Oilers Rumors & News

  • Centre Mark Letestu happy Oilers acquired Adam Larsson

    Edmonton Sun "As one of the few players who spends his summers in Edmonton, centre Mark Letestu can empathize with the unrest with some fans in Oilers Nation over the Taylor Hall trade two months ago, but he really likes the deal for defenceman Adam Larsson. “I got over it in two days…guys come and go,” said..." August 28

  • Oilers Sign Matt Benning

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers have signed college free agent defenseman Matt Benning to a two year, entry-level contract, according to a team release. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Benning was originally a sixth round pick of the Boston Bruins back in 2012 (175th overall) but opted not..." August 27

  • Taylor Hall has faith in Devils' young talent

    Newark Star-Ledger "Taylor Hall watched the Edmonton Oilers try to rebuild through the draft and youth during his first six seasons in the NHL, but it never led to a playoff berth. Now in a new situation with the Devils, he sees the team doing something similar, but he's not expecting the same outcome. While..." August 26

  • Eric Gryba still looking for contract for upcoming season ... legacy in mix ... lone participant

    Edmonton Sun "Unsigned Oilers’ defenceman Eric Gryba, who quietly did a nice job physically and as a penalty-killer last season before hurting his knee, is still looking for a contract a month from NHL camps opening. The Oilers most likely want to see how their younger D (Griffin Reinhart, especially) shakes..." August 25

  • Taylor Hall supports teen phenom Connor McDavid for Oilers captaincy

    Canoe "Taylor Hall said he has not been back to Edmonton since being traded to the New Jersey Devils on June 29. But the 24-year-old, who was drafted first-overall by the Oilers in 2010 and spent six years playing for the organization, is still “rooting for” certain players on his former team. One of..." August 23

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Oilers’ McDavid: ‘I’m not some 18-year-old kid anymore’

    Sportsnet "Connor McDavid won’t turn 20 until January, but the prospective Edmonton Oilers captain doesn’t want anyone thinking of him as a teenager anymore. The bar is already set incredibly high for the 19-year-old this season and while he wouldn’t divulge details on personal goals, McDavid did offer..." August 23

  • Scrivens: McLellan is moving Oilers ‘in the right direction’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers may have finished at the bottom of the Western Conference last season, missing out on the playoffs once again and getting another early first-round draft pick. But former Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens, speaking in an interview on a wide range of topics, from U.S. politics to..." August 22

  • McDavid: Team North America has 'ability to surprise some teams'

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad said it would be a mistake for the other teams in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 to take the youthful Team North America lightly. "There is a lot of speed and a lot of talent on our team," Ekblad said. "I think it all comes down to how we jell as a team..." August 22

  • Devils, Cory Schneider prepping for defense without Adam Larsson

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Devils addressed a need on offense when they traded for left wing Taylor Hall in June, adding an explosive player on offense that could quickly boost a unit that finished last in the NHL in goals per game last season. But that addition came at a cost. Bringing Hall to New Jersey meant..." August 19

  • Jerseys, pucks at World Cup will include tracking chips

    The Score "The future is now for hockey. The NHL held a press conference Wednesday to discuss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, including the introduction of brand new technology. It was unveiled that both pucks and player jerseys will feature computer chips that track player speed, distance between..." August 17

  • U.S. Senator says NHL sending ‘conflicting, mixed messages’ on concussions, CTE

    The Hockey News "In late July, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman responded to questions from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal about hockey and its link to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Bettman wrote that research indicated no clear link could be drawn between the sport and CTE, and Blumenthal..." August 16

  • Bettman: NHL participation in 2018 Olympics not a current priority

    The Score "As of right now, the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang are not on Gary Bettman's mind. The NHL commissioner was at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to discuss January's Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks, but touched on other topics during his press conference. One of the..." August 11

  • NHL preseason schedule highlighted by arena debuts

    NHL.com "The 2016-17 NHL preseason schedule, released Wednesday, features the first games at two NHL arenas. On Sept. 26, the second day of the 15-day, 106-game schedule, the Edmonton Oilers open Rogers Place with a split-squad game against the Calgary Flames. Edmonton also will host the Anaheim Ducks..." August 10

