Oilers Rumors & News

  • Oilers close to a write-off season

    Edmonton Sun "The theme for the nightmare this year was to not be effectively eliminated by the Grey Cup game again. It’s hard to say the Edmonton Oilers are out of it with a 6-11-2 record after last night’s goofy yet ghastly, highly entertaining yet exceedingly excruciating 5-4 loss to the Vancouver..." November 20

  • For Eakins’ Oilers, progress means losing one-goal games, as opposed to getting blown out

    Pro Hockey Talk "It may not show in the standings, where his team sits last in the Western Conference with a record of 6-11-2, but Oilers coach Dallas Eakins insists his club is making progress. “You go from a team that suffers greatly, that gets out-chanced and out-shot by a ton,” said Eakins after last..." November 20

  • Canucks hold on to defeat Oilers for fourth straight time

    Vancouver Sun "The latest Vancouver Canucks win comes with a touch of sad news. Unfortunately, the Canucks don’t play the Edmonton Oilers again until the very last game of the regular season on April 11. And that’s a shame because the Canucks have owned the Oilers, who they beat for the fourth time in six..." November 20

  • Trade: Oilers get Lain, Canucks get Acton

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers have added some size to their organization, acquiring minor-league center Kellan Lain (no. 54 in the picture) from the Vancouver Canucks, in exchange for center Will Acton. Lain, 25, stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 210 pounds. The Lake Superior State University product played..." November 20

  • Flames and Oilers heading in opposite directions

    Sportsnet.ca "The dichotomy is stark. Like the two towns, white collar Calgary and blue collar Edmonton. Except in hockey it is backwards. The Calgary Flames lineup, on paper, looks like a quick and easy two points. Filled with a bunch of who’s-its and what’s-his-names drafted in later rounds — or in the..." November 20

  • Finding A Place For Gazdic And Change For The Sake Of Change

    The Copper & Blue "With Luke Gazdic back from injury and practicing with the Oilers it's only a matter of time before he actually gets some playing time in a game. I don't think Gazdic does a single thing to make the Oilers a better team, so the prospect of him dressing for even a single game isn't something that..." November 19

  • Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins says the team has to 'turn up the volume'

    Edmonton Sun "The Edmonton Oilers’ struggles against Western Conference opponents this year have been well documented. Heading towards the quarter-pole of the season, the Oilers have yet to beat a team in their own conference. But of all the Western teams Edmonton have faced to this point, they have come..." November 19

  • Oilers callup Steve Pinizzotto hopes to bring grit to the lineup

    Edmonton Sun "Steve Pinizzotto felt he had done enough at training camp to stay with the Edmonton Oilers at the beginning of the season. The Oilers felt otherwise and sent the disappointed winger down to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. Now, after a few weeks with the Oklahoma City Barons, Pinizzotto..." November 19

  • ESPN panel ranks Edmonton Oilers bench boss Dallas Eakins dead last among NHL coaches

    Edmonton Journal "File this under “FWIW”, but American sports media giant ESPN has released its annual rankings of NHL coaches. Not surprisingly, the top of the list is dominated with proven vets like #1 Darryl Sutter, #2 Joel Quenneville and #3 Mike Babcock, all of whom have won the Stanley Cup or Olympic gold as..." November 18

  • Former Oiler Ryan Jones signs in German League

    Pro Hockey Talk "Ryan Jones is on his way to Cologne. On Monday, German League club Kolner Haie announced they inked the longtime NHLer to a contract, just two weeks after Jones was released from his PTO with Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Utica. Minnesota’s fourth-round pick at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Jones..." November 17

  • Study: Oilers, Flames players have lowest taxes

    Pro Hockey Talk "The two NHL teams in Alberta might not be able to woo free agents with promises of a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup. But promises of saving money on taxes? Yep, they can at least do that. According to a new study (PDF) by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and Americans for Tax..." November 17

