very interesting, isn’t it? More exciting than previous years for sure.

    If you don’t like Nail then watch this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F36YNCae9yg&feature=share

    Now, tell me he isn’t awesome. I’ve had a blank jersey for a few years now. If they draft this dude I am putting his name on the back of it.

  24. spoiler says:

    I thought it was PJ Stock and Salé?

    ;o)

  25. Doug McLachlan says:

    The key “Kremlinography” phrase is “close the gap”. If everyone is closing the gap on Yakupov it still means that Yakupov is in the lead. Full marks to everyone for churning the water with such vigor but I remain convinced that the pick remains with the kid who broke Stamkos’ OHL rookie scoring record.

  26. Woodguy says:

    Downright Fierce:
    Woodguy: I don’t. I suppose that is the rub with which we are all struggling. But lots of chatter is saying that Murray “closed the gap” as the year progressed. Murray’s injury happened earlier, his WJC was weaker. This, for me, points to Yaku as the early favourite and, by Toonces’ statement, I’m guessing that he held his lead.

    Agreed.

    Its a bit maddening and is making for lots of fun.

    Also,

    The talking heads are saying that since this UFA class is bereft of depth, it should make for more trades tomorrow and through out the week.

  27. TheOtherJohn says:

    Eagerly await smartest guys in room making their pick tomorrow. Pray it’s not as bad as I fear.

  28. spoiler says:

    Nothing has changed–Katz’s kid still makes the first pick, right?

  29. Gerta Rauss says:

    spoiler:
    Nothing has changed–Katz’s kid still makes the first pick, right?

    Yup-and then he’ll tweet it on his Treenasoil account.

  30. fuzzy muppet says:

    I know I’ll sound like a heretic, but outside of the pretty obvious choices at #1 OV and the Gold strike known as Jordan Eberle, lets remember that the “magnificent” Stu has recommended a ton of prospects at this point, not actual NHL players yet.

    He will lose his “magnificent” title IMO if he botches this GIFT.

  31. Maestro Fresh Mess says:

    Gerta Rauss: Yup-and then he’ll tweet it on his Treenasoil account.

    LOL !!! GOLD JERRY

  32. OilLeak says:

    Well if the Oilers are considering going off the board, they should make a pick that really turn heads. I propose drafting Zemgus Girgensons!

  33. Woodguy says:

    Gerta Rauss: Yup-and then he’ll tweet it on his Treenasoil account.

    Gerta wins the thread going away.

  34. Cactus says:

    SoxandOil: I’m a huge fan of Yak and it would be a glaring mistake to not select him first overall but the KHL flight risk is a terrifying possibility. Every interview I hear a guy who sounds like he hates media attention and its also scary that he refused to answer questions about his injuries. I eagerly dread the draft tomorrow and hope that Nail pulls a oil drop over his head (and that he’s smiling when he does it).

    Doesn’t like the media? That honestly seems to be the consensus forming around Murray, who comes across as quiet. Yakupov seems to have been showboating all week. Yak does seem to get frustrated when he keeps getting asked about the KHL and injuries – but wouldn’t you if you were asked stupid questions 100 times over 14 days?

    As for the KHL thing, I’m so tired of hearing about it. It’s the definition of a straw man, when you’re talking about a player like Yakupov or Galchenyuk (or even, in my mind, Grigorenko). When Ovechkin, Malkin or Datsyuk leave good NHL contracts and head to Russia, then we can talk about a problem. When the best example is a puke like Radulov, then it’s clear it’s a non-story perpetuated by a 24 hour always-on media that needs narratives, however absurd.

  35. Woodguy says:

    Gerta Rauss: Yup-and then he’ll tweet it on his Treenasoil account.

    You know, DK does have a bit of googly eyes like Garfield.

    Hmmmm.

    Does anyone know Mr. Katz’ opinion on lasagna?

  36. Gerta Rauss says:

    Woodguy,

    I’ve got to give full credit to Ashley-it’s her theory(I’m pretty sure it was Ashley, it was months ago)

    That “garnishing” comment the other day made it even more plausible in my eyes..that’s exactly the type of verbal slip up a 15 year old boy would make.

