Oilers Rumors & News

  • NHL players must step up if they want this headhunting to end

    New York Post "Rule 48.1 splits hairs so that it remains legal to crack skulls. An overstatement? Well, of course, except the NHL and essentially all of its stake-holders are so fearful that banning all blows to the head would all but eliminate the little hitting that remains in the game, they are willing to..." April 23

  • Edmonton Oilers Frontrunners To Sign KHL’s Mikko Koskinen

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Bob Stauffer of 630 CHED each have linked the Edmonton Oilers with being the frontrunners to sign KHL goaltender Mikko Koskinen as the team’s backup to starter Cam Talbot. Koskinen, who has been playing with the KHL for the past six seasons, made his intentions..." April 22

  • Friedman curious about trade approval structure for Oilers

    Fanrag Sports "Has Peter Chiarelli’s track record on trades caught up with him at all when it comes to having absolute authority to execute deals? Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson confirmed on Thursday that the general manager will keep his job headed into next season, which hasn’t thrilled a segment of the fan base..." April 16

  • Edmonton Oilers need a few value contracts, and they may have just signed one in Ty Rattie's one-year extension

    Edmonton Journal "Look closely at the payroll of any team currently competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and you’re bound to find a few value contracts. They are an essential aspect of the Salary Cap Era, where there are only so many “big dollars” to go around, and the cracks need to be filled with small ones...." April 15

  • Edmonton Oilers boss Bob Nicholson affirms Peter Chiarelli will be GM next year

    Edmonton Journal "Edmonton Oilers chief executive officer and vice chair Bob Nicholson says the team is in an evaluation process. “I am here today to tell you the president and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, Peter Chiarelli, will be the general manager next year… Peter, when I look at that, I really..." April 12

  • No announcements just yet, but Peter Chiarelli suggests changes in Oilers' coaching staff are imminent

    Edmonton Journal "Four days after his club’s disappointing season concluded, Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Peter Chiarelli faced the media on Wednesday afternoon in an avail carried live on the Oilers’ website. Strangely, Chiarelli made no opening statement but jumped..." April 11

  • Biggest contract years for NHL playoff teams

    Pro Hockey Talk "Technically speaking, NHL players only get paid for the 82-game regular season, aside from the pocket change that comes from certain bonuses for playoff wins. In reality, a player can make a living off of a magical postseason run or two. A strong couple of months could end up being costly in..." April 11

  • Multiple NHL playoff games will air on Golf Channel, for some reason

    Awful Announcing "The NHL announced the broadcast schedule for the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Sunday night, offering us a look at how NBCUniversal will shuffle the various series across its numerous networks. As usual, many games will air on NBCSN, others will appear on CNBC, others on USA, a handful..." April 09

  • Season not over: McDavid heads to World Championship

    NHL.com "Oilers Captain Connor McDavid confirmed he will participate in the 2018 World Championships, joining linemate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Team Canada. "Going to World Championships is not where you want to be playing in May," said McDavid during his exit interview. "But ultimately, it's so special..." April 08

  • Lucic: 'I still have a lot to give'

    TSN "Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic admitted on Sunday that his game was lacking confidence following what was his worst full season offensively since his rookie campaign. "Since Christmas time, I haven't been playing with a lot of confidence," Lucic said in his exit interview a day after the..." April 08

  • Draisaitl plans to play for Germany at World Championship

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl plans to play for his native Germany at the upcoming World Championship, he announced Sunday. The 22-year-old is coming off his third full season with the Oilers, finishing second in team scoring with 25 goals and 70 points in 78 games. Draisaitl played..." April 08

  • Michigan's Cooper Marody signs with Edmonton Oilers

    Michigan Live "Michigan's leading scorer this season will not be returning for his senior year. Forward Cooper Marody, who finished sixth in the nation with 51 points this season, signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, foregoing his final season with the..." April 08