  • Dubnyk carries Coyotes to victory in Edmonton

    Arizona Republic "The roles are clearly defined, particularly when it comes to paychecks and contract length, but all Coyotes backup Devan Dubnyk has done when he's received playing time is deserve more. Obviously, the Coyotes haven't positioned Mike Smith to be their franchise goaltender to sit on the bench but..." November 17

  • Yakupov gave up superstitions because they ‘break your brain’

    Edmonton Journal "It was another Edmonton Oilers game day at Rexall Place. Following the morning practice, Nail Yakupov was at his locker stall, stripping the tape from his sticks, just as he does every time there’s a game on the schedule. Yakupov uses four sticks in the morning skate and four during a game,..." November 17

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    Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers

    He's baaaaaaack! @hallsy04 confirms he'll return to the #Oilers lineup tonight. pic.twitter.com/HT1vsJDRpa

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    Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers

    #Oilers assign Klefbom (@Klefbom93) and Pakarinen (@IPakarinen) to @OKCBarons while Hall (@hallsy04) has been activated from IR.

  • Gazdic has to do more to earn spot in Oilers’ lineup

    Edmonton Journal "It’s obvious where Luke Gazdic fits in the NHL’s heavyweight division. He and the Calgary Flames’ Brian McGrattan are tussling for the belt as the toughest protector. But where does Gazdic fit on the Edmonton Oilers’ lineup card? He knows the score; fighting is down considerably, with just..." November 15

  • Oilers Jeff Petry finding his stride

    Edmonton Sun "Missing training camp had Jeff Petry playing catch-up through the first part of the NHL season. And getting off to a late start made the Edmonton Oilers defenceman an easy target through the team’s early-season struggles. Yet, Petry is starting to find his game and is beginning to resemble..." November 15

  • Benoit Pouliot enjoying Oilers hockey from the inside

    Ottawa Citizen "For the past few seasons, St. Isidore’s Benoit Pouliot has bounced from team to team on one-year contracts. But this past summer, the Edmonton Oilers put longer term on the table and he was happy to settle down. “I’m liking it so far. It was a long five years of going back and forth with..." November 14

  • Senators salvage victory over Oilers with Hoffman's OT winner

    Ottawa Citizen "A win, however it comes, cancels a lot of sins. That certainly is the case for the Ottawa Senators following their overtime victory Thursday night over the Edmonton Oilers. “Three out of four points from Vancouver and Edmonton is something we are happy with right now,” said Erik Karlsson..." November 14

  • Luke Gazdic back from conditioning stint, waiting to crack lineup

    Edmonton Sun "Edmonton Oilers winger Luke Gazdic is back in the NHL after a two-week conditioning stint, but may have issues getting into the lineup. The fourth-liner is trying to find a spot on one of the Oilers best units so far this season. It’s unlikely the fourth line of Matt Hendricks, Boyd Gordon..." November 14

  • Oilers forward Taylor Hall skating with the team but won't play until knee is ready

    Edmonton Sun "Taylor Hall is nearing a return, yet won’t put a finger on a date. The Edmonton Oilers winger was back on the ice with his teammates for the morning skate Thursday, but was not in the lineup against the Ottawa Senators in the evening. Hall sat out his sixth consecutive game, having missed the..." November 14

  • Oilers centre Mark Arcobello more confident in his place on NHL team's roster

    Edmonton Journal "When Mark Arcobello looks back on last season, which isn’t an exercise he employs very often, he points to the uneasiness in his game. It’s a trait he has almost shaken, and that’s been of benefit to him as well as to the Edmonton Oilers. “I’m more comfortable, especially with the puck,”..." November 12

  • Oilers face a steady diet of opponents from their conference before the New Year

    Edmonton Sun "It was a test. The West test. Once again, the Edmonton Oilers failed. The Oilers could have been coming home to a turned-on town. Instead they’re stuck with the same sorry storyline. Dallas Eakins brings his team home to start a five game homestand after having lost eight straight to..." November 12

