Oilers Rumors & News

  • Wayne Gretzky memorabilia among hockey items auctioned by Canadian government

    Sporting News "The Canadian government has amassed quite the collection of hockey memorabilia, and some of it is up for sale. A few of the more notable items include a binder containing Wayne Gretzky's professional draft questionnaire and autographed photos of other NHL greats such as Guy Lafleur and Lanny..." August 28

  • Oilers' Yakupov hopes to build on late-season success

    NHL.com "Edmonton Oilers right wing Nail Yakupov is hoping a strong finish to 2014-15 carries over into this season. Yakupov exceled after Edmonton made a coaching change Dec. 15, replacing Dallas Eakins with Todd Nelson, and showed the attributes that made him the No. 1 pick of the 2012 NHL..." August 28

  • NHL free agent class of 2016 strong

    TSN "With Mark Giordano signing a six-year, $40.5 million extension with the Calgary Flames, the 2016 NHL free agent market lost arguably its best available unrestricted defenceman. Fears of a dearth of signing activity come July 1 are unfounded, though, considering that the crop of players set to..." August 25

  • Roy initially scared Yakupov, but was positive influence

    Edmonton Journal "Nail Yakupov might be three years older than Connor McDavid, but don’t count on the 21-year-old Russian forward to moonlight as a tutor for the Edmonton Oilers’ No. 1 overall draft pick. “I don’t think I’ll be a teacher. I’m too young for that,” said Yakupov, who might find himself on McDavid’s..." August 21

  • Who's the best player in the NHL for 2015-16?

    Yahoo! Sports "The Hockey News released its 2015-16 NHL Yearbook, which our own Sean Leahy carries around like a kid at seminary school clutching his Testaments. Within its pages is the annual Top 50 player ranking, and SwissHabs has captured part of the list for 2015-16; we’re guessing it caught their eye..." August 19

  • Oilers’ Hall sure seems refreshed by McDavid’s arrival

    Pro Hockey Talk "Each summer, there are certain stories that just seem to sprout up. Players who should probably have NHL contracts must consider tryouts instead. Player X thinks his injury rehab is going just swell. A veteran might be in the best shape of his life. Oh yeah: Taylor Hall hopes the Edmonton..." August 18

  • Adidas lands NHL jersey deal

    TSN "The National Hockey League appears poised for radical changes to its team jerseys in the wake of a deal that may pave the way for advertising on team uniforms. Adidas has won a long-term deal to make uniforms for the 30 NHL teams, beginning in the 2016-17 season. Adidas takes over from its..." August 17

  • NHL shop selling 'Houston' Oilers shirts for the team in Edmonton

    CBS Sports "There was once a time where two major North American sports leagues had teams that went by the “Oilers.” The NFL's Houston Oilers haven't been around since 1996 when they moved and were eventually renamed the Tennessee Titans. The Edmonton Oilers in the NHL are alive and well, however. But as..." August 17

  • Oilers’ Nugent-Hopkins in elite centre territory

    Sportsnet "It’s the middle of August, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins already knows what it’s going to be like for an Edmonton Oiler this coming season. At a media availability at an Oilers hockey school, almost every question asked of Nugent-Hopkins riffed off of the incoming star Connor McDavid. “A big thing..." August 14

  • Top 50 NHL Goaltending Prospects for 2015-2016

    In Goal Magazine "With the amount of amateur and professional scouting available in this modern age of sports, any list of the best prospects will vary depending who is making the list. Based on a collection of those different opinions and scouting work from our staff, InGoal has created a power ranking for the..." August 14

  • Oilers' Ference sent letter to every GM after Central Scouting snub

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference always believed he would make the NHL, and he has the evidence to prove it. The 15-year veteran revealed Thursday that he sent a letter to every NHL general manager after being snubbed by Central Scouting prior to the 1997 draft." August 14

