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Edmonton Oilers’ Key Moments From 2019-20

Out of all seasons to announce a pause, it had to be this one, didn’t it? It couldn’t have been during one of the three seasons that the Edmonton Oilers accumulated 62 points in the last decade? As frustrating and heartbreaking as this situation is (overall), it doesn’t change the fact that the playoff-hungry team produced a collection of crazy, exciting, memorable moments over the last 71 games.  So let’s hand out some awards for the most notable moments from the 2019-20 season while we awai...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Kanye West, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Alberta, Edmonton, Mike Smith, Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Matthew Tkachuk, Vancouver Canucks, Canucks


Oilers News & Rumors: Draisaitl, Slepyshev, Kassian, More

In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, Zack Kassian has found himself on the receiving end of a few humorous shots from his teammates and both Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid talk about what’s going on with their downtime and what they’d like to see going forward with the NHL season. In other news, James Neal is listed as a potential buy out candidate by The Athletic and Ken Holland confirms interest in bringing back Anton Slepyshev. Draisaitl On Staying Busy and Downtime Drais...
Tags: Russia, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Mitchell, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Athletic, Connor McDavid, Zack Kassian, Tomas Jurco, Kassian, Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse, Neal, McDavid


‘Strange Brew’ and ‘SCTV’ Hosers Bob & Doug McKenzie Immortalized As Statues in Edmonton, Canada

Canada is known for giving us maple syrup and Ryan Reynolds, not to mention their undying love for hockey and inexplicably endless politeness. But when I think of Canada, there are two lovable hosers that come to mind, and that’s beer-chugging, hockey-loving brothers Bob and Doug McKenzie, played by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis in both the Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV (or Second City Television) and the cult classic comedy feature film Strange Brew. Now the knuckleheads from the Great Whi...
Tags: Art, Comedy, New York, Movies, Los Angeles, Canada, Bob, Ryan Reynolds, Calgary, Edmonton, Cool Stuff, Thomas, Rick, McKenzie, Great White North, Edmonton Journal


NHL Rumors: Golden Knights, Oilers, Buyouts, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Vegas Golden Knights talking to one of their 2017 draft picks about an extension, while the Edmonton Oilers did sign a draft pick of their own. Where will he play? Finally, if the NHL goes with compliance buyouts, who are the early candidates? Golden Knights Talking to Dugan About Extension David Schoen of RJ Sports writes that Vegas Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon is working on getting down to business when it comes to prospect Jack D...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, NHL, Halifax, Edmonton Oilers, Steve Yzerman, Oilers, Bakersfield, Jeff Skinner, Milan Lucic, Connor McDavid, Chiarelli, Justin Faulk, Dugan, Edmonton Journal, David Schoen


Buyout Candidates

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal, There’s no shortage of unknowns about the world, including the smaller question of unknowns about the immediate future of the National Hockey League. But what we do know is that the NHL is likely to take a massive short term hit in terms of revenues, and that this may force the league to do something it hasn’t done since the 2012-13 lock-out: allow for compliance buyouts. NHL insider Brian Burke talked about this possibility with Bob Stauffe...
Tags: Sport, NHL, Edmonton Oilers, Brian Burke, Edmonton Journal, Bob Stauffer, David Staples


NHL Rumors: Oilers, Rangers, Bruins, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news the Edmonton Oilers might be looking to bring back a familiar face, buzz about what will happen with New York Rangers’ veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and what Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara might be thinking about his future. Oilers Interested in Anton Slepyshev Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal took a look at rumors the Edmonton Oilers are heavily considering bringing back former Oiler Anton Slepyshev. McCurdy writes that “Plan...
Tags: New York, Sport, Gm, Rangers, DuPont, Hockey, NHL, North America, Edmonton, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Boston Globe, Edmonton Oilers, Bruins, Oilers, Sweeney


NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Rangers, Oilers, Ayres, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is speculation as to who the Toronto Maple Leafs might target for their blue line in the off-season. There is also news out of New York that the Rangers are being given a free pass on their pending goaltender decision but that won’t last forever. Finally, emergency backup goaltending David Ayres officially signed on with the coolest company to add a few more minutes to his 15 minutes of fame. Toronto’s Blue Line Targets Luke Fox of Sportsnet recently ...
Tags: New York Post, Usa, New York, Minnesota, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Fox, Rangers, Buffalo, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs


Oilers News and Rumors: Klefbom, Larsson, Coleman, Trades, More

In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, there is talk surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs interest in Adam Larsson, news on the injury to Oscar Klefbom and trade speculation over the Oilers interest in Blake Coleman before he moved to Tampa Bay. Plus, what will the Oilers do with so many injuries currently plaguing the roster? Klefbom Out 2-3 Weeks The Edmonton Oilers revealed they will be without their No. 1 defenseman as Oscar Klefbom has gone down with a shoulder injury and will...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, New Jersey, Rumors, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Leafs, Maple Leafs


NHL Rumors: Oilers, Wild, Ducks, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are updates on the Edmonton Oilers and their willingness to spend on trade rentals, clarification from Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin on his “quitter” comments, and buzz that the Anaheim Ducks are only willing to move certain pieces. How serious is Shea Weber’s injury and have the Maple Leafs taken the final step to figuring out their goaltending issues? Oilers Not Eager to Pay Big for Rentals As part of his latest 31 Thoughts article, Sportsnet analyst...
Tags: Usa, Minnesota, Sport, Nashville, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Grant, Anaheim Ducks, Hutchinson, Weber, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs


Oilers Have Salary Cap Flexibility With Nurse Deal

Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland did himself a huge favour this past week by signing defenceman Darnell Nurse to a two-year bridge deal with an average annual value (AAV) of $5.6 million. The contract has been a hotly debated topic within the Oilers fanbase, which was compounded by reports that Nurse’s camp was seeking upwards of $8 million per year on a long-term deal. Many, including myself, thought the negotiations would last long into the summer months. It seemed as though both...
Tags: Usa, Nurse, Sport, Holland, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Edmonton, New York Rangers, Mike Smith, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, American Hockey League, AAV


Oilers News and Rumors: Benson, Nygard, Neal, Tatar, More

In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, rookie Tyler Benson will finally see his first action in the NHL on Thursday and he spoke to the media before the game. And, with Benson in, it means Sam Gagner will move up. In other news, Joakim Nygard’s injury is pretty serious but James Neal looks to be closer to a return. And, what is the latest trade buzz as the Oilers creep closer to the NHL Trade Deadline? Benson Slots In, Finally With a loss comes the potential for change. The Oilers...
Tags: Sport, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Edmonton, Benson, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, TSN, Arizona Coyotes, Connor McDavid, Zack Kassian, Mike Hoffman, Elliotte Friedman


Darnell Nurse Wants $8 Million: Time to Move Him?

The Edmonton Oilers certainly don’t want to lose Darnell Nurse. But, if a recent report from the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson is correct, the top-four defenseman could want too rich a contract for the Oilers blood. Matheson is reporting that Nurse’s reps have talked to the Oilers, more specifically GM Ken Holland, and let them know they are using Jacob Trouba’s recent contract with the New York Rangers as a comparable. If so, that means Nurse is seeking right around $8 million per season ...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Gm, Hockey, NHL, Morrissey, Edmonton, New York Rangers, Don, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Winnipeg, Bakersfield, Jacob Trouba, UFA, Kassian


