Oilers Rumors & News

  • 'We missed it': Edmonton Oilers GM admits NHL team botched contract with Vladimir Tkachev

    Edmonton Journal "The ink didn’t even have time to dry on the entry level contract that Vladimir Tkachev had signed with the Edmonton Oilers before it was tossed out by the National Hockey League. The undrafted, undersized winger, who did nothing but turn heads at Oilers training camp, cannot sign with Edmonton..." October 01

  • NHL shoots down Tkachev’s contract with Edmonton

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers seemingly believed that they found a bit of a hidden gem in Vladimir Tkachev, but that situation might fall through, as the league rejected his entry-level contract on Tuesday. Sources including Sportsnet’s Mark Spector and HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman indicate that he was declared..." October 01

  • Oilers Sign Tkachev To An Entry Level Deal

    The Copper & Blue "There's no official word from the Oilers yet, but Mark Spector, who tends to be in the know when it comes to the team, is saying that the Oilers and Vladimir Tkachev have agreed to terms on a three-year entry level contract. Even without confirmation from the Oilers I think it's safe to assume..." September 30

  • Complete Preview for the Edmonton Oilers' 2014-15 Season

    Bleacher Report "“If you must rebuild, then this is the way to do it,” proclaimed the National Post, before declaring that the team’s playoff drought was soon to end. “You feel it in the room,” the team’s head coach was quoted as saying. “I feel it and sense it, and normally if the coach feels it you're the..." September 30

  • Curtis Hamilton fighting hard to stay in Edmonton Oilers mix

    Edmonton Journal "It was the day after an errant elbow had been planted in Curtis Hamilton’s throat, and his voice was raspy — uncomfortably so, given the croaky sound that was coming from the injured vocal cords. There was even some thought as to whether or not the Edmonton Oilers’ 2010 draft pick would finish..." September 27

  • Plenty of good signs for Oilers, but it’s only pre-season

    Edmonton Journal "Sure, it was only the pre-season, but it can be asserted, without fear of contradiction, that the Rexall Place organist was in mid-season form Sunday night. He riffed on Hava Nagila, a staple in drafty hockey barns for decades. During the pre-game warm-up, the Organ Guy (as he’s identified on..." September 25

  • Young Edmonton Oilers goalies Laurent Brossoit, Ty Rimmer strut their stuff

    Edmonton Journal "It took one millisecond for the realization to hit Laurent Broissoit that he was about to go one-on-one with Evander Kane. Then the Edmonton Oilers rookie goaltender readied himself to face the Winnipeg Jets enigmatic winger. “I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I was going to be but it was..." September 25

  • Westgarth always has to fight for a place on team

    Edmonton Journal "Kevin Westgarth has dropped the mitts 111 times, so he rolls with the punches, but it’s interesting that he’s at the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp on a tryout after he was nailed by fellow beat cop Luke Gazdic at Rexall Place on March 1. When someone suggested that he was caught with a lucky..." September 20

  • Nail Yakupov ‘starting a new page’ as Edmonton Oilers begin training camp

    Edmonton Journal "Nail Yakupov still wore his ever-present blue tuque as he talked Thursday after medicals and fitness testing on Day 1 of the Edmonton Oilers’ training camp at Rexall Place. But gone was the angry young man look of last season when nothing was going right — with and without the puck on his..." September 19

  • Oilers expect improvement in Eakins' second season

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers underwent a number of changes this offseason looking to bridge the gap toward a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. What did not change may make the biggest impact in the quest to snap an eight-year postseason drought. For only the second time since 2008, the Oilers are going..." September 17

  • Oilers need fast start, strong second-line center

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers have not been to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. The organization bottomed out in 2010 as the Oilers finished 30th in the League standings for the first time in franchise history. Rebuilding began with..." September 17

  • Oilers, Bruins discussed Johnny Boychuk trade over the summer

    Edmonton Journal "One of the summer’s most persistent rumours was the idea of a trade between Edmonton and Boston that would see native son Johnny Boychuk join the Oilers in time for the 2014-15 season. It was a deal that in theory made sense for both sides, as Boston could free up the dollars it needs to clear to..." September 16

  • Darnell Nurse focused on earning a spot with the Oilers

    Pro Hockey Talk "Darnell Nurse will either play in the National Hockey League, or he’ll go back to the junior ranks. Nurse doesn’t turn 20 years of age until Feb. 4, 2015, so he isn’t eligible to play in the minors. So, again, the only options are sticking with the Edmonton Oilers, or going back to the Sault..." September 14

