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  • Racial slur leads to five-game suspension for Bakersfield Condors' Brandon Manning

    Edmonton Sun "Brandon Manning, a defenceman with the Edmonton Oilers’ affiliate club in Bakersfield, Calif., received a five-game suspension from the American Hockey League after using a racial slur toward an opponent Monday. Ontario Reigns forward Bokondji Imama, a former Tampa Bay Lightnine..." January 21

  • Connor McDavid opted against surgery, 10-month recovery for knee injury

    The Score "Previously unknown details have emerged about Connor McDavid's 2019 knee injury. It was initially reported that McDavid suffered a small PCL tear when he crashed into the post during the final game of the 2018-19 regular season. However, the trailer for..." January 21

  • Zack Kassian talks road to sobriety: 'You've got to be willing to help yourself'

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian candidly discussed his past struggles with substance abuse and his road to sobriety with former teammates Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa on "The Kes & Juice" podcast.  The trio played together with the Vancouver..." January 20

  • Let's Dance: 12 Unforgettable Hockey Fights We're Still Talking About

    Complex "Although fighting in the NHL has been on a steady decline for years (sorry, Don Cherry), the recent drama surrounding the Battle of Alberta has put it back on the map—at least temporarily. With Edmonton Oilers’ winger Zack Kassian suspended two games for his now-infamous..." January 19

  • Fans troll with Matthew Tkachuk billboard, charities end up the big winners

    Pro Hockey Talk "Matthew Tkachuk‘s trolling made a great impact, and not just by earning the Flames a power play. Thanks to enterprising Flames and Oilers fans, a drive to put up a Tkachuk billboard in Edmonton morphed into something much more, raising a ton of money – more than $50K..." January 18

  • Edmonton Oilers nearing contract extension with winger Zack Kassian

    Sportsnet "According to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, the Edmonton Oilers are nearing a contract extension with Zack Kassian. Spector is reporting that Oilers GM Ken Holland and Kassian’s agent Rick Curran have had ongoing discussions and appear to be reaching a common..." January 17

  • JONES: At trade deadline, if Oilers are in the playoff race, Holland will look to add

    Edmonton Sun "When it comes to the trade deadline, Ken Holland has a philosophy. “When your team plays at a high level to put themselves in a position to get into the playoffs, as the general manager I want to help out. “I like to make a move that sends a message to your team,..." January 17

  • NHL cautions Oilers, Flames ahead of rematch

    Yahoo! Sports "The National Hockey League is taking notice prior to next Wednesday’s matchup between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. In an effort to calm the controversy between Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and Oilers forward Zack Kassian, the league is reportedly talking..." January 16

  • Calgary, Edmonton Looking For Top-Six Forward

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Both NHL teams based out of Alberta, Canada are on the lookout for help in their top-six, according to the recent edition of TSN’s Insider Trading. Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger report that the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are both in the trade market for a forward,..." January 16

  • Caleb Jones signs new smart, value contract with the Edmonton Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "This in from the Edmonton Oilers, news they have inked Caleb Jones to a new two-year deal: “The Oilers have signed defenceman Caleb Jones to a two-year contract extension. The 2015 fourth-round pick (117th overall) has appeared in 40 @NHL games with Edmonton, recording one goal &..." January 16

  • 7 Maple Leafs trade targets who could help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs’ tumultuous season has seen a new dose of chaos thrown into the mix. If a coaching change, an off-season blockbuster deal that hasn’t panned out, and injuries to Mitch Marner and John Tavares weren’t enough to shake things up, the loss of..." January 15

  • NHL Player Safety could not have handled the Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk feud worse

    Vancouver Courier "The animosity between Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames and Zack Kassian of the Edmonton Oilers is great theatre. The bad blood between the two players adds an extra edge to the Battle of Alberta, a rivalry that has lost something with the Oilers long absence from the..." January 15

  • Zack Kassian has no regrets about Matthew Tkachuk altercation: 'I'd do it again'

    The Score "Zack Kassian isn't going to apologize anytime soon for his actions toward Matthew Tkachuk that warranted a two-game suspension. "I'd do it again all over again," Kassian said to reporters when asked if he'd do anything differently...." January 14

  • New skills event will have players shooting pucks from stands

    The Score "The NHL is unveiling a new skills competition event at the 2020 All-Star Weekend that will feature players shooting pucks from up in the stands into targets on the ice, sources told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. Eight players will stand in a section of the Enterprise Center in St. Louis..." January 14

  • Zack Kassian suspended two games for pummeling Matthew Tkachuk

    Yahoo! Sports "The Battle of Alberta is known for its tussles, but usually they’re a bit less one-sided than the one that transpired during Saturday’s contest between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. Oilers forward Zack Kassian sought retaliation immediately after receiving a..." January 13

  • NHL extends agreement with Buffalo to host combine through 2022

    Buffalo News "Buffalo will remain the final stop for prospects before the National Hockey League's entry draft. The league and the Buffalo Sabres announced Monday the two sides signed a three-year contract to continue to hold the combine in KeyBank Center and LECOM Harborcenter through 2022...." January 13

