Oilers Rumors & News

  • Oilers, Leon Draisaitl would be beyond foolish to part ways

    Sportsnet "The most telling pressure points for me, when it comes to Leon Draisaitl’s protracted contract negotiations with the Edmonton Oilers, is this: Why on earth would the player ever want to play elsewhere? And why would the team ever allow him to do so? On what other team would Draisaitl be able..." August 15

  • Oilers’ Yamamoto learning from Tyler Johnson in quest to reach NHL

    Sportsnet "Though he checks in at just five-foot-eight and 153 pounds, Edmonton Oilers prospect Kailer Yamamoto is thinking big. The Spokane, Wash., native is fresh off of signing his first NHL contract after being selected 22nd overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, and while Yamamoto has been dominating at the..." August 12

  • Oilers sign 2017 1st-round pick Yamamoto to entry-level deal

    Edmonton Sun "The Edmonton Oilers have locked up their top pick in this summer’s NHL Draft. On Thursday, the Oilers announced they signed forward Kailer Yamamoto to a three-year entry-level contract. Yamamoto was selected by the Oilers 22nd overall in the 2017 Draft. He took part in the club's rookie..." August 11

  • Edmonton Oilers hire Vaclav Burda as director of European scouting

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have hired Vaclav Burda as their director of European scouting. It’s a role he’s held with the Ottawa Senators since 2008. The native of Prague, Czech Republic, played professional hockey in Europe for 12 years, mostly with Sparta Praha of the Czech Elite League." August 04

  • Ryan Strome familiar with McDavid, fan of Oilers’ playing style

    Sportsnet "Halfway through the summer, it’s easy to understand if Ryan Strome still feels like he has a skate in two worlds. Six weeks ago, on the eve of the NHL Draft, Strome was traded for the first time in his pro career. And even when the star of your new team is close with your entire family, it..." August 04

  • McDavid remains grounded despite Oilers success

    NHL.com "The quote Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid gave Wednesday could be a slogan for his entire offseason. "One season doesn't make a career," McDavid said following his on-ice session at the 2017 Power Edge Pro Camp at Scotiabank Pond. The 20-year-old center is entering the final year of..." August 03

  • McLellan excited about addition of ‘utility player’ Strome

    Pro Hockey Talk "To hear Todd McLellan explain it, Ryan Strome could be wearing many hats next season. That’s what the Oilers head coach said on Wednesday of the former Isles forward, acquired earlier this summer in the Jordan Eberle trade. McLellan expressed excitement over Strome’s ability to play both center..." July 27

  • Oilers coach 'confident' Draisaitl will sign

    NHL.com "Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan said Wednesday he isn't concerned that restricted free agent forward Leon Draisaitl remains unsigned. "I'm confident we're going to see Leon in an [Oilers] uniform," McLellan said at a charity golf tournament. "We want him to be there, he wants to be there,..." July 27

  • Connor McDavid ‘really upset’ about missing out on 2018 Olympics

    Sportsnet "The bitterness of the National Hockey League’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics still eats at the league’s reigning MVP. The morning after Hockey Canada announced its management, coaching staff and development plan for its Pyeongchang men’s squad, Connor McDavid refused..." July 26

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Oilers sign defenceman Dillon Simpson to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Dillon Simpson to a one-year deal, the team announced on Sunday. Simpson, 24, recorded 11 points in 53 games for the Bakersfield Condors, the Oilers’ AHL affiliate, this past season." July 16

  • Ex-Oiler Laraque: Tough teammates open space for McDavid's creativity

    Edmonton Journal "“They don’t know anything,” Laraque says, but that’s under-selling contribution of analytics This in from former NHL Georges Laraque, talking to Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now, defending Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic and blasting analytics bloggers who downplay the physical factor in hockey...." July 16

  • Andrew Ference announces retirement after 16 NHL seasons

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference has announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons. Ference, 38, spent the past four seasons with the Oilers, serving as captain from 2013-15. He also spent time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins over his career." July 13