  • Oilers’ prospect Draisaitl concerned after cramping up in prospects game

    Pro Hockey Talk "There were anxious moments for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans Friday in Penticton, B.C., when Leon Draisaitl, the club’s third overall pick in June’s draft, appeared to suffer a leg injury. It happened in the third period of a Young Stars Tournament game between the Oilers prospects and..." September 13

  • Oilers sign prospect Greg Chase to entry-level deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers signed prospect Greg Chase to a three-year entry-level contract on Saturday the club announced. Chase, 19, was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 NHL Draft (188th overall) by the Oilers. The 6-foot, 204-pound center had 35 goals and 85 points in his third full..." September 13

  • Edmonton Oilers rookies Darnell Nurse, Mitch Moroz and Leon Draisaitl feel they can make the jump now

    Edmonton Sun "There are a lot of fans and experts who say Darnell Nurse won’t make the Oilers this year, that Mitch Moroz can’t make the Oilers this year and that Leon Draisaitl shouldn’t make the Oilers this year. And that’s fine. But the three of them don’t care who says what. They’re not giving up..." September 13

  • Russian weighs just 141 pounds, but brings serious skills to Oilers prospect camp

    Edmonton Journal "Every NHL training camp has a warm and fuzzy story, like when the 1986 Edmonton Oilers trotted out a small Scottish-born forward named Tony Hand, who had a Wayne Gretzky-like 182 points in 35 games for the Murrayfield Racers in Edinburgh. Hand, who is coaching in Manchester (England, not New..." September 13

  • Hall says Oilers should emulate Habs, Rangers

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s easy for a team outside of the playoff race to say “We want to be like the Los Angeles Kings,” but the problem is usually obvious enough: they don’t have what it takes to be like said defending Stanley Cup champions. Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall seems aware that such an idea is..." September 04

  • When it comes to scoring goals, expect more from Nail Yakupov in 2014-15

    Edmonton Journal "Which Edmonton Oilers player is due to score more goals? A look at shooting percentage success points to Nail Yakupov, as does a look at Yakupov’s conversion rate on the hard or dangerous shots he took on net from the slot in 2013-14. Yakupov had poor puck luck in both categories last..." September 03

  • Oilers GM Craig MacTavish says he's not eyeing any trades before camp

    Edmonton Sun "With Justin Schultz’s signature on a contact, Craig MacTavish has his roster heading into training camp this fall. The Edmonton Oilers general manager may still have a large hole up the middle of his lineup, but will wait to see how things shake out early in the year before making any desperate..." September 02

  • Oilers GM Craig MacTavish says he's not eyeing any trades before camp

    Edmonton Sun "With Justin Schultz’s signature on a contact, Craig MacTavish has his roster heading into training camp this fall. The Edmonton Oilers general manager may still have a large hole up the middle of his lineup, but will wait to see how things shake out early in the year before making any..." September 01

  • Schultz deal might complicate Avs’ talks with RFA Barrie

    Pro Hockey Talk "Defenseman Tyson Barrie might have been very happy when the news broke that Justin Schultz had agreed to a one-year, $3.657 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Barrie, who remains a restricted free agent, is in a similar position with the Colorado Avalanche in the sense that he’s an..." September 01

  • Oilers’ Schultz admits it’s too early for Norris talk

    Pro Hockey Talk "Upon announcing the Edmonton Oilers’ compromise of a one-year deal with Justin Schultz, GM Craig MacTavish didn’t mince words: he stated his belief that the 24-year-old defenseman could win a Norris Trophy one day. Even Schultz wants to dial those expectations down a notch – at least for now –..." September 01

  • Oilers, Schultz agree to one-year, $3.65 million deal

    TSN.ca "The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed defenceman Justin Schultz to a one-year, $3.675 million deal. Schultz, 24, scored 11 goals and added 22 assists in 74 games with the Oilers in 2013-14. In 122 career games with the Oilers, Schultz has scored 19 goals and added 41 assists. He was named to..." August 30

  • Oilers expect Draisaitl to make ‘strong case’ for roster spot

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have high hopes for their 2014 first-round pick Leon Draisaitl. Earlier this month, the Oilers rewarded Draisaitl with a three-year $10.2 million entry-level contract. On Friday, general manager Craig MacTavish said he believes the 18-year-old will contend for a roster..." August 29