  37. commonfan14 says:

    Even with a massive step forward, the team is still going to pick like 16th at worst next year, right?

    Let the scouts be geniuses with that pick and find a franchise defenseman.

  38. Lowetide says:

    So, I’ve been calling a 15 year old boy Fussy Britches? I should have stuck with the 8-tracks and foolscap.

  39. Gerta Rauss says:

    Daren Millard tweets

    Hearing #coyotes have put yandle back In play. He was available for the right price @ the deadline. Deal is close. #sndraft

    Not sure what to make of that-nice player but he’s already getting paid…and he’s not OEL.

  40. dawgtoy says:

    Daren Millard
    6/21/12 8:47 PM
    Hearing #coyotes have put yandle back In play. He was available for the right price @ the deadline. Deal is close.

    Come on Tambellini!!!

  41. Gerta Rauss says:

    Lowetide,

    I think we were all fooled by the little dress she wears.

    It’s an interesting theory however…makes sense on a lot of levels.

  42. Henry says:

    commonfan14,

    If Yandle is really in play maybe they can trade next year’s first for a superb dman soon.

  43. dawgtoy says:

    The Oilers Report
    6/21/12 9:20 PM
    On a side note, Ryan Whitney and Keith Yandle are good friends with Boston connections.

    Who knew?

  44. Captain Obvious says:

    Yandle would be awesome. With the obvious exceptions of the big four, any trade involving him would be a great trade. Unfortunately the Oilers don’t have anything other than the big four.

  45. Blackbyrd says:

    I’m kind of surprised that I haven’t read this theory anywhere else. Obviously, I wouldn’t expect to see this kind of speculation in mainstream media, but on a blog, sure.

    Anyway, I honestly think that the reason the Oiler’s brass might be hesitating to pick Yak – and I do think that they’re hesitating – is because he’s Muslim. He’s not a hardline Muslim; he talks about multiple girlfriends, for example, but he is most definitely Muslim.

    Now, should this factor into the selection criteria? In my opinion, of course not. But I’m not so sure that it doesn’t. This is perhaps an unfair generalization, but in my experience, there tends to be a lot of intolerance amongst hockey players (mostly homophobia, but there are a lot of people in this country that dislike, or at the very least, distrust Muslims). I’m not so sure that it’s all that different at the higher levels, and if that is the case, then there are likely a handful of guys in the Oil locker room that wouldn’t like the idea of going to battle with a Muslim alongside them.

    Again, completely idle and baseless speculation on my part, but if the whole indecisiveness the Oilers are showing isn’t just misdirection, I can’t come up with another reason to not go for a guy that, to me, seems like a slam-dunk pick at #1 overall.

  46. commonfan14 says:

    Blackbyrd,

    Bah – Rick Vaughn liked playing with Ceranno, and he was into freaking voodoo.

  47. Gerta Rauss says:

    Gare Joyce on Yak vs Galch and winger vs center.

  48. Lowetide says:

    Blackbyrd: I’ve been looking for a reason all spring.

  49. GordM says:

    I hate to sound opportunistic…but my favourite extract from Burke’s interview on TSN tonight:

    “…our intelligence is pretty limited…”

    Truer words have never been spoken!

  50. regwald says:

    LT,

    I’ve been behind on my blog reading – damn work getting in the way. Has anyone mentioned that your buddy Brule was not qualified by Phoenix ? Saw it on twitter earlier in the week.

  51. Gerta Rauss says:

    regwald,

    They are clearing cap space for the Pouliot contract.

  52. Lowetide says:

    Sadly, Pouliot is off to France of some damn thing. This has forced me to put off my ahhh-HAH! post for another year. But it’s beauty, baby!

  53. gogliano says:

    What would a fair trade for Yandle be?

    He’d certainly be a fantastic addition. Also worth noting that he got a backloaded contract (slightly) — if PHX is trying to save cash they might want to offload him and pick up contracts with lower salaries and higher cap hits to make the cap floor. 25 years old and he has played 82 games 3 seasons in a row–a huge plus for a top pairing guy.

    cap hit is 5.25 and his salary still owed is 5, 5.25, 5.5, 5.75.

