Oilers Rumors & News

  • Oilers Sign Braden Christoffer to Entry-Level Contract

    Hockey Fights "The Edmonton Oilers announced today the club has signed winger Braden Christoffer to a three-year entry level contract. Christoffer, 21, spent the 2014-15 season with the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats, recording 59 points (26G, 33A) and 147 penalty minutes in 72 games. He also added eight..." October 07

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • Nugent-Hopkins says Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli maximizing team's abilities with final roster

    Edmonton Sun "They’ve got a 21-year-old rookie who doesn’t speak English next to an 18-year-old rookie on a top line. Neither one of their goaltenders has ever been a fulltime starter in the NHL. And if you had to pick their No. 1 defenceman right now it would be a 22-year-old with 77 career NHL..." October 06

  • Oilers' Nikitin assigned to AHL after clearing waivers

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers defenseman Nikita Nikitin was assigned to the AHL's Bakersfield Condors after clearing waivers Sunday. Nikitin was placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment Saturday." October 05

  • NHL odds: Blackhawks open season as Stanley Cup favorites

    CBS Sports "The NHL hasn't had a repeat Stanley Cup champion since the Detroit Red Wings won back-to-back titles in the late 1990s. Even though it's an incredibly difficult trophy to win once, and even harder to win twice, and even though the Chicago Blackhawks have undergone significant roster changes over..." October 05

  • Edmonton Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens put on waivers

    Edmonton Sun "The Edmonton Oilers have made their decision in goal and Ben Scrivens is the odd man out. The Oilers put Scrivens on waivers Sunday with the purpose of assigning the goaltender to the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League. NHL teams have 24 hours to claim Scrivens. The move..." October 04

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva


  • Nikita Nikitin on waivers as Edmonton Oilers wise up

    Yahoo! Sports "The Edmonton Oilers dropped defenseman Nikita Nikitin on waivers on Saturday, in a reminder that new executives can clean up old messes with a clear conscience. Please recall the Oilers acquiring Nikitin’s negotiating rights from the Columbus Blue Jackets in June 2014, a move made under former..." October 03

  • Jordan Eberle out 4-6 weeks for Oilers, who can’t have nice things

    Yahoo! Sports "When Edmonton Oilers winger Jordan Eberle was injured in Tuesday night’s exhibition game vs. the Arizona Coyotes, the initial reaction was that it could be something significant. Then it was downgraded to “day to day” with further evaluation, even as Eberle had his arm in a sling after the..." September 30

  • Who could upset McDavid for the Calder?

    Sportsnet "No one. That is the quick, safe, easy and (probably) smart answer to this article’s titular question. But surprises happen and injuries bite. Players overachieve, players underperform. That’s why we watch sports — and why everyone and their agent picked Jonathan Drouin to walk away with..." September 30

  • Commissioner: No timetable for NHL expansion

    NHL.com "The NHL continues to explore the possibility of expansion but no firm timetable has been set for the process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the fall Board of Governors meeting. Earlier Tuesday, the Board's executive committee heard presentations from representatives from the Quebec..." September 30

  • Tottenham soccer team gives Wayne Gretzky jersey with misspelled name

    CBS Sports "Wayne Gretzky, the NHL's greatest player and the owner of just about every significant scoring record in league history, was in London on Wednesday and was honored before a soccer game between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. As the home team, Tottenham decided to give Gretzky his own..." September 23

  • Vegas odds for every NHL team’s playoff chances

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s often interesting to see how Vegas odds line up to your own expectations when it comes to the NHL (and various other interests, naturally). Brovada shared its odds for every single NHL team making the playoffs in 2015-16, and some of them provide some rather interesting insights. Here..." September 23

  • Former NHL defenseman Ryan Whitney retires

    The Score "Ryan Whitney has hung 'em up. The nine-year NHL veteran defenseman and 2010 Olympic silver medalist announced his retirement Sunday morning via Twitter." September 20

  • Klefbom, Oilers agree to seven-year contract: report

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Oscar Klefbom have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract, TSN reported Saturday. The contract is expected to have an average annual value above $4 million. " September 20

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    Ryan Rishaug @TSNRyanRishaug

    Oilers and Klefbom have agreed to terms on a 7 year Contract extension. Deal to be finalized in the next 24 to 48 hours.