  • Report: Oilers, Justin Schultz 'pretty close' to new contract

    CBSSports.com "The Edmonton Oilers may be a little more optimistic than normal heading into the 2014-15 season with some improvements made to the lineup, but before they can get too far ahead of themselves there is still some important work to be done this summer. The biggest task remaining for general manager..." August 29

  • Oilers optimistic Justin Schultz deal will get done before training camp

    Edmonton Journal "With Edmonton Oilers’ training camp only 25 days away, there is still one piece of unfinished business — getting Justin Schultz signed. There’s a possibility the defenceman may sign only a one-year deal if both parties can’t agree on the numbers for a two-year bridge contract. Fellow..." August 27

  • Oilers’ Hall sounds upbeat thanks to health, familiarity

    Pro Hockey Talk "Offseasons have been difficult for Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall beyond the disappointment of badly missing the playoffs. It seems like he’s had to deal with coaching change and/or rehab from a season-ending injury just about every time it gets hot outside. That’s different this time..." August 23

  • Oilers plan 30-year reunion of their first Stanley Cup championship team

    Edmonton Sun "To Wayne Gretzky, the first of his four Stanley Cup championships with the Edmonton Oilers will always be special. So on the 30th anniversary of the Oilers’ 1984 Cup title, the Great One wanted to do something special. Gretzky spearheaded the idea of a 30-year reunion, which will take place..." August 21

  • Oilers to host celebration for 1984 Stanley Cup team

    NHL.com "Wayne Gretzky is getting the Boys on the Bus back together again. The Edmonton Oilers will commemorate the 30th anniversary of their first Stanley Cup with an event bringing together the members of the 1984 team and staff for a reunion at Rexall Place on Oct. 10. The reunion will coincide with..." August 19

  • Oilers hiring move deepens league’s interest in analytics

    The Globe and Mail "It could well be the most controversial personnel move made by an NHL team this off-season. And what’s remarkable is that it wasn’t the addition of a new coach, general manager or even a player. Instead, it was the Edmonton Oilers reaching into their own fan base last week and hiring Tyler..." August 13

  • ‘I’ve never felt better’ — Jordan Eberle

    Edmonton Journal "There is still a month left in another long off-season, which is far too long as far as Jordan Eberle is concerned. One of the longest-serving players on the Edmonton Oilers’ roster, Eberle said on Tuesday that he is increasingly anxious to get back at it. He is leaner, quicker and fitter..." August 13

  • Here are the NHL's next wave of breakout stars

    Fox Sports "For many young players with one or two years of experience at the NHL level, the 2014-15 season is the time for them to make major strides in their development and become valuable players capable of playing in many different situations. Let's take a look at five players primed for a breakout..." August 12

  • Oilers sign Draisaitl

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to a three-year entry level contract. Draisaitl, who was selected 3rd overall in the 2014 NHL Draft, played in 64 games last season for the Western Hockey League’s Prince Albert Raiders, collecting 105 points and..." August 12

  • Eakins attends Cowboys camp, picks Garrett’s brain

    Pro Hockey Talk "Prior to getting hired in Edmonton, Dallas Eakins carved himself a niche as an “out of the box” thinker and “innovative” head coach. Well, his latest move certainly fits that billing. Last week, the Oilers bench boss dialed up Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett — whom he’d never met —..." August 04

  • Oiler Nail Yakupov gets number 10 on his jersey

    Edmonton Sun "Nail Yakupov will have a new look this fall, forcing some Edmonton Oilers fans to make jersey adjustments. The Oilers winger decided to go back to a familiar number, ditching the 64 he broke into the league with in favour of the more familiar 10. Yakupov grew up wearing 10, but it was..." July 30

  • Former NHLer Cote sentenced 30 months in jail for bank robberies

    Pro Hockey Talk "Former NHL enforcer Patrick Cote will be spending up to the next 30 months behind bars after being sentenced for his role in a pair of bank robberies. According to CJAD radio in Montreal, Cote, 39, confessed to robbing two banks in Quebec – one in Brossard and the other in Saint Constant. As..." July 28

  • Edmonton Oilers have “keen interest” in Pittsburgh Penguins’ RFA Brandon Sutter

    Edmonton Journal "Everytime an NHL centre of decent pedigree is listed as possibly available, it seems someone connects the dots and suggests the Edmonton Oilers as a team likely to be interested in his services. This is especially true of restricted free agents. It happened with Ryan O’Reilly, Patrik Berglund,..." July 28

