Oilers Rumors & News

  • NHL Draft Picks Tracker

    NHL.com "The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at First Niagara Center on Friday marked the first step toward an NHL career for 30 young men. NHL.com has the vital information and analysis for each selection here. DATA TRACKER: PICK-BY-PICK 1. Toronto Maple Leafs - Auston Matthews, C,..." June 25

  • NHL Entry Draft's later rounds wrongly ignored on many levels

    Edmonton Journal "The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will unfold this Friday, when the Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to draft Auston Matthews first overall. History has proven the first round is usually where the most prolific offensive players are chosen. The top-25 point producers during the last five NHL seasons..." June 24

  • Edmonton Oilers could go after Lucic after talks with Kings stall

    Edmonton Sun "With negotiations breaking off with Milan Lucic and the Los Angeles Kings on a new long-term deal, the Edmonton Oilers will likely step up to the plate to see what it’ll take to sign the unrestricted free-agent winger who played left side with new LA captain Anze Kopitar in his one and only season..." June 23

  • Of the players the Edmonton Oilers might dangle for trades, Nail Yakupov most likely to go

    Edmonton Sun "We’ve been talking Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ad nauseum as Peter Chiarelli trading chips for a defenceman, but the only Edmonton Oilers forward who’s almost surely getting traded at the draft is winger Nail Yakupov. His time in Edmonton has had the same impact as Cherry..." June 23

  • NHL confirms expansion to Las Vegas for 2017-18 season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday that the league's Board of Governors unanimously approved expansion to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Bill Foley will be principal owner of the franchise, which will play its home games at the recently opened T-Mobile Arena. Foley and his..." June 22

  • Here's your handy guide to how the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft will work

    SB Nation "The NHL announced their expansion into Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon. That's all very exciting for their fans and the city of Las Vegas, but the fans of the other 30 teams are probably wondering what this means for their clubs. That's because an expansion draft is coming in 2017. Every NHL..." June 22

  • NHL sets 2016-17 salary cap at $73M

    The Score "The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season has been set at $73 million, with a floor of $54 million, the league and NHLPA announced on Tuesday. The new cap marks an increase $1.6 million (2.2 percent) from last season, and comes from the NHLPA's vote to use its five-percent growth factor." June 22

  • Oilers, Bruins Calling About Kevin Shattenkirk

    The Hockey Writers "With summer trade season fully underway, it’s not surprising that two of the teams with the biggest defensive gaps — the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins — are reported to have made calls to the St. Louis Blues about defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun told TSN 1040 that both..." June 21

  • NHL releases full schedule for 2016-17 season

    Sportsnet "he NHL’s 2016-17 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 12, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Edmonton Oilers playing their first game at their new arena, Rogers Place. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude Sunday, April 9. After closing..." June 21

  • NHL 2016-17 home openers announced, Penguins to host Capitals

    The Score "Just eight days after the Pittsburgh Penguins captured the Stanley Cup, the NHL announced they will raise their fourth championship banner to the rafters Oct. 13 when Sidney Crosby will host Alex Ovechkin and the rival Washington Capitals. The season will start a week later than usual with the..." June 20

  • Ron MacLean in, Strombo out as Hockey Night in Canada host

    Yahoo! Sports "According to Dave Feschuk of The Star, George Stroumboulopoulos is out as host of Hockey Night in Canada. He will be replaced by the man he unseated just two seasons ago - Ron MacLean. When Rogers acquired the rights to the NHL for $5.2-billion they decided to shakeup the prolific Hockey..." June 20

  • Pitlick leads Oilers org. in injuries, but still worth a contract

    Edmonton Journal "The Edmonton Oilers just announced they’re bringing back Tyler Pitlick for the 2016-17 season. He will get $725,000 if he makes the Oilers, $95,000 in Bakersfield, reports GeneralFanager.com. Pitlik, 24, is the organization’s most injured player, having played: 37 AHL games this year; 31 games..." June 18