  • Women's 3-on-3 event arranged for NHL All-Star Weekend

    Yahoo! Sports "Hockey’s greatest rivalry is set to take the spotlight during the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. A 3-on-3 matchup featuring the top women’s hockey players from the United States and Canada will take place at some point during the..." January 13

  • Matthew Tkachuk: If Zack Kassian 'doesn't want to get hit, stay off the tracks'

    The Score "Matthew Tkachuk had some advice for Zack Kassian after the Edmonton Oilers winger responded to a hard hit from the Calgary Flames forward with a series of pummeling blows. “If (Kassian) doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the..." January 12

  • Zack Kassian to have hearing for actions in Oilers game against Flames

    NHL.com "Zack Kassian will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday. The Edmonton Oilers forward in facing discipline for roughing/aggressor on Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk in the second period of their game Saturday. " January 12

  • Flames’ Milan Lucic played unique role in development of now-rival Oilers

    Sportsnet "Milan Lucic leaned comfortably against a table in the Calgary Flames dressing room, talking about his time on the other end of the Battle of Alberta, when someone asked if a front-row seat watching Connor McDavid for three seasons had taught him..." January 11

  • Oilers benefiting from Mike Smith, Mikko Koskinen sharing net

    Sportsnet "So, who is the No. 1 goalie in Edmonton, anyhow? "Is there one?" asks Mike Smith, who starts again Thursday in Montreal, quietly emerging from a personal slump to start all four games on this road trip thus far. The biggest question facing the Oilers prior to..." January 09

  • Potential targets for the Colorado Avalanche as we approach the NHL trade deadline

    Mile High Hockey "As the 2020 NHL trade deadline draws closer, it’s only a matter of time before the rumor mill picks up steam. We’re set to hear dozens of teams and player mentioned in ‘rumors’ and ‘rumbling’ on a nearly daily basis. Some rumored trades will come to..." January 09

  • Separating Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl necessary for Oilers’ long-term success

    Sportsnet " It’s no longer a question, or a topic of discussion inside the dressing room. For the Edmonton Oilers to get where they’ve been trying to go for years, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have to play on separate lines. It’s that..." January 08

  • What’s Next For The Edmonton Oilers?

    Featurd "Through the opening two months of this NHL season, the Edmonton Oilers were among the league's top teams.  Powered by the high-octane offense of scoring stars Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the Oilers sat atop the Western Conference standings by Nov. 26 with 35..." January 08

  • NHL's Bill Daly says trend of players skipping All-Star Game 'a concern'

    ESPN "The decision by Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin to skip back-to-back All-Star Weekends has the NHL concerned it could start a trend among players, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "In terms of player participation, is that a concern? Yes, I..." January 08

  • NHL unveils black-and-white 2020 All-Star Game jerseys

    Yahoo! Sports "The best players across hockey will convene in St. Louis this year for the annual NHL All-Star Game, and with it comes the yearly debate about whether or not the jerseys displayed on ice are aesthetically pleasing, or doomed to be forgotten at best, and ridiculed at worst. The 2020..." January 08

  • Wayne Gretzky: Connor McDavid's goal vs. Leafs 'brought me out of my seat'

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid lit the hockey world on fire Monday night by scoring arguably the prettiest goal of his career in a 6-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Among those blown away by McDavid's individual effort was Wayne Gretzky, who..." January 07

  • Auston Matthews: We gave Connor McDavid 'too much space'

    TSN "Connor McDavid's highlight-reel goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night capped a four-point night for the Edmonton Oilers superstar in his team's 6-4 win, which snapped the Maple Leafs' point streak at 10. McDavid finished with eight shots on goal in the game,..." January 07

  • Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews make case for Olympic participation

    Sportsnet " If you’re like John Tavares, and you watched Sunday’s epic Canada-Russia world juniors gold medal game on the edge of your seat, you probably wondered at some point why the over-19s don’t wage these types of best-on-best tournaments..." January 07

  • Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and the value of a supporting cast

    TSN "Two of hockey’s superstars will square off Monday night in Toronto as Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers face Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs (6:30 p.m. ET on TSN 4). Any time you get a head-to-head matchup between players of this calibre, it is..." January 06

  • Ken Holland on Oilers’ goals: ‘When you’ve got Connor McDavid, the window is now’

    Sportsnet "Forty-four games into his tenure at the helm of the Edmonton Oilers‘ front office, all seems to be going well for Ken Holland. The veteran GM took the reins of the club this past off-season, heading to Alberta after a lengthy stint in Detroit with an eye on changing the..." January 06

  • Rene Fasel: NHL needs to make Olympic decision by end of August

    The Score "IIHF president Rene Fasel has set a deadline for the NHL to decide whether or not the league will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Speaking at the closing press conference at the world juniors Sunday, Fasel said he needs a decision from commissioner Gary Bettman by..." January 06

  • John Tortorella’s nonsensical fine reeks of NHL hypocrisy

    New York Post "It is always amusing when Colin Campbell leaps to the defense of the integrity of the league, as the NHL’s director of hockey operations indirectly did when castigating John Tortorella’s “unprofessional and unacceptable” Dec. 29 postgame tirade against the..." January 06

  • Which team should the Minnesota Wild face in the 2021 NHL Winter Classic?

