Oilers Rumors & News

  • Oilers had to become a team before they could start to win

    Edmonton Journal "I once attended a wedding in the hamlet of Macon, Mo., where the father of the bride offered this bit of wisdom: “No matter how bad things get, they’re never all that bad. And no matter how good things get, they’re never all that good.” The Edmonton Oilers’ up-and-down first nine games —..." October 30

  • Oilers struggle to overcome challenge of beating teams in their own conference

    Edmonton Sun "Dallas Eakins made the point in the morning. “Getting a win against the West gets us away from answering these questions every day.” The questions remained by the end of the evening. After four straight wins against Eastern Conference opposition the Oilers lost to a Western Conference..." October 30

  • Predators beat Oilers 4-1

    Tennessean "The Predators bounced back from the first loss of the season with a 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at Rexall Place. Craig Smith scored twice, and Taylor Beck and Shea Weber added goals for the Predators. Weber made it 3-0 when he scored his fourth goal of the season 24..." October 30

  • Red-hot Oilers feasting on NHL East foes

    Edmonton Journal "There’s no ignoring the asterisk that punctuates the Edmonton Oilers’ four-game win streak. Each of the victories has come against teams from the Eastern Conference, a qualifier that Taylor Hall hopes the team is now ready to shake. The Oilers, 4-4-1 after blanking the league-leading Montreal..." October 29

  • Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl stays with Oilers, moving in with RNH

    Edmonton Sun "Dallas Eakins said he told the kid after the game. “He was like, ‘Great. Thanks. See you tomorrow.’” Aw, come on. You want it to have been more than that. You want it to have been the most memorable, magical moment of Leon Draisaitl’s hockey career — the night he was told he could stay and..." October 29

  • Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot settling into role on PK while adding scoring

    Edmonton Sun "Benoit Pouliot bounced around the NHL for the better part of six seasons before finding job stability with the Edmonton Oilers. On Monday, the Oilers winger displayed the attributes, which illustrated the reasoning for the team’s desire to commit. Pouliot scored a goal, added an assist and..." October 29

  • Oilers going for fifth straight win, but still haven’t beaten a team from the West

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers will be going for their fifth straight win tonight when they host the Nashville Predators. It’s a sentence that not many predicted would be written a short time ago, when the Oilers were off to an 0-4-1 start and goalie Ben Scrivens was doing a pretty good impression of..." October 29

  • Hey, let’s hear it for Ben Scrivens

    Pro Hockey Talk "Filed under: Due, Giving Credit Where Credit Is. On Monday night, Edmonton goalie Ben Scrivens continued his turnaround from a disastrous start with a 3-0 win over Montreal — his first shutout of the year and fourth consecutive win, coming on the same day he was named the NHL’s second star of..." October 28

  • Draisaitl staying with Oilers for now, to play 10th game Wednesday

    TSN.ca "Leon Draisaitl is sticking around in Edmonton. The 19-year-old rookie will play his 10th game of the season against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night. Had Draisaitl been sent back to his junior club after playing nine games or less, the first year of his rookie deal would have been..." October 28

  • Oilers say Yakupov "making really strong progress"

    Nichols on Hockey "On Nail Yakupov, how he’s fitting in with Edmonton, and how it seemed a year ago like there was a real sense the Oilers may have wanted to cut their losses with Yakupov before his asset value depreciated any more: “They were ready to cut bait, there’s no question about that, just because he..." October 28

  • Countdown almost over for Oilers rookie Draisaitl

    Edmonton Journal "Try as he might, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins couldn’t help but keep an uncertain eye on the calendar during his first nine games with the Edmonton Oilers. Taylor Hall also played through the countdown, just as Leon Draisaitl is doing today. Draisaitl not only turns 19 on Monday, he turns the page on..." October 27

  • Edmonton Oiler David Perron determined to bust goose egg

    Edmonton Journal "There’s no avoiding the big fat zero still glaring at David Perron from the statistical summary. Eight games. No goals. It is certainly not the way the Edmonton Oilers winger wanted to start the season, particularly after leading the club in 2013-2014 with 28 goals. Perron also knows how..." October 26

  • Draisaitl scores first NHL goal as Oilers beat Hurricanes

    Edmonton Journal "History has a way of repeating itself. Leon Draisaitl scored his first NHL goal in his eighth game with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, just as fellow first-rounder Taylor Hall did on Oct. 28, 2010. The 18-year-old centre scored with a sweeping backhand off a rebound for the winning goal on..." October 25

