Oilers Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Karri Ramo plays saviour, Mason Raymond scores three as Flames steal one in Edmonton

    Calgary Herald "Hockey fans around here are getting an eyeful of their heroes — two batches of them, actually. The 1984 Stanley Cup championship team, full of Hall of Famers. The 2014-15 bunch, packed with young talent. The Calgary Flames, it appears, are also bent on offering a couple of looks. Not..." October 10

  • Angry Oilers fan throws hoodie, cell phone onto the ice

    The Sports Daily "Edmonton Oilers fans are quitting on their team a bit early this year. Even with just one regular season game in the books—a 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames—it’s looking like it could be another rough year for Oilers fans as the team continues to rebuild. And after watching the team win just 29..." October 10

  • Trading Jeff Petry

    The Copper & Blue "Is it possible for the Oilers to manufacture a trade involving Jeff Petry that they can win? Alright...a few qualifiers before I start this article: I HATE writing "Armchair GM" stuff. Derek Zona asked me to. am one of those "good in the room" guys who does what is asked of him to help the..." October 09

  • Oilers pay attention to detail as 2014-15 season begins

    Edmonton Journal "Forget all those proclamations that have preceded the Edmonton Oilers into past season openers. You know the ones. Typically, the chatter begins with talk about improved play then there’s all that talk about vaulting out of the basement and into the playoffs. This time, there’s a more modest..." October 09

  • Oilers season opener comes on the heels of celebrating the past

    Edmonton Sun "Amid the celebration of a storied past that both inspires and haunts their once proud franchise, the modern day Edmonton Oilers are back at the starting gate, poised for another run at the future. So far, the brighter tomorrow that owner Darryl Katz keeps promising has eluded them like the..." October 09

  • '84 Oilers players exchange playful jabs during availability

    Edmonton Sun "The members of the 1984 Stanley Cup champion Edmonton Oilers provided a sneak peek Wednesday for their eagerly anticipated reunion.. At a press conference kicking off the festivities celebrating the 30th anniversary of Edmonton’s first Cup winners, Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, coach Glen Sather..." October 09

  • Gretzky, Messier & Coffey amongst Oilers alumni at 30th anniversary gathering

    TSN.ca "Wednesday night the Edmonton Oilers held a 30th reunion press conference to kick-off the celebration of the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship. A celebration of one of the greatest teams in NHL history requires a star studded guest list, and the Oilers did not disappoint. A majority of..." October 09

  • Wayne Gretzky’s Wife Wanted Him To Land With Red Wings, Not Kings

    NESN "Wayne Gretzky had a choice to make about his career 26 years ago, and in the end, his father knew best — which meant going against Mrs. Great One. Gretzky’s famous 1988 trade from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings marked one of the most important days in NHL history. However, as..." October 09

  • NHL's fighters finding themselves unemployed

    USA Today "Unemployed NHL tough guy Krys Barch fondly recalls a few seasons ago when he was considered essential to the Dallas Stars, especially against a fighting team like the Boston Bruins. "We had Sean Avery and we had a bunch of line brawls," he said. "I've probably fought Shawn Thornton 10 or 12..." October 09

  • Futures Odds Are Bleak For the Oilers

    The Copper & Blue "If you're an optimistic Oilers fan, the futures odds at Bovada aren't going to be to your liking, though you may think you've got a chance to make some money on the side. The betting money is not a fan of the Oilers and the odds paint a bleak picture for 2014-15, starting with the tenure of Dallas..." October 08

  • Nugent-Hopkins knows it’s time for young Oilers to deliver

    Edmonton Journal "As he starts his fourth NHL season, No. 1 centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is eager to embrace the responsibility of dialing up his game and helping to drive the Oilers closer to success. For the first off-season in years, his once wonky left shoulder more than a year removed from corrective surgery,..." October 08

  • Edmonton Oilers' starting goalie mystery

    Edmonton Journal "We know who’ll be in the visiting net when the Calgary Flames are here Thursday night — they’ll already announced it’ll be big Finn Karri Ramo in the crease — but who will be standing on guard for the Edmonton Oilers in the first of 82 National Hockey League games this season? Coach Dallas..." October 08

  • Craig MacTavish's moves as Oilers GM more plentiful than bold

    Edmonton Journal "The moves may not be categorized as bold, but since taking over as the Edmonton Oilers general manager on April 15, 2013, Craig MacTavish has made plenty of changes to the roster. Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall, who both played their first NHL season in 2010, are now the club’s longest-serving..." October 08