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  • Oilers fire McLellan, hire Hitchcock as new head coach

    TSN "Todd McLellan's tenure with the Edmonton Oilers has to come an end. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, Ken Hitchcock is replacing McLellan as the team's head coach after a 9-10-1 start to the season. Todd McLellan was in his fourth season as..." November 20

  • Is Oilers' GM Peter Chiarelli committing a crime against hockey?

    NBC Sports Boston "Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while prepping the Thanksgiving turkey. *So far it looks like the worm is turning in Edmonton where Barstool Sports of all places is calling what Peter Chiarelli has done to the Oilers “a crime..." November 20

  • Concussion suits against NHL face headwinds

    Detroit News "The legal strategy of the NHL to defeat a class-action suit by players concerned about brain injuries might prove successful, but the issue of legal responsibility for potential long-term effects of brain trauma remains at issue, according to legal experts. In attempting to settle..." November 20

  • The NHL is doing everything it can to avoid another lockout

    New York Post "The Canceler-in-Chief’s collective bargaining history precedes him, so buyer beware, but it is a fact that all precincts are reporting reason for optimism as the NHL and the NHLPA continue a series of preliminary talks aimed at extending the CBA before either party can exercise its..." November 19

  • Oilers consider loading up as NHL leans into theory of super lines

    Sportsnet "“The game is changing.” It has become hockey’s newest cliché — hopefully replacing the need to “get pucks deep,” or declare that the NHL “is a 3-2 league now.” As more and more coaches stack their No. 1 unit and eschew..." November 17

  • Oilers trade Ryan Strome to Rangers for Ryan Spooner

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have traded centre Ryan Strome to the New York Rangers for centre Ryan Spooner. Strome carries a $3.1-million cap hit while Spooner’s cap hit is $4 million. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the..." November 16

  • Todd McLellan Safe In Edmonton For Now

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Coming into the season, one of the coaches most often listed as on the “hot seat” was Edmonton Oilers boss Todd McLellan. Much of that speculation came from the disappointing 2017-18 season when the Oilers missed the playoffs entirely despite another Art Ross-winning season..." November 16

  • Oilers forward Tobias Rieder out for a month with upper-body injury

    Edmonton Sun "No sooner do the Edmonton Oilers send a couple of wingers down to the NHL than they lose another. Tobias Rieder, who has seven assists in 18 games with the Oilers this season, is out for a month with an upper body injury. He left Tuesday’s game with Montreal early in..." November 16

  • Oilers doing little to earn fans’ trust with recent play

    Sportsnet "It’s a fragile fan base here in Northern Alberta, and how could you possibly blame them? A decade of playoff misses was followed by a 103-point season two years ago, and finally, some playoff success. But as fast as Taylor Hall could win a Hart Trophy — boom! Dysfunction..." November 12

  • Oilers GM: Puljujarvi, Yamamoto need to regain confidence in AHL

    Edmonton Sun "Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli had seen enough and decided forwards Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto are still in need of more seasoning. On Saturday, the Oilers assigned the pair to the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League, where barring a rash of..." November 12

  • Oilers' surplus of defensive depth may net some veteran help at the wing

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers haven’t had much success when it comes to trades in recent years, but the team may be able to plug some of their offensive woes with a trade. The Athletic’s Allan Mitchell (subscription required) writes that the Oilers are actually overloaded in left-handed..." November 11

  • Edmonton Assigns Puljujarvi, Yamamoto To Bakersfield

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As many had anticipated, the Edmonton Oilers announced they have assigned Jesse Puljujarvi and Kailer Yamamoto, two of their top young players, to Bakersfield of the AHL in hopes of sparking their play. " November 10

  • No suspension for Milan Lucic after Joseph hit

    TSN "Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic has been fined $10,000 by the NHL's Department of Player Safety for roughing on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Mathieu Joseph during Tuesday night's game. He will not be suspended November 07

  • Milan Lucic to have hearing for roughing Mathieu Joseph

    Sportsnet "Edmonton Oilers forward Milan Lucic will have a hearing on Wednesday for roughing Tampa Bay Lightning‘s Mathieu Joseph. Midway through the second period of Tuesday’s matchup between the clubs, Lucic went after the rookie, knocking him over and..." November 07

  • NHL goalies making adjustments to new controversial chest protector

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Over the course of a 12-year career as an NHL goalie, Sharks goaltending coach Johan Hedberg said he only changed his chest protector twice.  “The one when I retired, there was nothing left,” Hedberg said in a phone interview with NBC Sports California. “[It..." November 05

  • Edmonton activates Ty Rattie from injured reserve

    Yardbarker "Entering the 2018-19 season, forward Ty Rattie was labeled as one of the players who could make or break the Edmonton Oilers’ season. Any determination of Rattie’s impact on the campaign was put on hold in mid-October, when the 25-year-old was placed on the injured reserve with..." November 03

  • Oilers players open to possibilities of NHL’s foray into sports betting

    Sportsnet "Sharing data, altering the way National Hockey League teams report injuries, the spectre of match fixing and a chance to put a dent in escrow. The hockey world is wondering about the ramifications of the league’s announcement that it will partner up with MGM on a gambling..." November 02

