With the NHL lockout looming, players have been having a hard time on what they will do with no hockey for at least until late December, early January if a new CBA is resolved. The players have to make a choice on what they will do, stay home and keep in shape, play in the AHL or travel and play in Europe.
On saturday morning, the Edmonton Oilers made a decision to send down 26 of their players. As apart of the 26 players sent down were Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Magnus Paajarvi, Justin Schultz and 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov. Schultz who signed with the Oilers earlier this offseason, went into free agency marked down as the best player not currently in the NHL and was ready to join the Oilers this season.
It may come to a surprise that Eberle was sent down and Taylor Hall was not. The Oilers made a statement saying Hall was still marked down as being injured. With Yakupov being sent down to his junior team Sarnia, the 18 year old future star is set to go play in his home country of Russia in the KHL. Tambellini should be worried about Yakupov's move as he may not want to come back to North America and stay to play in Russia after the Lockout ends and a new CBA is resolved.
The NHL lockout officialy starts tonight "September 15th" at 12:01 am as the old NHL CBA expires. NHL fans be ready for a long wait and tough time with no Hockey for now.
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