  • Top 10 trade candidates at the 2016 NHL draft

    The Hockey News "Draft day has usurped trade deadline day and free agent day as the NHL’s most exciting off-ice event, and it’s not because of the drafting. The last weekend in June has become a lightning rod for blockbuster trades because, unlike at the trade deadline, almost every franchise is a theoretical..." June 16

  • Order Of Selection For The 2016 NHL Draft

    kuklaskorner "The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2016 NHL Draft, June 24-25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 24 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET...." June 16

  • Darren Dreger: Hall ‘became more of a name of interest’ during Cup Final

    Today's Slapshot "Darren Dreger was on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 on Tuesday morning. On how most people expect to be Peter Chiarelli one of the bigger players as far as trying to make a significant move, and on if that happens in the immediate future, or if it’ll take a few weeks of work to maybe get something done on..." June 15

  • Bob McKenzie: Many teams interested in making ‘seismic shifts’ via trade

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning. On what he’s hearing on the trade rumor front: “Hard to say at this point. We just got off the Cup Final. I’ve got to zip out to Detroit for the Gordie Howe funeral tomorrow. We’ve got the awards in Vegas, then on to the draft in..." June 15

  • NHL buyout window opening: 13 top candidates

    Sportsnet "Painfully under-performing players, cumbersome contracts and a “relatively flat” 2016-17 salary cap got you down? Fear not, National Hockey League general managers. The annual buyout window will soon give you an easy out. All you have to do is convince your team’s owner to shell out millions..." June 14

  • Oilers will go hard after Milan Lucic, but is that wise?

    Edmonton Journal "This in from the Edmonton Journal’s ace scribe Jim Matheson, word that if Milan Lucic does become a free agent that the Edmonton Oilers will go after him: “Take this to the bank (Lucic Savings and Loan). They want him. But only for a certain period of time. Like we said, five years. Maybe $6..." June 11

  • Sweden sets European record for NHL participation, Canada hits record low

    The Score "Sweden's presence in the NHL is reaching unprecedented levels. A record 87 Swedish players - or 8.8 percent of the league - played at least one game this season, according to the IIHF. That's the highest figure ever by a European nation in league history, and the number of European NHL..." June 08

  • NHL executive committee recommends Las Vegas expansion

    Yahoo! Sports "NHL expansion is reportedly coming to Las Vegas. On Tuesday night Sin Bin Vegas cited sources "with extensive knowledge of the organization and the expansion process" saying that the NHL’s executive committee "formulated a positive recommendation for expansion" to Las Vegas for the 2017-18..." June 08

  • Lucic Open to Signing with Oilers

    The Comeback "Milan Lucic is one of the offseason’s premier unrestricted free agents and it appears he’s keeping his options open. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reported that talks between Lucic and the Los Angeles Kings have gone cold. He writes Lucic’s preference is to stick with the Kings, but he’ll gladly..." June 08

  • Bob McKenzie doesn’t see Lucic-to-Oilers as ‘a flight of fancy’

    Today's Slapshot "Bob McKenzie was on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 on Monday morning. On if he has any knows what his co-Insider, Pierre LeBrun, did to this city by saying Milan Lucic would be ‘open and warm’ to an offer from the Edmonton Oilers, and on why they have to do that to them: “Just trolling. No, it’s..." June 07

  • NHL insider questions if Oilers should trade for anyone from loser Toronto Maple Leafs

    Edmonton Journal "NHL insider John Shannon, a Sportsnet commentator, has made a provocative comment about trading for players from the last-place Toronto Maple Leafs: “I’m not sure that anybody that comes out of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization is somebody you want.” Shannon is an NHL insider with deep ties..." June 06

  • Lucic would be 'warm' to receiving free-agent offer from Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "Some interesting insights on Friday from respected hockey reporter Pierre LeBrun about potential free agent Milan Lucic during TSN’s Insider Trading feature. LeBrun provided an update on Lucic’s stalled contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Kings, with the calendar having turned to June and..." June 04

