Oilers Rumors & News

  • Heritage Classic puck drop delayed; reportedly due to sun

    Winnipeg Sun "The start time for the Heritage Classic between Winnipeg and Edmonton has been delayed by, wait for it – sunshine. The NHL has decided there's too much glare from the sun on the ice, making conditions unsafe for the Jets and Oilers. So the planned 2 p.m. start time at Investors Group Field..." October 23

  • Oilers blank Jets at Heritage Classic

    The Sports Xchange "WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- It's a football statistic and not one that gets tracked in the NHL, but if the Edmonton Oilers can continue to generate goals off turnovers like they did in defeating the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 in the Heritage Classic Sunday afternoon, their chances of ending a more than..." October 23

  • Edmonton Oilers start the NHL season on the right path: A winning one

    Edmonton Sun "When it comes to first overall and the Edmonton Oilers, we’re usually talking draft picks, not standings. But there they are. With a win over the St. Louis Blues Thursday night at Rogers Place, the 4-1 Oilers slipped into a tie for top spot in the National Hockey League. It’s early, and we can..." October 22

  • Allen outduels Talbot as Oilers tip Blues

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers came up big in a measuring stick game Thursday, scoring a 3-1 victory over their long-time nemesis from St. Louis. Putting their new lineup to the test against an opponent that's beaten them in nine of the last 10 meetings, the Oilers beat the Blues..." October 21

  • NHL insider speculates about Edmonton Oilers signing Brent Burns

    Edmonton Journal "When Bob Stauffer talks Oilers hockey rumours, I listen. Stauffer is not only a team insider and employee, he’s also one of the hardest working and most connected of league insiders. Last spring Stauffer telegraphed the Taylor Hall trade, mentioning it as a possibility numerous times on his Oilers..." October 20

  • Talbot, Oilers hold off winless Hurricanes

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers found some much-needed redemption Tuesday night in the form of a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. The red-faced Oilers were trying to right their ship after an embarrassing 6-2 loss to the short-staffed Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, a defeat that..." October 19

  • Oilers expected to sit Puljujarvi after ugly loss

    Pro Hockey Talk "Busy news day in Edmonton ahead of tonight’s contest against Carolina. First, the lineup stuff — Jesse Puljujarvi, the No. 4 overall pick at this year’s draft, looks to be a healthy scratch following Sunday’s 6-2 home loss to the Sabres. The decision comes after Puljujarvi scored in his NHL..." October 18

  • Gretzky: McDavid the best 19-year-old player I've ever seen

    The Globe and Mail "When watching Connor McDavid play for the Edmonton Oilers, Wayne Gretzky gets the urge to don his No. 99 again. “I could get 60 goals playing with that guy,” the Great One said. “I’m truly amazed at how good he is.” Admiration runs deep from the NHL’s all-time leading scorer when it comes to..." October 18

  • McDavid, Matthews, Luongo named 'Three Stars'

    NHL.com "Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid, Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews and Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 16. FIRST STAR - CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS McDavid tied for the League lead in points..." October 17

  • New NHL Concussion Spotters Pull Their First Player

    Hockey Insiders "The new concussion spotters the NHL has hired pulled their first player on Sunday. Edmonton Oilers goalie Jonas Gustavsson was pulled from the game against the Buffalo Sabres as a precaution. Gustavsson was sprawled out on the ice when new Oilers defenseman Adam Larsson fell backwards on to him..." October 17

  • Oilers cancel mandated day off in order to practice Monday

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers won't be enjoying their Monday off. The team had the day originally scheduled off, but will now head to the arena for practice. "It was one of those players' association days off; we took it today, so we'll skate tomorrow," said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan following..." October 17

  • Head coach Todd McLellan blasts Oilers for 'Bad News Bears' quality of play

    Edmonton Sun "If nothing else, it was a pretty good test run for a new feature at Rogers Place. The post-game coach’s press conference, which used to be held in a dingy little room down the hall from the Edmonton Oilers dressing room, is now held in the spectacular Hall of Fame room with fans able to watch..." October 17

  • Connor McDavid empathizes with Jack Eichel

    Edmonton Sun "The storyline was Connor McDavid vs Jack Eichel Sunday, but not now. Not with Eichel wearing a protective boot after suffering a high ankle sprain in practice this week in Buffalo, a long-term injury that the Edmonton Oilers’ captain McDavid can relate to after his broken collarbone last..." October 16

  • O'Reilly's red-line goal sparks Sabres' win over Oilers

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- Ryan O'Reilly's secret weapon is what he calls the "grenade." The Buffalo Sabres center launched one in the second period Sunday, and it broke a 2-2 tie and propelled his team to a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. At the 3:53 mark of the middle..." October 16

