Oilers Rumors & News

  • NHL, Oilers, Flames each donating $100K to Fort McMurray

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League announced today that it is donating $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in Fort McMurray, Alta. Wildfires in the Fort McMurray area have forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. The Canadian Red Cross will facilitate care by providing..." May 06

  • Ted Kulfan's top NHL free agents

    Detroit News "When LeBron James hit NBA free agency in summer 2010, it set off one of the most frenzied and speculated-about periods in league history. The NHL might get a taste of that kind of hysteria this year. Steven Stamkos, who scored 36 goals for the Lightning this season, becomes an unrestricted..." May 05

  • Carolina Hurricanes are logical trading partners for the Edmonton Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "That the Edmonton Oilers need to add at least one quality right-shot defenceman to the mix this summer is obvious. With the team eliminated from the playoffs and still more than a month away from the NHL Draft, this is the point in the offseason where it’s possible to look around the league and..." May 04

  • The Cult of Hockey: the pros and cons of trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

    Edmonton Journal "So writing an article about the pros and cons of trading RNH brings no joy. Trade talk around him heated up last fall after he got sick and had a bad run of games. It hasn’t relented since but, along with many other fans and bloggers, I’ve consistently preached patience with the player and made..." May 04

  • Edmonton Oilers' fourth-overall draft pick should produce solid NHLer now or in the future

    Edmonton Journal "What will Peter Chiarelli do with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft? Many of you have already asked this question, and I suspect we won’t know what he does until the first round of the draft on June 24. If he trades the pick, it is most likely to occur on..." May 04

  • Report: Oilers have not inquired about Canadiens' Subban

    The Score "Any rumors regarding a potential P.K. Subban trade to the Edmonton Oilers can be put to rest. TSN's Darren Dreger was on TSN Radio 690 on Tuesday where the topic of a potential trade between the Montreal Canadiens and Oilers involving the club's star defenseman was discussed. Dreger was quick..." May 03

  • Gostisbehere, McDavid, Panarin named Calder finalists

    NHL.com "Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid and Chicago Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin were named as finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the top rookie in the NHL. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association voted on..." May 03

  • Oilers will field plenty of NHL Entry Draft options despite dropping two spots thanks to lottery

    Edmonton Journal "The sound you hear today is probably a rousing “Hallelujah, baby!” from the 29 other National Hockey League precincts because the Edmonton Oilers did not win the draft lottery again Saturday night. Instead, the Toronto Maple Leafs did, which means they’ll likely pick Scottsdale, Ariz.-born..." May 02

  • ‘There’s a real legitimate chance’ that Oilers trade fourth overall pick: Chiarelli

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers need to start winning, and they need to start winning soon. They also need to improve their defense, and they need to do it badly. Take those two needs and it’s no surprise to hear that GM Peter Chiarelli is considering trading the fourth overall pick in this summer’s..." May 02

  • Oilers losing draft lottery a blessing in disguise

    The Score "For just the third time in the last six years, the Edmonton Oilers will not be making the first selection at the NHL Draft this June. The team entered Saturday's draft lottery with the second-best chance of capturing the coveted pick, but instead saw fate push them back two spots to a less..." May 01

  • Top 3 picks 'unlikely' to be moved; Oilers' No. 4 pick 'in play'

    The Score "It appears the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and Columbus Blue Jackets - the teams with the first three selections in the NHL draft - have no intention of trading their picks. TSN's Darren Dreger reported Sunday that the Maple Leafs, Jets and Blue Jackets are "very unlikely" to trade out..." May 01

  • Brian Burke: I'll beat the snot out of somebody if Oilers win lottery

    The Score "While many fans are excited to see if their favorite team will be awarded with the first overall pick in Saturday's NHL Draft Lottery, just as many are simply hoping the Edmonton Oilers don't win the lottery for the fifth time in seven years. Among that crowd, unsurprisingly, is Calgary Flames..." April 30

  • McDavid advises Auston Matthews to 'smile no matter what' ahead of lottery

    The Score "With the NHL Draft Lottery just hours away, Auston Matthews - widely expected to be picked first overall - will soon learn who will have the first chance to draft him in June. On Saturday, Matthews received some welcome advice on how to handle the situation from last year's No. 1 pick, Edmonton..." April 30