  • Oilers assign Evan Bouchard to London Knights

    Oilers Nation "According to Twitter, the Edmonton Oilers have assigned Evan Bouchard back to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.  Since being selected with the 10th overall pick at June’s NHL Draft, Evan Bouchard has been at the front of mind for Oilers fans..." November 02

  • What NHL goalies are saying about smaller equipment

    Sportsnet "Midway through last season the NHL began streamlining goalie equipment with a target on leg pads and pants. Rather than goalies being allowed to wear inflated equipment that had more to do with filling up the net than protecting the player, the NHL began to enforce “form-fitting”..." October 30

  • Oilers’ Zack Kassian Wants to Remain with Team

    Stats Style Score "Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian had reportedly requested a trade from the team recently, in an effort to get more playing time, but is now clarifying what had happened and is stating that he prefers to stay with the team moving forward. According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug,..." October 30

  • Where Oilers stand with Puljujarvi, Kassian, Bouchard

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers took Monday off. The players, that is. But where the coaches readied for a visit from Minnesota on Tuesday, management wrestled with the fates of three players: A couple of kids and a veteran who appears to burning through yet another..." October 29

  • NHL, MGM Resorts form sports betting partnership

    NHL.com "The NHL has named MGM Resorts the first official sports betting partner of the League. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, joined by MGM Resorts Chairman & CEO Jim Murren, made the announcement Monday. "The new sports betting landscape presents a unique opportunity..." October 29

  • Rangers’ Hayes drawing interest, Oilers’ Kassian allowed to seek trade

    Sportsnet "The New York Rangers could be set for some significant roster turnover over the course of the 2018-19 campaign, as forward Kevin Hayes is drawing interest around the league, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos. “He’s getting a lot of attention early, in terms of..." October 28

  • Oilers risk flubbing another high-end draft pick

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not that long ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were ridiculed for selecting Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, allowing Jesse Puljujarvi to fall to the Edmonton Oilers. You don’t have to dig too deep to realize that Jarmo Kekalainen made the right call, or at least..." October 26

  • For NHL goalies, league’s new pad restrictions are a real pain

    Washington Post "Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has started to wear an extra undershirt to protect himself. Even with Braden Holtby’s Washington Capitals teammates toning down the power of their shots in practices, he’s started to feel the sting of pucks in ways he hasn’t..." October 24

  • Healy: If backed by science, NHL alumni association 'all-in' on cannabis

    The Score "The group representing ex-NHL players is "all-in" on endorsing cannabis as a pain relief option for its members. That is, if future research can prove the drug’s supposed healing capabilities. "I think science has to prove it first. If science proves it,..." October 23

  • Oilers Recall Cooper Marody

    The Copper & Blue "The Oilers are six games into the 2018-19 regular season, and the injuries are starting to add up.Ty Rattie missed Saturday’s 3-0 contest against the Predators with what’s being called a muscle injury. His timetable is a couple of weeks. The Oilers are..." October 22

  • Landeskog leads 3 Stars of the Week

    NHL.com "Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid and Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 21.   FIRST STAR - GABRIEL LANDESKOG, LW, COLORADO..." October 22

  • Edmonton Oilers Ty Rattie Out With Mid-Body Muscle Injury

    Last Word On Hockey "After leaving Thursday night’s game, the Edmonton Oilers announced that Ty Rattie will be sidelined multiple weeks with a muscle injury in his midsection. Rattie had won a spot on the NHL roster after leading the league with seven goals in the..." October 22

  • Oilers’ McDavid unconcerned with who holds ‘best in the world’ crown

    Sportsnet "Truth be told, it was never really all that close. While other young phenoms blossom and superstar mainstays prove they have more to give, only one player in the game has cleaned up for two straight years to the tune of back-to-back Ted Lindsay Awards (league MVP as voted by the..." October 21

  • Oilers place Matt Benning on injured reserve

    Yardbarker "The Edmonton Oilers are set to make some changes on the back end, at least for the time being. The team announced today that they have placed defenseman Matt Benning on the injured reserve. The nature of Benning’s injury has not been disclosed and the team gave no timeline for a..." October 20

  • Edmonton Oilers’ Ty Rattie To Miss A Couple Of Weeks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers announced that Ty Rattie, who was forced to leave Thursday’s game against Boston with an apparent injury, will be without the promising winger for a couple of weeks with a muscle injury in his midsection. The 25-year-old winger made a name for himself in the..." October 20

  • Why the Oilers still need more from McDavid’s wingers to take next step

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers were dealt a bit of a rotten deal to start the 2018-19 season, starting off in Europe, playing their last pre-season game and first regular season game, then waiting five days to play another game. After losing both games, the rumour mill started churning out..." October 20

  • McDavid says best player in NHL could be anybody; Babcock picks Crosby

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid didn't necessarily agree with Sidney Crosby calling him the best player in the NHL, but the Edmonton Oilers center was appreciative of the praise from the Pittsburgh Penguins captain. "It means a lot, obviously, especially coming from him," the Oilers..." October 19