  • Which NHL teams will make a coaching change after the season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2017-18 NHL season will come to an end this weekend and barring some last-minute decision, no head coach will have been fired; that’s something that hasn’t happened since the league expanded in 1967. It’s a rarity that no coach has been canned, despite the calls for management to take..." April 05

  • Stanley Cup stripping big names off hardware to make room for future winners

    Sporting News "The Stanley Cup is erasing some of the biggest names in hockey to make room for future winners. The names from the teams that won the Cup from 1954-64 will be stripped off the hardware this spring, the Chicago Tribune reported. That means legendary names such as Gordie Howe and Robert Hull..." April 04

  • Odds: Vegas pegs MacKinnon as Hart favorite, Rinne for Vezina

    The Score "Spring is finally in the air. And with that, the NHL calendar is inching closer to what we all crave most: playoff puck. However, there is another major event on the horizon, as the league will hand out its awards for the game's best coaches, front-office executives, and players at the..." April 03

  • Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: No lock to play Saturday

    CBS Sports "Nugent-Hopkins is questionable for Saturday's road game against the Flames due to a lower-body injury that's been lingering for two weeks, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports. According to Matheson, Nugent-Hopkins still is likely to play Saturday since he took to the ice for morning..." March 31

  • Nugent-Hopkins to play for Canada at World Championship

    Sportsnet "With the Edmonton Oilers mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, the club’s stars are turning their sights to the 2018 IIHF World Championship tournament in May. Count centreman Ryan Nugent-Hopkins among those planning on attending, as the pivot has reportedly accepted an invitation..." March 31

  • Could Connor McDavid win the Hart Trophy on a non-playoff team?

    Sportsnet "Hey, Connor McDavid. Can a player whose team has been out of the playoff race for as long as the Edmonton Oilers have still be considered a viable Hart Trophy candidate? “Obviously I can’t really answer that. I mean, umm… Just, uh… I don’t really know what to say about it. Yeah. I don’t..." March 28

  • NHL releases odds for 2018 Draft Lottery

    Sportsnet "The NHL has released the odds for the 2018 Draft Lottery, which will be held on April 28 in Toronto. The lottery will consist of three draws: one for the first-overall pick, one for the second-overall pick and one for the third. The 15 teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs, or teams that..." March 28

  • Why Connor McDavid should not repeat as NHL MVP

    USA Today "Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid scored his 40th goal of the season on Tuesday night, the first Oilers player to hit the milestone since Petr Klima in 1990-91. He passed the 100-point mark by adding two assists to give him 102 points. Both are career highs with five games to go. He..." March 28

  • McDavid becomes 1st player with consecutive 100-point seasons in 8 years

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid recorded his 100th point of the season Tuesday with a first-period assist against Blue Jackets, becoming the first player to reach the century mark in back-to-back seasons since Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin in 2008-09 and 2009-10, per Hockey..." March 27

  • Oilers recall Brossoit to back up Talbot

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers have recalled goalie Laurent Brossoit from their AHL affiliate the Bakersfield Condors on an emergency basis Sunday. Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun reported backup goalie Al Montoya , who was scheduled to start Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks, isn't feeling well and..." March 25

  • Jujhar Khaira on settling in as NHL regular: ‘I know what I can do’

    Sportsnet "He’s made headlines throughout his time in the big leagues as a trail blazer of sorts, joining Robin Bawa and Manny Malhotra as the only players of Punjabi descent to ever skate in the NHL. But in 2017-18, Edmonton’s Jujhar Khaira proved he’s more than a historic footnote, emerging as a bona fide..." March 25

  • Doughty gets ‘a little bit scared’ facing down McDavid, MacKinnon

    Sportsnet "Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty often has a front-row seat to some of the best talent in the game, having to be tasked with shutting down opposing teams’ top players. He’s had his hands full in recent seasons with Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, and Nathan MacKinnon of the..." March 25

