Oilers Rumors & News

  • Don’t panic? McDavid can’t save Oilers once again

    Pro Hockey Talk "Things are about as ugly for the Edmonton Oilers right now as this stomp by Dallas Stars pest Antoine Roussel. Maybe, as Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli insists, the Oilers really aren’t in panic mode right now. But are we certain that they aren’t experiencing something just as bad, like, say,..." November 19

  • Edmonton Oilers GM not panicking over team’s slow start

    National Post "As the Edmonton Oilers limp towards the quarter point of the NHL season, general manager Peter Chiarelli was asked for a progress report on a team that had entered the year as a Stanley Cup favourite. His answer: look at the standings. “We’re in second-last in the (Western Conference), so..." November 18

  • Oilers acquire Cammalleri from Kings for Jokinen

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have acquired Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Jussi Jokinen. Cammalleri has three goals and seven points in 15 games this season, his second stint with the Kings after signing a one-year contract with the team on July 1. Jokinen has just one..." November 14

  • Oilers summon Puljujarvi from AHL

    Edmonton Journal "This in from the Oilers: “The Oilers have recalled forward Jesse Puljujärvi from theA HL’s Bakersfield Condors & placed forward Anton Slepyshev on Injured Reserve.” My take I’ve seen Puljujarvi play a few games in the Bake this year, and while he has just 1 goal and five points in 10..." November 10

  • Why does Connor McDavid, the NHL's brightest young star, still go unrecognized in the U.S.?

    New York Daily News "Connor McDavid probably can’t go anywhere in Canada without being recognized, surely not in the province of Alberta. When two people spotted him at the Edmonton airport about six months ago they asked for a picture and started hugging him, creating an immediately viral and unbelievably awkward..." November 10

  • Best NHL trade targets with Duchene off the market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes, and other teams must feel a little left out after this weekend. While those GMs either were afraid to pay the sticker price or weren’t in the conversation, the bottom line is that the Ottawa Senators got Matt Duchene,..." November 07

  • Oilers still struggling to defend and score, as the losses pile up

    Pro Hockey Talk "One step forward followed by another step back. Two days after a welcomed goal-fest against the New Jersey Devils to get back into the win column, the Edmonton Oilers once again had to deal with their struggles that have plagued the beginning of their season. The result was an ugly 4-0 loss..." November 06

  • Injured Oilers defenceman Sekera skates with teammates

    Sportsnet "The long road back took a positive twist on Friday, as Edmonton Oilers injured defenceman Andrej Sekera skated with his teammates before the Oilers game against New Jersey. “It feels good to be out there with the guys, getting used to the rhythm again,” he said, leaking sweat after the workout...." November 03

  • McDavid creates stir with Trump costume

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid, the bright, young face of the NHL's future, lathered on bronzer and plopped that familiar combover toupée on top of his head. The attention to detail was decent enough, complete with a pin of the American flag on his lapel and a slim red tie. It's one of the better Donald Trump..." October 31

  • Edmonton Oilers’ Matt Benning Drawing Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Sportsnet’s Mark Spector reports that while the Edmonton Oilers continue to look for an answer this season, “at least one team” is showing interest in defenseman Matt Benning in trade talks. Spector writes that the team would likely be willing to give up Anton Slepyshev or Ryan Strome in potential..." October 30

  • ‘Nothing early about this,’ says McLellan as Oilers continue to struggle

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers still have 72 games remaining on their schedule, which would give the impression that they have plenty of time to turn around what’s been a disappointing month of October and climb the Western Conference standings. But after another loss, this time to the Washington Capitals..." October 29

  • Oilers reportedly ‘disappointed’ in Strome-Eberle trade

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers are in need of scoring, particularly from the right side, and appear to be open to moving forward Ryan Strome. The team traded Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders in June for Strome and is said to be disappointed with the deal, according to Sportsnet’s Nick..." October 29

  • McLellan wants Nugent-Hopkins to ‘play with a little more risk’

    Sportsnet "Earning a hefty sum of $6 million per season as one of the most handsomely-paid forwards on the Edmonton Oilers‘ roster, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is still expected to play a key role for an Oilers squad that has since become Connor McDavid‘s team. The 2011 No. 1 pick has recast himself as a two-way..." October 27