The Battle Of Alberta From Both Sides

from Robert Tychkowski of Edmonton Journal, The Battle of Alberta is back, baby, and the rest of the NHL can eat its heart out. Just when it looked like the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames couldn’t top Thursday’s classic return to the provincial rivalry, they doubled down on the intensity and emotion in Saturday’s rematch, throwing back to the glory days of the ’80s with 11 goals and a second-period line brawl. When it was all over, and the last of the gloves had been picked up...
Tags: Sport, NHL, Calgary Flames, Alberta, Calgary, Mike Smith, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Cam Talbot, Edmonton Journal, Sam Gagner, Alex Chiasson, Eric Francis, Battle of Alberta, Robert Tychkowski


Stop Saying Draisaitl Needs McDavid to Be Good

TSN just released a mid-season ranking of the top 50 players in 2019-20. Naturally, the Edmonton Oilers’ god-like, all-mighty Connor McDavid ranks as number one, while Leon Draisaitl takes the fourth spot. No. 29’s ranking prompted naysayers to complain that he is only good because he plays with McDavid.  McDavid’s on-ice magic has never been a secret—he produces neverending highlight-reel plays and makes the best defencemen (staring at you Morgan Rielly) look like they belong in the American...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Edmonton Oilers, Auston Matthews, Brad Marchand, Oilers, TSN, Toronto Maple Leafs, Matthew Tkachuk, Connor McDavid, David Pastrnak, Matthews, Zack Kassian


Oilers News and Rumors: Kassian, Khaira, McDavid, More

In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, there is a lot of buzz surrounding the Oilers, especially after Saturday’s game versus the Calgary Flames. Zack Kassian is in hot water with the NHL Player Safety Committee while Ken Holland looks at ways to improve the roster. There are names connected to the Oilers, both possibly coming in and leaving the organization and one NHL reporter asks if Connor McDavid has another level? Kassian to Face Hearing and Possible Suspension After Saturda...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Wings, Holland, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Calgary, Edmonton, Anderson, Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Steve Yzerman, Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs


NHL Rumors: Bruins, Blackhawks, Oilers, Red Wings, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the Boston Bruins who might have a trade option available but could be waiting on something bigger, there is news on Robin Lehner’s thoughts about staying in Chicago. Finally, are the Edmonton Oilers working on a deal with the Detroit Red Wings? Bruins Waiting For Right Deal Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman suggested in the latest 31 Thoughts podcast (audio link) that at any time, the Boston Bruins could make a trade for Los Angeles Kings wing...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Ap, Chicago, Arizona, Gm, Kings, Holland, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Hall, Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins


Anaheim Ducks’ Goals for 2020

Insufferable social media influencers and the motivational speakers they rip off both agree that the practice of goal setting can help you “achieve your dreams.” While the Anaheim Ducks and their fans have had more to dream about and less to celebrate this season, there are some goals that the Ducks should set that will show incremental improvement. Meeting those goals will provide hope that this will be the last season of “retooling.” Finish 2019-20 at “NHL .500” The Ducks are 12 points...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Pacific, Ducks, Anaheim Ducks, Miller, Murray, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim, Ryan Miller, Gibson, Hampus Lindholm, Jordan Binnington, Bob Murray


NHL Rumors: Rangers, Kings, Sharks, Oilers, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown there is news on a variety of team thanks to Craig Custance’s piece for The Athletic, and the focus is on few teams in this first edition of the rumor report today. Everyone knows Chris Kreider as the name most teams see as the big fish. Where might he fit? Are the Edmonton Oilers willing to move a high-end prospect for a rental and who might be leaving the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks? Kreider a Good Fit in With Lightning Custance mentions Chri...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Gm, Kings, Holland, Nashville, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Edmonton, Los Angeles Kings, Miller


Afternoon Line- Ken Holland

“I managed some great players in Detroit: Yzerman, Fedorov, Shanahan, the Russian Five, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Chelios. I’ve not managed anybody like Connor. He’s 22. Zetterberg and Datsyuk just became Zetterberg and Datsyuk until they were 25 and 26. They played in the NHL at 21 and 22 but they were just support parts, and they grew into being ready to carry the torch and have a team compete for a Stanley Cup. When you factor in Connor’s age and what he’s accomplished, he’s already...
Tags: Toronto, Sport, Connor, NHL, Detroit, Edmonton Oilers, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Ken Holland, Edmonton Journal, Bruce McCurdy, Yzerman Fedorov Shanahan, Zetterberg Datsyuk Lidstrom Chelios, Connor McDavid Ken Holland GM


