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08-16-2014, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Aequitas View Post
And? It's work, there is no reason to expect or require everyone to be friends. Just because they don't hang out together doesn't mean thy can't be proffessionals and play well. It almost feels like fans of the oilers are treating the core like their kids and want them to all be friends and play nice. They are grown men and elite level talents. If they couldn't separate their off ice and on ice lives they wouldn't be where they are now
Not everybody needs to be buddies off the ice, that's true. What we did see at times last year that was pretty disturbing was players ignoring Yakupov on the ice and at times seemingly refusing to pass to him. There were also instances where Yakupov scored and players didn't look happy about it. It was strange to see and sparked conversations in the post game threads. For whatever reason this team looked very dysfunctional on the ice for very long stretches last year. It's because of that people wonder if there's some kind of rift involving players in the room. This team has had rumors of this kind of behavior for years. We aren't in there so nobody knows for sure but as long as the team plays like that the speculation will remain.

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