  • Oilers' Draisaitl returns for marquee matchup vs. Penguins

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers offence is about to get a boost as forwards Leon Draisaitl and Drake Caggiula are likely to join the lineup Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Draisaitl has missed four games with an eye injury and concussion symptoms suffered Oct. 9 against the Winnipeg Jets...." October 24

  • Nugent-Hopkins must master draws to justify salary, role on Oilers

    Sportsnet "The anticipation of Tuesday’s semi-annual meeting between two former No. 1 overall draft picks simmers in Pittsburgh, ready to pique Monday morning after the Steelers game on Sunday has passed. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins knows the hype. Even if it is now reserved for others, the swirling trade winds..." October 22

  • Connor McDavid is great, but he can’t do it all for the Oilers

    Pro Hockey Talk "At the start of the 2017-18 season the Edmonton Oilers had the second best odds to win the Stanley Cup. Even with the NHL’s reigning MVP and scoring champion and even after a wildly successful season that saw them come within a single game of the Western Conference Finals it still seemed to be a..." October 22

  • Should Oilers rookie Kailer Yamamoto stick with the team past nine games?

    Sportsnet "As Kailer Yamamoto readies for his sixth National Hockey League game Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, his status as an Edmonton Oiler boils down to this: Can these Oilers, a team in “win now” mode for the first time in ages, afford to send a Top 6 forward back to junior simply to protect..." October 20

  • Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl won’t play Saturday against Flyers

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl will not suit up Saturday when his team visits the Philadelphia Flyers. The 21-year-old is still recovering from concussion symptoms. Draisaitl has only played three games so far this young season. He suffered the injury after getting his bell rung by..." October 20

  • A solution to the NHL’s advanced stats problem

    New York Post "During a recent casual conversation with someone who has been intimately involved in the NHL for decades, he jokingly said this: “You ever think that all of these off-ice officials are actually the same people in every arena?” It was a funny take on this gaggle of people in each city who keep..." October 20

  • GQ names Oilers' Connor McDavid as one of 'Greatest Athletes of the Future'

    Sporting News "In the past year, Oilers forward Connor McDavid has been named an NHL All-Star, claimed his first Hart Memorial Trophy and the Art Ross Trophy. Though 20, McDavid has solidified himself as one of the game's elite players. GQ Magazine noticed McDavid's presence in the hockey world and has..." October 20

  • Injured Leon Draisaitl hopeful he can suit up for Oilers Saturday

    Sportsnet "A concussed Leon Draisaitl will miss his third game tonight in Chicago, but is hopeful he can play Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia. “Of course I hope to play. There’s no secret to that,” he said after taking the morning skate with the Oilers Thursday. “I’d love to play tonight, but I don’t..." October 19

  • Report: NHL might scrap All-Star Game in favor of international event

    CBS Sports "The NHL All-Star Game has been somewhat of a shapeshifting beast over the years. A lot about the annual midseason event has changed, from the game's format to the way teams are picked and how players are voted in. But soon the league's All-Star Game may cease to exist altogether. According to a..." October 17

  • Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl is skating but not with his teammates

    Edmonton Journal "Leon Draisaitl skated by himself before the Edmonton Oilers’ morning practice Monday at Rogers Place, a sliver of good news after he was diagnosed with a concussion after the Thanksgiving loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Draisaitl, who was placed on injured reserve Monday, isn’t yet well enough to..." October 17

  • Oilers rookie Kailer Yamamoto on the clock

    Edmonton Sun "As much as he tries not to think of it, Kailer Yamamoto can’t help but think about it. Nine games. The deadline still hangs over him, the prospect of being sent back to Junior is still very real. Yes, he had a great training camp and earned a spot on the Edmonton Oilers right wing based on..." October 15

  • Oilers’ play not living up to supposed Cup-contender status

    Sportsnet "“The time for talk is over. We just have to get results.” It was a two-question post-game scrum for Connor McDavid Saturday night, and not because he cut it short. He simply didn’t require any more questions to say what you needed to hear from the captain of a listing ship. “I don’t know..." October 15

