Well, that didn’t go as planned, did it? The agent didn’t say a word, the coach got it right and the GM was on target in his avail–the player? Well, he’s 20.
Joanne Ireland has the EJ article, the money quote is here:
- Yakupov: “I don’t see any trust (in) me now because I play lower and lower minutes. I just want to try to help my team win every game … but I don’t have much chance to do that. It’s pretty hard to watch the game from the bench when my teammates are fighting for the puck, fighting for points. I know I can do the same thing.”
There are other really telling quotes in there, it’s a worthwhile read. My take is this: he’s 20, he’s frustrated and he’s more alone than he should be at this point. I think the Oilers have handled this fairly well (as well as you can handle dynamite) and that the agent will handle his player better (Larionov should not have spoken yesterday, and he should not have allowed Yakupov to speak to the media without notes and prep today). Nail: less is more, less is more, less is more, less is more.
I’m hopeful he can overcome this, but less hopeful than this morning. When the doorbell rings and you open it to 11 television cameras:
Shut the door.