Oilers Rumors & News

  • 19h
    Sunaya Sapurji @sunayas

    It took six months but finally got Leon Draisaitl to confirm the decision not to send him to WJC was made by the Edmonton Oilers - not him.

  • Oilers’ Todd Nelson free to look elsewhere

    Sportsnet.ca "It’s been quite an off-season for the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers won the Connor McDavid sweepstakes by landing the No. 1 draft selection in April’s NHL Draft Lottery and then took steps towards pulling the organization out of the Western Conference basement by naming Peter Chiarelli general..." May 24

  • Slava Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from playing in NHL

    CBSSports.com "Slava Fetisov, a former NHL defenseman that is now a senator in Russia, has called for the country to place a ban on young Russian players from playing in the NHL, restrictions that used to be in place until the late 1980s when Fetisov himself was one of the first players from the country to make..." May 23

  • Gretzky: Connor McDavid could be the next Gretzky

    Puck Drunk Love "Connor McDavid is expected to be the next great young skater in the NHL. The bar has been set extremely high as McDavid has received some high praise and big comparisons. Inevitably, any young star with huge upside is compared to Wayne Gretzky. So, what does Gretzky think of McDavid? He thinks..." May 23

  • Expect more interest in Senators goalie Robin Lehner

    Ottawa Sun "There should be no shortage of interest in Ottawa's goalies. However, if the Senators want to get the best they can for one of their netminders, expect 23-year-old goaltender Robin Lehner to be on the move before next month's NHL entry draft in Fort Lauderdale. Sources say the Buffalo..." May 21

  • Neely: Communication 'could have been better' with Chiarelli

    CSN New England "So more than a month later, we’re starting to get to the bottom of some of the reasons behind the dismissal of GM Peter Chiarelli. Following Don Sweeney’s introductory press conference as the eighth general manager of the Boston Bruins, Cam Neely admitted communication with Chiarelli wasn’t..." May 21

  • Oilers to name Todd McLellan new head coach

    Sportsnet.ca "Todd McLellan will be the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, with a formal announcement from the organization expected sometime this week, possibly as early as Tuesday. It’s been a nice run of late for the beleaguered franchise who recently added former Boston Bruins general manager Peter..." May 19

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Pete DeBoer was also on Edmtn's radar. It's believed the Sharks want a second interview with DeBoer. Bylsma, Carlyle and Dave Lowry in mix

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    McLellan's future expected to be finalized this week. Still some teams sniffing around, but the Oilers expected to formally hire him....

  • Oilers' Matt Hendricks thrilled to represent United States at IIHF Worlds

    Edmonton Sun "Matt Hendricks is the only guy on Team USA who is married with children. It’s not the only reason they made the 33-year-old Edmonton Oilers Masterton Trophy (perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey) nominee the captain. But it’s one. He’s helping raise a lot of kids..." May 16

  • Trade route currently Edmonton Oilers’ best option to improve defence

    Edmonton Journal "How do the Edmonton Oilers get better in goal and on defence? What is the bigger priority or are they inextricably tied? Was Ben Scrivens’s .893 save percentage and 3.09 goal average in his 55 games, not nearly good enough in a league where .910 is the usual bar, because his consistency..." May 15

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

    Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • Oilers appear out of Mike Babcock sweepstakes

    Detroit Free Press "The odds of Mike Babcock returning to coach closer to his home appear to be diminishing. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet told Toronto's Sportsnet 590 on Wednesday that "barring a major collapse," he believes the Edmonton Oilers soon will announce Todd McLellan as their next coach. McLellan, a..." May 14

  • Todd McLellan to become new Edmonton Oilers coach “barring a major collapse” in negotiations

    Edmonton Journal "This just in, a Sportsnet phone interview on Brady & Walker with the well-connected Elliotte Friedman on the Edmonton Oilers being almost certain to sign Todd McLellan as their new head coach. McLellan is currently coaching Team Canada at the World Championships in Prague. Oilers Jordan Eberle..." May 13