  • Oilers' Leon Draisaitl: Now showing concussion-like symptoms

    CBS Sports "Draisaitl (eye) is said to be dealing with concussion-like symptoms in addition to his eye injury, Ryan Rishaug of TSN.ca reports. This is obviously not what Drat's fantasy owners want to hear, especially after initial reports stated that the swelling in his eye went down and he wasn't expected..." October 14

  • McLellan sends a message to Oilers after back-to-back losses

    Edmonton Journal "They knew it was coming. After being outworked in back-to-back losses and falling to 1-2 on the season, the Edmonton Oilers knew that head coach Todd McLellan would be attacking the problem Wednesday morning. And he did, getting his message through loud and clear in an intense and gruelling..." October 12

  • Divorced Edmonton couple faces off over custody of Oilers tickets

    Sportsnet "They may not love each other anymore, but Donald and Beverly McLeod certainly adore their hometown Edmonton Oilers. How much? Enough to face off in divorce court over custody of their two season tickets. And if that scenario isn’t Canadian enough for you, the judge’s written ruling certainly..." October 10

  • Oilers send Puljujarvi to minors, wave Fayne

    Edmonton Sun "So, Jesse Puljujarvi is back in Bakersfield. That’s where he should be. As one NHL pro scout said recently about the 19-year-old Finnish winger; “He has to go down and dominate in the American League first before he can be a top six forward in Edmonton.” Truth is, Puljujarvi got beat out by..." October 02

  • Oilers send 2016 fourth-overall pick Puljujarvi to AHL

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have assigned prospect Jesse Puljujarvi to their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield, the club announced Sunday. Puljujarvi was added with the fourth-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. He suited up for 28 games at the NHL level in 2016-17, posting one goal and seven assists. In 39..." October 01

  • Canadian Couple in Custody Battle for NHL Tickets

    Complex "Their marriage may have ended, but their love for the game will never die. Hardcore hockey fans, Beverly and Donald McLeod, decided to call it quits back in 2015 after 35 long years of matrimony. Court documents show that the separation was fairly straight forward with one exception. Donald may..." October 01

  • Benning ready to take on bigger role with Oilers

    Edmonton Sun "Never to assume anything because when you take away the last three letters you can look like a donkey’s butt if you’re wrong, which brings us to Matt Benning. We’ve all assumed he would slide into the No. 4 defence spot on the Edmonton Oilers with no fuss and no muss with the torn knee ligament..." September 30

  • Oilers’ 2017 first-round pick Yamamoto making a push to begin season in Edmonton

    Sportsnet "Kailer Yamamoto is still dressing on a couple of folding chairs in the middle of the Edmonton Oilers dressing room, and picking up the pucks after practice as rookies are expected to do. But as he celebrated his 19th birthday on Friday at Rogers Arena, skating on the Oilers second line with..." September 30

  • NHL Board of Governors discuss place of anthems before games

    Sportsnet "“It” wasn’t supposed to even be on the agenda at Wednesday’s NHL Board of Governors meeting. This was supposed to be a regular, run-of-the-mill meeting in New York City to rubber stamp a rule change, and get regular updates from various league departments. “It” was a discussion about..." September 29

  • Olympic roster decisions starting to take shape

    Sportsnet "As the parent of a five-year-old, my interest in minor hockey has grown exponentially the last few years. He’s a decent skater, but isn’t sure he wants to play. Despite that, you’re trying to learn everything you can. Toronto is a funny place for minor hockey. A friend of mine who used to coach..." September 28

  • NHLPA issues statement in support of players’ peaceful protests

    Sportsnet "The NHL Players’ Association officially joined the political conversation on Wednesday. In an email sent to players by executive director Donald Fehr, the NHLPA stated that any players who would like to participate in peaceful protests of their own “would of course have the full support of the..." September 28

  • Huge step? Doctors may find a way to identify CTE in living NHL players

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and TSN’s Rick Westhead pass along what could be a breakthrough Boston University study – or at least the early stages of a breakthrough – in how concussions/CTE are handled in sports. The key: after only being able to study brains of deceased athletes, there’s a..." September 27