  • Wayne Gretzky traded by Oilers to Kings 28 years ago

    NHL.com "The trade that most thought could never happen was made on this date 28 years ago. Wayne Gretzky, the captain and the heart and soul of the dynastic Edmonton Oilers, was traded on Aug. 9, 1988, sent to the Los Angeles Kings along with center Mike Krushelnyski and defenseman Marty McSorley...." August 09

  • Dates NHL Fans Should Have Marked on Their Calendars for the 2016-17 Season

    Bleacher Report "The National Hockey League will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this season, and it should be a special one. There will be four outdoor games featuring some big rivalries and historic firsts, and new NHLers will be introduced to hockey's biggest stage and play important roles for their new..." August 09

  • Lucic hopeful to play beyond 7-year contract

    The Province "Former Vancouver Giant has returned to old summer group, working out alongside fellow alums of WHL club Lance Bouma and Brendan Gallagher. Talk contract with Milan Lucic and you’re liable to hear about the one he hopes to sign for 2023-24, as well as the seven-year deal he just inked with the..." August 06

  • Gretzky, Selanne to headline Heritage Classic alumni game

    Sportsnet "Wayne Gretzky and Teemu Selanne will headline the alumni game between former Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets players at the Heritage Classic in October. The NHL announced the rosters Friday, along with the jerseys the current teams will wear in their regular season game in the outdoor event..." August 06

  • Ranking the 31 NHL general managers

    The Score "Every day this week, theScore's hockey editors are evaluating NHL teams on a different level of management. This time, we're focusing on the GMs, ranking them based on salary cap and asset management, as well as draft history. Farm systems Head coaches General managers Owners (Thursday, Aug...." August 03

  • Oilers Shuffle Front Office

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers officially announced a handful of changes to their front office on Tuesday. Headlining the announcement was the hiring of Keith Gretzky as Assistant General Manager. Gretzky had previously been a part of the Boston Bruins scouting staff, and most recently held the title of..." August 03

  • Oilers set to name Keith Gretzky as assistant GM

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly going to name Wayne Gretzky’s younger brother Keith as assistant GM, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Keith Gretzky began his scouting career in 2001. Most recently, he served as the Boston Bruins’ director of amateur scouting, where he undoubtedly made an..." August 02

  • Klefbom clarifies Hall remarks: 'All of our key players underperformed'

    The Score "Oscar Klefbom says his criticism of Taylor Hall is also applicable to the rest of last season's core group. The Edmonton Oilers defenseman attempted to clarify comments made about the departed forward Sunday. "All of our key players underperformed, including myself. Not only Taylor Hall,"..." August 01

  • Klefbom: Hall rarely had best games when we needed him most

    The Score "At least one member of the Edmonton Oilers is encouraged by the team's decision to trade Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for Adam Larsson earlier this summer. That would be defenseman Oscar Klefbom, who - in an interview with Swedish hockey news site hockeysverige.se - believes the team as..." July 31

  • Edmonton Oilers sign farmhand defenceman David Musil to one-year contract

    Edmonton Journal "David Musil, who may have been the Edmonton Oilers’ most consistent farmhand defenceman last season, has signed a one-year contract with the National Hockey League club. Musil, 23, will get $600,000 if he plays in the NHL and a guaranteed $85,000 if not. The six-foot-four, 207-pound..." July 30

  • Oilers' McLellan confirms team will have a captain next season

    NHL.com "The Oilers went through the 2015-16 season without a player wearing the “C” on their chest. They instead elected to go with multiple alternate captains, including Andrew Ference, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Matt Hendricks was among a few other players to don the “A” at..." July 28

  • Oilers Loan Bogdan Yakimov to KHL Club

    The Hockey Writers "Edmonton Oilers forward Bogdan Yakimov has been loaned to HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), the team announced on Wednesday. Yakimov, 21, was previously loaned to the KHL club during the 2015-16 regular season when he played in 11 games and tallied three goals..." July 28