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    Edmonton Oilers @EdmontonOilers

    #Oilers agree to terms with goaltender Eetu Laurikainen on a two-year entry level contract. pic.twitter.com/n8hxQekqbV

  • Chiarelli chats with Holland about Babcock, yet to request permission

    The Score "There appears to be some movement in the search for a new head coach in Edmonton. Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has spoken to Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings in regards to Mike Babcock, but has not requested official permission to conduct an interview, according to Pierre LeBrun..." May 12

  • Oilers sign Finnish league standout Laurikainen

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers added some goaltending depth on Tuesday, announcing the signing of Finnish goalie Eetu Laurikainen to a two-year entry-level deal. Laurikainen, 22, spent last season with the SM-liiga’s Espoo Blues, going 17-10-9 with a 2.10 GAA and .933 save percentage. Previously, he spent..." May 12

  • If Craig Anderson if available, should the Oilers be interested?

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the Ottawa Senators re-sign goalie Andrew Hammond — and it sounds like they intend to try — they’ll need to trade one of Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner. If they decide to trade Anderson, should the Oilers be interested? There’s no easy answer to that question, because there’s no..." May 12

  • If Anderson is available, should the Oilers be interested?

    Pro Hockey Talk "If the Ottawa Senators re-sign goalie Andrew Hammond — and it sounds like they intend to try — they’ll need to trade one of Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner. If they decide to trade Anderson, should the Oilers be interested? There’s no easy answer to that question, because there’s no..." May 11

  • McLellan-to-Edmonton talks gaining steam

    Pro Hockey Talk "Things are heating up between Todd McLellan and the Oilers. According to the Edmonton Sun, forwards Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle — both currently playing under McLellan at the Worlds — have been asking “a lot of questions” of McLellan’s former player, Team Canada d-man Brent Burns, while also..." May 09

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    Darren Dreger @DarrenDreger

    Pete DeBoer is quietly drawing interest. San Jose and Edmonton are among teams believed to have talked to DeBoer.

  • Wings head coach Mike Babcock permitted to talk to other NHL teams

    TSN.ca "The NHL's free agent frenzy has begun with head coach Mike Babcock as the headliner. TSN has learned that the Detroit Red Wings have given him permission to talk to other NHL teams about coaching opportunities in a window that is open until mid-May. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob..." May 09

  • Can new NHL salary site be the next CapGeek?

    Sportsnet.ca "Since CapGeek went offline in January, analysts, agents, media types and, yes, fans have been craving a suitable replacement source for NHL salary information. While a few websites such as NHLNumbers.com offer up player salary and cap management statistics, no site has been able to focus solely..." May 07

  • Oilers interview McLellan for coaching job: report

    NHL.com "Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan has interviewed for the coaching job with the Edmonton Oilers, according to the Edmonton Sun. McLellan, coaching Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, told the newspaper that he has met with Oilers general manager Peter..." May 06

  • Judge orders Bettman to testify on concussions lawsuit

    TSN.ca "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered by a U.S. federal court judge to offer testimony in the concussions lawsuit filed by 60 former players against the league. TSN has learned that late Tuesday, a judge ordered Bettman to testify in July on matters related to the high-stakes..." May 06

  • Yakupov’s KHL rights acquired by powerhouse CSKA

    Pro Hockey Talk "Bit of interesting news out of Russia — per the KHL website, the rights to Oilers forward Nail Yakupov have been acquired by one of the league’s biggest clubs, CSKA Moscow. Yakupov’s rights were acquired from Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik, the team he played for during the lockout-shortened ’13..." May 06

  • Oilers GM Chiarelli talks with McLellan

    The Score "He hasn't been on the job for long, but Peter Chiarelli is putting in the work. The new Edmonton Oilers general manager took over April 24 and is already trying to nail down the team's new head coach. Chiarelli traveled to the Czech Republic this week to speak to with Todd McLellan about..." May 04

