Oilers Rumors & News

  • Daly: NHL could skip 2018 Olympics and return in 2022

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL’s participation in the 2018 Olympics is in Pyeongchang, South Korea is still undetermined, and on Tuesday deputy commissioner Bill Daly didn’t sound overly optimistic about the chances of their players taking part. At a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday before the first game of the..." September 27

  • Wayne Gretzky joining NHL for Centennial Celebration

    NHL.com "Wayne Gretzky and the NHL are joining together to celebrate the League's 100th anniversary with a year-long Centennial Celebration in 2017. Gretzky will serve as the official ambassador to the Centennial Celebration, which begins Jan. 1 in Toronto with the NHL Centennial Classic outdoor game..." September 27

  • Three signals that the Edmonton Oilers don't appear to be major players for Jacob Trouba

    Edmonton Journal "Edmonton is mentioned in some reports as in the running for Winnipeg Jets holdout Jacob Trouba, but I figure it’s a long shot that Trouba ends up as an Oiler for three reasons: TSN’s Bob McKenzie doesn’t think the Oilers are super keen here. Asked on TSN radio if the Oilers might have the..." September 27

  • NHL veteran, Kris Versteeg, embracing tryout with Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "It’s been a long time since Kris Versteeg had to audition for a hockey team — 639 NHL games and two Stanley Cup rings ago, to be exact. But while coming to training camp on a professional tryout is nowhere near as secure, or glamorous, as doing so with a signed contract in his pocket, he’s..." September 26

  • Edmonton Oilers will be chewing over where Darnell Nurse will fit on blueline

    Edmonton Sun "Is it way too early to check off any one box for Darnell Nurse? Will he be a top-two National Hockey League defenceman or a second-pairing shutdown guy who kills penalties? Will he be like a Dion Phaneuf, who could skate and shoot and hit but was never the nasty piece of business the..." September 25

  • Where Oilers slot Nail Yakupov is big question

    Edmonton Sun "Is there anyone who is more of a lightning rod in Edmonton than Nail Yakupov? Yakupov fan-club members want him on Connor McDavid’s right-wing opening night Oct. 12 against Calgary Flames because he had a short, effective point-run playing with the star Oilers centre last season. Others want..." September 24

  • Hall still holds 'a bit of resentment' toward Oilers over trade

    North Jersey "Taylor Hall believes his trade from the Oilers to the Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson will be “a really good thing.” Yet, on Thursday, as he reported for his first Devils’ training camp at Prudential Center, the 24-year-old elite left wing did not back off statements he made immediately..." September 23

  • Lucic aims to give the Oilers ‘an identity’

    Edmonton Journal "Milan Lucic isn’t just here to change how the Edmonton Oilers look on the ice, he’s here to reinvent the culture in a dressing room that has known nothing but timid failure for 10 brutal seasons. It is a massive project that proved too much for a long line of very good players, coaches and..." September 23

  • Chiarelli confident Oilers are heading in ‘right direction’

    Sportsnet "Connor McDavid was nine when the Edmonton Oilers last qualified for the playoffs. Indeed, it’s been a long decade of futility in the Alberta capital. But as training camp opens this week, there are hopeful signs that the Oilers are finally on the verge of turning a corner. Beyond McDavid, the..." September 22

  • Gryba back with Oilers on training camp PTO

    Pro Hockey Talk "Eric Gryba is returning to Edmonton, though not with the security he’d like. The veteran d-man has agreed to attend Oilers training camp on a PTO, per the Journal. The decision comes after Gryba spent nearly the entire offseason hoping for a contract from another NHL club — an offer that never..." September 20

  • Kris Russell likely looking for 1-year deal, but still talking to many teams, TSN's McKenzie reports

    Edmonton Journal "This in from TSN’s Bob McKenzie talking to local TSN radio announcer TSN Dustin Nielson, who tweeted last night that Edmonton Oilers are in talks with free agent d-man Kris Russell. Said McKenzie: “I think he probably would be a decent fit for the Oilers, especially on a short term deal. That is..." September 20

  • Kris Russell-to-the-Oilers rumours heating up

    Edmonton Journal "This in from two local TSN radio broadcasters, Paul Almeida and Dustin Nielson, a rumour that free agent d-man Kris Russell and the Edmonton Oilers are kicking the tires on each other. First from Almeida: “Have it from a very reliable source that Oilers are talking with UFA Defenceman Kris..." September 19

  • Team Canada enters World Cup of Hockey as betting favourite

    Sportsnet "Team Canada’s 3-2 win over Russia in their pre-tournament finale has solidified their spot atop the odds to win the World Cup of Hockey at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Canada tallied two wins in three pre-tournament contests, but have been forced to make a number of roster changes..." September 17

  • Former Oilers d-man Nikitin signs in KHL

    The Hockey Writers "Former St. Louis Blues, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Edmonton Oilers defenseman Nikita Nikitin has signed a one-year deal with Avangard Omsk of the KHL, the team announced today. Avangard Omsk is the only club Nikitin has played for at home in Russia, and his decision to sign with them at this point..." September 16