  • Oilers' offseason trade strategy requires full measures

    The Score "There's a chance the communication lines at Rexall Place are compromised on Saturday. The rough estimate on that is 13.5 percent. Staffers will be busy sifting through hate mail, conspiracy takes, and all kinds of venom over at headquarters if the Oilers' lottery ball is plucked from the NHL's..." April 29

  • Oilers centre Connor McDavid feels for projected first overall draft pick Auston Matthews

    Edmonton Sun "Connor McDavid is going to be happy to be on the other side of the world, as far away as he can get, from the excruciating experience he endured last year. It’ll be after midnight in Prague and McDavid will likely be enjoying a Pilsner Urquel with his new Team Canada teammates when it all goes..." April 29

  • Connor McDavid recreates Drake's album art

    The Score "If the ping-pong balls had landed just right last year for his hometown, Connor McDavid would, in least a figurative sense, be at the very height of the city of Toronto. But, because the Edmonton Oilers have that lottery locked, Maple Leafs fans will just have to settle for a little..." April 28

  • Bishop, Holtby and Quick Named 2015-16 Vezina Trophy Finalists

    Hockey Fights "Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded "to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position," the National Hockey League announced..." April 28

  • Will Arnett to host 2016 NHL Awards on June 22

    NHL.com "The NHL Awards™ will return to Las Vegas this summer at the world-famous Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the National Hockey League announced today. The 2016 NHL Awards will be held on Wednesday, June 22, at The Joint, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue and..." April 27

  • Oilers will win first-overall draft pick yet again, predicts Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson

    Edmonton Sun "The lucky plan is in place. If the Edmonton Oilers want to infuriate the hockey world even more than before, they’re going to need to double down on the luck they put in place to win Connor McDavid with the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft lottery last year. Saturday night they’ll need a super..." April 26

  • Oilers need a guy like Kevin Bieksa

    Sportsnet "It’s no great secret that the Edmonton Oilers are in need of defencemen — it’s something Don Cherry has been preaching for years. And when it comes to which type of player might be a perfect fit for the young, offence-heavy club, Cherry points to Kevin Bieksa. “I have said Edmonton, right..." April 24

  • Gary Bettman Misses The Reality Of Pat Foley's Rant

    St. Louis Game Time "Last night, NBCSN picked up the CSN Chicago feed of game five between the Blackhawks and Blues. Game five, like games one, two, and four, began at 8:45 Central, or 9:45 Eastern. That is a late start time, and the late starts have been exacerbated by the fact that these are two teams who have..." April 23

  • IOC unwilling to pay operating costs to bring NHL players to Olympics, IIHF boss says

    The Score "The NHL's involvement at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang appears further dim. The International Olympic Committee is reportedly unwilling to cover transportation and insurance costs required to have NHL players participate in the event, International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene..." April 23

  • Edmonton Oilers: P.K. Subban Rumor Truly Makes Sense

    Oil In Whyte "Edmonton Oilers are in search defense this offseason especially right handed defensemen and Peter Chiarelli’s first phone call on May 1 after the lottery draft should be to Montréal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. At the Habs’ post-season press conference, Bergevin gave a pretty unclear..." April 20

  • Playoff TV ratings down a ‘shocking’ 61 percent in Canada

    The Hockey News "Having no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs was expected to have an adverse effect on TV ratings, but even people in the industry are taken aback at how viewers north of the 49th parallel have tuned out this year’s tournament in CBC and Sportsnet. Through the first five nights of..." April 19

  • The pros & cons of Oilers trading Taylor Hall

    Edmonton Journal "I’ve consistently been averse to the idea of the Oilers trading Taylor Hall. That is still my position. But to check that conviction it’s best to look at it from the other side: What if it really is best for the Oilers to move Hall, as a vocal faction of Edmonton fans insist is the case? Today..." April 18

  • Can Oilers acquire another Cam Talbot of a goalie?

