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10-14-2013, 10:29 PM
Joey Moss
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Just checking in after hearing about these rumors. I know it's an easy stereotype with Russian players but Yak is far from a selfish player. He hasn't exactly had any opportunity whatsoever yet, even throughout pre-season he was getting games with 3rd and 4th liners for the most part. He's more like OV than Radulov. Loves scoring goals, loves seeing his team score and wants to win. In interviews he'll always put the team's success ahead of his personal success. He hasn't been good so far this year but Eakins has him sitting out because he's trying to do too much on his own, which was the direct quote. Problem is, he's stapled to Ryan Smyth and really doesn't have much to work with. His defense is horrible, and needs to improve but I don't think that's the reason. Honestly, most Oilers fans and a lot of the media were pissed when hearing he was scratched. It was a horrible decision, frankly.

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