Oilers Need to Trade for a Rental

Right now the Edmonton Oilers are clinging to a wild card spot in the Western Conference, which is a far cry from their outstanding 2019-20 season debut. It will be a fight to make the playoffs, and if the Oilers want to advance to the postseason, general manager Ken Holland needs to shake things up. What do the Oilers need? A third-line center or a second-line winger would be ideal. The franchise cannot risk missing another postseason opportunity, especially when they have the best play...
Tags: Nurse, Anaconda, Los Angeles, Sport, Harry Potter, Holland, Hockey, Calgary Flames, Alberta, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Tyler Toffoli, Vancouver Canucks, Canucks, Arizona Coyotes, Nugent Hopkins


NHL Rumors: Ducks, Oilers, Blackhawks, Capitals, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the Anaheim Ducks won’t likely be players in the trade market unless it’s to sell, the Edmonton Oilers are still working on a Darnell Nurse deal, and the Chicago Blackhawks just lost two big names for the season. Finally, does a recent photo posted by Alex Ovechkin hint at the future of Ilya Kovalchuk? Ducks to Stay the Course Eric Stephens of The Athletic writes that the way the season is going for the Anaheim Ducks, they’ll be a draft lottery team and the ...
Tags: Usa, Nurse, Instagram, Sport, Gm, Hockey, NHL, Ducks, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Murray, Henry, Susan, Edmonton Oilers, Brian Burke


NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Sabres, Penguins, Oilers, Blackhawks, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, both the Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres have defensemen available on the trade block, the Minnesota Wild might be willing to trade Jason Zucker (again) and one team is interested, and is there something fishy going on with the Chicago Blackhawks and Brent Seabrook? Is Zack Kassian really worth $4 million per season and is everyone jumping to gun too early on a Jacob Markstrom trade? Hurricanes and Sabres Trying to Move D-Man There are plenty of teams...
Tags: Minnesota, Washington, Sport, Chicago, Arizona, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Calgary, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh, Wilson, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers


Will Ken Holland Overpay For Darnell Nurse?

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal, This in from Brian Burke, speaking to Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now, and making it abundantly clear he doesn’t think the Edmonton Oilers should pay top dollar for d-man Darnell Nurse. Stauffer brought up two comparative contracts, Josh Morrissey of the Winnipeg Jets, who is getting $6.25 million for 8 years, and Jacob Trouba, who is getting $8 million for seven years. Trouba and Nurse have the same agent, Anton Thun. Is that the range for N...
Tags: Sport, Edmonton Oilers, Brian Burke, Winnipeg Jets, Burke, Jacob Trouba, Darnell Nurse, Ken Holland, Edmonton Journal, Trouba, Bob Stauffer, Josh Morrissey, David Staples, Anton Thun, Darnell Nurse Stauffer


NHL Rumors: Flames, Maple Leafs, Predators, Oilers, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, we provide a quick follow-up to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mike Babcock story from yesterday, there is connected accusations about another coach in the NHL and speculation that he’s been let go from his job with the Calgary Flames and we get into some trade talk about Kyle Turris. Finally, despite speculation the Edmonton Oilers are looking to make a trade, the GM has a different idea. Babcock/Marner Maple Leafs Story True It was reported yesterday that ba...
Tags: New York Post, Usa, Sport, Gm, Holland, Nashville, Bill, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Calgary Flames, New York Rangers, Mitch, Clinton, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers


