Oilers Rumors & News

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Every Oilers winger is expendable, save for Hall & Maroon

    Edmonton Journal "In the long run Jordan Eberle has been every bit as good as Taylor Hall on the wing for the Edmonton Oilers. In the last two years, however, Hall has taken a major step ahead of Eberle in terms of his two-way play, which is why Eberle should be considered the team’s top trade bait. He’s enticing..." May 25

  • Russia coach: Yakupov exclusion 'addition by subtraction'

    The Score "Russian national coach Oleg Znarok may have saved his job with a win in the bronze medal game at the World Championship, which in turn frees up Nail Yakupov's September schedule. After the win, Znarok called Yakupov's contentious exclusion from his roster "addition by subtraction," according to..." May 22

  • Georges Laraque helps detain man in attempted child kidnapping at Jeanne-Mance Park

    CBC Sports "Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque helped detain a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old girl in a Montreal park on Saturday afternoon. A man allegedly spoke to the girl, who was with her parents in Jeanne-Mance Park, before grabbing her and walking away. Family members..." May 22

  • Bruins could have Chiarelli compensation pushed back another year

    Stanley Cup Of Chowder "Earlier today, OilersNation was alerted to a potential loophole in the original compensation for hired coaches and management, and the Bruins are one of the five teams waiting to receive either a second or a third round pick. Here is a list of executives hired, and teams that hired them during the..." May 21

  • Oilers sign Zack Kassian to 1-year deal

    The Score "Zack will be back. The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Zack Kassian to a one-year contract Thursday. He played 36 games for the Oilers this season after being acquired in a trade from the Montreal Canadiens for goaltender Ben Scrivens in December. " May 19

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Edmonton Oilers receive thousands of applicants for jobs in new rink

    Metro News "While the seats are still being installed at Rogers Place the Oilers moved this weekend to hire the hundreds of people who will be directing people to them when the building opens this fall. The Oilers held a career fair for Rogers Place Sunday afternoon attracting hundreds of potential..." May 16

  • Trading core player could help Oilers land top-pairing defenseman

    The Hockey News "The Edmonton Oilers need for a top-pairing defenseman remains a hot topic among the media. With their depth in young scoring forwards, it’s assumed one of them will be dealt to address the Oilers’ blueline needs. Appearing last Friday on 630 CHED radio, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman discussed..." May 16

  • Is Connor McDavid a Goal Scorer?

    The Hockey Writers "Through six games at the World Hockey Championship, Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid has seven assists and no goals on nine shots. Team Canada has been cruising so far, and has plenty of other stars on the roster, so they don’t necessarily need him to fill the net. He’s dangerous every time..." May 16

  • Connor McDavid ‘Best Player’ in NHL: Cherry

    The Hockey Writers "Selecting a Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s rookie of the year is a no-brainer for Don Cherry. During Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner segment on Tuesday night, Cherry said Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid should win the award, hands down. “Who’s the best rookie in the..." May 11

  • Hamonic stays put, but was he best bet for the Oilers in any case?

    Edmonton Journal "Talk of the Hamonic trade has been the subject of 839 billion tweets, blog posts, radio discussions and newspaper speculations in Edmonton since news leaked out last fall that the veteran defenceman wanted a move to western Canada. But it was much ado about nothing, it turns out. So the..." May 11

  • Chiarelli’s already had ‘four or five teams’ call about the fourth overall pick

    Pro Hockey Talk "Last week, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli called trading the fourth overall pick at this summer’s draft a “real legitimate chance.” Apparently, his counterparts around the NHL were listening. “I’ve already had four or five teams call me,” Chiarelli said today, per 630 CHED in Edmonton. “I’ve made..." May 09

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Oilers sign St. Cloud State standout Russell

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Oilers dipped into the collegiate free agent pool again on Monday, signing St. Cloud State forward Patrick Russell to an entry-level deal. Russell, 23, just wrapped his sophomore campaign at St. Cloud, racking up 20 goals and 41 points in 41 contests. A native of Denmark, he’s..." May 09

  • NCAA free agent Drake Caggiula to sign with Edmonton Oilers

    Sportsnet "It appears the latest NCAA free agent has decided on where he will start his NHL career: Edmonton. Drake Caggiula, a Pickering, Ontario native, seems ready to sign with the Edmonton Oilers after several NHL clubs were reportedly pursuing his services. Caggiula, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward,..." May 07

