Oilers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Edmonton Oilers GM says winger Anton Slepyshev's ankle injury isn't serious

    Edmonton Journal "There’s no need for any alarm bells over Anton Slepyshev’s off-season ankle injury. “It’s not serious. He may miss part of training camp,” said Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli, who was made aware the top 9 right-winger had hurt his foot in training, but the Russian forward has..." September 09

  • McDavid says Strome can be fantasy sleeper with Oilers

    NHL.com "Take some advice from the top-ranked fantasy player himself: Connor McDavid said Ryan Strome is a sleeper for the Edmonton Oilers. McDavid identified Strome, a forward who was acquired in a trade from the New York Islanders for right wing Jordan Eberle on June 22, as the Oilers teammate he..." September 09

  • Matthews says McDavid's contract 'well-deserved'

    NHL.com "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, possibly in line for a $100 million contract in his future, said Friday that center Connor McDavid was worthy of the one he got from the Edmonton Oilers. "It's very well-deserved," Matthews told Sportsnet. "Last year he was the best player in the..." September 09

  • Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli: ‘I wouldn’t call us a front-runner’

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers are a team on the rise, and expectations from around the hockey world have followed suit. Even Las Vegas has general manager Peter Chiarelli’s team the favourites to win the Stanley Cup heading into 2017-18. Managing those expectations will be one of the Oilers’ toughest..." September 09

  • Oilers’ AHL coach hoping for best with Hurricane Irma approaching

    Sportsnet "Gerry Fleming isn’t complaining about the smoke in the Penticton air from all the forest fires in B.C., a minor nuisance compared to what’s happening down in Florida. His mind is back home in Estero, Fla., where the Edmonton Oilers‘ American League head coach has people and property to worry..." September 09

  • Report: NHL trade deadline will be Feb. 26

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL trade deadline, one of the most highly anticipated days of the hockey calendar, will take place on Feb. 26, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The lead-up to last year’s trade deadline saw a number of high profile deals." September 08

  • Oilers' Maroon: I wouldn't have had same success without McDavid, Draisaitl

    NHL.com "Edmonton Oilers left wing Patrick Maroon has his focus set solely on what he can accomplish this season, which he hopes includes staying on the top line alongside center Connor McDavid and right wing Leon Draisaitl. Maroon, 29, set NHL career highs for goals (27) and points (42) last..." September 01

  • With Eberle gone, Puljujarvi could fill key scoring role

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jesse Puljujarvi‘s first year with the Edmonton Oilers started with promise, but quickly turned to frustration. Selected fourth overall last year, the talented Finnish winger scored in his NHL debut — and then went 27 games after that without a goal before he was sent down to the..." August 25

  • Connor McDavid, Oilers ready for raised expectations after lesson in defeat

    Sporting News "At the time of their second-round loss to the Ducks, seeing the positives was admittedly difficult for a young Oilers group. But after a summer to reflect, Connor McDavid understands the significance of the early playoff departure. After missing the postseason 10 consecutive years, Edmonton..." August 24

  • Darnell Nurse: Oilers’ defence ‘really hungry to get better’

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers took a huge step in 2016-17 when they emerged as a playoff team for the first time in more than a decade. “It speaks volumes about the coaching staff and management and all the work they put in in getting us prepared for games,” Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse said during a..." August 23

  • Don Cherry on Olympics: ‘I’m glad we’re not going’

    Sportsnet "NHL players may be unhappy with the league’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Olympics, but it suits Don Cherry just fine. The colourfully dressed commentator and former coach joined Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup on Tuesday morning and discussed how impractical it would be for everyone to..." August 22

  • What Edmonton Really Got In Eberle Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Cap space might be the first word that would come to mind when hearing the question, “What did the Edmonton Oilers get for Jordan Eberle?” The 27-year-old wing, while solid, has never been able to show consistency for a team over his seven-year NHL career. His 34-goal sophomore season is something..." August 20

  • Are Oilers duo’s extensions really comparable to Toews and Kane’s?

    Sportsnet "It’s been a busy off-season in Edmonton, what with general manager Peter Chiarelli dishing out $168 million to star duo Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. The latter forward got his number on Wednesday, when it was announced that the Oilers had re-signed Draisaitl to an eight-year deal paying..." August 19

  • Draisaitl on signing with Oilers: ‘We have something really special’

    Pro Hockey Talk "As a restricted free agent, Leon Draisaitl only had so much say regarding his future with the Edmonton Oilers, especially since teams rarely send offer sheets around in the NHL. Even so, Draisaitl could have opted for a “bridge” deal; instead, he signed for the maximum of eight years for a..." August 17

  • Oilers cap situation is scary, and not just because of Draisaitl, McDavid

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers pulled the trigger – and likely made teams with big RFA headaches like the Boston Bruins grimace – in signing Leon Draisaitl to a massive eight-year, $68 million contract on Wednesday. You have to do a little stretching to call it a good deal, although credit Puck Daddy’s..." August 17

  • Oilers sign Leon Draisaitl to contract extension

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season, with an average annual value (AAV) of $8.5 million. The 21-year old native of Cologne, Germany completed his third National Hockey League (NHL) season in 2016-17, setting..." August 16

  • 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