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  • Oilers Only Working On A Short-Term Deal With Darnell Nurse

    Yardbarker "The Oilers are focusing on strictly a short-term contract with restricted free agent defenseman Darnell Nurse, his agent Anton Thun told Postmedia’s Jim Matheson.  Thun acknowledged that an offer has been made but their salary cap situation will restrict their options on this..." July 14

  • Salary Cap Floor Should Not Pose Problems For Any Team In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The purpose of the salary cap in the NHL is to maintain a sense of competitive balance across the league. That means both limiting how much a team can spend, the salary cap ceiling, but also ensuring that every team is competitive with a minimum expenditure, the salary cap floor. Some teams,..." July 10

  • Bouchard can be much-needed right-shot defenseman for Oilers

    NHL.com "Evan Bouchard is the kind of right-shot, offensive-minded defenseman the Edmonton Oilers have coveted. Selected with the No. 10 pick of the 2018 NHL Draft, Bouchard, 18, led London in scoring and tied for seventh in the Ontario Hockey League with 87 points (25 goals, 62 assists) in 67..." July 08

  • Ryan Strome inks two-year extension with Edmonton Oilers at $3.1 million cap hit

    Edmonton Journal "Edmonton Oilers announced Friday morning that one piece of outstanding business has been dealt with, even as they omitted a critical piece of information in the process. First Drake Caggiula, then Matt Benning, now Ryan Strome, still to come, Darnell Nurse. It seems that Peter..." July 06

  • Oilers’ Chiarelli checks off lots of boxes on tight budget

    Sportsnet "Peter Chiarelli created his cap issues with some questionable signings, and a few overpays. That much is undeniable. But if you’re itching to blame the Edmonton Oilers general manager with those deals, then it’s only fair to credit him with some pretty fancy footwork on..." July 01

  • Oilers sign Tobias Rieder to one-year contract

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have signed Tobias Rieder to a one-year contract worth $2 million. Rieder recorded 12 goals and 13 assists in 78 games split between the Arizona Coyotes and the Los Angeles Kings during this past season. " July 01

  • Edmonton Oilers sign unheralded d-man Kevin Gravel

    Edmonton Journal "This in from Michael Russo of the Athletic: “Former St. Cloud State defenseman Kevin Gravel will be signing with the #oilers.”   " July 01

  • Kyle Brodziak Expected To Sign With Edmonton Oilers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers have been linked by several different reports this morning to unrestricted free agent center Kyle Brodziak, with Mark Spector of Sportsnet tweeting that he expects a two-year contract with an average annual value of around $1MM. Brodziak began his NHL career with the Oilers..." July 01

  • McLellan, Gulutzan bonded by Saskatchewan roots on Oilers staff

    NHL.com "The close relationship between Todd McLellan and Glen Gulutzan had come to a near-complete stop the past two seasons. The Battle of Alberta can do that. McLellan, the coach of the Edmonton Oilers since 2015-16, and Gulutzan, the coach of the Calgary Flames from 2016-18, had..." June 30

  • Canucks, Flames, Oilers, Canadiens interested in Rieder

    The Score "Despite notching only 12 goals and 25 points last season, Los Angeles Kings winger Tobias Rieder is becoming quite the hot commodity in NHL free-agent circles. Related: Report: 4 Canadian teams have engaged in talks with Rieder Reports emerged earlier in the week regarding a..." June 30

  • Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic is not on the move according to agent

    Edmonton Journal "Edmonton-based agent Gerry Johannson wants to reiterate his client, Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic, is not going anywhere. “Milan didn’t ask for a trade and Peter (GM Chiarelli) 100 per cent, has not come to us about moving Milan. If he wants to get out from under the..." June 28

  • Oilers focusing free agent efforts on adding depth players

    Sportsnet "Death by a thousand cuts. That’s how Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli described his team’s demise last season. As the salary cap walls close in on Chiarelli this summer, do the same words apply to the Oilers’ salary cap issues? With..." June 27