  • Buckle up for a busy month of trade activity

    TSN "Buckle up. The run up to July 1’s Free Agent Frenzy could be the craziest in NHL history, with a flurry of trade activity like we’ve never seen before created by a projected flat salary cap and a potential expansion draft that could cause teams to make a pre-emptive strike this summer. And..." June 02

  • Blue Jackets, Oilers holding on to 2nd-round picks as compensation deadline arrives

    The Score "It's arguably the least sexy deadline day. Take it away, Elliotte Friedman: According to Friedman, the Columbus Blue Jackets, who hired head coach John Tortorella from the Vancouver Canucks, are holding on to their 2016 second-round draft pick. Columbus has another two years to fork over a..." June 02

  • Ex-Oiler calls organization a 'graveyard for players'

    Puck Drunk Love "Eric Belanger apparently didn’t enjoy his time with the Edmonton Oilers. The retired veteran center signed a three-year, $5.25 million deal with the Oilers in 2011, appearing in 104 games with Edmonton while scoring four times with 19 points. His tenure ended after being bought out by the team...." June 01

  • Edmonton Oilers’ new arena, 100 days from completion, living up to the hype

    Edmonton Sun "When people from the Oilers Entertainment Group proclaim that Rogers Place will be the best arena in the world, you initially had to take it with a pretty big grain of salt. The world is a big place and some of the venues in Europe, or oil-rich Qatar and Abu Dhabi, are pretty sweet. Even the..." June 01

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 31

  • Matthew Tkachuk enjoys visit to Alberta, would welcome being drafted by either Oilers or Flames

    Calgary Herald "Matthew Tkachuk has enjoyed his time in Alberta. He might even make it his permanent home. The London Knights winger is ranked second among North American skaters for the upcoming NHL Draft. Which means, once Auston Matthews and the two Finns come off the board, that puts Tkachuk in the..." May 29

  • Taylor Hall left off Canadian roster for World Cup

    Edmonton Journal "Taylor Hall should have had a leg up on a spot on Canada’s World Cup of Hockey team because it’s overloaded with centres and they could use some natural wingers, but the Edmonton Oilers forward, who had a very productive world championship in Russia, drew the short straw Friday afternoon. His..." May 28

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Every Oilers winger is expendable, save for Hall & Maroon

    Edmonton Journal "In the long run Jordan Eberle has been every bit as good as Taylor Hall on the wing for the Edmonton Oilers. In the last two years, however, Hall has taken a major step ahead of Eberle in terms of his two-way play, which is why Eberle should be considered the team’s top trade bait. He’s enticing..." May 25

  • Russia coach: Yakupov exclusion 'addition by subtraction'

    The Score "Russian national coach Oleg Znarok may have saved his job with a win in the bronze medal game at the World Championship, which in turn frees up Nail Yakupov's September schedule. After the win, Znarok called Yakupov's contentious exclusion from his roster "addition by subtraction," according to..." May 22

  • Georges Laraque helps detain man in attempted child kidnapping at Jeanne-Mance Park

    CBC Sports "Former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque helped detain a man who allegedly attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old girl in a Montreal park on Saturday afternoon. A man allegedly spoke to the girl, who was with her parents in Jeanne-Mance Park, before grabbing her and walking away. Family members..." May 22

  • Bruins could have Chiarelli compensation pushed back another year

    Stanley Cup Of Chowder "Earlier today, OilersNation was alerted to a potential loophole in the original compensation for hired coaches and management, and the Bruins are one of the five teams waiting to receive either a second or a third round pick. Here is a list of executives hired, and teams that hired them during the..." May 21

  • Oilers sign Zack Kassian to 1-year deal

    The Score "Zack will be back. The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Zack Kassian to a one-year contract Thursday. He played 36 games for the Oilers this season after being acquired in a trade from the Montreal Canadiens for goaltender Ben Scrivens in December. " May 19

  • It ‘doesn’t look very good’ for NHL participation in 2018 Winter Olympics: IIHF president

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL appreciates the effort IIHF president Rene Fasel is making to get the best hockey players in the world to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. But that doesn’t mean the league is going to open its wallet to help him out. “Rene is a friend of hockey and a champion for the sport,”..." May 17