  • McDavid: “It’s tough to come into the league unless you’re Auston Matthews”

    The Comeback "Hockey fans are still buzzing about Auston Matthews’ insane four-goal debut. After making the Senators look silly on multiple occasions, fans are wondering what’s next for Matthews as he continues in his first season in the NHL. For most rookies, life in the NHL looks like an adjustment. That..." October 16

  • McDavid, Oilers scorch Flames again

    The Sports Xchange "CALGARY, Alberta -- Todd McClellan can empathize with other coaches who have to try to slow down Connor McDavid. The Edmonton Oilers coach has happily watched from behind the bench as his superstar center has recorded six points in two wins over the Calgary Flames to start the NHL..." October 15

  • Injury to Brandon Davidson sees Eric Gryba back on Oilers roster

    Edmonton Sun "Hard-luck defenceman Brandon Davidson, who has had a run of medical misery the last few months, will be out for quite some time with an upper-body injury — the aftermath of what Edmonton Oilers feel was a possible slew-foot by Calgary rookie Matt Tkachuk in their home-opener. Davidson, who got..." October 14

  • McKenzie explains potential for NHL lockout in 2020

    Today's Slapshot "NHL Insider Bob McKenzie made an appearance on Toronto’s SiriusXM NHL Network Radio Friday afternoon. Having broken the news of Rickard Rakell’s six-year contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks a short time earlier, McKenzie was asked about the seeming wave of longer-length contracts across..." October 14

  • Oilers open new home with win over Flames

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- The Edmonton Oilers opened the brand-new Rogers Place with a lot of offensive fireworks. Connor McDavid scored twice and added an assist as Edmonton beat the Calgary Flames 7-4 in the first regular-season game played at the new, 18,500-seat home of the Oilers. It..." October 13

  • 10 surprises on opening night rosters

    NHL.com "With the NHL season set to begin Wednesday, each of the 30 teams announced its 23-man roster. As expected, Auston Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Patrik Laine, the No. 2 pick by the Winnipeg Jets, made their teams. But there were plenty of other young..." October 12

  • Gretzky returning to Oilers in working role

    TSN "Wayne Gretzky is returning to the Edmonton Oilers. The Great One will join the team in a role similar to that of Kevin Lowe, TSN's Ryan Rishaug and Pierre LeBrun report. Lowe is entering his second year as vice chairman and alternate governor of the Oilers Entertainment Group. Gretzky,..." October 12

  • 31 bold predictions for 2016-17 season

    TSN "Go bold or go home. The task at hand on the eve of the 2016-17 season is to make one bold prediction for all 31 National Hockey League franchises. By nature, the end result is either all or nothing, spot on or utterly insane. There is no comfortable middle ground. Last year, it wasn’t so..." October 12

  • Oilers, Gryba reach two-way deal

    TSN "Eric Gryba has earned another contract with the Edmonton Oilers. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Gryba has a reached a one-year, two-way deal with the Oilers. Gryba spent training camp with the Oilers on a professional tryout." October 11

  • Kris Versteeg turns down Oilers' offer, signs with Flames instead

    Edmonton Journal "As expected, Kris Versteeg appears set to be making his debut in the Battle of Alberta tomorrow night. The only surprise is that he may be doing so wearing the red and black silks of the Calgary Flames. The latest development in the building of the Edmonton Oilers’ 2016-17 roster comes courtesy..." October 11

  • Waiver wire bulging with names of potential interest to Oilers like Parenteau, Pulkkinen, McNeill

    Edmonton Journal "With NHL rosters set to be declared by 15:00 MDT tomorrow, the waiver wire is chock-a-block with names today. 34 contracted players have been waived by their various clubs around the league, including Anton Lander of the Edmonton Oilers, as discussed here by colleague David Staples. The Oilers..." October 10

  • Oilers Sign Kris Russell to One-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year contract. Russell, 29, is a veteran of nine NHL seasons with Columbus, St. Louis, Calgary and Dallas. He has accumulated 177 points (38G, 139A) in 573 games. The 5'10'', 170-pound defenceman ranked second in the..." October 09

  • Playing for Blues excites Yakupov, who doesn’t ‘know what winning is’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nail Yakupov and the St. Louis Blues said some interesting things about how he might fit with his new team, but let’s skip to the fun stuff first. Specifically, let’s consider the potential bulletin board material that promotes the Blues while downgrading the Edmonton Oilers. Again, the fun..." October 08