  • Oilers apologize to former player who is, in fact, ‘alive and well’

    NHL.com "Oilers Entertainment Group would like to issue a formal apology to former Edmonton Oiler (WHA) Roger Cote and his family. In a special segment during the Farewell Rexall Place Night on April 6, 2016, the organization honoured members of the Oilers Alumni who have unfortunately passed on. In an..." May 07

  • Report: College free agent Caggiula opts for Oilers

    The Score "The Oilers love "The Drake." University of North Dakota senior standout Drake Caggiula intends to sign with the Edmonton Oilers, according to various reports. The undrafted free-agent forward starred at the NCAA's Frozen Four last month, leading the Fighting Hawks to their first National..." May 06

  • NHL, Oilers, Flames each donating $100K to Fort McMurray

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League announced today that it is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alta. Wildfires in the Fort McMurray area have forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. The Canadian Red Cross will facilitate care by providing..." May 06

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Carolina Hurricanes are logical trading partners for the Edmonton Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "That the Edmonton Oilers need to add at least one quality right-shot defenceman to the mix this summer is obvious. With the team eliminated from the playoffs and still more than a month away from the NHL Draft, this is the point in the offseason where it’s possible to look around the league and..." May 04

  • The Cult of Hockey: the pros and cons of trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

    Edmonton Journal "So writing an article about the pros and cons of trading RNH brings no joy. Trade talk around him heated up last fall after he got sick and had a bad run of games. It hasn’t relented since but, along with many other fans and bloggers, I’ve consistently preached patience with the player and made..." May 04

  • Edmonton Oilers' fourth-overall draft pick should produce solid NHLer now or in the future

    Edmonton Journal "What will Peter Chiarelli do with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft? Many of you have already asked this question, and I suspect we won’t know what he does until the first round of the draft on June 24. If he trades the pick, it is most likely to occur on..." May 04

  • Report: Oilers have not inquired about Canadiens' Subban

    The Score "Any rumors regarding a potential P.K. Subban trade to the Edmonton Oilers can be put to rest. TSN's Darren Dreger was on TSN Radio 690 on Tuesday where the topic of a potential trade between the Montreal Canadiens and Oilers involving the club's star defenseman was discussed. Dreger was quick..." May 03

  • Gostisbehere, McDavid, Panarin named Calder finalists

    NHL.com "Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid and Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin were named as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the top rookie in the NHL. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted on..." May 03

  • Oilers will field plenty of NHL Entry Draft options despite dropping two spots thanks to lottery

    Edmonton Journal "The sound you hear today is probably a rousing “Hallelujah, baby!” from the 29 other National Hockey League precincts because the Edmonton Oilers did not win the draft lottery again Saturday night. Instead, the Toronto Maple Leafs did, which means they’ll likely pick Scottsdale, Ariz.-born..." May 02

  • ‘There’s a real legitimate chance’ that Oilers trade fourth overall pick: Chiarelli

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers need to start winning, and they need to start winning soon. They also need to improve their defense, and they need to do it badly. Take those two needs and it’s no surprise to hear that GM Peter Chiarelli is considering trading the fourth overall pick in this summer’s..." May 02

  • Oilers losing draft lottery a blessing in disguise

    The Score "For just the third time in the last six years, the Edmonton Oilers will not be making the first selection at the NHL Draft this June. The team entered Saturday's draft lottery with the second-best chance of capturing the coveted pick, but instead saw fate push them back two spots to a less..." May 01

  • Top 3 picks 'unlikely' to be moved; Oilers' No. 4 pick 'in play'

    The Score "It appears the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and Columbus Blue Jackets - the teams with the first three selections in the NHL draft - have no intention of trading their picks. TSN's Darren Dreger reported Sunday that the Maple Leafs, Jets and Blue Jackets are "very unlikely" to trade out..." May 01

  • Brian Burke: I'll beat the snot out of somebody if Oilers win lottery

    The Score "While many fans are excited to see if their favorite team will be awarded with the first overall pick in Saturday's NHL Draft Lottery, just as many are simply hoping the Edmonton Oilers don't win the lottery for the fifth time in seven years. Among that crowd, unsurprisingly, is Calgary Flames..." April 30