  • Oilers GM Craig MacTavish will be the 'No. 2 guy,' says Chiarelli

    Edmonton Sun "Peter Chiarelli is still working on the title. Not his own. The new President of Hockey Operations and General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers has convinced demoted G.M. Craig MacTavish to stay on as Super Duper Chief Right Hand Head Man. Or something like that. “I haven’t settled on..." May 03

  • Wanna coach Connor McDavid? Besides that, Mike Babcock-Edmonton Oilers connections numerous

    Edmonton Journal "The Pizzaman Mike Ilitch has more than enough dough — a fortune estimated at $5 billion, according to Forbes — to toss at the head coach of his Detroit Red Wings, Mike Babcock, to retain his sought-after services. But does Babcock — winner of a Stanley Cup- and two Olympic gold medals as a..." May 02

  • Should Flyers consider Dallas Eakins as HC?

    CSN Philly "Ron Hextall has already told people he has a lengthy list of who he is considering as the next coach of the Flyers. The fact that we have not seen nor heard yet of anyone visiting the Flyers would seem to indicate that Hextall’s top choice is someone still coaching a team alive in the NHL..." April 30

  • NCAA’s O’Connor narrows choice to 4 NHL teams

    Sportsnet.ca "Highly sought after college free agent goaltender Matt O’Connor is down to four teams, and will close out his interview process tomorrow in Manhattan. The six-foot-five Boston University goaltender has whittled his choices down to (in no particular order) the Vancouver Canucks, the Edmonton..." April 29

  • ‘The fans in Edmonton are in for a treat’ — Erie Otters coach Kris Knoblauch on Connor McDavid

    Edmonton Journal "You know Connor McDavid is special because when he isn’t on the ice, you’re thinking, “Why not? Has the coach lost his mind? Can’t he play the full 60 minutes?” McDavid is not perfect by any means. He gives the puck away at times because he always seems to have it. He passes when he should..." April 28

  • Toronto approached Chiarelli before he took Oilers job

    Pro Hockey Talk "Peter Chiarelli is already at work assessing the Edmonton Oilers depth chart. The newly appointed President of Hockey Operations and GM of the Oilers was reportedly at prospect Leon Draisaitl‘s game with the Kelowna Rockets on Friday night. With Chiarelli on the scouting trip was former GM..." April 26

  • Hall caught off guard Oilers' front office shuffle

    Edmonton Journal "Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall says he was caught off guard by the dual president of hockey operations/general manager role Peter Chiarelli is assuming. “I saw the (TV) ticker and thought it was a typo,” said Hall, who was at his parents’ place in Kingston, Ont., before flying to Vienna,..." April 26

  • Bruins may gain draft pick from Oilers for Peter Chiarelli

    Boston Herald "Though Peter Chiarelli is now installed as the new hockey czar of the Edmonton Oilers, there is still a question of compensation due the Bruins because Chiarelli had three years left on his deal. According to the league, the standard comp would be a second-round pick in one of the next three..." April 26

  • Oilers hire Chiarelli as president, general manager

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers on Friday named Peter Chiarelli general manager and president of hockey operations. "We are delighted to bring a person of Peter's considerable hockey knowledge and experience to the Edmonton Oilers, Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson said. "Peter has had success at all levels of the..." April 25

  • 31d
    Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie

    ...but all signs point to him taking over all hockey operations for the Oilers. If Chiarelli was to take job there, he wanted full autonomy.

  • 30d
    Mark Spector @SportsnetSpec

    BREAKING: Former POHO Kevin Lowe moves out of hockey dep't in EDM, retains role on business side of Oilers Entertainment Group.