  • Connor McDavid Mania Heating Up in Edmonton

    Bleacher Report "He still has yet to play an NHL game, but right now Connor McDavid's name, number and likeness are, as they say in business, moving product. Make no mistake, the Edmonton Oilers and the NHL are taking full advantage of McDavid Mania for as long as it lasts, which, barring injury to the..." August 12

  • Oilers deemed to have best group of prospects; Penguins worst

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have the best group of prospects. The Pittsburgh Penguins have the worst. Those were the findings of ESPN’s Corey Pronman, who ranked the “organizational prospect depth” of all 30 NHL teams and published his analysis today. “The Oilers have two great defensive..." August 12

  • Looking to make the leap: Connor McDavid

    Pro Hockey Talk "Barring some unforeseen circumstance, Connor McDavid will have a prominent spot on the Edmonton Oilers’ opening night roster. Not since Sidney Crosby has the anticipation been so great for a teenager to make the leap to the NHL. With scoring in the NHL down, McDavid will be in tough to reach..." August 10

  • Playoffs not realistic goal for Oilers in Connor McDavid's rookie year

    CBS Sports "You have to go back to the 2005-06 season when Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin were making their debuts to find the last time the hockey world was as excited for two incoming rookies as they are for Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel this season. The top-two picks in the 2015 draft have been making..." August 05

  • NHL unveils ‘historic’ digital media rights deal with MLBAM

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a way, baseball will power the way hockey fans consume a ton of digital NHL-related media going forward. More specifically, MLBAM will be doing the heavy lifting, as the NHL announced a “historic” six-year deal with the service, which also apparently powers streaming services for companies..." August 04

  • Bruins owner: Chiarelli fired because of an unwillingness to turn over the roster

    CSN New England "Less than a year ago, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs declared Peter Chiarelli “one of the best in the business” amid a successful run as general manager of his Original Six franchise. But nine month later Jacobs admitted things changed quickly with Chiarelli fired back in April amid salary cap issues..." July 30

  • New big NHL contracts appear to have protection from potential upcoming lockout

    TSN "NHL lockout. It's the one phrase that can send a chill down your spine on the sweatiest summer July day. Rest easy, for now: the NHL and NHL Players' Association has guaranteed labour peace for each of the next five seasons, through the 2019-20 campaign. While another hockey work..." July 29

  • Top 7 reasons former Toronto Maple Leafs ace Cody Franson not signed yet

    Edmonton Journal "The biggest surprise of the NHL’ s 2015 free agency period is that Cody Franson isn’t signed. It seemed a bit odd Franson didn’t get snapped up on the first day, July 1. Things were more confused when he lasted a week on the market. Two weeks, still no contract for Franson, and the matter..." July 29

  • Projecting the Edmonton Oilers’ 2015-16 Lineup: Defense

    The Hockey Writers "Although the 2015-16 NHL season does not begin for the better part of two months, excitement and hype surrounding the Oilers is at its highest peak in nearly ten years time, since the Oilers last reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals. The vast majority of this excitement is due to the..." July 27

  • Oilers fans react to ticket prices for upcoming new arena

    Pro Hockey Talk "It remains to be seen if the Edmonton Oilers will be a playoff contender by the time they move into Rogers Place in 2016-17. It looks like Oilers season ticket holders will be paying as if they’re a high-end team either way. The good news for Edmonton Oilers fans is that the “Connor McDavid..." July 25

  • NHLPA’s Fehr: Players want to play in Olympics

    Sportsnet "NHL players competing at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics certainly isn’t the most important storyline in hockey these days – expansion, off-season transactions and managerial moves are – but it’s still a topic many are interested in. NHLers have competed at the Olympics since the 1998 Nagano..." July 25

  • Post expansion, could NHL realign with eight divisions?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After the NHL received just two bids for expansion teams — one for Las Vegas, the other for Quebec City, but nothing for Seattle or Portland — could the league be headed for another realignment? From the Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek: When the NHL last realigned, the commitment was only..." July 22

  • Can young NHLers be trusted?