  • Predators beat Oilers with strong first period

    Tennessean "The Predators put together a productive first period in beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena. It turned out Nashville needed all three goals from Mike Ribeiro, Matt Cullen and Filip Forsberg in the dominating first 20 minutes. "We worked hard and were able..." November 12

  • Harrison celebrated after his 1,000th pro game

    Edmonton Journal "On the surface, Brad Harrison’s work day wasn’t any different than the previous 999 he toiled through. He got very little sleep, meticulously prepared the player’s gear, then helped pack it up in preparation for the next stop on the Edmonton Oilers’ road trip. But after Friday’s 3-2 win over..." November 10

  • Pouliot takes advantage of chance to play on Oilers’ top line

    Edmonton Journal "Just the other day, Jordan Eberle was checking in with his Edmonton Oilers linemate, Taylor Hall, to see how he was coming along. Eberle essentially told Hall not to hurry back from his sprained knee. “I was joking,” Eberle said, “but I said to him, ‘I don’t know if you’re going to be on a..." November 10

  • Nugent-Hopkins scores, paces Oilers past Rangers

    Edmonton Journal "There’s a maturity in his manner now, a confidence in his game that couldn’t be overlooked every time Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hopped over the boards for a shift against the New York Rangers on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. Nugent-Hopkins scored the opening goal in the Edmonton Oilers’ 3-1..." November 10

  • Edmonton Oilers edge Buffalo 3-2

    Edmonton Sun "The Edmonton Oilers didn’t prove a tremendous amount to the hockey world on Friday, but the way things had been going for them lately, just making it known that they’re not the worst team in the NHL was good enough. In a must-win game against the 30th place Buffalo Sabres — nobody even..." November 08

  • Bruins Take Advantage of Third Period Power Plays in Win Over Oilers

    Boston "After two early whistles negated what would have been goals, it seemed as if the Bruins were headed for a very frustrating loss at the hands of the Edmonton Oilers. But a three- goal flurry in just under three minutes midway through the third period turned things around for the B's on Thursday..." November 07

  • Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins says players competitive, just not everyone every game

    Edmonton Sun "If the Calgary Flames can do it, why can’t the Edmonton Oilers? Well, if you listen to just about everyone who follows the NHL, there is one very obvious reason the Flames woke up 24 spots ahead of Edmonton in the standings Wednesday morning and it has nothing to do with skill. They all..." November 06

  • Ex-Edmonton Oilers enforcer now a power saver

    Edmonton Journal "Once a power-puncher, former Edmonton Oilers beat cop Bill Huard is now heavily involved with stopping power outages. Huard, 47, works for the award-winning, Edmonton-based company Cantega Technologies, which has devised an environmentally-friendly way to stop downed power systems in the..." November 06

  • Oilers call up leading goalscorer from AHL Oklahoma City

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers added some potential offense to the lineup on Thursday, recalling Iiro Pakarinen from AHL Oklahoma City while sending d-man Martin Marincin down, per TSN. Pakarinen, originally a Florida draftee that signed with Edmonton in June, has enjoyed good success in his first-ever..." November 06

  • Fasth returns to Oilers net, but not pleased

    Edmonton Journal "The groin injury may be behind him, but not the questions about the health of his game. Viktor Fasth returned to the Edmonton Oilers net on Tuesday, following an eight-game absence, only to have Jakub Voracek tuck away a wrap around with the Philadelphia Flyers’ first chance on net. Then he..." November 05

  • Steve Mason shines vs. Oilers, finally gets 1st win

    CSN Philly "Jakub Voracek nearly had himself a natural hat trick. Carlo Colaiacovo had a smooth debut on the blue line. And the Flyers' penalty kill remained absolutely perfect on home ice, killing four power plays for 17 consecutive kills at home this season. All of that was “good stuff,” as coaches say,..." November 05

  • Which Edmonton Oilers forward will step up with Taylor Hall out?