  • N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman Continues to Deny C.T.E. Link

    New York Times "Responding to written questions from a United States senator about the effects of concussions in hockey, N.H.L. Commissioner Gary Bettman continued to deny a link between concussions and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E. He blamed the news media for fanning fear of..." July 27

  • Cam Talbot Q&A: Oilers need ‘one more piece’

    Sportsnet "Build from the net out, they say. Or, in Edmonton’s case, rebuild from the net out. Two months into his much scrutinized tenure as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, Peter Chiarelli went out and traded for a No. 2 goaltender he believed (correctly, so far) would make a dependable No...." July 26

  • Larsson aiming to develop offensive game with Oilers

    NHL.com "Defenseman Adam Larsson had what many considered to be a breakout season with the New Jersey Devils in 2015-16. Now with the Edmonton Oilers, Larsson, the No. 4 pick at the 2011 NHL Draft, expects to continue his development this season into a top-pairing defenseman, and perhaps expand his..." July 26

  • McDavid: Being named captain 'would be one of the greatest honors'

    Toronto Sun "Connor McDavid would embrace the opportunity to serve as captain of the Edmonton Oilers. "Obviously. If I was ever the captain at any point I think it would be one of the greatest honours and one of the accomplishments that I would definitely take the most seriously," the 19-year-old former..." July 25

  • McDavid says Lucic gives Oilers ‘that swagger’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sure, being close to home doesn’t hurt, but Milan Lucic cited Connor McDavid‘s presence in Edmonton as a big reason why he signed with the Oilers. ” … To have that opportunity to play with a player like that doesn’t come around so often,” Lucic said of McDavid. It’s to the point where Lucic..." July 23

  • Eberle: Hall wanted to be ‘one of the guys to turn it around’

    Sportsnet "Jordan Eberle said aloud what many thought: that Taylor Hall was likely hurt by his trade to New Jersey. The Edmonton Oilers winger was on Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s The Andrew Walker Show Thursday to talk about the trade that rocked the city, what to expect of the team’s next captain, and his..." July 22

  • NHL TV schedule stinks, ignores Connor McDavid

    Sporting News "Connor McDavid could be one of the few best players in the NHL. Like, right now. He was also born in 1997. So, you'd think the best hockey talent to come along since Sidney Crosby would pop up on national American TV a couple times this season. You'd also be wrong. Exactly zero Oilers..." July 21

  • Edmonton Parts Ways With Analytics Guru Tyler Dellow

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Mark Spector of Sportsnet has confirmed the Edmonton Oilers will not renew the contract of statistical consultant Tyler Dellow. He becomes the second such consultant removed from his position in the last week, joining Matt Pfeffer, who was dismissed by Montreal. Ironically, both Edmonton and..." July 21

  • Will Oilers Become NHL's Version of Warriors

    CSN New England "Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while marveling at the people calling Ted Cruz classless for his actions at the RNC. I am far from a Cruz fan and think in some ways he’s even worse than Donald Trump, but Trump insulted the guy’s wife during the..." July 21

  • McDavid fully on board with Oilers' addition of Lucic

    The Score "Milan Lucic made it clear the Connor McDavid factor weighed in on his decision to sign with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, and as it turns out, the 19-year-old is happy to welcome him into the lineup. McDavid believes Lucic's impact on the roster will be immediate. "It means so much,"..." July 20

  • Signing-bonus laden contracts could lead to next lockout

    TSN "If you needed any evidence that another NHL lockout might be on the horizon, look no further than the type of free agent contracts executed during the 2015-2016 off-season. Admittedly, this is attempting to project the future, the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) is fully binding..." July 19

  • Does Kevin Shattenkirk to the Oilers now make more sense?