  • McDavid puts on show in home debut with Oilers

    NHL.com "Connor McDavid put on a show Wednesday for the 14,434 fans who turned out to see his first game at Rexall Place. McDavid assisted on three goals to lead the Edmonton Oilers rookies to a 6-3 victory against the two-time Canadian national champion University of Alberta Golden Bears in their..." September 17

  • Quebec and Las Vegas to officially discuss expansion with NHL’s executive committee

    Puck Drunk Love "NHL expansion is getting a bit more official. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN wrote that while it’s unlikely a decision on expansion will come this month, two prospective NHL expansion locations, Quebec and Las Vegas, will officially present to the league’s board executive committee later this..." September 17

  • Blackhawks remain favorites to win 2016 Stanley Cup

    CSN Chicago "The Blackhawks opened as early favorites to win the 2016 Stanley Cup just one week after capturing their third title in six years, and oddsmakers haven't wavered on that. In fact, Bovada slightly increased the Blackhawks' chances to 13/2 odds after initially pegging them at 7/1 in..." September 16

  • NHL players survey: 34 of 35 say they'd accept an openly gay teammate

    USA Today "The NHL never has had an openly gay player, but if a player does come out, he will be accepted, according to results of an anonymous survey conducted by USA TODAY Sports at the NHL/NHL Players' Association Media tour Sept. 8-9, 2015, in Toronto. Thirty-five NHL players were asked whether they..." September 16

  • McDavid likely to play for Oilers rookies in exhibition

    NHL.com "Forward Connor McDavid is expected to be in the lineup when the Edmonton Oilers rookies play the University of Alberta in an exhibition on Wednesday. The game will be played at Rexall Place (9 p.m. ET), home of the Oilers. The previous 24 games in the series were played at Clare Drake Arena,..." September 16

  • NHL has instructed teams to play 3-on-3 hockey in preseason even if games aren't tied

    Puck Drunk Love "The NHL’s new 3-on-3 overtime format begins this season and the league wants to make sure teams are ready for the change. In order to make sure teams have a chance to practice the concept in a competitive setting, the NHL has instructed all of their teams to play 3-on-3 hockey at least three times..." September 15

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    John Shannon @JSportsnet

    NHL will make move to Adidas official tomorrow. Replaces Reebok as sweater supplier.

  • Report: NHL introducing spotters to look for signs of concussion during games

    The Score "The National Hockey League appears to be taking steps toward improving its concussion protocol. The league will reportedly introduce spotters for every game this season, whose role will be to determine visible signs of concussion among players, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA. The spotter..." September 14

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    Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers

    #Oilers updates: McDavid (as scheduled) will not play tomorrow, Laurikainen starts in net vs. WPG, Moroz (hand) out 2 weeks. #YoungStars

  • Bettman: overwhelmingly players do the right thing

    Pro Hockey Talk "This off-season presents a slew of bad headlines for the NHL, something its players and commissioner both notice. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun caught up with some of the league’s biggest movers and shakers to find out how they feel about these situations. In the case of the players, stars like Tyler..." September 12

  • Oilers’ leadership conundrum with Ference, Hall

    Yahoo! Sports "The power dynamics within the Edmonton Oilers could be downright fascinating. When’s the last time we’ve seen a team with a core leadership group that hasn’t led them anywhere, a veteran captain who may end up being a healthy scratch and a rookie who might earn the captaincy within three years..." September 09

  • World Cup of Hockey announces schedule, format

    Sportsnet "The National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association have announced the schedule for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, which will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams and more than 150 NHL players, will progress from the preliminary round to the..." September 09

  • NHL players look ahead to World Cup – and, hopefully, future Olympics

    The Globe and Mail "Sidney Crosby is not certain if NHL players will be able to compete in future Olympics, but the Pittsburgh Penguins star would surely like to. The league has yet to decide if it will send players to the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or to Beijing in 2022. Concerns include the vast..." September 09

  • McDavid signs with Adidas as 'brand ambassador

    The Score "The NHL's reported jersey supplier of the future has landed the game's best prospect. Connor McDavid has signed with Adidas Canada as the company's new "brand ambassador," according to a release from the company. "I'm really excited to be partnering with an iconic brand such as Adidas,"..." September 09