  • Playing with Connor McDavid opportunity of lifetime for Ty Rattie

    Edmonton Sun "All any player in Ty Rattie’s situation ever dreams of getting his shot. They’re not looking for any favours or any special treatment, they don’t want anything handed to them, just an honest shot. Most don’t get it. Not an honest one, anyway. Honest shots go to players with bigger names and..." March 24

  • NHLPA agrees to GM-recommended change for goalie interference

    The Score "The NHL Players Association has approved the general mangers' proposed change to goaltender interference video reviews that would give the league's hockey operations department the final call over the on-ice referee. Unanimous approval from the Board of Governors is still required before the..." March 22

  • Oilers acquire rights to Cooper Marody from Flyers for 3rd-round pick

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have acquired the rights to forward prospect Cooper Marody from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2019. " March 21

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • Connor McDavid to play for Canada at WHC

    TSN "While the Edmonton Oilers would need a miracle to reach the postseason, it appears Connor McDavid will still be taking to the ice in May. McDavid's teammate Oscar Klefbom revealed to Sweden's Hockeysverige.se on Sunday that the Oilers captain plans to play for Canada at the Ice Hockey World..." March 19

  • Why Nugent-Hopkins is auditioning for both Oilers and Senators

    Sportsnet "Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may or may not know it. But with Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion taking in his second consecutive Edmonton Oilers game, he is auditioning. For the Oilers first, and the Senators second. As Dorion looked on, Nugent-Hopkins’ time on Connor McDavid’s left wing..." March 15

  • Oilers sign Maksimov to entry level contract

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Kirill Maksimov to a three-year entry-level contract. Maksimov, 18, is in his third Ontario Hockey League season and second with the Niagara Ice Dogs. In 59 games with the Ice Dogs this season, the Moscow, Russia native has posted 73 points (33G, 40A),..." March 15

  • Oilers D Oscar Klefbom needs shoulder surgery

    TSN "Edmonton Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom is in need of shoulder surgery, but his season isn't over yet. Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said Klefbom will play Wednesday and could join the team for their upcoming four-game road trip before his surgery is scheduled." March 14

  • Six NHL coaches on the hot seat: Which team will be first to make a move?

    USA Today "An oddity of the 2017-18 NHL regular season is that not a single coach has been fired. Five coaches were fired in-season in 2016-17. It may mean that several coaching changes will occur in the offseason. Here are six vulnerable coaches: Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers: The Rangers have..." March 10

  • NHL jumps into esports market with international tournament

    Pro Hockey Talk "The National Hockey League is finally entering the esports market and teaming up with EA Sports to deliver the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship, a bracket-style 1-on-1 tournament that will begin on Saturday, March 24 for players in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Players can register at..." March 09

  • Ostap Safin Signs Entry-Level Contract With Edmonton Oilers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers continue to lock up prospects, this time signing Ostap Safin to a three-year entry-level contract. Safin is currently playing in the QMJHL with the Saint John Sea Dogs, but could see some time on an amateur tryout with the Bakersfield Condors before the end of the..." March 06

  • NHL Announces Global Series Schedule

    Pro Hockey Rumors "This season, the NHL returned to their Global Series with events in China and Sweden. Both were considered successes, and now the league has released their plan for the 2018-19 season, which will include four different international cities. In the preseason, the Global Series Challenge will..." March 06

  • Reports: Oilers sign UDFA Colin Larkin for 2018-19

    TSN "According to multiple reports, the Edmonton Oilers have signed undrafted free agent Colin Larkin to a one-year contract for the 2018-19 season on Sunday. Larkin, the older brother of Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin, posted 24 goals and 46 points as senior at UMass-Boston in the NCAA's..." March 05

  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins set to return to lineup after 18-game absence

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is ready to make his return to the lineup after a rib injury sidelined him for a month and a half. Nugent-Hopkins has not appeared in a game since Jan. 13 against the Vegas Golden Knights. The 24-year-old took a hard hit from Vegas defenceman Brayden..." March 03

  • The Significance Of March 1st On The NHL Calendar

    Pro Hockey Rumors "There has been quite the influx of prospect signings today as no fewer than four players have inked their entry-level contracts. This isn’t a coincidence as March 1st is an important day on the NHL calendar that often goes under the radar. When players sign contracts in-season, the first year..." March 02

  • Edmonton Oilers send Patrick Maroon to New Jersey for third-round pick plus ????

