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  • Pre-season or not, Oilers’ success hinges on improving penalty kill

    Sportsnet "After the morning skate, Oilers head coach Dave Tippett talked about the four young centremen who would have a chance to shine in a pre-season game against Vancouver. Watch them closely, he said, and we would learn something later that evening. So, in that group of Cooper Marody, Ryan..." September 20

  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • The Oilers and Jets could make good trade partners

    Oilers Nation "Earlier today, Bob McKenzie dropped a bombshell, stating that Dustin Byfuglien was taking an absence from the Winnipeg Jets in order to contemplate his future in the league. As discussed over at JetsNation, the Jets are giving the veteran defenceman time and space while he decides whether he..." September 19

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • Oilers GM 'optimistic' Connor McDavid will be ready for opening night

    TSN "Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland said Wednesday it looks optimistic for captain Connor McDavid to play in the team's regular-season opener on Oct. 2. Holland said there remains a chance McDavid could play in a preseason game, but noted his availability remains in the hands..." September 18

  • Winger Anton Burdasov earns professional tryout with Oilers

    Sportsnet "Russian right winger Anton Burdasov will join the Edmonton Oilers on a professional tryout.   Can confirm that Anton Burdasov will join the Edmonton Oilers on a PTO, as first reported by September 18

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • Inside Connor McDavid's NHL political awakening

    ESPN "Ken Holland knew about Connor McDavid, the hockey player. He watched the most gifted offensive center on the planet shred through his Detroit Red Wings while he was their general manager. But as he sat down for lunch with McDavid in Toronto, three weeks after taking over..." September 17

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • Leaner, smarter Darnell Nurse ready to take control of his progress for Oilers

    Sportsnet "There is a time in every successful athlete’s life where they begin to figure things out on their own. That moment when they stop listening to what everyone around them is saying they should be — or telling them what they can’t be — and they take control of their own..." September 16

  • NHLPA declines option, CBA extends to 2022

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players' Association has declined their option to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, which will now remain in effect through the 2021-2022 season. The NHL declined their option to re-open the CBA in August, leaving the the..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 3 risky players to gamble on

    The Score "Every year, there are players fantasy owners avoid for one reason or another. Injury concerns, inconsistency, and adjusting to a new team can all turn a once-dependable name into anything but. Despite those factors, there are always a few players with particularly uncertain futures..." September 16

  • Connor McDavid is fine after going down in practice

    Edmonton Sun "Connor McDavid took a tumble at the Saturday afternoon practice but while the fans at the open practice at Rogers Place held their breath, there was no harm. He brushed himself off on a back-checking drill when Joe Gambardella got tangled up with Zack Kassian and the Edmonton..." September 15

  • Fantasy: 4 goalies who could become studs

    The Score "Among all the positions in hockey, there's no question goaltenders take the longest to realize their potential. With so much uncertainty in the crease, it can be tricky to land two proven netminders come fantasy draft day. Sometimes an increase in opportunity or a change of..." September 15

  • NHLPA’s Decision To Re-Open CBA Will Be Announced Monday

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the NHL announced that they have formally declined using their opt-out clause to re-0pen the current CBA early, the NHLPA has until Sept. 15th to make their decision on whether they want to opt-out of the current agreement after the 2019-20 season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 14

  • Connor McDavid takes part in Oilers first training camp practice

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid took part in the first practice of Edmonton Oilers training camp Friday at Rogers Place. The 22-year-old center is recovering from a torn PCL in his left knee, sustained April 6 in the season finale against the Calgary Flames. "It was fun, it was..." September 13

  • Fantasy: 5 bounce-back candidates

    The Score "The following five players disappointed last season but are primed to bounce back in 2019-20: William Nylander, C/RW, Maple Leafs Nylander never got comfortable last season. He was mired in a contract holdout well into the campaign, ultimately signing minutes before the..." September 13

  • Kyle Brodziak Forced To Retire

    Edmonton Journal "Kyle Brodziak’s body of work was extremely sound as a seventh-round draft pick playing over 900 NHL games, but eventually a damaged piece of that body told him it was time to quit. “Its a degeneration of the disc,” said the Edmonton Oilers centre, who failed his camp..." September 13

  • Oilers Announce Training Camp Roster

    The Sports Daily "Later today, the Edmonton Oilers will report to Rogers Place to open training camp. It begins a 20 day march to opening night, when the club hosts the Vancouver Canucks. There are plenty of roster spots and jobs to be won, with a unique list of candidates ready to..." September 12

  • Edmonton Oilers officially announce third jerseys

    Oilers Nation "After a month of speculation as a result of the leaked images that surfaced on Twitter, the Edmonton Oilers have officially announced their alternate jerseys for the upcoming season via their social media accounts.  