    Edmonton Journal "The notion that Kevin Shattenkirk would end up on the Edmonton Oilers never made much sense, but have things changed? Is there a possibility that Shattenkirk’s value has dropped enough that he might now make sense for the Oilers, either as a one-year rental or as a long-term answer on the..." July 18

  • Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

    Yardbarker "Never mind the fact the NHL expansion draft won’t take place for another yea, it has had an very strong effect on the happenings of the current offseason. Even before league commissioner Gary Bettman made the official announcement that the NHL will be adding a team in Las Vegas, it appeared..." July 15

  • Wayne Gretzky rookie card smashing record at ongoing auction

    SI "Nearly two decades after his retirement, the Great One is still obliterating records. The best-known example of Wayne Gretzky's 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee rookie card is up for auction and the early action has been historic. Bidding for the card, which is being offered by Goldin Auctions, already has..." July 15

  • NHL reaches landmark in-market streaming deal with Fox Sports

    Fox Sports "The NHL recently reached an agreement with Fox Sports for in-market streaming. Although not finalized, an agreement has been reached after negotiations spanning the course of five years. The agreement will allow in-market streaming of NHL games that are broadcast on Fox’s regional sports networks..." July 14

  • Hockey's silly season is upon us, as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins-for-Cody Ceci "rumour" attests

    Edmonton Journal "The silly season of the National Hockey League is officially upon us, as the Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for Cody Ceci trade “rumour” attests. Hope is king in July for hockey fans, even for fans of losing teams. The pain of the last season is distant. The expectation of the new season is fuelled by..." July 12

  • Eight NHL teams that could be active in trade market this offseason

    USA Today "While the high-profile unrestricted free agents have all been claimed, offseason shopping is far from finished. Free agents such as Sam Gagner, Justin Schultz, Matt Carle, Kris Versteeg and James Wisniewski are still available. i Now multiple teams are looking to make trades to ease their..." July 11

  • Edmonton Oilers prospect Tyler Benson passes first major test at orientation camp in Jasper

    Edmonton Sun "Tyler Benson can exhale now. The first major test of his recovery is over and he passed. On skates for the first time in almost six months, Benson had his fingers crossed heading into Edmonton Oilers prospects orientation camp — not that he’d impress the coaches or score a bunch of goals in..." July 10

  • AHL announces new rules on fighting that could come to the NHL

    Puck Drunk Love "The AHL has announced new rules regarding fighting and they may eventually impact the future of fighting in the NHL. The new rules are an attempt to cut down on staged fights and aim to eliminate players who fall into the “goon” category. First, AHL players won’t be able to fight after a..." July 07

  • Top 50 defenseman rankings for July

    NHL.com "This offseason hasn't brought a lot of player movement along the blue line, but the outlook for fantasy defensemen heading into this NHL season did have a major change. Prior to the start of free agency, two big-name defensemen switched teams in a one-for-one trade, sparking plenty of debate in..." July 07

  • Oilers free agent goalie prospect ready to make the jump to pros

    Edmonton Journal "The Monster is already earmarked for about 15 or 20 games with the Oilers this season while Ellis’s future is entirely up to him. But the resume looks pretty sharp so far. The Providence Friars standout signed with Edmonton this summer after a brilliant season in college, posting a .936 save..." July 06

  • After sending Taylor Hall to New Jersey, Oilers should put No. 4 up in rafters to honour Kevin Lowe

    Edmonton Sun "Now that Taylor Hall’s been traded to New Jersey Devils, it’s time to retire No. 4. Put it up in the rafters at Rogers Place. Be the first number going up in the new building. It’s always been unseemly that Kevin Lowe’s number is not retired. He was the first player the Oilers ever drafted..." July 05

  • Speculative blueprint from Oilers insider on knabbing Tyson Barrie

    Edmonton Journal "A number of defenceman, Travis Hamonic, Sami Vatanen, Justin Faulk and Tyson Barrie, have long been discussed as trade targets for the Edmonton Oilers, and the one name that continues to churn in the rumour is that of Barrie of the Avs. Stirring the pot on Monday was Oilers announcer Bob..." July 05

  • Chiarelli knew he'd face social media heat for Hall trade

    The Score "Peter Chiarelli expected Edmonton Oilers fans to be upset when he traded Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for Adam Larsson. "I knew I was going to get hammered (for it)," the Oilers general manager told SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on Monday. "The Edmonton fans don't know (Larsson). They..." July 05