  • New Edmonton Oilers winger Teddy Purcell aims to shoot more often

    Edmonton Journal "Teddy Purcell has come full circle after being traded to the Edmonton Oilers, seven years after his first NHL game at Rexall Place. He was a deer in the headlights back then. “I got called up from (Los Angeles AHL farm team) Manchester, was in the airport all day, got delayed and didn’t get..." July 27

  • NHL veteran Jason Williams returning to North America

    Pro Hockey Talk "After spending two seasons with HC Ambri-Piotta of Switzerland’s top league, it looks like Jason Williams is attempting a North American comeback. The AHL Oklahoma City Barons announced that they have signed him to a minor-league contract. The Barons are the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton..." July 26

  • Mark Fayne looking forward to larger western opponents in move from Devils to Oilers

    Edmonton Sun "Mark Fayne has spent most of his life on the East Coast. But when an opportunity arose to go west, the Nashua, N.H., product jumped at it. Fayne, 27, will join the Edmonton Oilers blue-line this season, having signed as a free agent from the New Jersey Devils. On Tuesday, Fayne was..." July 23

  • Benoit Pouliot believes he will offer Edmonton Oilers consistent performance

    Edmonton Journal "Benoit Pouliot had 10 points (plus eight) for the Rangers in their run to the Stanley Cup final, but there was no money in the cupboard to resign him. He had a collection of suitors, though — one team offered a six-year deal, one more than the Oilers signed him for (five at $20..." July 23

  • Former NHLer confesses to robbing two banks in Quebec

    CJAD "A former NHL player has been sent to prison for 30 months after confessing to a pair of bank robberies on the South Shore. 39-year old Patrick Cote caught the eye of police in May when the car he was driving broke down in Candiac. When the patrol officers realized the car had been reported..." July 23

  • Benoit Pouliot believes he will offer Oilers consistent performance

    Edmonton Journal "Benoit Pouliot had 10 points (plus eight) for the Rangers in their run to the Stanley Cup final, but there was no money in the cupboard to resign him. He had a collection of suitors, though — one team offered a six-year deal, one more than the Oilers signed him for (five at $20..." July 23

  • Cody Franson of the Leafs is on the block. Should the Oilers be interested?

    Edmonton Journal "My take Franson, 26, is 6-feet, 5-inches and 213 pounds. He shoots right and almost always plays the right side, a position where the Oilers already have Jeff Petry, Justin Schultz and Mark Fayne. Franson should be heading into the peak years of his NHL career. His coach trusted him with..." July 22

  • Oilers Re-Sign Andrew Miller to One-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have agreed to terms with centre Andrew Miller on a one-year contract. Miller, 25, recorded 34 points (8G, 26A) and 14 penalty minutes in 52 games last season with the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons. He ranked sixth on the Barons in both..." July 16

  • Slowing down Oilers’ top prospect ‘tough, almost impossible’ assignment

    Edmonton Journal "For the last two seasons, whenever their Western Hockey League clubs squared off, Dylan Bredo had a six-foot-one, 201-pound headache on his hands. The Medicine Hat Tigers defenceman was routinely tasked with the assignment of checking Leon Draisaitl. “It was tough, almost impossible,” Bredo..." July 10

  • Oilers sign Jeff Petry to one-year, $3.075-million contract

    Edmonton Journal "After pitching different options back and forth, the end result for Jeff Petry and the Edmonton Oilers was a one-year contract. Petry’s $3.075-million deal will set him up for unrestricted free agency after the 2014-15 season. “It was something that both sides had gone back and forth about,..." July 10

  • Oilers sign goalie Richard Bachman to a one-year contract

    Edmonton Sun "The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Richard Bachman to a one-year contract. The 5’10”, 176 pound goalie played three games with the Oilers last season, registering a .916 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average. Bachman made an awesome 47 saves in his Oilers debut on October..." July 10

  • Edmonton Oilers prospect Dillon Simpson aims to follow in footsteps of famous father

    Edmonton Sun "If he was Chris Pronger Jr, or Dany Heatley II, Dillion Simpson might be a little nervous about stepping into the Edmonton Oilers organization. But he doesn’t see any issues with being Craig Simpson’s kid. “That was something I talked about with my dad and the Oiler guys going into the..." July 07