  • Dallas Eakins Specious Reasoning

    The Copper & Blue "Maybe re-thinking that answer is the right way to go Ryan complained that Dallas Eakins was being mealy-mouthed about his ridiculous deployment of Nail Yakupov thus far this season: My only thought going into the game is to win the hockey game. This is about our team. I know there's a lot of..." October 23

  • Oilers succeed in smothering opponents' top scorer for second game in a row

    Edmonton Sun "Early on in the season, the Edmonton Oilers were talking a good defensive game although they may not have been playing one. But by shutting down two of the NHL’s biggest scoring threats two nights apart, the proof is starting to be seen in the pudding. “We’re improving each game and we’re..." October 23

  • OIlers forward Nail Yakupov more concerned about team success than increase ice time

    Edmonton Sun "It was a year ago at this time that Nail Yakupov had everyone in Edmonton looking up the Russian word for “pout.” After seeing his ice time slashed, followed by the embarrassment of being made a healthy scratch in Washington, against national hero Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, the Edmonton..." October 23

  • Oilers limit Capitals offence in winning 3-2 effort

    Edmonton Sun "Remember when the Oilers were playing relatively well and losing, and Dallas Eakins talked about how these things all even out, and there will be nights when they get badly outplayed and win. Well, this was one of them. The Washington Capitals outplayed Edmonton so badly during stretches..." October 23

  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins proved better than Steven Stamkos in Oilers' win

    Edmonton Journal "It should go into Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ memory bank -- not just his deposit that beat Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop for the game-winner on Monday night to give the Edmonton Oilers their first win on the season, but being more noticeable than his centreman counterpart, superstar Steven..." October 22

  • Oilers centre Leon Draisaitl would get no benefit from return to Prince Albert

    Edmonton Sun "It seems like everybody and their dog has come to the conclusion that Leon Draisaitl should be shipped back to junior. Well, not quite everyone. I think he should stay. And I don't have a dog. The idea that Draisaitl would benefit from another year in junior baffles me. He's a forward,..." October 22

  • Dallas Eakins says win over Tampa Bay confirmation system works

    Edmonton Sun "You gotta believe. And not lose all the time. The Edmonton Oilers were on board with Part I of the strategy, but up until Monday night against Tampa Bay they were really struggling to get a handle on Part II. So a 3-2 upset really did wonders for a team trying to figure out how to play..." October 22

  • Will the Oilers shop Eberle or Yakupov?

    The Hockey News "Though the Edmonton Oilers finally won their first game of the season, their early-season struggles continue to generate trade speculation. Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry told Sportsnet 590 he thinks the Oilers must trade one of their good young players if they’re to improve in the near..." October 22

  • Where Do the Oilers Rank on the NHL Misery Index?

    Grantland "So stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Edmonton Oilers seem like they might be terrible this year. Last night’s win over the Lightning moved them to 1-4-1 and one point clear of dead last place in the league. They’ve been a mess defensively, the goaltending has been shaky, and the..." October 22

  • The Oilers' Cap Management Problems

    The Copper & Blue "Entering the 2013 off-season, things were starting to ever-so-slightly look up for the Oilers franchise. The team had just taken their first meaningful step forward in the standings (up to 23rd) after three consecutive #1 overall draft picks, Sam Gagner had put produced points at the highest rate..." October 21

  • Oilers' Nail Yakupov generating interest on trade market

    CBSSports.com "After enduring one of the worst starts in franchise history, the Edmonton Oilers could be looking to make a change. There are certainly enough people on the outside suggesting they do so anyway. The question is who is available, if anyone? According to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, there seems..." October 21

  • Nugent-Hopkins’ late goal lifts Oilers to first win of season

    Edmonton Journal "No more sighs of defeat. No more dead silence in the dressing room. There was finally some loud music in the Edmonton Oilers’ quarters after a game. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who was more noticeable on Monday than opposing centre Steven Stamkos, beat Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop for his first goal..." October 21

  • Draisaitl’s development likely better in junior

    Edmonton Journal "The Edmonton Oilers season isn’t over, despite a bad 0-4-1 start, but if they want to improve, they will need to make some difficult decisions. The Oilers wisely returned defenceman Darnell Nurse to junior on Friday. Nurse will eventually be a very good NHL player, but Martin Marincin and Oscar..." October 21