    Makes a ton of sense if PHX is shopping him. Yandle + J. Schultz would be a massive overhaul if they could pull it off.

  54. Lowetide says:

    I like Yandle. Thus, the Oilers will never trade for him.

  55. Gerta Rauss says:

    You’ve gotta think the price for Yandle starts with our first round pick-I’m not sure how much more it would take–and that assumes you think the Oilers need to add more. Phoenix is loaded on D so I’m assuming they are looking for scoring/forwards.

  56. regwald says:

    Tambo is too busy playing Yahtzee with K-Lowe and MacT to see who gets to call out the #1 pick tomorrow instead of trying to improve his hockey team.

    Yandle would be a great pick up.

  57. PDO says:

    Lowetide:
    I like Yandle. Thus,the Oilers will never trade for him.

    You liked Cole too, no?

    They would just make him play out of position. C seems like a likely role after they trade Gagner for futures. I mean, he can skate and he can pass… it’s a natural position for him!

  58. DBO says:

    MPS and our 2nd plus one of the d prospects. Add Yakupov and Yandle and Schultz and Tambo just got a passing grade. Lot to give up but it is worth it.

  59. Captain Obvious says:

    Gerta Rauss:
    You’ve gotta think the price for Yandle starts with our first round pick-I’m not sure how much more it would take–and that assumes you think the Oilers need to add more. Phoenix is loaded on D so I’m assuming they are looking for scoring/forwards.

    Starts with our pick? You are out of your mind. I absolutely love Yandle but he isn’t anywhere near worth the first overall pick in the draft. The first overall pick in the draft is the one of the most valuable commodities in hockey.

    The most important rule is that you aren’t trading players, you are trading contracts. I think Yandle is the best Dman on the Coyotes but he doesn’t have the best contract.

    MPS, 2nd round pick, and Musil for Yandle. Something like that. Though I suspect it would take Hemsky or Gagner + some other goodies.

  60. Gerta Rauss says:

    Captain Obvious,

    I agree-I wouldn’t trade the first rounder either. My comment was more of what Phoenix would be asking for.
    I really doubt MPS and picks/prospects get it done-D are at a premium and a lot of other teams would be able to outbid that.

    Phoenix needs scoring now.

  61. DeadmanWaking says:

    I’m going to begin by mentioning something most people don’t grasp. In a rising population (almost the whole of recorded human history) large families started as soon as you can feed them (sweet sixteen) are a plus Darwinian strategy. Why would you choose bonds bearing 150% interest over thirty years when you can realize the same gain on a fifteen year term? In a slowly contracting population (very little of this in recorded history) minus 50% over forty years beats minus 50% over twenty repeated twice: marry as late as possible and hope to ride it out. If recorded civilization predated the Younger Dryas the tortoise vs the hare would have come down to us as glaciers vs fleas. As it stands, we fear fleas more than glaciers.

    There’s no question Yak has the most to offer on the asset side of the ledger. Humans tend to fixate on assets due to this quirk of recorded history that scribbling civs only boom. I think Yak is the BDA and I expect to see Yak selected, but I’m certainly not betting the Belgium triple IPA I consumed at the pub tonight (first I’ve ever heard of Flemish Calcutta, but it sure went down nice). I call it a “quirk” because of the 3000 year aberration in the Law of the Spinning Wheel: what goes up, must come down. I would not plan against a comeback tour of blood, sweat, and tears (though not so promptly in the present scale that I would bulk out my RRSP with tinfoil futures). Even bunnies get the blues.

    Long ago Freeman Dyson wrote a tiny book about the origin of life where he suggested that at the very beginning, spontaneous life was symmetrical with spontaneous death. The chemical accident could go either way. As the system became more complex, life became a gentle slope while death became an increasingly sharp cliff (a return ticket costs you a prominent groaning). In Dyson’s account, risk and reward haven’t seen eye to eye since the first lipid membrane. Breasts now, pustules later: we’re wired for glory–especially as young adults. Mostly people don’t divide on clear thinking on D-1 day. The major division falls along the coefficient of glory.