    Hockey Wilderness "It’s official, folks. The Minnesota Wild will finally host a Winter Classic! The big game will take place on New Year’s Day 2021 at Target Field, which can contain close to 40,000 fans. The entire week leading up to the game will essentially be one massive party,..." January 03

  • Oilers mid-season report: No surprise where Edmonton sits in standings

    Sportsnet "After a red-hot opening quarter, and then a not-so-hot second quarter of the 2019-20 season, the Edmonton Oilers have settled into what that old Arizona Cardinals coach once described: They are who we thought they were — a top-heavy team that can beat anyone when they..." January 03

  • Five most underrated stars heading into 2020

    Pro Hockey Talk "Like in all sports, the NHL has some players that are both overrated and underrated. Players might fall into either category because of where they play, which players they play with or their personalities both during interviews and on social media. Today, we don’t want to focus..." January 03

  • Four potential trade destinations for Rangers winger Chris Kreider

    Sportsnet "The first marquee trade chip of the season has already been dealt. With elite winger Taylor Hall shipped from New Jersey to Arizona in mid-December, the trade market has officially opened. And as is often the case with big-ticket deals, the fallout is just as important as the initial..." January 03

  • NHL All-Decade Power Rankings: Blackhawks reign supreme

    The Score "Welcome to a special edition of theScore's NHL Power Rankings, which will encompass the last 10 seasons. With the new decade now underway, it's time to take one last look back at the previous 10 years and see which franchises were the class of the league. Let's rank how..." January 01

  • Breaking down the most egregious 2020 NHL All-Star team snubs

    Sportsnet "The rosters for the NHL’s four divisional All-Star squads are nearly set. After announcing the four captains earlier this month — Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin, who’s elected to skip the festivities to rest up for the..." December 31

  • Divisional imbalance sure to impact NHL playoff races

    TSN "One story I’ve been monitoring since the National Hockey League adopted a division-based playoff format at the onset of the 2013-14 regular season is how divisional imbalance influences playoff races. There were a few reasons for realignment, but the league’s primary bet..." December 31

  • Leon Draisaitl: 'I've been pretty shit lately'

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers star Leon Draisaitl was as blunt as possible when talking about his recent slump. "I can't speak for them (teammates), I can only talk for myself, and obviously I know I've been pretty shit lately," Draisaitl said to reporters on..." December 30

  • NHL unveils All-Star Game rosters, Last Men In candidates

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League announced today the four divisional rosters for the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend as well as the return of the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas, which gives fans the ability to vote for the final player on each All-Star..." December 30

  • Edmonton Oilers Recall Kailer Yamamoto, William Lagesson

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When the Edmonton Oilers placed Markus Granlund on waivers yesterday, it raised some questions over who would be recalled to fill his spot on the active roster. Those questions were answered today after Granlund cleared and was assigned to the minor leagues. Kailer Yamamoto,..." December 29

  • Three bold predictions for the Edmonton Oilers in 2020

    Sportsnet "The word “bold” has a different meaning here in Edmonton, where it applies to the local hockey team and its various transactions. You see, there was once a general manager here who promised he would make some “bold moves,” only to produce a series of..." December 29

  • Edmonton Oilers Interested In Chicago’s Brandon Saad

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers are not getting much offense from their other lines and desperately need help. Almost all of the team’s offense has come from their top line of Connor McDavid (22-41-63), Leon Draisaitl (22-39-61) and Zack Kassian (13-13-26). James..." December 29

  • After dispiriting loss to Flames, Oilers look like they no longer believe

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers are back to looking like they don’t believe, a familiar look in the land that playoff hockey forgot. They’ve lost whatever spirit they had, not to mention 11 of their past 15 games, and we all know where it goes from here. This isn’t a..." December 28

  • Flames’ Milan Lucic takes step toward regaining form after move from Oilers

    Sportsnet "Three months into his life on the other side of the Battle of Alberta, Milan Lucic says he’s in a much better place. No, that’s not a thinly veiled shot at Edmonton or the Oilers. He means a better place mentally, where he’s more comfortable with..." December 27

  • James Neal and the star-studded, two-sport hockey upbringing

    Springfield News-Leader "The garage door was a mess. Like the dryer Sidney Crosby once used for target practice, but bigger. And right there facing the street. The good news was, of course, that Peter and Deborah Neal didn’t have to worry about putting their cars in the garage in the wintertime, because..." December 27

  • Concussions dominated the 2010s, but the NHL is still fighting its demons

    The Score "Tim Thomas didn't expect this - the pain, the suffering, being open about both. Yet there he was, signature goatee and all, speaking candidly with a small group of reporters earlier this month in Washington. His voice trembled. Tears streamed down his cheeks. He bore it..." December 27

  • NHL players most likely to be traded this season

    Yardbarker "Even though the NHL trade deadline is still two months away, it is not too early to start looking at the players who could be on the move. We already saw one of the biggest names make headlines this month when the New Jersey Devils traded Taylor Hall to the Arizona Coyotes. Here..." December 27