|July 4 9:34 AM PT10:34 AM MT11:34 AM CT12:34 PM ET16:34 GMT0:34 9:34 AM MST11:34 AM EST20:34 UAE12:34 ETNaN:� BRT - The Avalanche signed Yakupov to a one-year contract Tuesday.
Analysis: The former top overall pick had been an unrestricted free agent after not receiving a qualifying offer from the Blues, for whom he had just nine points in 40 games last season. "Nail is a young, skilled winger who will add depth to our lineup," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. Sakic hopes to revive Yakupov's career after being a big disappointment since Edmonton picked him No. 1 overall in 2012.
|June 26 4:02 PM PT5:02 PM MT6:02 PM CT7:02 PM ET23:02 GMT7:02 4:02 PM MST6:02 PM EST3:02 UAE (+1)19:02 ETNaN:� BRT - The St. Louis Blues opted against extending a qualifying offer to Yakupov on Monday, making the top overall pick of the 2012 draft an unrestricted free agent.
Analysis: Yakupov collected just nine points (three goals, six assists) in 40 games last season after spending four years with the Edmonton Oilers.