Oilers Rumors & News

  • Draisaitl a good compliment to McDavid

    Edmonton Sun "You can win with only one star centre, like Jonathan Toews in Chicago, and fill in the blanks. But the path becomes easier when you have two. So as other worldly as Connor McDavid is, still several months from leaving his teenage years, it helps that he has Leon Draisaitl to cause some..." December 11

  • Wild defeat Oilers to extend winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- If you like watching lopsided hockey, you will have little interest in the Minnesota Wild these days. If you like nail-biters, the Wild are the team for you. On Friday night, Jason Pominville, Chris Stewart and Eric Staal scored in a six-round shootout as the Wild..." December 10

  • Connor McDavid finds his voice

    Sportsnet "For those who have lamented Connor McDavid’s refusal to “let the hockey world in” when speaking to the cameras and microphones, complain no longer. It seems he has found his voice this week. It started in Edmonton last Sunday night when McDavid took on the concussion spotter in New York who..." December 10

  • McDavid accuses ‘classless’ Manning of injuring him on purpose

    Pro Hockey Talk "Connor McDavid is usually as bland in interviews as he is exhilarating on the ice. Maybe you just need to rattle his cage like Brandon Manning apparently did during Thursday’s eventual Flyers win. The accusation is serious: McDavid believes that Manning injured him on purpose during that..." December 09

  • Wayne Gretzky says Sidney Crosby best in league now

    ESPN "The start to Connor McDavid's season has been so impressive for the Edmonton Oilers that he's ignited a debate among hockey fans as to whether or not he's emerged as the game's best player. In just his second season, McDavid leads the league in points with 36. He has the Oilers in first place..." December 09

  • Flyers rally past Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Flyers are scoring and allowing goals at an alarming clip and on Thursday night Michael Raffl made the last shot count. Raffl finished off a furious comeback by scoring the game-winning goal with 1:29 remaining to give Philadelphia a wild 6-5 victory over the..." December 08

  • Ristolainen's OT goal helps Sabres squeak past Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "BUFFALO, N.Y. -- After countless broken sticks, the Buffalo Sabres harped on Rasmus Ristolainen to get back to using his booming shot. On Tuesday, the defenseman delivered the goods. Ristolainen scored 57 seconds into overtime to lead the Buffalo Sabres to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton..." December 06

  • McDavid, Crosby, Price and Kane lead All-Star voting through first week

    Pro Hockey Talk "Voting for the 2017 NHL All-Star game has been underway for more than a week now, and on Tuesday afternoon the league announced the early leaders from each division. The game, which will take place in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, will feature the same format as last year’s game with the four..." December 06

  • Connor McDavid's Anger Shows The NHL's Concussion Protocol Working Like It Should

    Deadspin "When a league’s concussion protocol works like it’s intended, players will get mad. There’s no way around it. Connor McDavid, the Oilers’ young star, was yanked off the ice after hitting his head in last night’s home loss to Minnesota, and he was pissed. The NHL’s concussion spotters were..." December 06

  • Koivu's OT goal lifts Wild past Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- In three of their previous four road games, the Minnesota Wild lost in either overtime or a shootout. They went to OT again Sunday at Rogers Place but came out with a 2-1 win this time, thanks to Mikko Koivu's overtime winner. The veteran center scored the winner..." December 05

  • McDavid’s removal sure to spark concussion spotter debate

    Sportsnet "Hockey’s reigning king, Sidney Crosby, is in many ways an eggshell, always one errant elbow or clumsy fall away from months and months on the Injured Reserve. It’s sounds harsh but it is hockey’s reality: The sport’s best player is what hockey people refer to as “a concussion guy.” Crosby, our..." December 05

  • Draisaitl, Oilers defeat Ducks in OT

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- A breathless overtime began with a Ducks power play, and finished with an Oilers goal. Leon Draisaitl scored with 1:44 left in the extra frame to lift the Oilers to a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. Because the Ducks began the overtime with a..." December 04