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  • Ken Holland 'not going to force' Jesse Puljujarvi trade

    Edmonton Journal "Oilers general manager Ken Holland has not received any appealing offers on forward Jesse Puljujarvi and is willing to let the situation play itself out. Puljujarvi, the Oilers first pick — fourth overall — in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, has requested a trade out of Edmonton..." September 12

  • Holland: McDavid 'very likely' to sit out every preseason game

    The Score "The Edmonton Oilers are going to play it safe with their superstar captain. Oilers general manager Ken Holland told reporters Wednesday that he doesn't believe Connor McDavid will see much, if any, game action this preseason as the forward continues..." September 11

  • Women officials thrilled by NHL experience

    NHL.com "Four women officials had the career opportunity of a lifetime at NHL prospect tournaments this week, and each loved every second of it.  "It's more than I could have ever imagined," said Kirsten Welsh, a first-year official. "Incredible and a dream come..." September 11

  • Fantasy: 5 rookies who can make an impact in 2019-20

    The Score "It's difficult to break into the NHL and contribute right away. Most players need a year or two of experience before beginning to produce consistently, though a select few make an immediate impact. Here are some rookies who will be fantasy difference-makers in their first NHL..." September 10

  • KHL To Implement Salary Cap Floor

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The KHL’s Board of Governors was busy this weekend, discussing and ultimately deciding on a number of major issues. The league approved the use of “smart puck” tracking technology, distributed television revenue to each team, and formally open up investigations into both..." September 09

  • Fantasy: 4 bust candidates who won't meet expectations

    The Score "You shouldn't completely avoid the following players in fantasy hockey this season, but they're unlikely to meet expectations relative to how high you'll have to draft them. Morgan Rielly, D, Maple Leafs Rielly finished third among NHL defensemen with 72 points..." September 09

  • Ken Hitchcock is stepping away from coaching but he'll still be busy

    Edmonton Journal "Ken Hitchcock’s job title is adviser, which presumably means everything except running a bench. No coaching, which means the third-winningest coach of all time (849) won’t be in a team issue sweatsuit at the morning skates, and in a suit and tie at night. He’ll still..." September 08

  • Connor McDavid skates with Oilers: ‘It feels like nothing’s changed’

    Sportsnet ""It feels like nothing’s changed." Those five words are exactly what the hockey world has been waiting to hear from Connor McDavid, who stepped on to the Rogers Place surface for the first time on Saturday since tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee..." September 08

  • Who can challenge Alex Ovechkin for NHL’s goal crown this season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin has been the NHL’s most dominant goal-scorer from the moment he entered the league and has a chance to finish his career as the league’s all-time goal-scoring leader. Even if he doesn’t eclipse Wayne Gretzky’s mark of 894, there were still be an argument to..." September 08

  • In NHL first, 4 women selected to officiate prospect games

    CBC "The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at prospect tournaments held this weekend. Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were selected as referees, while Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley will work as linesmen, the league announced Friday. The four..." September 07

  • Why the NHL's 'no soap operas' ad totally misses the point

    USA Today "Sometimes, the NHL makes good ads. Take a look, for example, at some of their Stanley Cup hype spots and feel the chills run down your spine. Those are legitimately stirring spots that naturally draw viewers to the game. Not as successful are a current spate of digital ads the NHL is running to..." September 06

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on Jesse Puljujarvi: ‘It’s too bad to see it going down this path’

    Sportsnet "When the Edmonton Oilers open training camp next week, the fourth overall pick from the 2016 draft won’t be there with them. Over the summer, Jesse Puljujarvi‘s agent made it clear that if the Oilers didn’t trade him before the season he would sign in Europe. And on..." September 05

  • Flames’ Brad Treliving sees controversy over Milan Lucic remarks as ‘totally ridiculous’

    Sportsnet "When the Calgary Flames acquired Milan Lucic, few could have envisioned anyone would have to step in to defend the rugged winger. However, that’s exactly what Flames GM Brad Treliving did upon hearing that Lucic’s innocuous comments at the team’s golf tourney had..." September 05

  • New quarterback can help Oilers power play be magic, as opposed to tragic

    Edmonton Journal "The Edmonton Oilers need their power play to be magic this year, not tragic. New Oiler d-man Joel Persson could be the power play wizard who drives this desired result. One of the few things that went right for the 2018-19 Oilers was the power play. Edmonton ranked ninth..." September 05