    TSN "One of the hockey narratives I’ve always been curious about is the reputation that veterans pick up as the steady, reliable defensive options. The reputation seems to be built out of the fact that these players have extensive experience at the NHL level, and through that experience, they have..." July 22

  • Does a defenceman trade between the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets make sense?

    Edmonton Journal "It’s been widely rumoured that the Blue Jackets are on the hunt for a defenceman, and on Sunday Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch did a good job of shedding light on the situation. The short version: Columbus needs a defenceman, but dollars against the salary cap are tight. That..." July 21

  • Should the Edmonton Oilers consider adding a bargain-bin forward?

    Edmonton Journal "In a strange free agent season which sees plenty of good players still on the market more than two weeks after July 1, most of the focus in Edmonton has been on defencemen. The blue line has been a weakness for years for the Oilers, and with a potential long-term fix like Cody Franson or a..." July 21

  • Oilers to raise banner for former GM/coach Glen Sather

    CBS Sports "The Edmonton Oilers were one of the two teams that absolutely owned the NHL in the 1980s. They won five Stanley Cups between 1984 and 1990 and Glen Sather was the man behind the bench for all of it. To honor his contributions, the Oilers will raise a banner that will briefly hang in the Rexall..." July 20

  • Quebecor submits expansion bid for NHL franchise in Quebec City

    The Score "The company hoping to bring NHL hockey back to Quebec City has formally applied for an expansion franchise. Quebecor, the media conglomerate that operates Sun Media, TVA, Videotron, and Canoe, confirmed the bid in a brief statement Monday. A new arena in Quebec City, the Videotron Centre,..." July 20

  • Lack of cap room has made for ‘really difficult’ summer for some free agents

    Columbus Dispatch "It's been nearly three weeks since NHL free agency opened, and there are still plenty of good players on the market. There will be a second wave of signings, but one longtime NHL agent told The Dispatch that the market has never been this stagnant. "It's tough," the agent said. "There are..." July 20

  • Gretzky: McDavid can handle transition to NHL

    NHL.com "Wayne Gretzky doesn't expect Connor McDavid to struggle in the NHL despite extremely high expectations, having turned pro at 18 after spending three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League. "Going right from junior to the NHL? That's a big step for Connor," Gretzky told the Edmonton Journal..." July 19

  • The damage hockey did to my brain: NHL star Bernie Nicholls explains why he's suing the league

    New York Daily News "I had a pretty spectacular 17-year career playing in the National Hockey League. Who would have thought a kid from a small town in Canada would have 475 career goals in 1,127 games? Yet despite these great seasons, as I look back on my career 36 years after it began, I have come to realize that..." July 19

  • Oilers forward Tyler Pitlick signs one-year deal with team

    Edmonton Sun "It has been a long, hard road to the NHL for Tyler Pitlick, but the Edmonton Oilers are not ready to give up on their second pick after Taylor Hall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. On Thursday, the Oilers announced they had come to terms on a one-year deal with Pitlick, who has yet to break into..." July 17

  • Oilers agree to terms with Davidson

    NHL.com "Comment Print E-mail Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, the club has agreed to terms with defenceman Brandon Davidson on a one-year contract. Davidson, 23, recorded 10 points (4G, 6A) and 43 penalty minutes in 55 games last..." July 16

  • Oilers re-sign Justin Schultz for 1-year, $3.75 million, avoid arbitration

    CBS Sports "The Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Justin Schultz were able to avoid an upcoming salary arbitration hearing when they agreed to a one-year contract on Wednesday. According to Sportsnet's Elliote Friedman, the Oilers signed Schultz to a one-year contract that will pay him $3.75 million for the..." July 15

  • Herbers found Oilers’ job offer too enticing to turn down

    Edmonton Journal "The coaching life, as Ian Herbers knew it, was good. He had piloted the University of Alberta Golden Bears to their second straight Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship and even opened the door with Hockey Canada, working as an assistant with Canada’s entry in the under-18 world..." July 15