    Edmonton Journal "Edmonton GM Peter Chiarelli has made it no secret that the job of backing up Cam Talbot on the Oilers next year is wide open. This is as it should be given that the team’s initial back-up to Talbot, Anders Nilsson, was found wanting and sent packing, and Nilsson’s replacement, AHLer Laurent..." April 18

  • Friedman wonders if Wideman-to-Edmonton makes sense

    Today's Slapshot "“I do wonder if Calgary and Wideman are going to say, ‘Is it time for a fresh start?’ It was a really rough end to the season for everybody this year. There might be some hurt feelings over some of the stuff that came out in the testimony. “I’m wondering if they kind of talk to each other and..." April 18

  • NHL offside coach’s challenges must die

    Yahoo! Sports "Those NHL coach’s challenges for blown offside calls on scoring plays? Kill them. End them. As soon as possible. Sometimes it takes a while before one sees the error of their ways, and such is the case with NHL rules changes. It took the Brett Hull incident in 1999 … um, we mean “a..." April 18

  • A bandwagon fan’s guide to the 16 Stanley Cup Playoff teams

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest: Playoff bandwagon-hopping is a contentious subject. For some fans, it’s a total non-starter – you get one team and one team only, with no backup plans allowed. If your favourite team didn’t make the playoffs, then you’re just out of luck. You settle in for the playoffs and enjoy..." April 13

  • NHL refutes report that it’s banning fan-created GIFs

    Yahoo! Sports "Is the NHL about to ruin fans’ Playoff GIF Parties? Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers reported on Tuesday that the “NHL is now not allowing anyone to post gifs. Huge news given playoffs are about to start.” Well, yes, it would be. This news was fueled by the ever-present concern about how..." April 12

  • Edmonton Oilers notes: Russia calling ... competitive boost ... free agency beckons

    Edmonton Sun "If Nail Yakupov is wearing another NHL jersey next season, he finished his fourth year here with a goal in the Rexall Place closing and two assists in the final loss in Vancouver. So, he went out, not with a whimper, but with a small bang. He only played 14:13 on average, per night, however...." April 11

  • Oilers' Nugent-Hopkins to skip World Championship to rehab hand

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will not be suiting up for Canada at the World Championships next month. The 22-year-old addressed the media at the team's end of year interviews, stating he is going to focus on getting healthy. "I'm still not feeling 100 percent right now. As of..." April 10

  • Oilers' Chiarelli 'confident' defense will be upgraded in offseason

    The Score "After watching his team finish last in the Western Conference, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted this year's roster "wasn't good enough" and let everyone know what his main focus will be in the offseason. "I'm reasonably confident I will be able to address our defense in..." April 10

  • ‘The stink is still there’ – From McDavid to Hall, Oilers discuss grim season

    Pro Hockey Talk "It makes sense that a “postmortem” would be grim, but even by those standards, it seems like a dark cloud was hanging over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. Key players, including Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall, trotted out some pretty glum quotes about the 2015-16 season. McDavid might be..." April 10

  • Leon Draisaitl a big part of Oilers future

    Edmonton Journal "When armchair general managers in Edmonton are compiling their list of “untouchable” players heading into the summer, Leon Draisaitl’s name is always very close to the top of that list. For someone who wasn’t even on management’s list of guys who would play Games 38 through 82 last season, and..." April 10

  • Would You Trade Taylor Hall for P.K Subban?

    The Hockey Writers "P.K Subban is a nice person. He signs autographs, takes pictures with fans, and lets his likable personality shine. He’s also very generous, highlighted by the incredible donation he made to the Montreal Children’s hospital. But just because you’re nice, it doesn’t mean you don’t have ego, and at..." April 09

  • Oilers' Hall going to World Championship for 3rd time

    The Score "Taylor Hall's trading in his Edmonton Oilers jersey for a Canadian one, again. Hall will represent Canada at the upcoming World Ice Hockey Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, he confirmed Friday, according to Oilers play-by-play announcer Jack Michaels." April 08

  • Oilers sign Providence goalie Nick Ellis to 2-year deal

    The Score "The Edmonton Oilers are dipping into the college ranks to bolster their goaltending. The Oilers signed Providence netminder Nick Ellis to a two-year, entry-level contract Thursday night." April 08