  • Oilers thrilled after ‘complete package’ Bouchard falls in their lap

    Sportsnet "Blessed at the draft, if not once the puck drops, even in the rare season when the Edmonton Oilers don’t draft first overall the lottery balls still seem to fall for them. The Montreal Canadiens fulfilled predictions when they picked Jesperi Kotkaniemi at No. 3, and then the New..." June 23

  • Edmonton Oilers Acquire Hayden Hawkey From Montreal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers picked up another prospect goaltender today when they acquired Providence College’s Hayden Hawkey from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round pick, according to TSN’s Brennan Klak. " June 23

  • Edmonton Oilers hang on to their #10 draft pick, select high-scoring blueliner Evan Bouchard

    Edmonton Journal "After all the crazy rumours, rampant speculation and idle chitchat about what Peter Chiarelli might do with the Edmonton Oilers’ first round draft pick, in the end the GM decided to hang on to it, selecting offensive defenceman Evan Bouchard from London Knights. After several..." June 22

  • Could Bruins-Klefbom talks be heating up?

    NBC Sports Boston "It’s more smoke than fire, hours ahead of the first round of the NHL draft at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday night, but the rumblings involving Oscar Klefbom and the Bruins are out there in hockey circles. Klefbom, 24, the Edmonton Oilers defenseman,..." June 22

  • Oilers Open for Business?

    The Hockey Writers "If the right player is available, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli is willing to deal the club’s first-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft. Chiarelli addressed the media ahead of the draft festivities in Dallas and admitted the club has had some discussions around trading..." June 22

  • Chiarelli expects Lucic to be back - and better

    The Score "Milan Lucic - and his massive contract - may be staying put, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli told reporters on Thursday. Lucic, who posted just 34 points in 82 games this past season, has been the subject of trade rumours, in large part due to an albatross contract..." June 21

  • "No question about it:" Edmonton Oilers top pick definitely in play for right NHL d-man

    Oilers Nation "The Oilers have the 10th pick in Friday’s draft. We know GM Peter Chiarelli is open to trading the pick to acquire a right-shot, puck-moving defender, but what about moving up a few spots, or possibly moving down to acquire more draft picks? What would it cost? There..." June 21

  • Edmonton Oilers To Buy Out Eric Gryba

    Pro Hockey Rumors "We have our first buyout of the offseason, as the Edmonton Oilers have placed Eric Gryba on waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. Gryba has just one year remaining on his deal worth $900K, meaning the Oilers will incur a cap charge of just $300K for each of the next two..." June 21

  • Connor McDavid 'shocked' to win Ted Lindsay Award

    Toronto Sun "The players have spoken. Snubbed by the media in the voting for the Hart Trophy, Connor McDavid earned the respect of his peers as the winner of the Ted Lindsay Award as the “most outstanding player” at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night. It made sense. And yet,..." June 21

  • NHL Announces 2017-18 First and Second All-Star Teams

    Hockey Fights "NHL MVP Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, voted to his first career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players on the 2017-18 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Hall, who received the Hart Trophy as the League’s most valuable player at the 2018 NHL..." June 21

  • Oilers Sign Matt Benning to Two-Year Contract Extension

    Hockey Fights "  Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager, Peter Chiarelli, announced the Oilers have agreed to terms with defenceman Matt Benning on a two-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season. Benning, 24, appeared in 73 games with the..." June 19

  • Pressure builds for Oilers, Chiarelli ahead of NHL Draft

    Sportsnet "It’s Monday of draft week and your name is Peter Chiarelli. They say an NHL general manager builds his team in the summer, and then simply augments it during the season. Well, the summer starts now, and you are fully aware that — in Year 4 of a five-year deal —..." June 18

  • Oilers risk repeating terrible trade history with Lucic

    Pro Hockey Talk "NHL teams should stick to certain unwritten rules. Don’t let the Washington Capitals’ power play send a pass to Alex Ovechkin in “his office.” Maybe skip blocking Zdeno Chara‘s slapper in an exhibition game. Avoid smelling Brad Marchand‘s breath...." June 15