  • Edmonton Oilers receive thousands of applicants for jobs in new rink

    Metro News "While the seats are still being installed at Rogers Place the Oilers moved this weekend to hire the hundreds of people who will be directing people to them when the building opens this fall. The Oilers held a career fair for Rogers Place Sunday afternoon attracting hundreds of potential..." May 16

  • Trading core player could help Oilers land top-pairing defenseman

    The Hockey News "The Edmonton Oilers need for a top-pairing defenseman remains a hot topic among the media. With their depth in young scoring forwards, it’s assumed one of them will be dealt to address the Oilers’ blueline needs. Appearing last Friday on 630 CHED radio, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman discussed..." May 16

  • Is Connor McDavid a Goal Scorer?

    The Hockey Writers "Through six games at the World Hockey Championship, Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid has seven assists and no goals on nine shots. Team Canada has been cruising so far, and has plenty of other stars on the roster, so they don’t necessarily need him to fill the net. He’s dangerous every time..." May 16

  • Connor McDavid ‘Best Player’ in NHL: Cherry

    The Hockey Writers "Selecting a Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s rookie of the year is a no-brainer for Don Cherry. During Hockey Night in Canada’s Coach’s Corner segment on Tuesday night, Cherry said Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid should win the award, hands down. “Who’s the best rookie in the..." May 11

  • Hamonic stays put, but was he best bet for the Oilers in any case?

    Edmonton Journal "Talk of the Hamonic trade has been the subject of 839 billion tweets, blog posts, radio discussions and newspaper speculations in Edmonton since news leaked out last fall that the veteran defenceman wanted a move to western Canada. But it was much ado about nothing, it turns out. So the..." May 11

  • Chiarelli’s already had ‘four or five teams’ call about the fourth overall pick

    Pro Hockey Talk "Last week, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli called trading the fourth overall pick at this summer’s draft a “real legitimate chance.” Apparently, his counterparts around the NHL were listening. “I’ve already had four or five teams call me,” Chiarelli said today, per 630 CHED in Edmonton. “I’ve made..." May 09

  • NHL UFA Rumours: Latest on Stamkos, Lucic, Okposo

    Sportsnet "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing and the off-season already underway for some, we rank the 16 most compelling impending unrestricted free agents of Summer Sixteen. Sure, Stammergeddon has dominated all debate and speculation regarding this summer’s free agency class — and rightly so..." May 09

  • Oilers sign St. Cloud State standout Russell

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Oilers dipped into the collegiate free agent pool again on Monday, signing St. Cloud State forward Patrick Russell to an entry-level deal. Russell, 23, just wrapped his sophomore campaign at St. Cloud, racking up 20 goals and 41 points in 41 contests. A native of Denmark, he’s..." May 09

  • NCAA free agent Drake Caggiula to sign with Edmonton Oilers

    Sportsnet "It appears the latest NCAA free agent has decided on where he will start his NHL career: Edmonton. Drake Caggiula, a Pickering, Ontario native, seems ready to sign with the Edmonton Oilers after several NHL clubs were reportedly pursuing his services. Caggiula, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward,..." May 07

  • Oilers apologize to former player who is, in fact, ‘alive and well’

    NHL.com "Oilers Entertainment Group would like to issue a formal apology to former Edmonton Oiler (WHA) Roger Cote and his family. In a special segment during the Farewell Rexall Place Night on April 6, 2016, the organization honoured members of the Oilers Alumni who have unfortunately passed on. In an..." May 07

  • Report: College free agent Caggiula opts for Oilers

    The Score "The Oilers love "The Drake." University of North Dakota senior standout Drake Caggiula intends to sign with the Edmonton Oilers, according to various reports. The undrafted free-agent forward starred at the NCAA's Frozen Four last month, leading the Fighting Hawks to their first National..." May 06

  • NHL, Oilers, Flames each donating $100K to Fort McMurray

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League announced today that it is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alta. Wildfires in the Fort McMurray area have forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. The Canadian Red Cross will facilitate care by providing..." May 06