  • Top 15 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped..." July 14

  • Ducks, Capitals stand out as teams with best salary cap situations

    CBS Sports "When you're a good team in the NHL over an extended period of time it is inevitable that the salary cap is going to become an issue. The Chicago Blackhawks are still experiencing that this offseason (again), whiles teams like Pittsburgh, Boston, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver and San Jose..." July 09

  • Top 14 NHL UFAs of 2015: Best of who’s left

    Sportsnet "Where does the unrestricted free-agent class of 2015 stand now, after July 1’s flurry of signings? Well, admittedly, it’s looking a little thin. Although most big acquisitions will be made through trade at this point, that doesn’t mean useful players aren’t still out there to be scooped up...." July 07

  • Edmonton Oilers to trigger buy-out window: Is Nikita Nikitin finally on the way out?

    Edmonton Journal "This just in from Ryan Rishaug of TSN: “I’d expect the Oilers to file for arbitration on (Justin) Schultz today. That will trigger buyout window for them….They can still settle with Schultz camp without a hearing and buyout window remains.” This meshes with an earlier report from Oilers..." July 07

  • McDavid scores five goals in Oilers scrimmage

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid put on a show for roughly 7,300 fans Monday at Rexall Place during a 4-on-4 intrasquad scrimmage for Edmonton Oilers prospects. The No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft had three goals in two 20-minute halves of 4-on-4 play, then scored two more in seven minutes at 3-on-3, leading..." July 07

  • Blackhawks acquire Coughlin for Nilsson

    NHL.com "The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they acquired forward Liam Coughlin from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Anders Nilsson. Coughlin, 20, tallied 60 points (20G, 40A) in 54 games for the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League last season. He went on to record 10..." July 06

  • 23 Players Elect Salary Arbitration

    NHLPA.com "Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration: Arizona Coyotes Mikkel Boedker Phil Samuelsson Brendan Shinnimin Buffalo Sabres Phil Varone Calgary Flames Lance Bouma Paul Byron Josh Jooris Colorado Avalanche Andrew Agozzino Mathew Clark Detroit Red..." July 06

  • Peter Pocklington, former Oilers owner, wins appeal of probation breach conviction

    CBC Sports "Former Edmonton Oilers owner Peter Pocklington has avoided a six-month prison sentence after a court of appeal in California reversed a lower court ruling related to a probation breach. In a news release, Pocklington's lawyer, Becky James, said the recent ruling, "vindicates Mr. Pocklington,..." July 04

  • Oilers prospect Draisaitl ‘totally fine’ playing the wing

    Pro Hockey Talk "After beginning last season with the Edmonton Oilers just prior to his 19th birthday, it seems Leon Draisaitl might be in tough to do the same thing at his center position this year. According to a report from the Edmonton Journal, Draisaitl, the third overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, may..." July 04

  • Connor McDavid signs on the dotted line with the Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "The Edmonton Oilers wasted no time inking a deal with hockey phenom Connor McDavid. The team announced Friday morning it has agreed to terms with the 18-year-old centre, who the Oilers selected first overall a week ago in the 2015 National Hockey League entry draft in Florida. The Oilers..." July 03

  • Connor McDavid declares first day of Oilers orientation camp 'fun'

    Edmonton Sun "One small stride for Connor McDavid, one giant leap for the Edmonton Oilers. The future of the franchise took his first official skate as an Oiler in an empty arena Wednesday, a quiet prelude to the roar he’s expected to make in this building and the next. “Today was a lot of fun,” said..." July 02

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    Letestu to EDM is a three-year deal...

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    Aaron Ward @TSNAaronWard

    Hearing #Oilers and Andrej Sekera is a 6 year deal at $5.5M per #TSN

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    Aaron Ward @TSNAaronWard

    Edmonton Oilers close to signing Mark Letestu to a 3 year deal. Edmonton also on verge of long term deal with Andrej Sekera #TSN

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    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    EDM is targeting a top UFA defenceman today and the Oilers are believed to be a leading contender for Andrej Sekera. #TSN