NHL Rumors: Oilers, Canucks, Capitals, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news about the Edmonton Oilers and their needs heading into their scouting meetings, the Vancouver Canucks are planning to negotiate with one of their goaltenders and is Nicklas Backstrom negotiating his next deal with Washington without an agent? Finally, is Monday’s St. Louis Blue game versus the Nashville Predators going to be a blood bath? Oilers Needs and Immediate Plans Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal tweets that the Edmonton Oilers had t...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Sport, Nashville, Las Vegas, Ken Campbell, Hockey, NHL, Backstrom, Babcock, Edmonton, Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Oilers, Washington Capitals, Nashville Predators


Bruins’ Second Line Remains Gaping Hole

The Boston Bruins are one of the deepest teams in the NHL – they are able to rotate four lines of forwards and have a plethora of young defensemen. Their roster is filled with experience, including both grisly veterans and young players who enjoyed a run to the Stanley Cup Final last season. But, despite all this, the Bruins seem to have an “Achilles heel” that has appeared over multiple seasons and playoff runs. Their second line has been a topic of discussion among just about anyone who kn...
Tags: Usa, Sport, New Jersey, Hockey, NHL, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Bruins, Wayne Simmonds, Achilles, Devils, Marcus Johansson, David Krejci, Milan Lucic


Edmonton Oilers’ Player Grades by General Manager

Being a general manager for a professional sports team has a kind of musical chairs nature to it and hockey is no exception. In fact, if you look at the 32 NHL teams (Seattle included), six of them have hired a new GM within the past year and included in those six is, you guessed it, the Edmonton Oilers. In the past 11 years, the Oilers have had five GMs. The reason for all the high turnover? Well, when your team only makes the playoffs once in that span, the owner and fans tend to get grumpy...
Tags: Sport, Gm, Holland, Hockey, NHL, Seattle, Smith, Edmonton, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Connor McDavid, Cam Talbot, Chiarelli, Koskinen, Neal, Dave Sandford


Edmonton Oilers Proving Physical Hockey Still Belongs

There’s a lot of talk about how much faster the NHL is now; which implies that if your team isn’t fast, they can’t win. It also implies that physical hockey players don’t have a place in the game anymore. Does this hold up or is it already passe to suggest speed equals wins? If you look at the last two Stanley Cup matchups: physical hockey > fast hockey. The St. Louis Blues shoved the Boston Bruins around last year, the year before that the Washington Capitals were lot more aggressive than th...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Minnesota Wild, Boston Bruins, Don, Edmonton Oilers, Oilers, Washington Capitals, Connor McDavid, St Louis Blues, Zack Kassian, Jujhar Khaira, McDavid


NHL Rumor Shootdown: Oilers Could Go Nuclear on Roster

There’s always a bit of a tendency in a hockey-mad market like Edmonton to see the team suffer a couple of losses and begin to think the sky is falling. And, while there’s reason for slight concern after the weak effort put forth by the Edmonton Oilers in their 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Sunday, there’s not a legitimate reason to panic. 8-2-1 on the season, a recent article written by The Edmonton Journal’s David Staples comes a bit out of left field. While he admits ” it’s not panic...
Tags: Florida, Usa, Boston, Toronto, Sport, Staples, Holland, Vancouver, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Edmonton, Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Oilers


NHL Rumors: Josi, Ryan, Oilers, Avs, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on Roman Josi’s new deal, what it means for the Nashville Predators and what it might say to other free agent NHL defensemen. Out of Ottawa, there is speculation surrounding Bobby Ryan, and one reporter close to the Edmonton Oilers wonders if they should “go nuclear” to fix their depth scoring issues. Josi Locked Up Long-Term The announcement or Roman Josi’s eight-year deal in Nashville has already led to questions. What will this mean for the...
Tags: Sport, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Smith, Ottawa, Edmonton Oilers, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Oilers, TSN, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Vancouver Canucks, Bobby Ryan, Ryan, Columbus Blue Jackets