  • Crosby says McDavid is best player in NHL

    NHL.com "Sidney Crosby considers Connor McDavid to be the top player in the National Hockey League. "I think McDavid has set himself apart just based on the awards and the accolades he's gotten and the consistency he's had," the Pittsburgh Penguins captain told NHL.com on..." October 17

  • Marijuana use in the NHL: The times they are a changin'

    Sportsnet "Fairly or not, we have an image of the GMs who sit in the executive boxes at NHL games. They’re Old School, as their average age (53.9 years) would suggest. At the high end, there’s the Islanders’ 75-year-old Lou Lamoriello. Almost to a one, they’re defined by their..." October 17

  • McDavid dismisses his record-setting start: 'It's whatever'

    The Score "When the best player in the world does something the league has never seen before, it's going to draw some attention. Just don't bring it up to him. With a showstopping four-point effort Tuesday night, Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid set an NHL..." October 17

  • Jets’ Mark Scheifele: Matthews is ‘not at McDavid’s level just yet’

    Sportsnet "Hey Mark Scheifele. You played with Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid on Team North America at the World Cup, and you’ve faced them both in the NHL. Is Matthews really a better player than McDavid, like the folks in Toronto are saying? "No." Care..." October 16

  • Oilers need Draisaitl to start producing without help from McDavid

    Sportsnet "Let’s cut right to the chase. If the Edmonton Oilers are going to get anything done, Leon Draisaitl has to produce — and not on a line with Connor McDavid. "That’s a fair observation and a fair assessment," nods his head coach, Todd McLellan...." October 12

  • We’re about to find out what Oilers are capable of

    Pro Hockey Talk "There is probably no team in the NHL under more pressure for a fast start this season than the Edmonton Oilers. They were the biggest disappointment in the league a season ago, their coach is the odds-on favorite to be the first one fired this season, and their season-opening game..." October 12

  • It’s Game Two And Jesse Puljujarvi Is Already On The Fourth Line

    The Copper & Blue "It’s been four days since the Oilers last played a regular season game. Fortunately for us, there’s hockey tomorrow. Also fortunate for us, it’s an early game. Dig it. Let’s see what’s going on with the Oilers today. Oh. October 10

  • Rattie making most of chance with McDavid, Oilers

    NHL.com "Not only has Ty Rattie made it, he has it made, right? Rattie had 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in four preseason games. When the Edmonton Oilers play the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NESN, SNOL, TVAS, NHL.TV), he'll be the right wing on the top line..." October 10

  • Oilers activate Kris Russell from IR, send Ethan Bear to AHL

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have activated defenceman Kris Russell from injured reserve and have assigned defenceman Ethan Bear to the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors. Russell had four goals and 21 points in 78 games last season, leading the league with 223 blocked shots. Bear, a..." October 06

  • Oilers’ Draisaitl out to prove he doesn’t need McDavid to be great

    Sportsnet "It doesn’t matter what statistic you unearth on Leon Draisaitl, or which NHL superstars he has out-produced during his young NHL career. It all gets dismissed with a dismissive wave: “He plays with Connor McDavid.” Welcome to 2018-19, The Year of The..." October 03

  • Alex Chiasson Signs With Edmonton Oilers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers have signed another player at the very last moment, inking Alex Chiasson to a one-year contract worth $650K at the NHL level. That deal matches the one given out to Jason Garrison, and will give the team another veteran option to start the year. The team also..." October 02

  • Oilers ink Garrison to one-year, $650K deal

    TSN "Jason Garrison's professional tryout with the Edmonton Oilers has resulted in a contract. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports the team has signed the veteran defenceman to a one-year deal worth $650,000. It is a one-way deal. A native of White Rock, BC,..." October 02

  • Edmonton Oilers Trade Jakub Jerabek To St. Louis Blues

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have acquired depth defenseman Jakub Jerabek from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a conditional 2020 sixth round draft selection. Jerabek was recently cut from the Oilers roster but was awaiting an assignment, something he’ll now have to get from his..." October 01

  • Oilers putting a lot of faith in unproven backup goalie

    Pro Hockey Talk "No goalie in the NHL has played more games and more minutes over the past two seasons than Edmonton Oilers starter Cam Talbot. It has been a hellacious workload behind a suspect defense that has had to have worn him down during that stretch. Is that the only reason his production regressed..." September 29

  • Connor McDavid on missing playoffs: ‘It was miserable around town’

    Sportsnet "Entering his fourth NHL season, Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers are facing the pressure of needing to have a bounceback season after failing to make the playoffs in 2017-18. But there is one major difference this season that will impact Edmonton’s front office flexibility going..." September 24

  • McDavid’s new top-line trio proving a worthy experiment for Oilers

    Sportsnet "There is a question/opinion floating around the hockey talk shows about poor Connor McDavid. The gist is that his club has failed McDavid by forcing him to play with an out-of-position left-winger and a right-winger who isn’t even a proven NHLer. They’re not wrong. Ryan..." September 22