  • Oilers' Ference calls hip injury 'career-ending,' believes McDavid should be captain

    Edmonton Sun "Former Edmonton Oilers’ captain Andrew Ference has been on biking excursions over 100 km this summer so his damaged hip, which needed major repair, is holding up on the trails and the open road with low impact exercise, but the defenceman hasn’t skated or run since his March surgery. His NHL..." September 16

  • New Goalie Equipment Rules For 2016-17 Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL will have at least one new goaltending equipment restriction this season: slimmer hockey pants. 2016-17 was supposed to usher in a new era of streamlined goaltending equipment, but manufacturer delays pushed those changes back until further notice. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly stated..." September 13

  • Kris Versteeg reportedly signing PTO with Oilers

    Today's Slapshot "Former Chicago Blackhawks forward and two-time Stanley Cup champion Kris Versteeg saw his plans to play overseas in Switzerland this year cut short by a mysterious insurance issue – so he’s headed back to North America, and could be on his way to Edmonton for next year. It was reported on..." September 09

  • Connor McDavid gets the nod to captain Team North America

    Toronto Sun "Connor McDavid is not the oldest or most experienced player on Team North America. But the 19-year-old is arguably the most talented. It was likely for that second reason why the Edmonton Oilers centre was named captain prior to Thursday’s exhibition game against Team Europe. Defenceman Aaron..." September 09

  • Gretzky: McDavid would handle Oilers captaincy 'with flying colors'

    Edmonton Journal "With the July hire of Keith Gretzky as Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli’s right-hand man, big brother Wayne says, “It’s kind of come full circle hasn’t it?” Indeed, it has. Keith was on the Rexall Place ice in an Oilers jersey with No. 99 on his back that Jan. 26, 1979 night..." September 09

  • Oilers officially take the keys to their new shiny downtown arena

    Sportsnet "The NHL Edmonton Oilers officially sever ties with their lovable lunch-bucket home today and take the keys to a new curvilinear, shiny, silver fun palace filled with four types of seats, chefs, bars and TVs. “It’s an amazing look on the outside and then you come in and see this, it’s a pretty..." September 08

  • Daly: NHL is happy with CBA, no ‘storm clouds on the horizon’

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, the league is happy with how the current CBA is working and doesn’t think “there is anything major that would need fixing.” Translation: Daly doesn’t foresee another work stoppage, at least from the NHL’s perspective. “I think there’s a general..." September 06

  • Trade Talks Involving the Oilers and P.K. Subban Stalled Due to Salary Concerns

    The Comeback "The Edmonton Oilers reportedly had conversations with the Montreal Canadiens about P.K. Subban. but talks stalled when the Oilers balked at Subban’s salary. In an excellent feature from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.ca detailing the “23 minutes” where the Subban, Shea Weber, Steven Stamkos,..." September 06

  • Red Wings' Larkin thrilled to play with McDavid at World Cup

    NHL.com "Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin can't wait to play with many of the best players age 23 and younger from the United States and Canada for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. He's also grateful for one other thing. "I'm happy [Edmonton Oilers center] Connor McDavid is..." September 04

  • McDavid in running to captain Oilers and Team North America

    Toronto Sun "It was after Todd McLellan had called Connor McDavid a “tremendous player and an even more tremendous person” when the Edmonton Oilers head coach was asked if the 19-year-old was in line to become the next captain. “The captain of the Oilers? We’ll figure that out at training camp,” said..." September 03

  • Chiarelli: ‘No buyer’s remorse’ on Hall-Larsson trade

    Today's Slapshot "Peter Chiarelli made one of the biggest splashes – okay, tidal waves – of hockey’s off-season by dealing away star winger Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils, receiving defenseman Adam Larsson in return. Despite being widely criticized for the move, the Edmonton Oilers general manager does not..." September 01

  • Hall doubts free-agent return to Edmonton: 'I did my time there'

    Oilers Nation "Earlier today, Taylor Hall joined me on TSN 1260 to discuss moving to New Jersey and how he feels two months after the trade. Jason Gregor: You’ve had two months to digest the trade, what is your mindset a few weeks away from heading into New Jersey? Taylor Hall: I’m just focused on..." September 01

  • NHL to add meldonium to banned substances list

    The Hockey News "Meldonium use has become a hot-button issue over the past several months, and the NHL is taking steps to ensure its players aren’t taking the substance. Russian news outlet TASS reported Tuesday that meldonium will be added to the list of substances banned by the NHL ahead of the coming season...." August 31

  • Power shifting from West to East in NHL

    SI "In any sport, league conferences are rarely created equal, and the NHL is no exception. Since 2010, the West has branded itself as the modern, faster-paced incarnation of hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks (Stanley Cups in 2010, '13, '15) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, '14) have done the loudest talking..." August 31

  • Bovada gives Canada best odds at 2016 World Cup of Hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s no secret that Canada’s been on a strong run at the international level, and it’s no surprise that they’re considered the favorites heading into the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Seriously, just look at the B Team put together by The Hockey News’ Mike Brophy; even with the strange hook of..." August 29

  • 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