  • Edmonton Oilers Sign Joey LaLeggia

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though his arbitration hearing had been set for July 25th, Joey LaLeggia has reached a contract with the Edmonton Oilers according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The 25-year old has signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K at the NHL level. LaLeggia will almost certainly be a Group VI free..." July 12

  • Oilers sign Yohann Auvitu to 1-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "Former New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu will go on to spend just one season outside the “Big Apple” while becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. As a result, the Edmonton Oilers have since announced that the Western Conference franchise has officially signed Auvitu to a..." July 10

  • Former Oilers forward Anton Lander signs in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was reported back in May that former Edmonton Oilers forward Anton Lander could be on his way to Russia to play in the KHL. On Monday, it became official when Ak-Bars agreed to a two-year deal with the forward. A second-round pick by the team in 2009, Lander spent the past six seasons..." July 10

  • Oilers' Jokinen ready to take Puljujarvi under his wing

    NHL.com "Jussi Jokinen, who signed a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers, is ready to do anything he can to help the team win, including mentoring one of their young players. As a part owner of Karpat in SM-Liiga, Jokinen is very familiar with Jesse Puljujarvi - the Oilers fourth-overall pick in..." July 08

  • Oilers sign Jokinen to one-year deal

    TSN "Jussi Jokinen is joining the Edmonton Oilers. The team announced on Friday that they had signed the veteran Finnish forward to a one-year deal. Jokinen, 34, was bought out by the Florida Panthers late last month. A native of Kalajoki, Finland, Jokinen is heading into his 13th National..." July 07

  • Could Connor McDavid deal affect future contracts for Matthews, Eichel?

    Sportsnet "There’s no young player in the NHL quite like Connor McDavid and that’s why the 20-year-old was just handed a record contract by the Edmonton Oilers. But does his deal have the ability to alter things for players who follow? Jeff Jackson, McDavid’s agent, joined Prime Time Sports on Thursday..." July 07

  • Chiarelli: Stanley Cup was constant discussion point in McDavid negotiations

    The Hockey News "Connor McDavid could have demanded an additional $20 million over his eight-year extension, but instead toed the company line when it comes to loyalty and selflessness. It's what hockey players do. When Connor McDavid’s eight-year extension was announced Wednesday afternoon, much was made of..." July 06

  • How Connor McDavid stacks up against highest-paid athletes in NFL, NBA, MLB

    CBS Sports "The Edmonton Oilers made Connor McDavid the highest-paid player in the NHL on Wednesday with an eight-year, $100 million contract extension, and they did it at a relatively affordable rate considering previous reports had the Hart Trophy winner set to earn as much as $13.25 million per year over..." July 06

  • Connor McDavid signs eight-year extension with Oilers

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have locked up their captain and this past season’s Hart Trophy winner for the foreseeable future. Connor McDavid and the Oilers came to terms on an eight-year, $100-million extension on Wednesday. The new contract comes with a cap hit of $12.5 million. The 20-year-old still..." July 05

  • Analyzing what the Edmonton Oilers should have to pay RFA Leon Draisaitl

    Sportsnet "Leon Draisaitl‘s stunning five-point performance in Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks and his team-leading 16-point performance through Edmonton’s playoff run made a compelling case for himself as the clock ran out on his entry-level contract. Edmonton was one win away from a spot in the Western..." July 05

  • Report: Rangers, Desharnais agree to deal

    TSN "The New York Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with centre David Desharnais, according to Larry Brooks of The New York Post. Desharnais, 30, scored six goals and tallied eight assists over 49 games last season with the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers. The Habs..." July 04

  • Oilers promote Howson to VP of player development

    Edmonton Journal "Scott Howson has been way under the radar the last two years, but he hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Edmonton Oilers are promoting him from his scouting and advisory role to Vice President of Player Development, the position previously held by Kelly Buchberger. “I started talking to Peter about..." July 03