  • Oilers want to trade Lucic, not simply to offload contract

    The Score "There's been a lot of speculation about Milan Lucic's potential departure from Edmonton this summer. However, despite initial rumors indicating Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli is willing to simply offload Lucic's hefty remaining contract at any cost, the latest..." June 15

  • Oilers sign forward Drake Caggiula to two-year contract

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Drake Caggiula to a two-year contract. The 23-year-old Pickering, Ont., native appeared in 67 games with the Oilers in 2017-18, posting 20 points (13G, 7A) and tallying 37 penalty minutes, including three power-play goals and one..." June 14

  • Edmonton Oilers Sign Patrick Russell To One-Year Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "  The Edmonton Oilers have inked one of their pending restricted free agents, signing Patrick Russell to a one-year deal. The 25-year old Russell played for the Bakersfield Condors this season, scoring 27 points in 68 games.  " June 08

  • Edmonton Oilers acquire college winger Nolan Vesey from Toronto Maple Leafs, then sign him

    Edmonton Journal "With those pesky Stanley Cup games finally put to rest, the Edmonton Oilers got back to the serious task of building a powerhouse on Friday, acquiring college winger Nolan Vesey from Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional 7th round draft pick in 2020. Like his older brother Jimmy,..." June 08

  • NHL Rumors: Oilers willing to pay to move Lucic?

    TSN "Milan Lucic was listed at No. 18 on TSN Hockey's first Trade Bait board of the off-season and TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli reports the Edmonton Oilers are willing to "sweeten the pot" to move the winger. "My understanding, and the reason..." June 08

  • Oddsmakers peg Lightning, Knights as 2019 Cup favorites

    The Score "The Vegas Golden Knights fell just short of taking home the 2018 Stanley Cup title in the club's inaugural season, but that isn't getting in the way of hometown oddsmakers naming the Knights as the second favorite to take home the 2019 crown. Bookmakers in Vegas have..." June 08

  • Could trade talks be cooking between the B's and Oilers?

    NBC Sports Boston "With the Stanley Cup Final soon to be over, trade talks will be kicking up across the NHL very soon with free agency just a few weeks away.  The Boston Bruins will be no different given some of the improvements that clearly need to be made after a second-round exit from the..." June 07

  • McDavid rookie card fetches modern-era record $55K in auction

    The Score "A Connor McDavid rookie card was recently sold via an online auction for $55,655 USD, a new record for a modern card, according to PWCC Marketplace. The modern era consists of cards produced since 1986, and the most lucrative collectible prior to "The Cup Connor McDavid Rookie..." June 05

  • Oilers Re-Sign Defenseman Keegan Lowe

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers risked losing 25-year-old defender Keegan Lowe this off-season, but have worked quickly to rectify the situation. CapFriendly reports that the Oilers have signed Lowe to a two-year extension. It is a two-way deal that pays the veteran defenseman $650K/$150K in..." June 03

  • Nick Ellis Announces Retirement From Professional Hockey

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a surprising decision, Edmonton Oilers minor league goaltender Nick Ellis announced his retirement today via a post on his Instagram page. Ellis will instead pursue a career as a teacher and coach, ending his professional playing career just a few years after it began. Ellis, 24,..." May 30

  • NHL projects salary cap to be around $80M for 2018-19 season

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Bill Daly confirmed during a press conference Monday that the salary cap for the 2018-2019 season is projected to be around $80 million, up from $75 million this season. A set number for next season has not yet been agreed upon..." May 29

  • Todd McLellan’s new assistants excel in areas Edmonton needs to improve

    Sportsnet "Any National Hockey League coaching staff that adds assistants with the pedigrees of Trent Yawney, Glen Gulutzan and Emanuel Viveiros is going to be strong. Given the mix of experience behind Todd McLellan, and Vivieros’ status as a hot, new up-and-comer, if the head coach can’t win..." May 25

