Oilers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Ryan Strome familiar with McDavid, fan of Oilers’ playing style

    Sportsnet "Halfway through the summer, it’s easy to understand if Ryan Strome still feels like he has a skate in two worlds. Six weeks ago, on the eve of the NHL Draft, Strome was traded for the first time in his pro career. And even when the star of your new team is close with your entire family, it..." August 04

  • McDavid remains grounded despite Oilers success

    NHL.com "The quote Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid gave Wednesday could be a slogan for his entire offseason. "One season doesn't make a career," McDavid said following his on-ice session at the 2017 Power Edge Pro Camp at Scotiabank Pond. The 20-year-old center is entering the final year of..." August 03

  • McLellan excited about addition of ‘utility player’ Strome

    Pro Hockey Talk "To hear Todd McLellan explain it, Ryan Strome could be wearing many hats next season. That’s what the Oilers head coach said on Wednesday of the former Isles forward, acquired earlier this summer in the Jordan Eberle trade. McLellan expressed excitement over Strome’s ability to play both center..." July 27

  • Oilers coach 'confident' Draisaitl will sign

    NHL.com "Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan said Wednesday he isn't concerned that restricted free agent forward Leon Draisaitl remains unsigned. "I'm confident we're going to see Leon in an [Oilers] uniform," McLellan said at a charity golf tournament. "We want him to be there, he wants to be there,..." July 27

  • Connor McDavid ‘really upset’ about missing out on 2018 Olympics

    Sportsnet "The bitterness of the National Hockey League’s decision to not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics still eats at the league’s reigning MVP. The morning after Hockey Canada announced its management, coaching staff and development plan for its Pyeongchang men’s squad, Connor McDavid refused..." July 26

  • AHL players eligible to appear in 2018 Winter Olympics

    Fanrag Sports "As the war wages on of which hockey players can and cannot appear in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, another shoe dropped on Wednesday night with the announcement that players on AHL contracts will be allowed to appear. The same does not hold true at this time for those who..." July 20

  • Oilers sign defenceman Dillon Simpson to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Dillon Simpson to a one-year deal, the team announced on Sunday. Simpson, 24, recorded 11 points in 53 games for the Bakersfield Condors, the Oilers’ AHL affiliate, this past season." July 16

  • Ex-Oiler Laraque: Tough teammates open space for McDavid's creativity

    Edmonton Journal "“They don’t know anything,” Laraque says, but that’s under-selling contribution of analytics This in from former NHL Georges Laraque, talking to Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now, defending Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic and blasting analytics bloggers who downplay the physical factor in hockey...." July 16

  • Andrew Ference announces retirement after 16 NHL seasons

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers defenceman Andrew Ference has announced his retirement after 16 NHL seasons. Ference, 38, spent the past four seasons with the Oilers, serving as captain from 2013-15. He also spent time with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins over his career." July 13

  • Edmonton Oilers Sign Joey LaLeggia

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though his arbitration hearing had been set for July 25th, Joey LaLeggia has reached a contract with the Edmonton Oilers according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The 25-year old has signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $700K at the NHL level. LaLeggia will almost certainly be a Group VI free..." July 12

  • Oilers sign Yohann Auvitu to 1-year deal

    Fanrag Sports "Former New Jersey Devils defenseman Yohann Auvitu will go on to spend just one season outside the “Big Apple” while becoming an unrestricted free agent this offseason. As a result, the Edmonton Oilers have since announced that the Western Conference franchise has officially signed Auvitu to a..." July 10

  • Former Oilers forward Anton Lander signs in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was reported back in May that former Edmonton Oilers forward Anton Lander could be on his way to Russia to play in the KHL. On Monday, it became official when Ak-Bars agreed to a two-year deal with the forward. A second-round pick by the team in 2009, Lander spent the past six seasons..." July 10

  • Oilers' Jokinen ready to take Puljujarvi under his wing

    NHL.com "Jussi Jokinen, who signed a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers, is ready to do anything he can to help the team win, including mentoring one of their young players. As a part owner of Karpat in SM-Liiga, Jokinen is very familiar with Jesse Puljujarvi - the Oilers fourth-overall pick in..." July 08

  • Oilers sign Jokinen to one-year deal

    TSN "Jussi Jokinen is joining the Edmonton Oilers. The team announced on Friday that they had signed the veteran Finnish forward to a one-year deal. Jokinen, 34, was bought out by the Florida Panthers late last month. A native of Kalajoki, Finland, Jokinen is heading into his 13th National..." July 07

  • Could Connor McDavid deal affect future contracts for Matthews, Eichel?

    Sportsnet "There’s no young player in the NHL quite like Connor McDavid and that’s why the 20-year-old was just handed a record contract by the Edmonton Oilers. But does his deal have the ability to alter things for players who follow? Jeff Jackson, McDavid’s agent, joined Prime Time Sports on Thursday..." July 07

  • Chiarelli: Stanley Cup was constant discussion point in McDavid negotiations

    The Hockey News "Connor McDavid could have demanded an additional $20 million over his eight-year extension, but instead toed the company line when it comes to loyalty and selflessness. It's what hockey players do. When Connor McDavid’s eight-year extension was announced Wednesday afternoon, much was made of..." July 06

  • How Connor McDavid stacks up against highest-paid athletes in NFL, NBA, MLB

    CBS Sports "The Edmonton Oilers made Connor McDavid the highest-paid player in the NHL on Wednesday with an eight-year, $100 million contract extension, and they did it at a relatively affordable rate considering previous reports had the Hart Trophy winner set to earn as much as $13.25 million per year over..." July 06

  • Connor McDavid signs eight-year extension with Oilers

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have locked up their captain and this past season’s Hart Trophy winner for the foreseeable future. Connor McDavid and the Oilers came to terms on an eight-year, $100-million extension on Wednesday. The new contract comes with a cap hit of $12.5 million. The 20-year-old still..." July 05

  • Analyzing what the Edmonton Oilers should have to pay RFA Leon Draisaitl

    Sportsnet "Leon Draisaitl‘s stunning five-point performance in Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks and his team-leading 16-point performance through Edmonton’s playoff run made a compelling case for himself as the clock ran out on his entry-level contract. Edmonton was one win away from a spot in the Western..." July 05

  • Report: Rangers, Desharnais agree to deal

    TSN "The New York Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with centre David Desharnais, according to Larry Brooks of The New York Post. Desharnais, 30, scored six goals and tallied eight assists over 49 games last season with the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers. The Habs..." July 04

  • Oilers promote Howson to VP of player development

    Edmonton Journal "Scott Howson has been way under the radar the last two years, but he hasn’t gone unnoticed. The Edmonton Oilers are promoting him from his scouting and advisory role to Vice President of Player Development, the position previously held by Kelly Buchberger. “I started talking to Peter about..." July 03

  • Oilers sign defenceman Ryan Stanton to two-way deal

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Ryan Stanton to a two-way deal, according to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector. Stanton, 27, has four goals and 23 assists in 120 career NHL games, mostly with the Vancouver Canucks (2013-14, 2014-15). " July 01

  • Oilers sign forward Rattie

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent forward Ty Rattie, according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug. Rattie played five games for the Carolina Hurricanes last season, recording two assists." July 01

  • Benoit Pouliot Waived by Oilers

    CBS Sports "Pouliot was placed on waivers by Edmonton on Thursday in order to buy him out of his contract. The move to buyout Pouliot will save the Oilers $2.6 million over the next two seasons before costing them $1.3 million in cap space from 2019-21. The 30-year-old saw his ice time drop by two minutes..." June 29