  • Oilers sign defenceman Ryan Stanton to two-way deal

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Ryan Stanton to a two-way deal, according to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. Stanton, 27, has four goals and 23 assists in 120 career NHL games, mostly with the Vancouver Canucks (2013-14, 2014-15). " July 01

  • Oilers sign forward Rattie

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Ty Rattie, according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug. Rattie played five games for the Carolina Hurricanes last season, recording two assists." July 01

  • Benoit Pouliot Waived by Oilers

    CBS Sports "Pouliot was placed on waivers by Edmonton on Thursday in order to buy him out of his contract. The move to buyout Pouliot will save the Oilers $2.6 million over the next two seasons before costing them $1.3 million in cap space from 2019-21. The 30-year-old saw his ice time drop by two minutes..." June 29

  • Former Oiler Dave Semenko passes at 59

    TSN "Two-time Stanley Cup champion Dave Semenko passed away on Thursday at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer. "It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Oilers legend Dave Semenko after a short, but courageous battle with cancer," the Edmonton Oilers said in a statement. "Dave will..." June 29

  • Connor McDavid’s new contract extension makes sense for everyone

    Sportsnet "It isn’t finalized yet, but Connor McDavid’s new deal with the Edmonton Oilers is in the neighbourhood of $13.25 million for eight years. (Neither the Oilers nor McDavid’s agent, Jeff Jackson, would comment.) That’s a win for everyone. Initially, the Oilers worried their captain might only want..." June 28

  • Edmonton Expected To Sign Connor McDavid To Eight-Year Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Edmonton Oiler fans, breathe, Connor McDavid will be around a while. Though it had been rumored that the young superstar would possibly only take a five year deal to get an even bigger payday at a younger age, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet is hearing that the two are closing in on a deal that..." June 28

  • Oilers re-signed Eric Gryba to two-year deal

    Edmonton Sun "Defenceman Eric Gryba has re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers. The 29-year-old, was due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, signed a two-year deal worth $900,000 per season. " June 27

  • Oilers' Zack Kassian: Inks three-year extension with Oilers

    CBS Sports "Kassian has signed a three-year, $5.85 million extension with the Oilers on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Kassian is coming off his second season in Edmonton, where he was able to put up career numbers of 201 hits and 16 blocked shots, while also tallying seven goals and 17 assists." June 26

  • Oilers interested in bringing Gryba back

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers are interested in bringing pending unrestricted free agent defenceman Eric Gryba back to the team next season, according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug. The 29-year-old scored two goals and added four assists over 40 games with the Oilers in 2016-17, his second with the club. Gryba..." June 26

  • Erin Andrews, former NHL player Jarret Stoll get married in Montana

    Sporting News "Some congratulations are in store for Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll. The Fox Sports reporter and the former NHL player tied the knot on Saturday in front of close family and friends, People reported. The wedding took place at sunset in Montana, Andrews' rep confirmed. Interestingly..." June 25

  • Report | Coyotes talking to former Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson

    Fanrag Sports "The Arizona Coyotes recently elected to part ways with head coach Dave Tippett, and the franchise has since been searching for its next leader behind the bench. As result, it appears as though the Coyotes are eying former Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd Nelson. According to a weekend report..." June 25

  • Ryan Strome happy to be joining surging Oilers

    Edmonton Sun "Just about every player who has ever been traded to the Edmonton Oilers has gone on and on about how excited he was to be coming to a young, fast and exciting team. And for a good 10 years there, during one losing season after another, most of them were lying. But as the Oilers embark on a..." June 23

  • Kris Russell contract four-years, $4 million per, modified no trade clause, insiders say

    Edmonton Journal "This in from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug: “Excellent chance Russell and the Oilers finalize a deal today. Expect the range to be 4m x 4 years. Hearing there will be a modified no trade as part of the Russell deal.” And from TSN’s Pierre LeBrun: “Being finalized as we speak…” And from TVA’s Renaud..." June 23