  • How the Edmonton Oilers and Nail Yakupov failed one another

    Edmonton Journal "A big part of me thinks the Edmonton Oilers never got it right with the Nail Yakupov. Another part of me thinks Yakupov never got it right with the Oilers. Of course, the truth is that both notions are fair enough, which is why for the good of both parties it’s best Yakupov is getting a..." October 08

  • Oilers deal Yakupov to Blues for pick, prospect

    TSN "In fewer than four months, Peter Chiarelli has traded away half of the Edmonton Oilers’ No. 1 overall picks. The teardown of the “old” Oilers regime continued on Friday, with Edmonton shipping beleaguered 2012 top pick Nail Yakupov to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional..." October 08

  • Report: 2016-17 trade deadline will be on March 1

    Pro Hockey Talk "TVA’s Renaud Lavoie tweeted out two important deadlines for NHL teams to consider on Friday. NHL teams must finalize their rosters by Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET. The trade deadline is set for March 1 at 3 p.m. ET. This conflicts with earlier word that it would be on Feb. 28. Both are..." October 08

  • Oilers' Griffin Reinhart: Heads to minors Friday

    CBS Sports "Reinhart was assigned to AHL Bakersfield on Friday. Reinhart did well in training camp, adding two points in twice as many games, but the offseason addition of Adam Larsson has bumped him " October 07

  • NWHL player Harrison Browne comes out as a transgender man

    ESPN "Before Harrison Browne could walk, he could skate. Last season the 23-year-old forward nicknamed "Brownie" helped his pro hockey team in Buffalo to the championship series, and with the season opener Friday, Buffalo aims for more than just a shot at a title in 2016-17. "It's the first game..." October 07

  • NHL has mid-January deadline for Olympic participation

    The Hockey News "The NHL has until Jan. 15 to come to an agreement with the IOC, but whether the NHL decides to go or not, Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says he'll support Alexander Ovechkin. While there’s been some negativity on the side of both the NHL and the International Olympic Committee about the..." October 07

  • McKenzie: ‘The milk’s sour’ on Yakupov in Edmonton

    Today's Slapshot "In the past 24 hours, Nail Yakupov trade speculation has kicked into high gear. TSN’s NHL Insiders vetted the notion that the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers were closing in on a deal. Their best information suggested that although the teams have discussed this possibility, nothing was..." October 07

  • About that Yakupov-to-Chicago trade rumor…

    Pro Hockey Talk "Do the Chicago Blackhawks have interest in Edmonton winger Nail Yakupov? That was the rumor a Chicago-based blogger, Ryan Brandell of Barstool Sports, tweeted earlier today, and it’s since been validated by the biggest insider in the business, TSN’s Bob McKenzie. According to McKenzie, the..." October 06

  • Oilers make Connor McDavid youngest captain in NHL history

    Sportsnet "Connor McDavid became the youngest captain in the history of the National Hockey League on Wednesday, when the Edmonton Oilers anointed their young superstar with that franchise’s captaincy. Now the question begs, can McDavid live up to the mantle recently held by the best player in the game,..." October 05

  • NHL point projections: How we see 2016-17 season unfolding

    USA Today "The only guarantee about the NHL standings in 2016-17 is that they won’t look like the 2015-16 standings. Historically, there’s usually a significant change in who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t. This past season, the NHL had five new playoff qualifiers. In 2014-15, seven playoff teams..." October 04

  • Oilers put fourth-year farmhand David Musil on waivers

    Edmonton Sun "David Musil’s ship has probably sailed as part of the Edmonton Oilers organization. Even knowing he’d have to clear waivers if farmed to Bakersfield, the defenceman only got one exhibition game in Vancouver while free-agent signee Matt Benning, for instance, has had two looks in the first four..." October 02

  • Jesse Puljujarvi feeling his way through the minefield of NHL training camp

    Edmonton Sun "Halfway through the three-week exhibition test, free-agent college hit Drake Caggiula is grading out somewhat higher than Jesse Puljujarvi, which may be causing some angst in OilerNation considering the unbridled joy when the Finnish winger fell into the Edmonton Oilers lap with the fourth pick in..." October 02

  • McLellan: Maroon’s lower-body injury not considered serious

    Pro Hockey Talk "It appears Patrick Maroon‘s injury from Wednesday’s preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks looked worse than it is. The Edmonton Oilers forward was in obvious pain immediately after he went hard into the boards from an awkward hit delivered by James Sheppard just past the midway point of..." October 01

  • Seven potential trade destinations for Winnipeg Jets’ Jacob Trouba

    Sportsnet "Simply because a player demands a trade (or asks politely) it doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee they get moved. Remember what happened with Jonathan Drouin and Travis Hamonic last season? That’s why the situation surrounding still-unsigned restricted free agent Jacob Trouba is so..." September 29

  • 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