  • Oilers’ Chiarelli to GM North American Young Stars

    Sportsnet "It appears the North American Young Stars team set to compete at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey has its general manager. New Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will lead the roster building process for the North American under-23 squad. Chiarelli is no stranger to international competition. He..." September 08

  • Steven Stamkos offers high praise for rookie Connor McDavid

    ESPN "Expectations are already high for Connor McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in June's draft and the consensus best prospect since Sidney Crosby. Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos just raised them. Stamkos, who scored 43 goals last season in leading the Lightning to an Eastern..." September 08

  • Report: McDavid to live with Hall this season

    Pro Hockey Talk "Not only could Taylor Hall and Connor McDavid be linemates this season, they’ll also be roommates. According to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, McDavid will live with Hall during his first NHL season. Injuries limited Hall to just 53 games last season. The 23-year-old scored 14 goals and..." September 07

  • McLellan: ‘You won’t hear us talk a lot about playoffs’

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers haven’t made the playoffs since losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final, but new coach Todd McLellan is asking fans of the northern Alberta franchise to remain patient with the hockey club. McLellan, who took over from Todd Nelson behind the Oilers’..." September 07

  • Oilers coach McLellan in no hurry to decide captain

    NHL.com "Todd McLellan, entering his first season as Edmonton Oilers coach, isn't in a rush to decide whether to keep veteran defenseman Andrew Ference as captain or go with a younger player who will get more ice time. "It's virtually impossible for me as an individual to make a call on the leadership..." September 06

  • Scrivens not upset about Oilers bringing in Talbot

    Sportsnet "The easiest conclusion last season after a woeful season in Edmonton was to blame Ben Scrivens. He was the last line of defence more often than not, and the one left fishing the biscuit out of the Oilers’ net so often that he ended up with a save percentage of .890. Yecch. Scrivens had 53..." September 04

  • Wild hire ex-Oilers goalie coach Chabot

    Pro Hockey Talk "On Thursday, Minnesota announced the hiring of former NHL goalie and Edmonton goalie coach Frederic Chabot as the club’s new director of goaltender development. Chabot, 47, was fired by the Oilers early last season with the team holding the NHL’s worst save percentage. How much of that was on..." September 03

  • How hockey analytics forecast future success and failure

    TSN "One of the big reasons hockey analytics have really exploded in recent years is their ability to forecast mean reversion well in advance of the rest of the industry. The two most prominent examples of that were the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings and the 2012-13 Toronto Maple Leafs. That Kings team..." September 03

  • Oilers, Flames AHL affiliates to play outdoor game

    Pro Hockey Talk "There will be outdoor hockey in California once again this season. The American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors and Stockton Heat will head outside for a game on Dec. 18 at Raley Field in West Sacramento, Calif. The Edmonton Oilers’ affiliate and Calgary Flames’ farm club will be a part..." September 03

  • 2015-16 NHL trade deadline set for February 29

    CBS Sports "Well, mark your calendars, folks. The National Hockey League has set its trade deadline for the 2015-16 hockey season and it falls on a rather odd day according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The last day NHL teams will be able to make trades in the upcoming season is February 29, 2016 at 3 p.m...." September 02

  • New Oilers goalie Nilsson ready ‘to challenge for the No. 1 job’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Back in July, Edmonton made an intriguing, under-the-radar move by acquiring the rights to KHL goalie Anders Nilsson. The deal didn’t garner much attention, possibly because the Oilers had already made a bigger splash in goal — trading for ex-Rangers backup Cam Talbot at the draft — and, of..." September 02

  • Connor McDavid on personal expectations as NHL rookie: 'No real numbers I have in mind'

    The Score "Weeks away from taking the NHL by storm, Connor McDavid isn't prepared to quantify his impending impact on the Edmonton Oilers. The phenom blew away the field as a member of the OHL's Erie Otters, averaging 1.72 points per game in 166 junior contests. Expectations are understandably high, but..." September 01

  • Oilers' McDavid talks expectations with NHL.com

    NHL.com "What have you learned about the Oilers organization since you were drafted? McDavid: There's not much that everyone doesn't know about the Oilers. I think with their history and everything that has happened to them over the last couple of years has been pretty well documented. There are no real..." September 01

  • 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