  • Edmonton Oilers to hire former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli

    Edmonton Journal "Earlier today Boston Bruins insider Joe Haggerty wrote: “All indications are that the Oil are poised to hire Chiarelli, and the Bruins will not seek compensation for their fired GM beyond being able to escape the contracted big dough they still owe him.” My take When Daryl Katz bought the..." April 24

  • Longtime NHL d-man Jiri Slegr calls it a career

    Pro Hockey Talk "Journeyman blueliner Jiri Slegr, who appeared in over 600 NHL contests with six different organizations, announced his retirement from professional hockey after a final season with HC Litvinov of the Czech League. Slegr, 43, broke into the NHL with Vancouver during the 1992-93 season and went..." April 24

  • McDavid’s dad: Connor happy to join Oilers

    Sportsnet.ca "Don’t expect Connor McDavid to pull an Eric Lindros heading into the 2015 NHL Draft. In a candid hour-long interview with Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, McDavid’s father, Brian, poured cold water on speculation that the Erie Otters star wouldn’t report if he was drafted with the first overall..." April 23

  • Oilers' Ference talks McDavid, locker room leadership

    NHL.com "Andrew Ference grew up just outside of Edmonton. His formative hockey years were spent watching the Edmonton Oilers cement their dynasty in the late 1980s. So when Ference had an opportunity to sign with his hometown team and play in the arena where he grew up watching from the stands, he jumped..." April 23

  • Peter Chiarelli in talks with Edmonton Oilers

    Sportsnet.ca "Former Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is in Edmonton meeting with the Oilers, Sportsnet’s Mark Spector and Elliotte Friedman have learned. Since winning the NHL Draft Lottery Saturday night, and thus the right to select superstar prospect Connor McDavid No . 1 overall, change has..." April 22

  • Wayne Gretzky on Connor McDavid: “He’s the best player to come into the league in the last 30 years”

    Edmonton Journal "Is Connor McDavid the Second Coming of Wayne Gretzky? Edmonton Oilers fans are wondering that after the National Hockey League club won the draft lottery on Saturday, which gives them the right to select McDavid — the wondrous 18-year-old centre who racked up 44 goals and 120 points in a mere..." April 21

  • Report: Oilers have already reached out to McLellan

    Fear The Fin "McLellan is a Western Canadian boy, his family is likely to stay in the Bay Area which Edmonton is obviously much closer to than Toronto or Philadelphia, and McJesus himself has descended upon the Oilers. This seems like a no-brainer." April 21

  • Edmonton Oilers should be in no hurry to trade core players — yet — because they’re adding Connor McDavid

    Edmonton Journal "Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish says the odds of trading the No. 1 overall draft pick in June with Connor McDavid in the team’s crosshairs for immediate help elsewhere are “less than zero,” but what about dealing one of their other centres or breaking up the core and moving Taylor..." April 21

  • Nicholson to oversee Oilers hockey operations

    Sportsnet.ca "Bob Nicholson has been appointed the new CEO of Oilers Entertainment Group, chairman Daryl Katz announced Monday. Nicholson joined the Oilers organization in June 2014 as vice chairman of OEG after serving as Hockey Canada’s president and CEO from 1998-2014. “Since joining OEG, Bob has..." April 20

  • Edmonton Oilers should be in no hurry to trade core players — yet — because they’re adding Connor McDavid

    Edmonton Journal "Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish says the odds of trading the No. 1 overall draft pick in June with Connor McDavid in the team’s crosshairs for immediate help elsewhere are “less than zero,” but what about dealing one of their other centres or breaking up the core and moving Taylor..." April 20

  • Edmonton Oilers win top pick in NHL Draft Lottery

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers will pick first in the 2015 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday. The Oilers had an 11.5 percent chance, third-best, to win the first pick in the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The Buffalo Sabres, who had the..." April 19

  • Oilers’ Yakupov, Nugent-Hopkins to miss worlds

    Sportsnet.ca "Team Russia will be without one of its best young forwards at the upcoming 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship as Nail Yakupov will miss the tournament with a hip injury, the Edmonton Oilers announced Wednesday. “Nail has been suffering from bilateral hip injuries this season and after..." April 15