  • NHL’s ‘Smart Puck’ will enhance fan experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL has already announced that the Smart Puck era is quickly approaching, which is exciting news for hockey fans all over the globe. The league is planning on having this added technology at their disposal for the start of the 2019-20 season, but there’s a chance that we..." May 24

  • Edmonton Oilers hire two former head coaches to help Todd McLellan next year, Gregor confirms

    Edmonton Journal "This in from TSN1260’s Jason Gregor, confirmation that the Oilers have hired Glen Gulutzan and Trent Yawney as asst. coaches, with one more hire to come: “I have it confirmed that Gulutzan and Yawney have signed with the Oilers. There’s another coach they’re..." May 24

  • Edmonton Oilers Extend ECHL Affiliation

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Wichita Thunder have announced that they’ve extended their affiliation with the Edmonton Oilers and Bakersfield Condors for the 2018-19 season. Wichita is part of the ECHL, where more and more teams are building a legitimate tier of player development. The Thunder are coming off their..." May 18

  • Oilers sign defenceman Joel Persson to entry-level contract

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Joel Persson to a one-year entry-level contract.

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  • Chemistry with McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins at worlds could benefit Oilers

    Sportsnet "When you have one of the two best players in the world, it shouldn’t be the hardest task for a GM to find a linemate skilled enough to play alongside them. Despite the Edmonton Oilers suffering through a miserable season few saw coming, Connor McDavid won his second consecutive..." May 17

  • Edmonton Oilers in hunt for Swedish puck mover Joel Persson, Rishaug reports

    Edmonton Journal "This in from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug:” Sounds like Oilers may have locked up Swedish Defenceman Joel Persson. 24 year old right shot from the Vaxjo Lakers.” The Oilers need to get more puck-moving d-man on the back-end and they need to do it on the cheap. In..." May 16

  • Jaromir Jagr Will Play In Czech Republic In 2018-19

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though there is still bound to be speculation over a return to the NHL this summer, Nova Sport in the Czech Republic is reporting that Jaromir Jagr has agreed to return as a player for Kladno, the Czech team he owns. There apparently had been interest from the DEL in..." May 15

  • WHL playoff hero Stuart Skinner signs with Edmonton Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "It’s been a pretty eventful 24 hours for Stuart Skinner. Last night the 19-year-old netminder wrapped up a remarkable playoff run in the WHL, collecting his sixth shutout of the post-season in the final game as his Swift Current Broncos clinched the Ed Chynoweth Trophy..." May 14

  • Tyler Vesel Signs Entry-Level Contract With Edmonton Oilers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After joining the Bakersfield Condors for a taste of professional hockey down the stretch, Tyler Vesel has signed his one-year entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Vesel could have waited until August to become an unrestricted free agent, but instead will stay with the team who drafted..." May 08

  • Yohann Auvitu won’t return to Oilers

    Yardbarker "Defenseman Yohann Auvitu’s time with the Oilers has come to an end. In an interview with Finland’s MTV (link in Finnish), he states that while he has not yet decided where he’ll play next season, he plans to leave the NHL and head back overseas. He’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent in..." May 05

  • Oilers sign KHL G Mikko Koskinen to one-year deal

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers have signed KHL goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a one-year contract. Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli identified goaltending as an early of need for the team this offseason and struck quickly in adding the former New York Islanders prospect. Financial terms of the..." May 01

  • Connor McDavid to captain Canada at worlds

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid will captain Canada at the World Championship, Hockey Canada announced Monday. In addition, Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly and the St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn will serve as alternates. "We have a mix of youth and veterans on our team, and the..." April 30

  • Oilers shake up coaching staff, but McLellan will return in 2018-19

    Sporting News "Todd McLellan kept his job, but lost all of his trusted lieutenants. The Oilers officially announced Friday that McLellan will return for his fourth season as head coach in Edmonton despite a disappointing 78-point 2017-18 campaign However, he will do so with a completely new group of..." April 27