  • Dealing Jordan Eberle has long been necessary for Edmonton Oilers

    Sportsnet "As another player once considered a pillar of the Edmonton Oilers rebuild gets shipped out of town, here’s the kicker: Trading a 25-goal man for 15-goal Ryan Strome is exactly what had to happen. Exactly 51 weeks after the explosive fan favourite Taylor Hall was dealt to the New Jersey Devils..." June 22

  • Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli prepared to match any offer sheet on Leon Draisaitl

    Sportsnet "Offer sheets may not be a tool used by NHL general managers too often these days, but the possibility of one was certainly in the back of Peter Chiarelli’s mind when he dealt away Jordan Eberle and his $6-million salary. With pending restricted free agent Leon Draisaitl coming off a 77-point..." June 22

  • A 'relieved' Jordan Eberle welcomes deal to Islanders, 'a storied franchise'

    Sporting News "Calling his new team a "storied franchise," and new teammate John Tavares "a generational player," Jordan Eberle could not contain his excitement over Thursday's trade in which he was dealt to the New York Islanders from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Strome. "The Islanders are a..." June 22

  • Kris Russell will re-sign with Edmonton Oilers, says NHL insider

    Edmonton Journal "This just in from E.J. Hradek, senior reporter for the NHL Network: “Hearing that D Kris Russell will be re-signing with @EdmontonOilers” Hradek’s tweet follows up on a tweet made by Oilers insider Ryan Rishaug of TSN: “Oilers needed cap space, it was either 93 or 14 to go. Wanted to keep the C..." June 22

  • Oilers trade Eberle to Islanders for Strome

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have dealt forward Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders in exchange for Ryan Strome, the teams confirmed Thursday. Eberle was drafted 22nd overall by Edmonton in 2008, registering 165 goals and 217 assists in 507 career games in seven seasons with the Oilers. The..." June 22

  • Connor McDavid caps breakout season by winning Hart Trophy as league MVP during NHL Awards

    National Post "Connor McDavid said he was worried about his speech. Not necessarily what he was going to say, but just that he was going to have to stand up and say something. “I hate that part,” he said. “I’m not going to be the guy giving the big, long speech. It will be short and brief and..." June 22

  • Oilers' McDavid wins Ted Lindsay Award

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers won the Ted Lindsay Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in the NHL as voted by members of the NHL Players' Association, at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile in Las Vegas on Wednesday. McDavid, 20, led the..." June 22

  • McDavid named NHL 18 cover athlete

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid has been named the EA Sports NHL 18 cover athlete. Announced as part of the NHL Awards Wednesday, this is just one part of what could end up being a big night for the 20-year-old who is also up for the Hart and Ted Lindsay Trophies. “Representing NHL..." June 22

  • Golden Knights talking with UFA D Russell

    TSN "The Vegas Golden Knights are in preliminary discussions with pending unrestricted free agent defenceman Kris Russell, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. LeBrun notes that nothing is close to getting done with the veteran blueliner at the moment and adds that Vegas will check in with..." June 19

  • Milan Lucic, general manager? Big winger has big executive aspirations

    Vancouver Sun "Milan Lucic could be Connor McDavid’s left winger sometime this season. He could also be his boss years down the road, too. Lucic, who signed with the Edmonton Oilers as a free agent last summer in part for the opportunity to play alongside young star McDavid, admits that he has aspirations of..." June 19

  • Could Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens swing a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-for-Alex Galchenyuk deal?

    Edmonton Sun "With Jonathan Drouin off to the Montreal Canadiens in the blockbuster National Hockey League trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Habs now have a glut of wingers — unless they think Alex Galchenyuk is a centre or Drouin can play there. The jury’s very much out on Galchenyuk, the third..." June 17

  • Oilers sign RFA Khaira to two-year deal

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Jujhar Khaira to a two-year contract extension. Khaira was scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer. He played in 10 games with the Oilers this season, scoring one goal. The 22-year-old owns one goal and two assists in 25 games with the..." June 16