  • Why Canada was shut out of Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Yahoo! Sports "There are similarities between Canada in 1970 and Canada in 2016. The Trudeau bloodline in back in the Prime Minister's office. Tim Hortons still serves fresh coffee. And, perhaps most importantly, there are no Canadian teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sure, there are differences, like..." April 08

  • Maple Leafs own last-place tiebreaker over Oilers

    The Score "In a perfect world, the Edmonton Oilers and Toronto Maple Leafs would play each other in the Basement Bowl on Saturday night, and Auston Matthews would be in attendance. Both teams are tied for last in the league with 69 points, and both have one game left to play. The Maple Leafs will face the..." April 08

  • Dreger: Oilers’ brass told me Hall close to untouchable

    Today's Slapshot "On what it means specifically when the Edmonton Oilers talk about ‘culture change’ for this off-season: “Well, I think they’re going to move a good piece, a big piece, maybe more than that. There’s always been the rumblings of Jordan Eberle, and those kind of settled over the course of this..." April 07

  • Brace yourself, Edmonton, because big changes are coming

    Edmonton Sun "Todd McLellan is finding out what Craig MacTavish, Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger, Todd Nelson and Dallas Eakins discovered before him: The Edmonton Oilers have serious deep-rooted problems that coaching alone cannot begin to cure. It is a mess, a ball of yarn so tangled that even the..." April 07

  • Oilers close Rexall Place in style

    The Sports Xchange "EDMONTON, Alberta -- Rexall Place will forever be remembered as the place where Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Paul Coffey skated. However, Leon Draisaitl had the last laugh. Draisaitl's third-period, power-play goal, scored at 18:03, went down as the final goal scored in the history of..." April 06

  • Wayne Gretzky Laments Decline of Scoring (and Creativity) in N.H.L.

    New York Times "With 102 points in 80 games, Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks is poised to win the Art Ross Trophy as the N.H.L.’s top point scorer. His superlative season has evoked achievements from an earlier era. He is the first American-born player with a 100-point season in 20 years. His 26-game point..." April 06

  • Concussion case will get worse before better

    Sportsnet "A few of you have wondered (via Twitter) why I haven’t commented on the NHL email dump. It’s pretty simple: some of mine are included. I don’t have access to my old CBC correspondence. Tough to comment when you don’t know what’s there. The fight to unseal the documents is Lawyering 101, an..." April 05

  • Edmonton seizes the crown for perennially woeful hockey from always-awful Leafs

    Edmonton Journal "It’s time the Toronto Maple Leafs surrender their longstanding status on the title of the National Hockey League’s most laughably inept organization, and turn it over to the astonishingly incompetent Edmonton Oilers. It’s only fair; the Oilers have earned it. The Leaf claim on league-leading..." April 05

  • Edmonton Oilers' need for core changes is obvious following 5-0 loss to Calgary Flames

    Edmonton Journal "It is a mess, a ball of yarn so tangled that even the most patient, tolerant and respected teacher can be driven to throwing up his arms and calling the whole thing “bulls__t,” as McLellan did in his epic post-game rant after Saturday’s humiliating 5-0 loss to the Calgary Flames. And that’s..." April 04

  • Oilers coach Todd McLellan details 'frickin' embarrassing' loss

    CBS Sports "WATCH: Oilers coach Todd McLellan details 'frickin' embarrassing' loss By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer April 3, 2016 10:11 am ET The Edmonton Oilers met the Calgary Flames Saturday night for the last “Battle of Alberta” game in Rexall Place before the Oilers move to their new arena. Both..." April 03

  • Kings, Oilers among favorites for college free agent Alex Lyon

    The Score "Goaltender Alex Lyon's future will be a lot clearer in 48 hours. A free agent after three years at Yale University, Lyon had a stellar 2015-16 season, posting a .936 save percentage and 1.64 GAA in 31 games." April 03

  • Oilers' recent losing skid gives them best odds at No. 1 pick

    The Score "The Edmonton Oilers have won just once in the past six games after suffering a 5-0 blowout loss to the rival Calgary Flames on Saturday, but they may be primed for another win on April 30. That is the date of the NHL's draft lottery, in which the Oilers now have the best odds at securing their..." April 03

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