  • Nurse out long term with lower-body injury

    Edmonton Journal "This just just in from Oilers announcer Bob Stauffer: “With Nurse out Oilers D: Sekera-Benning Klefbom-Fayne Russell-Larsson.” The Edmonton Sun’s Rob Tychkowski tweeted: “McLellan said Nurse’s injury is lower body, happened in Winnipeg. And he is out long term.” In his press conference, coach..." December 03

  • NHLPA expected to reject offer to extend CBA for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL’s verbal offer of a three-year extension to the collective bargaining agreement in exchange for Olympic participation has been rejected by the NHLPA. If NHL players are going to participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, it’s not likely to come by way of extending the collective..." December 02

  • NHL Eyeing Exhibition Game In China; Continues History Of International Play

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to TSN’s NHL Insider Darren Dreger, the NHL is expected to play an exhibition game in China next season. While the NHL is easily the most nationally diverse of the “Big Four” North American sports leagues and has a history of playing international games, this would be their first foray..." December 02

  • Oilers' power play too much for Jets

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The 1980s broke out at the MTS Centre on Thursday night and just like they did during their glory days, the Edmonton Oilers broke the hearts of the Winnipeg Jets, this time with a convincing 6-3 victory. NHL scoring leader Connor McDavid led the way with the new..." December 01

  • Rangers remain NHL’s most valuable team, according to Forbes

    Pro Hockey Talk "The New York Rangers have widened the gap atop the annual list of the NHL’s most valuable teams. According to Forbes, the Rangers’ franchise value has risen four percent in the last year to $1.25 billion. Meanwhile, the NHL’s second-most valuable team, the Montreal Canadiens, fell five percent..." December 01

  • Maple Leafs manhandle Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Toronto Maple Leafs might be the worst road team in the NHL, but they began their trip through Western Canada in convincing fashion Tuesday, dumping the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 at Rogers Place. "We went out there and it probably wasn't our prettiest win, but we're very..." November 30

  • Alex Ovechkin is on track to break Wayne Gretzky's career goals record

    ESPN "Almost seven years ago, I first wrote that I thought it was possible/plausible that Alex Ovechkin could one day pass Wayne Gretzky's 894 career goals total, which was previously thought to be unreachable. Ovechkin was 24 at the time. Ovechkin was at ESPN to film his "This Is SportsCenter"..." November 29

  • McGinn helps Coyotes win with late goal

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- Jamie McGinn scored the winning goal with 3:44 left in regulation as the Arizona Coyotes continued their mastery over the Edmonton Oilers. The 2-1 victory extended the Coyotes' run of success against Edmonton to 25 straight games without a loss in regulation..." November 27

  • McDavid, Kucherov and Crosby only players on pace for 90 points so far

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s check in on the NHL scoring race and see where things are headed a quarter of the way through the 2016-17 season. At this point, the Art Ross Trophy still seems to be Connor McDavid‘s to lose as long as he stays in the lineup. Thanks to his 10th goal of the season on Friday night in..." November 27

  • Coyotes edge Oilers in shootout

    The Sports Xchange "GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It defies logic, but even a last-place Arizona Coyotes team was able to continue their mastery over the Pacific Division-leading Edmonton Oilers Friday night at Gila River Arena. Oliver Ekmann-Larsson scored the game winner in a shootout and Mike Smith logged 32 saves as..." November 26

  • Craig Cunningham has 'progressed a lot': Milan Lucic

    NHL.com "Friends for a decade and teammates at two stops in their hockey career, Milan Lucic has been seeking constant updates on Craig Cunningham's condition since learning that he collapsed on the ice before an American Hockey League game in Tucson on Nov. 19. So, with his Edmonton Oilers landing in..." November 26

  • Four-goal third period pushes Oilers past Avs

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Semyon Varlamov got the best of Connor McDavid in the second period, but the Colorado Avalanche goalie couldn't stop the Edmonton Oilers' 19-year-old sensation all night. McDavid had one of four Edmonton goals in the third period, including the winner early in the period, and the..." November 24

  • Official NHL expansion draft exempt list contains surprises

    Sportsnet "The Vegas Golden Knights officially have a name and they’re starting to get a better sense of who will be off limits when the expansion draft is conducted in June. Sportsnet has obtained a memo distributed from the NHL to its 30 teams on Tuesday night, which outlines the 66 players currently..." November 24

