Oilers Rumors & News

  • 2018-19 Salary Cap Projected At $78-82MM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the board of governors meeting today, the league shared projections for next season’s salary cap. According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, that number is set to fall between $78-82MM depending on how the NHLPA uses their escalators. That’s an increase from this year’s $75MM ceiling, giving..." December 09

  • The NHL is political, whether you like it or not

    Sporting News "In the immediate aftermath of raising his fist, Lightning forward J.T. Brown received death threats. Brown, in the eyes of some hockey fans, had broken the cardinal rule of combining sports and the vague concept of politics. For, in the NHL, the best player is a quiet player who keeps his head..." December 08

  • Options In Net For The Edmonton Oilers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Things went from bad to worse for the Edmonton Oilers’ 2017-18 season when dependable starting goaltender Cam Talbot went down with and upper body injury and landed on IR and could remain out through December. His replacement, Laurent Brossoit, is struggling and that’s putting it gently. In 8..." December 07

  • The NHL's Most Valuable Teams

    Forbes.com "NHL team values are up 15% over last year to an average of $594 million, the biggest increase in three years. Deal-making in and out of hockey has been a boon to the NHL, most notably the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets (NBA), the $1.2 billion price for the Miami Marlins (MLB) and the..." December 05

  • Heat is on Oilers GM after controversial trades

    Toronto Star "At some point, the fans in Edmonton will get over Taylor Hall, right? Ditto for Montreal with P.K. Subban? The two stars appear to be over them. Hall said as much a couple of weeks ago when his — and I mean HIS — New Jersey Devils came through Toronto. This is not to say Hall or Subban..." December 04

  • Oilers owner Daryl Katz bought the most expensive house in L.A. history

    TMZ "Super realtor Kurt Rappaport is selling the most expensive house ever in L.A. ... and it's his! Real estate sources tell us ... Rappaport is in escrow to sell his incredible 20,000 sq. ft, six-acre Malibu estate for $120 million. We're told it's broken down so that $85 mil is for the home, and..." December 03

  • Oilers claim Davidson off waivers from Canadiens

    Global News "The Edmonton Oilers are welcoming back a familiar face. On Sunday, the hockey team tweeted they’ve claimed defenceman Brandon Davidson off of waivers from the Montreal Canadiens. Davidson has one assist in 13 games with the Canadiens this season." December 03

  • Oilers coach McLellan defends Russell from ‘nerds out there’

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan made an impassioned stand in defence of defenceman Kris Russell on Saturday. The Oilers lost a heartbreaker against the Toronto Maple Leafs in regulation on Thursday after Russell shot the game-winning goal into his own net with 1:05 remaining. Russell,..." December 02

  • Oilers to place defenceman Adam Larsson on injured reserve

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers will be without yet another star player for their upcoming slate of games, as defenceman Adam Larsson is set to be placed on injured reserve, the club announced Friday. Edmonton is already trying to make due with starting netminder Cam Talbot out of the mix, as the..." December 01

  • Oilers Claim Nathan Walker Off Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Nathan Walker became the first Australian-born player to play in the NHL earlier this season and he’ll soon become the first Australian-born player to play for a Canadian NHL team as well. The young forward was placed on waivers by the Washington Capitals yesterday and the Edmonton Oilers..." December 01

  • The Edmonton Oilers lose Cam Talbot, can’t catch a break

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just when you thought the Edmonton Oilers might be getting the band back together… Cam Talbot was placed on injured reserve on Thursday with an upper-body ailment that will keep him out for the next couple of weeks (and perhaps longer) It comes at a time when the Oilers were starting to..." November 30

  • IIHF backs Russia’s participation in Pyeongchang Olympics

    Pro Hockey Talk "The International Ice Hockey Federation doesn’t want to see hockey suffer at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. With the International Olympic Committee set to rule on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games next week, the IIHF threw its support behind Russia’s..." November 28

  • Is Connor McDavid actually regressing defensively this season?

    Sportsnet "In case you hadn’t heard, the Edmonton Oilers are struggling in an epic way. Only the Buffalo Sabres and Arizona Coyotes have fewer points in the standings and fewer wins. Things aren’t quite as bleak as the start of the Oilers’ season when they went 4-8-1, but in their last 10 games they’ve..." November 26

  • Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins garnering some trade interest around NHL

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers were getting Stanley Cup contender buzz prior to the season yet more than a quarter the way through the year the team finds itself near the bottom of the NHL standings. If the Oilers continue to struggle and management contemplates making a trade to shake things up, centre..." November 26

  • Edmonton Oilers coach believes pace of play has improved

    Edmonton Journal "Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan looks healthy, dropping about 30 pounds, and it’s not because he’s been fasting until his hockey club finds a way to win more than one game a week. The coaches are doing their job, now it’s up to the players to do theirs. “It’s our job to have them..." November 26

  • Eberle regaining his confidence during renaissance with Islanders

    Sportsnet "Doug Weight never minced words as a player and hasn’t changed during his first full season as the New York Islanders’ coach. His assessment of Jordan Eberle, a pivotal off-season acquisition, is dead-on. “Jordan was coming from a situation where, not blaming the Oilers, but he was in a..." November 25

  • Oilers shake up lines, promote Cammalleri ahead of Bruins tilt

    Sportsnet "With just one win in their past five games, the Edmonton Oilers opted to switch things up ahead of their meeting with the Boston Bruins on Sunday. Head coach Todd McLellan split up his three centres—Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins—onto three separate lines during..." November 25

  • McDavid, Eichel looking for wins, not sympathy

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel aren't looking for sympathy. Only wins. Unfortunately for each of them, those have been few and far between this season. It was 29 months ago that McDavid was taken by the Edmonton Oilers with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and Eichel was taken at No. 2..." November 25

  • McDavid down at least 5 lbs following illness

    TSN "Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid has been battling illness over the past two weeks and, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, he lost at least five pounds as a result. While McDavid did not miss a game due to the illness (and the 20-year-old managed to score three goals and tally..." November 23

  • Oilers recall defenceman Ryan Stanton from Bakersfield

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenceman Ryan Stanton from AHL Bakersfield. Stanton signed a two-year deal with the Oilers on July 1, after spending the 2016-17 season with the Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets organizations. The 28-year-old has no points and 10 penalty..." November 22

  • How the Oilers became the NHL’s biggest disappointment

    Pro Hockey Talk "At the start of the 2017-18 season the Edmonton Oilers were one of the top Stanley Cup favorites. They were one game away from reaching the Western Conference Finals and they have the reigning league MVP and scoring champion (and arguably the game’s best player). All of that seemed to indicate..." November 22

  • 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