  • McDavid advises Auston Matthews to 'smile no matter what' ahead of lottery

    The Score "With the NHL Draft Lottery just hours away, Auston Matthews - widely expected to be picked first overall - will soon learn who will have the first chance to draft him in June. On Saturday, Matthews received some welcome advice on how to handle the situation from last year's No. 1 pick, Edmonton..." April 30

  • Oilers' offseason trade strategy requires full measures

    The Score "There's a chance the communication lines at Rexall Place are compromised on Saturday. The rough estimate on that is 13.5 percent. Staffers will be busy sifting through hate mail, conspiracy takes, and all kinds of venom over at headquarters if the Oilers' lottery ball is plucked from the NHL's..." April 29

  • Oilers centre Connor McDavid feels for projected first overall draft pick Auston Matthews

    Edmonton Sun "Connor McDavid is going to be happy to be on the other side of the world, as far away as he can get, from the excruciating experience he endured last year. It’ll be after midnight in Prague and McDavid will likely be enjoying a Pilsner Urquel with his new Team Canada teammates when it all goes..." April 29

  • Connor McDavid recreates Drake's album art

    The Score "If the ping-pong balls had landed just right last year for his hometown, Connor McDavid would, in least a figurative sense, be at the very height of the city of Toronto. But, because the Edmonton Oilers have that lottery locked, Maple Leafs fans will just have to settle for a little..." April 28

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Oilers will win first-overall draft pick yet again, predicts Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson

    Edmonton Sun "The lucky plan is in place. If the Edmonton Oilers want to infuriate the hockey world even more than before, they’re going to need to double down on the luck they put in place to win Connor McDavid with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft lottery last year. Saturday night they’ll need a super..." April 26

  • Oilers need a guy like Kevin Bieksa

    Sportsnet "It’s no great secret that the Edmonton Oilers are in need of defencemen — it’s something Don Cherry has been preaching for years. And when it comes to which type of player might be a perfect fit for the young, offence-heavy club, Cherry points to Kevin Bieksa. “I have said Edmonton, right..." April 24

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Edmonton Oilers: P.K. Subban Rumor Truly Makes Sense

    Oil In Whyte "Edmonton Oilers are in search defense this offseason especially right handed defensemen and Peter Chiarelli’s first phone call on May 1 after the lottery draft should be to Montréal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. At the Habs’ post-season press conference, Bergevin gave a pretty unclear..." April 20

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • The pros & cons of Oilers trading Taylor Hall

    Edmonton Journal "I’ve consistently been averse to the idea of the Oilers trading Taylor Hall. That is still my position. But to check that conviction it’s best to look at it from the other side: What if it really is best for the Oilers to move Hall, as a vocal faction of Edmonton fans insist is the case? Today..." April 18

  • Can Oilers acquire another Cam Talbot of a goalie?

    Edmonton Journal "Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli has made it no secret that the job of backing up Cam Talbot on the Oilers next year is wide open. This is as it should be given that the team’s initial back-up to Talbot, Anders Nilsson, was found wanting and sent packing, and Nilsson’s replacement, AHLer Laurent..." April 18

  • Friedman wonders if Wideman-to-Edmonton makes sense

    Today's Slapshot "“I do wonder if Calgary and Wideman are going to say, ‘Is it time for a fresh start?’ It was a really rough end to the season for everybody this year. There might be some hurt feelings over some of the stuff that came out in the testimony. “I’m wondering if they kind of talk to each other and..." April 18

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • Edmonton Oilers notes: Russia calling ... competitive boost ... free agency beckons

    Edmonton Sun "If Nail Yakupov is wearing another NHL jersey next season, he finished his fourth year here with a goal in the Rexall Place closing and two assists in the final loss in Vancouver. So, he went out, not with a whimper, but with a small bang. He only played 14:13 on average, per night, however...." April 11

  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins to skip World Championship to rehab hand

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will not be suiting up for Canada at the World Championships next month. The 22-year-old addressed the media at the team's end of year interviews, stating he is going to focus on getting healthy. "I'm still not feeling 100 percent right now. As of..." April 10

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