  • Oilers' Ben Scrivens to wear special masks supporting mental health

    CBSSports.com "Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens will be wearing some special masks this season to help raise awareness for mental health. Each mask will be designed by people living with schizophrenia. Scrivens will debut his first mask Monday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was designed by..." October 20

  • Oilers’ Purcell as good off the ice as he is on it

    Edmonton Journal "Steven Stamkos, who possesses all of the elements required to dazzle a crowd, wasn’t going to pull out his wallet to pay for dinner. That was a task he left to Teddy Purcell, who will play his first game against his old teammates on Monday, when the Edmonton Oilers host the Tampa Bay Lightning..." October 20

  • TSN’s Dave Hodge blasts Nail Yakupov pick

    Edmonton Journal "This in from TSN’s Dave Hodge, his blast at the Oilers for drafting Nail Yakupov. “My thumb is down to the Edmonton Oilers’ decision to select Nail Yakupov with the first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. I know you’ve heard that before, the Oilers are sick of hearing it and Yakupov is burdened by..." October 20

  • Scrivens believes Oilers are ‘starting to build winning habits’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers didn’t play poorly Friday. In fact, they were much tidier in their own end against the visiting Vancouver Canucks, showing vast improvement in that area of the game after getting lit up in losses to L.A. and Arizona. Against the Canucks, the Oilers surrendered two goals, one..." October 18

  • Canucks 2 Oilers 0: Ryan Miller makes 28 saves for 30th career shutout

    Vancouver Province "Many of the Canucks showed up creaking with rust after five days without a game. But not Ryan Miller. The Canucks goaltender was excellent from the opening face-off and had the answer to every Oiler shot attempt, stopping all 28 to record his 30th career shutout and first as a..." October 18

  • Oilers send Nurse back to junior

    Pro Hockey Talk "Darnell Nurse was looking to make the leap this season. The Edmonton Oilers have decided the 19-year-old defenseman should spend another year in junior instead. Nurse has been returned to OHL Sault Ste. Marie, where he’ll bolster a Greyhounds team that doesn’t actually need much bolstering...." October 17

  • Oilers Recall Steve Pinizzotto, Richard Bachman

    The Copper & Blue "Unless "something else" means Gene conveniently thinks that he and Pinizzotto are coincidentally staying at the same Holiday Inn Express, it appears that the Oilers have recalled forward Steve Pinizzotto from Oklahoma. Pinizzotto (0-1-1, 1 GP w/ OKC) appeared in six games with the Oilers last..." October 16

  • Former Oilers Sam Gagner getting used to Coyotes system

    Edmonton Sun "Once upon a time, Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson, Andrew Cogliano and Tom Gilbert were going to be the core of a contender in Edmonton. It didn’t quite work out the way they all hoped, however, and the last remaining member of Edmonton’s first rebuild went to the Coyotes last summer while the..." October 16

  • Mikkel Boedker scores hat trick to lead Coyotes past Oilers

    Arizona Republic "Coyotes coach Dave Tippett ushered his players off the ice earlier than normal during Wednesday's morning skate, even getting captain Shane Doan to abandon his routine of loitering long after the others have left the ice. "They need energy for tonight," he said. But the extra bit of rest..." October 16

  • Ryan Whitney's Sochi wish gets Monkey Pawed

    Sporting News "Halloween is in a couple weeks. Let's get in the spirit of things by reading "The Monkey's Paw: Ryan Whitney Edition." Sometimes wishes go wrong, you see. Whitney, 31, signed a one-year deal with Sochi HC of the KHL. He'd played seven games with the Florida Panthers last season and spent..." October 16

  • Oilers goalie Fasth leaves game with groin injury

    NHL.com "Edmonton Oilers goalie Viktor Fasth left the game against the Los Angeles Kings in the first period Tuesday with a groin injury and will not return. Fasth allowed three goals on 11 shots to the Kings and came off the ice during a television timeout late in the period. He was replaced by former..." October 15

  • Cult of Hockey: TSN analyst leads pack who doubt Oilers this year

    Edmonton Journal "There are plenty of unanswered questions about the Edmonton Oilers this year, and there are no shortage of doubters, including hockey’s sharpest TV commentator, Ray Ferraro of TSN. This past week, before the Oilers dropped their first two games, Ray Ferraro blasted Oilers management on Leafs..." October 15