  • Vegas Golden Knights introduced as NHL's 31st franchise

    TSN "These Knights will be Golden. As gold confetti blasted into Sin City’s neon-drenched night sky, owner Bill Foley dubbed the NHL’s 31st franchise the Golden Knights, finally giving the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home a name and identity. The Vegas Golden Knights..." November 23

  • Talbot, Oilers shut out Blackhawks

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- After years of being tormented by their longtime nemesis from Chicago, the Edmonton Oilers gained a measure of revenge Monday with a 5-0 victory at Rogers Place Arena. Goaltender Cam Talbot made 31 saves for the shutout as the Oilers beat Chicago for just the third time..." November 22

  • The Post-Burns Free Agent Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Unlike the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos saga of this past summer, the San Jose Sharks have spared hockey fans the drama and re-signed the top free agent on the market well before the trade rumors or free agency speculation could begin. Brent Burns inked an eight-year, $64MM extension..." November 22

  • Vegas NHL team finally unveils name tonight

    TSN "The NHL’s 31st franchise will unveil its name tonight with all the glitz and glitter you’d expect in Sin City. Owner Bill Foley will pull back the curtain on a tightly-kept secret with help from Cirque Du Soleil performers in a posh party outside T-Mobile Arena, just steps off the famous Las..." November 22

  • NHL team nicknames explained

    NHL.com "Five months after being awarded an expansion franchise, Las Vegas owner Bill Foley will announce the name of his team Tuesday. There has been plenty of speculation around what the team will be called, but that will end Tuesday when Foley not only reveals the team name, but likely explains what..." November 22

  • Oilers stacking up nicely at quarter mark of the season

    Sportsnet "At the season’s quarter pole, the Edmonton Oilers find themselves atop the Pacific Division with 23 points, tied with the St. Louis Blues for second in the Western Conference. In their 20th game of the season, they met up with a Chicago Blackhawks team that was 8-1-1 in its past 10..." November 22

  • McDavid's first hat trick halts Oilers' 5-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Connor McDavid registered his first career NHL hat trick to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 5-2 victory against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center on Saturday. McDavid scored his first goals in 11 games as the Oilers snapped a five-game losing streak. "Three pretty..." November 19

  • McKenzie outlines critical issues in NHL-NHLPA escrow battle

    Fanrag Sports "Escrow. CBA. Lawyers. Ugh. No thanks. Anybody want to talk about politics instead? There may not be a more mind-numbingly awful subject to discuss for hockey fans than escrow. Truly. We’d generally rather devour a tasty dessert of trade rumors, but escrow and the CBA are the vegetables..." November 19

  • Slumping Oilers waive Lander

    Edmonton Journal "Is it three strikes and you’re out for Anton Lander? For the third time in three years the Edmonton Oilers have placed the Swedish centre on waivers. Twice he survived that process and found a new lease on life with the Oil, but ultimately he hasn’t made himself indispensible enough to survive an..." November 19

  • Kings beat Oilers to end 4-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings snapped their losing streak while extending the Edmonton Oilers' skid. Jeff Carter scored the go-ahead goal in the second period, and the Kings ended a four-game slide with a 4-2 victory over the Oilers on Thursday night at Staples Center. Devin..." November 18

  • Wayne Gretzky to appear on The Simpsons in December

    Sportsnet "One of Canada’s most iconic athletes is joining the long list of legendary athletes to lend their voice (and likeness) to The Simpsons. Sportsnet has learned that “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky, will guest star on the Dec. 4th episode. “He’s smart, funny and we felt like (Gretzky) must have..." November 17

  • Gibson, Ducks shut down Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "ANAHEIM, Calif. -- After disparate starts, the surging Anaheim Ducks and the struggling Edmonton Oilers are tied atop the Pacific Division. John Gibson made a season-high 33 saves and Ryan Kesler scored his team-leading seventh goal in the Ducks' 4-1 win over the Oilers on Tuesday night in..." November 16