    On another note, TJ is at it again: Signs point to Krueger as Oilers head coach. I’m with Woodguy on giving Krueger a spin, to recall his comment when it was first proposed seriously.

    I was thinking how to mix a TJ cocktail when I awoke this morning: 40% Norman Rockwell, 25% Peter Gzowski, 25% Rush Limbaugh, 10% Judge Judy. If the sad sacks forgot their lunch pails for three consecutive home games, there weren’t enough square nails in all of ancient Rome to make amends. I had to stop reading TJ altogether at the end of the MacT era. He could really harsh a guy’s mellow. It’s his Gzowski-like persistence and access that won him his HOF status, plus his signature Rockwell glow when he lays it on. Later in the same week he’ll do the Limbaugh limbo and harsh a player not half so badly as he knows his readership will presume from his tone. He never waves a red flag in front of a bull, but conveniently hangs it from a conspicuous rail on a gusty day. Not my cup of tea. We all know there’s a segment in oil town easily roused. I wonder if Poti ever recovered from his paranoia about twisting ropes, garden pails, oranges, eggs, and severed equines. Not that I recall if TJ ever wrote a bad word about the serial whipping boy (imagine the horror show when we’re on the other side of that trade at some point over the next two years).

    Back in the 1980s you could know stuff if you bothered to care, but you couldn’t spread yourself too thin. In some ways you could get quite a lot deeper into your chosen subject matter with fewer distractions. Thirty years later its entirely by choice: wide and shallow, narrow and deep, or any combination thereof. TJ strikes me as a man who learned his chops back when movies like Sybil were all the rage. Versatile, it used to be termed. Bruce never gives you that versatile feeling. He always manages to write as if no other story was possible, with a tone of visceral inevitability. Now that the modern world has titrated the tidbits down to at most one raisin per scoop, I find we need more Bruce and less TJ du jour (Firefox cocked a snook at “titrated” and suggested “tit-rated” instead; [sad face] why can’t I have a spelling checker that cheerfully intones “heaven knows what the notably blunt Australians call it” on my first attempt with snoot?)

    Christopher Hitchens reported only one major glitch in his lifelong friendship with Martin Amis (which some people parse more closely than they ought to). Hitch hated sports and could never find it in himself to understand why grown men gravitate to yesterday’s scores. The thing is, Hitch had balcony seats for all the shenanigans in Belfast, Beirut, Bombay, Belgrade, Bethlehem and Baghdad. He parsed Andropov, not Antropov. I just don’t have the energy to master such a large fish bowl (to name only the B’s). Sports is morsel of pride and intrigue that an ordinary man can actually chew.

    When Andropov gained power he was known yet unknown. Anyone else remember?

    His appointment was received in the West with apprehension, in view of his roles in the KGB and in Hungary. At the time his personal background was a mystery in the West, with major newspapers printing detailed profiles of him that were inconsistent and in many cases fabricated. … Andropov’s legacy remains the subject of much debate in Russia and elsewhere, both among scholars and in the popular media. … Gorby: In a way I always thought Andropov was the most dangerous of all of them, simply because he was smarter than the rest.

    Tomorrow we will know, but also we won’t. Yak will take a longer to figure out than the transcendent Nuge.

  62. franksterra says:

    i would think Yandle-bidding starts at Gagner or Hemsky, 2nd rounder (32nd ov), premium D-prospect not named Oscar, hopefully a Martin.

  63. Woodguy says:

    Yandle’s a soft killer like Lubo.

    Not enough soft minutes to go around as it is, even less if they sign J. Shultz.

    EDM needs a Mihalek/Bouwmeester type. Tough first pairing.

    Future softs will be handed to the Gernat, Marincins etc as they come up.

    I like Yandle a lot, but he’s not what they need.

  64. russ99 says:

    Finally, all this speculation will be over, regardless of the player…

    Sad that here in the States, they’re putting the draft on the NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) that few non-Comcast subscribers gets… gonna have to hunt for a feed.

  65. gogliano says:

    I also need to find a feed, if anyone finds one please post.

  66. UnjustEnrichment says:

    I’m hoping for a trade-down and Reinhart.

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