  • Fantasy: 4 players who will excel with their new team

    The Score "The 2019-20 fantasy hockey season is fast approaching, and after a summer filled with roster moves throughout the NHL, it's important to keep tabs on all the new faces in new places as you gear up for your draft. With that in mind, here are four players set to excel on their new..." September 05

  • Edmonton Oilers to sign veteran centre Riley Sheahan to one-year, $900k deal

    Edmonton Journal "Breaking news from Edmonton Oilers’ camp, courtesy Mark Spector of Sportsnet Spector subsequently reports a one-year deal at a team-friendly $900,000, this after his two previous contracts covering a combined three years were all in the $2 million..." September 05

  • NHLPA weighing risks of poking the bear

    TSN "To poke or not poke the bear: that is the question staring down the NHL Players’ Association as they convene here for a meeting on Wednesday evening. In this case, that bear is commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL’s Board of Governors. The NHLPA has until Sept...." September 05

  • A way-too-early look at the NHL's 2020 RFA panic

    ESPN "This summer, the NHL was split into two camps when it came to restricted free agents and their unsigned contracts covered in nervous droplets of flop sweat from general managers: Those who believed this was the new normal, and those who believed this offseason was an anomaly. I've..." September 05

  • Donald Fehr: NHLPA hasn't discussed extending deadline for CBA decision

    The Score "Donald Fehr says it's essentially status quo after the NHLPA met Wednesday night in Chicago, and the notion of postponing the union's opt-out deadline hasn't been broached, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. The NHLPA's executive director said no decisions were..." September 05

  • Connor McDavid has not had any setbacks in recovery; return date still unclear

    Sportsnet "Connor McDavid has not had any setbacks in his recovery from a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and no one is saying that his return to the Edmonton Oilers will be in November or December. That’s the good news. Any major knee injury is..." September 04

  • Sidney Crosby tops list of best-selling jerseys from last season

    The Score "One can debate whether Sidney Crosby is still the NHL's best player, but judging by jersey sales, he's still the most popular. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain topped the list of the league's most purchased sweaters from 2018-19 after finishing second to Toronto Maple Leafs..." September 04

  • Jason Pominville and other bargain bin NHL free agents to consider

    Pro Hockey Talk "With training camps nearing, it’s not surprising that you won’t find a ton of great NHL-ready options in free agency as of Sept. 3. That’s especially true once you start crossing certain names off of the list with the help of context. Jake Gardiner’s either..." September 04

  • Gary Bettman elected to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

    NHL.com "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the driving force behind the League's financial stability and growth since taking office 26 years ago, is among five people who will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 12, it was announced Wednesday. Former NHL players and Stanley..." September 04

  • 5 things to like about new Edmonton Oilers, even if they have just a 20 per cent chance of making playoffs

    Edmonton Journal "This in from Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic, his fair and sober take on the weak playoff chances of the Edmonton Oilers, which Luszczyszyn pegs at around a 20 per cent chance, above only the four weakest teams in the NHL, Ottawa, Los Angeles, Detroit and Buffalo: “Starting with Edmonton,..." September 03

  • Top 25 NHL goaltenders in 2019-20: Ranking the best in the league, from Price to Lundqvist

    Sporting News "The age-old debate when it comes to any sport, any league, any team: who are the best of the best? With the NHL's preseason on the horizon, let's takes a look at the top 25 players at each position right now: forward, defense and goalie. This list takes into account both..." August 30

  • NHL Formally Declines CBA Opt-Out Clause

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has notified the NHLPA that they will not be using their opt-out clause to terminate the current CBA early according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The agreement currently runs until September, 2022 but both sides had the ability to end it two years early. The NHL has decided..." August 30

  • Connor McDavid will make 'right decisions' on injury with Oilers, Leon Draisaitl says

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid will "make the right decisions" when it comes to returning from a knee injury, Edmonton Oilers teammate Leon Draisaitl said Wednesday. McDavid said Monday that he has no timetable to return from the torn PCL he sustained April 6 during the Oilers' season..." August 29

  • Leon Draisaitl unfazed by team drama, focused on lifting Oilers to playoffs

    Sportsnet "After three late-August mornings spent on the business end of Leon Draisaitl’s shot, Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Malcolm Subban can only smile and shake his head. “It’s scary to think he’s not in game shape yet. He’s lookin’ good out..." August 28

  • Leon Draisaitl on Jesse Puljujarvi: 'It seems like he doesn't want to be on our team'

    TSN "Leon Draisaitl said Wednesday he would gladly welcome Jesse Puljujarvi back to the Edmonton Oilers after the 2016 first-round pick signed a contract in Finland on Tuesday. "Yeah," Draisaitl told reporters in Toronto Wednesday when asked if he was..." August 28