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09-18-2012, 02:43 PM
kaiser matias
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RIA Novosti, the Russian state news agency, is saying Yakupov's KHL future should be decided Wednesday:

KHL: Yakupov's Lockout Fate 'to be Decided Wednesday'

The lockout fate of the NHL's No. 1 draft pick Nail Yakupov will be decided Wednesday, an official with the Russian team trying to sign him told R-Sport on Tuesday.

Yakupov's Edmonton Oilers said it had assigned the 18-year-old forward to the Sarnia Sting, a Canadian major junior team, where he racked up 170 points in 107 games before being drafted in June.

But Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk, the KHL team where Yakupov spent his formative years, insisted that was still far from being a done deal.

“Negotiations with Yakupov’s agent and the team are still being held. Let’s wait for one more day,” general director Rafik Yakubov told R-Sport.

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