  • NHL, Stakeholders Discuss Possible Change To Draft Age

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Could the NHL change the draft age from 18 to 19? TSN’s Bob McKenzie spoke about the possibility on Tuesday night’s edition of Insider Trading. Former third-overall-pick Pat LaFontaine is leading a group of stakeholders that includes the NHL, NHLPA, CHL, USHL, Hockey Canada, USA Hockey, and..." November 16

  • NHL has new meetings to discuss participation in 2018 Olympics

    Chicago Tribune "NHL meetings are set for this week to discuss whether the league will participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. League officials will meet with the International Ice Hockey Federation in New York on Wednesday. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the NHL hopes to learn if any traction has..." November 16

  • NHL Will Not Market Individual Rivalries or Players Because It's a Team Sport

    The Comeback "The NHL is done marketing individual rivalries. Speaking to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca, NHL Deputy Commissioner said the league is not marketing individual rivalries among players because “our sport is the ultimate team sport.” That’s a crock of BS for multiple reasons. First of all,..." November 15

  • Is NHL participation in 2018 Olympics really what’s best for hockey?

    Sportsnet "Wednesday’s meeting in New York City involving the NHL, its players and the IIHF to discuss involvement in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games will resolve nothing. There will be no grandiose statements, fireworks and the singing of “We are the World”. What we will hear is that the nearly 20 million..." November 15

  • Grabner scores twice as Rangers top Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- The New York Rangers proved that rest can sometimes be overrated. Playing their second game in as many nights Sunday, the Rangers completed a season sweep of the Edmonton Oilers. New York scored 1:20 after the opening faceoff and never looked back, posting a 3-1..." November 14

  • Oilers keep showing up late to the party

    Edmonton Sun "Hockey games are won over 60 minutes but they can be lost before the fans have their first beer. Exhibit No 1: the Edmonton Oilers. “I think we’ve had seven games where we’ve given up a goal in the first two or three minutes,” said Oilers coach Todd McLellan. “Certainly four of the last six..." November 13

  • Why Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ limited offence shouldn’t be a concern

    Sportsnet "When the Edmonton Oilers drafted Connor McDavid, the assumption for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was that he would greatly benefit from avoiding opposing team’s top checkers. However, last season ended up being a pretty big disappointment for him, struggling with injuries and seeing his point production..." November 13

  • Milan Lucic is still finding his way through first month of season

    Edmonton Sun "For those who thought Milan Lucic would have 10 goals by now and he’d have beat the beejeebers out of anybody who looked askance at captain Connor McDavid, time to chill. To borrow a favourite line from the NHL coaching fraternity; “It’s all a process.” Which is why Lucic has played as much..." November 13

  • Stars hand Oilers second straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff said it was the best defensive performance his team has put in all year. Antoine Roussel scored the game winner as the Stars emerged with a 3-2 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Lauri Korpikoski and Patrick Eaves got the..." November 12

  • How good is Connor McDavid on the defensive side of the puck?

    Sportsnet "While it was expected that Connor McDavid would dominate offensively as soon as he entered the NHL, the more surprising aspect of his play as an 18-year-old rookie last year was that he had a lot of poise without the puck as well. When I did my breakdown of the NHL’s top-20 centres, McDavid ended..." November 11

  • NHL, PA among groups meeting about Olympics

    TSN "The NHL and NHLPA are just two of the groups set to meet next week to discuss the NHL's involvement at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger. THe IIHF as well as USA Hockey and Hockey Canada will also meet in New York City next week. The..." November 10

  • Performance against Sidney Crosby a sign of great things to come for Connor McDavid

    ESPN "McDavid is just getting started: Pittsburgh Penguins forward Conor Sheary might have stolen the show with his two goals in the team's 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers. But make no mistake: Connor McDavid proved once again that he can play with the best in the world -- as in, the Pittsburgh..." November 09

  • Sheary leads Penguins' rally vs. Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Connor McDavid got all the points in his first head-to-head matchup with Sidney Crosby. Thanks to Conor Sheary, the Pittsburgh Penguins got the all-important two points. Sheary scored his second goal of the game with 1:42 remaining, and the Penguins overcame the Edmonton..." November 08