    Edmonton Journal "It took until the proverbial eleventh hour, but Edmonton Oilers finally pulled the trigger on their most significant deal of the 2017-18 season, shipping out power forward Patrick Maroon to New Jersey Devils for a 2019 third-round draft pick and, from first reports, a prospect to be named shortly..." February 26

  • Could ESPN try and regain some NHL TV rights in the next round of contract negotiations?

    Awful Announcing "The NHL has a long history on ESPN, with games airing there from 1980-82, 1985-88, and 1992-2004. Since that time, the league has been on NBC and Versus/NBCSN in addition to its own NHL Network, and the ten-year extension of the NBC/NBCSN deal in 2011 means rights won’t come up until after the..." February 26

  • Oilers partially address need for speed on the wing with Pontus Aberg acquisition

    Sportsnet "The market value was set for 33-year-old centre Mark Letestu when Nashville flipped him to Columbus for a fourth-round draft pick. So in landing forward Pontus Aberg from the Predators for Letestu, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli accomplished his primary goal heading into the 2018..." February 25

  • 7 teams contacted Oilers about Maroon

    Edmonton Journal "This just in from Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic: “The action has heated up, no surprise, on Patrick Maroon with Rick Nash dealt. Told that 7 teams have been in touch with the Oilers. Potential for a trade before the day ends although that’s still tough to predict at this juncture.” My take..." February 25

  • Letestu traded to Nashville for Aberg, flipped to Columbus for pick

    Sportsnet "Mark Letestu has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets by way of the Nashville Predators, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports. The Edmonton Oilers acquired forward Pontus Aberg from the Nashville Predators in exchange for the veteran Letestu. Nashville then traded Letestu to Columbus for a..." February 25

  • Oilers activate defenceman Andrej Sekera off injured reserve

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers are getting a healthy body back on the blue line soon, as the club announced Saturday that veteran defenceman Andrej Sekera has been activated off injured reserve. Sekera has been sidelined since Feb. 9 when he took a puck to the face during a game against the Anaheim Ducks...." February 24

  • Oilers trade Brandon Davidson to Islanders for draft pick

    CBS Sports "The Islanders acquired Davidson from the Oilers in exchange for a 2019 third-round draft pick Saturday. Perhaps no one will be more excited about this news than the goalies in Brooklyn. The Islanders are averaging more shots per game (3.56) than any other club this season, but the addition of..." February 24

  • Gary Bettman doesn't believe NHL players will go to 2022 Beijing Games

    USA Today "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday that the Winter Olympics previously have been "incredibly disruptive" to the league and he doesn't anticipate NHL players participating in the 2022 Games in Beijing. Speaking in a panel discussion at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston,..." February 23

  • Trades fantasy hockey owners should root for

    Pro Hockey Talk "Trades can really liven things up for a sport, so here’s hoping that the intriguing Michael Grabner to Devils move is the catalyst for a memorable stretch of swaps. While there’s always the risk that a player will struggle to get acclimated to a new city and new teammates, trades can also..." February 23

  • ESPN to simulcast TSN NHL trade deadline show Monday

    Awful Announcing "Hockey fans who accuse ESPN of ignoring their sport won’t have quite as much to gripe about at this year’s trade deadline. ESPN announced Friday that it will simulcast TSN’s TradeCentre will be simulcast on ESPN3 all day Monday and on ESPN2 from 2-4 p.m. ET. The show will be hosted by James..." February 23