  • Oilers opt to sit veteran defenceman Jeff Petry to give Darnell Nurse his first NHL start

    Edmonton Sun "When a team gives up 10 goals in its first two games, the decision about whether to make a change on defence is pretty easy. Yes. But deciding which of his six starters to sit Tuesday in Los Angeles was the more difficult end of the equation for head coach Dallas Eakins. The optics..." October 15

  • Kings score early and often against hapless Edmonton

    L.A. Daily News "The Kings didn’t actually score on every shift of Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center. It only seemed like it. The Kings didn’t create a scoring on every dash down the ice against the hopelessly overmatched Oilers. It only appeared to be the case. There will be nights..." October 15

  • Oilers Recall Bogdan Yakimov, Assign Oscar Klefbom

    The Copper & Blue "With Ryan Nugent-Hopkins questionable for tomorrow's game in LA, Bogdan Yakimov is recalled just in case. Along with Teddy Purcell and Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins didn't participate in the team's practice in Los Angeles today. Coach Dallas Eakins says that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is "bruised..." October 14

  • Jeff Petry A Healthy Scratch vs. Kings

    The Copper & Blue "Jeff Petry gets the healthy scratch from Dallas Eakings Petry's ice time shows that Eakins wasn't thrilled with the defenseman for some reason, though by most reviews he's been the Oilers best defender thus far." October 14

  • Three Oilers forwards miss practice with ‘multiple bang-ups’

    Edmonton Journal "The Edmonton Oilers haven’t fired total blanks in the first two games because they got a consolation shootout loss point in Vancouver. But now they may have to stare down the Stanley Cup champions on Tuesday without two of their biggest guns in the rack. Neither Ryan Nugent-Hopkins nor..." October 14

  • Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle out Tuesday

    CBSSports.com "The Edmonton Oilers face a tough divisional challenge Tuesday night in the form of the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. It's going to be a heck of a lot tougher without two of their top forwards. Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins revealed that Jordan Eberle and Ryan..." October 14

  • Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins in no hurry to play Darnell Nurse, name starting goalie against Kings

    Edmonton Sun "With much of his roster up in the air because of injuries, head coach Dallas Eakins wasn’t in the mood to spill the beans on what few certainties there might be. So he isn’t saying who his starting goalie is, nor whether or not he will make a change on defence to give Darnell Nurse his first..." October 14

  • Daniel Sedin adds three assists as Vancouver beats the Oilers 5-4

    Vancouver Sun "For a while, it looked like the free beer was going to be highlight of the night for Vancouver Canucks fans at Saturday night’s home-opener at Rogers Arena. The Canucks spotted the Edmonton Oilers three separate two-goal leads before coming back to earn a 5-4 shootout win in what turned out to..." October 12

  • Peter Pocklington gets standing ovation at Oilers reunion

    Edmonton Journal "It was a trip down memory lane that began with a video flashback to 1984, back to a time when leg warmers were cool, Cabbage Patch Kids were the rage, and a group of players from Edmonton would go on to win their first of five Stanley Cups. Eleven pipe bands ushered those players back into..." October 11

  • Teddy Purcell and David Perron could form solid connection for Oilers

    Edmonton Sun "Teddy Purcell was known more for a quality passing ability than shooting during his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He did, after all, have a pretty good finisher in Steven Stamkos to play with. Yet Thursday, in the Oilers season opener, Purcell was on the receiving end of a cross-ice..." October 11

  • Encouraging signs during Oilers season-opener, despite familiar outcome

    Edmonton Journal "It had been a great week, no, make that month — heck, let’s call it a strong summer season for the Oilers brand. Which was hardly a given as a followup to a penny dreadful 28th-place season that Oilers GM Craig MacTavish himself had termed a “debacle.” The fans’ incredible passion, it turns..." October 10

  • Oilers Still Sticking With The Ever-Hilarious “Swarm Defense”

    Next Impulse Sports "You may remember earlier this month when the Edmonton Oilers gave us one of the funnier moments of the NHL preseason when their “swarm defense” tactics allowed a WIIIIIIDE open Nick Bonino to tee one up right in front of Edmonton’s net, scoring a short-handed goal. Well, it appears that the..." October 10