    Edmonton Journal "Maybe Taylor Hall will just attack his latest injury with his usual approach and make another freakishly fast recovery, all of which will get him back into the Edmonton Oilers long before four weeks have passed. It just won’t be soon enough to help the club as it heads into a pivotal stretch of..." November 04

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    Stephen Whyno @SWhyno

    With Ference suspended, #Oilers call up ex-#Leafs D-man Keith Aulie, put Taylor Hall (MCL out 2-4 weeks) on IR. D-man Brad Hunt to OKC.

  • Shutdown defenceman Petry whipping boy of Oilers fans

    Edmonton Journal "Jeff Petry has the oil drop logo on his chest and a target around the No. 2 on his back. He’s the game-night whipping boy of a number of Edmonton Oilers fans, just as they picked on fellow defencemen Tom Poti, Cory Cross and Tom Gilbert in the past. Fans in Oilers Nation invariably pick on a..." November 03

  • Oilers head out on road trip without Taylor Hal

    Edmonton Sun "The Edmonton Oilers were hoping to head off on a five-game road trip, starting against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, ​sitting at .500 and with their best player in tow. Yet, the club travelled to Philadelphia Sunday morning, two games under the break-even mark, minus Taylor Hall and..." November 03

  • Oilers D Andrew Ference suspended 3 games for hit to head

    CBSSports.com "It's been a very busy two weeks for the NHL department of player safety as they handed out their sixth suspension since Oct. 26 on Monday morning. The latest player to earn himself a seat is Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference. The league announced on Monday that Ference has been..." November 03

  • Oilers' Hall out 2-4 weeks with MCL sprain

    NHL.com "Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall will be sidelined 2-4 weeks with an MCL sprain, the Oilers announced Sunday. Hall was injured Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks when he lost his balance, crashed into the Canucks net and hit his right leg on the goal post and end boards." November 03

  • Expect a lot of ‘inconsistent Oilers’ talk this month

    Pro Hockey Talk "In a league of salary cap parity, there are some teams who transcend scheduling challenges (and some that stink even with a prolonged homestand), yet long road trips and back-to-back sets leave plenty of average ones stumbling. Looking at the Edmonton Oilers’ middle-of-the-road stats and their..." November 02

  • Dorsett’s short-handed goal lifts Canucks past Oilers

    Vancouver Sun "The Vancouver Canucks now have eight wins in their first 11 games. Three of them have come courtesy of the Edmonton Oilers. The Canucks ran their winning streak to four games with a 3-2 win over the Oilers Saturday night at Rexall Place. The Canucks got goals from fourth-liners Linden Vey..." November 02

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    NHL Player Safety @NHLPlayerSafety

    Edmonton defenseman Andrew Ference will have a hearing tomorrow for an illegal check to the head/charging on Vancouver forward Zack Kassian.

  • Oilers F Taylor Hall injured after crashing into net

    CBSSports.com "When he is healthy and in the lineup, Taylor Hall has been one of the few things associated with the Edmonton Oilers that has been worth watching over the past few years. The problem the former No. 1 overall pick has had, though, is staying healthy. He has already missed 48 games over the first..." November 02

  • Oilers plans for trick or treats the night before the game

    Edmonton Sun "Without a game scheduled for Halloween night, members of the Edmonton Oilers were preparing to host their share of ghosts, ghouls, goblins or whatever costume is in style these days, following practice Friday. Oilers winger David Perron was expecting to be kept busy on Halloween. “I love..." November 01

  • Tom Renney's Injury Revelations & The Oilers "Rub Some Dirt In It" Mentality

    The Copper & Blue "Gabriel Béland interviewed Tom Renney last week and had an interesting, and completely unsurprising, portion on Renney's time with the Oilers: I've lost a job because of my values. In Edmonton, I was asked to play the young players more and all had undergone an operation to play. I reduced..." October 31

  • Oilers’ consistently good fourth line delivers

    Edmonton Journal "Jesse Joensuu was in a rather prickly mood the other night, so much so that the Edmonton Oilers winger was not the least bit interested in getting drawn into a general conversation about the work of his line. The source of Joensuu’s displeasure was a decision he had made in the second period of..." October 31

  • 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