  • Oilers’ Kailer Yamamoto earning roster spot over Jesse Puljujarvi

    Sportsnet "Eighteen-year-olds aren’t supposed to make the Edmonton Oilers anymore. That’s all in the past, isn’t it? Well, here’s something else that isn’t supposed to happen: Kailer Yamamoto, the first-rounder from 2017, isn’t supposed to be more NHL-ready than Jesse Puljujarvi, the first-rounder from..." September 26

  • A new No. 1: McDavid edges Crosby in TSN's Top 50 player poll

    TSN "Not even back-to-back Conn Smythe trophies were enough for Sidney Crosby to hold off Connor McDavid for one more year. For the first time in the eight-year history of TSN’s Top 50 player poll, Crosby was knocked off his perch as the projected No. 1 player in the NHL, as decided by a panel of 22..." September 26

  • How much is Patrick Maroon worth to Oilers?

    Edmonton Journal "Patrick Maroon is playing the mime, lips velcroed when it comes to discussing his parameters for a long-term Edmonton Oilers contract. But there are a lot of talking points to chew on for Connor McDavid’s left winger who had a ground-breaking season last year. 1. How many of Maroon’s 27..." September 26

  • NHL’s Bettman says he respects players’ views on political issues

    Sportsnet "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman says he respects players’ views on political and social issues and "people are going to have to decide what makes them comfortable." Several pro hockey players have commented President Donald Trump’s call for protesting NFL players to be fired...." September 26

  • IIHF release Olympic hockey schedule

    TSN "Canada opens defence of its Olympic men's hockey gold Feb. 15 versus Switzerland and women's gold Feb. 11 against Russia. The International Ice Hockey Federation released the ice hockey schedules and matchups Monday for the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Canada's women, who are..." September 25

  • Oilers finally good enough to admit Puljujarvi’s game isn’t quite ready

    Sportsnet "There was a time, not long ago, when Jesse Puljujarvi would have made the Edmonton Oilers’ Opening Day roster off a game like this one. A goal roofed off a lucky bounce behind the Winnipeg Jets net, another when the rebound of his shot was batted into the Jets goal by a defender’s arm, and an..." September 24

  • Oilers reduce training camp roster by six players

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have reduced their training camp roster by six players, the team announced Saturday. Forwards Grayson Downing and Joey Laleggia as well as defencemen Caleb Jones and Ryan Mantha have been assigned to the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors." September 24

  • Oilers, Maroon open contract talks

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers are working another contract extension. According to TSN's Ryan Rishaug, the Oilers have begun preliminary talks on an extension with forward Patrick Maroon. As Rishaug points out, the term and salary could be tough for the two sides to agree on with Maroon coming off a..." September 22

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Draisaitl shrugs off pressure of new deal, starts on different line than McDavid

    Pro Hockey Talk "If nothing else, Leon Draisaitl is saying all the right things about how he’ll handle the contract he received from the Edmonton Oilers. Deep down, he might be nervous about justifying an $8.5 million cap hit over eight years, but as Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun reports, the German..." September 17

  • IIHF president Rene Fasel shoots down talk of late NHL Olympics deal

    Sportsnet "Although the NHL said in April that it would no longer be participating in the 2018 Olympics, there has been hope that the league, IIHF and IOC would still be able to strike a late agreement to ensure a best-on-best tournament. A month after the NHL’s announcement, IIHF president Rene Fasel..." September 13

  • NHL players survey: 21 of 31 say Quebec City should be next for expansion

    USA Today "If the NHL decides to add a 32nd team, players would want it to be located in Quebec City, Quebec. USA TODAY Sports polled 31 high-profile players at the NHL/NHL Players' Association media tour and 21 (67.7%) chose Quebec as the venue the league should next embrace. Seattle finished second..." September 11

  • McDavid on difficulty of losing close friends Hall, Eberle to trades

    Sportsnet "The moment Connor McDavid first slipped on an Edmonton Oilers jersey, the franchise’s history was forever altered. And as the young phenom began plying his trade in the big leagues, raising his stock with each passing game, the trade chatter regarding star teammates Taylor Hall and Jordan..." September 10