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Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (47) / 10/3/1967
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 185

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The San Jose Sharks will receive a 2015 third round pick from the Edmonton Oilers as compensation for hiring Todd McLellan.
The Sharks fired McLellan after the season, but the Oilers are forced to give compensation because McLellan was still under contract with the team. Jun 27 - 12:12 AM

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In case you needed confirmation, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli firmly stated that he won't trade the first overall selection.

Given Connor McDavid's potential, that's no surprise. While nothing is set in stone, McDavid could prove to be the best player drafted since Sidney Crosby. Edmonton also controls the 16th overall pick though and the Oilers are open to moving that one. Chiarelli made it clear that it won't come cheap, but given that the 21st overall picks already changed hands Friday morning and the third selection is believed to be very much in play, it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see Edmonton trade No. 16.
Jun 26 - 11:23 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have added two long-time assistants to Todd McLellan's coaching staff.

Jay Woodcroft, who shared the bench with McLellan from 2005-08 in Detroit, was then his direct assistant in San Jose the past seven seasons. Jim Johnson will also join McLellan's bench in Edmonton after also serving as an assistant the past three seasons in San Jose.
Jun 25 - 7:44 PM

The Edmonton Oilers might be close to acquiring a goaltender.

"My guess is we'll probably be able to do something before the draft," Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said. "But I'm not completely sure. At the end of the day it takes two to tango so you have to have the right deal in place. But I'm not averse to going to the free agent market, either." The Rangers' Cam Talbot, Ottawa's Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner, and Vancouver's Eddie Lack are among those that are believed to be on the trading block.
Jun 23 - 9:59 AM

The Edmonton Oilers fired four scouts on Saturday night.

One of the scouts being let go is director of amateur scouting Stu MacGregor, who has held that role since 2007. It has also been reported that head pro scout Morey Gare is also gone. The Oilers have also cut ties with two amateur scouts who haven't been named yet.
Jun 21 - 11:42 AM

Todd McLellan spoke about his experience coaching Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall at the World Hockey Championships.

Of course McLellan has since been named the head coach of the Oilers. Edmonton's new bench boss said both players bought into the team concept with Canada. "I knew they had an exceptional skill-set, that they don’t need many chances to score goals. In a short-term environment, with not a lot of adversity, were they willing to accept playing the way that’s required to win? Were they prepared to do things the team needed them to do, understand the whole is more important than the individual? And that went for everybody. We told them we could do unreal as a group, and above average as individuals. They chose the group. That’s why we won."
Jun 7 - 8:52 PM

The Edmonton Oilers relieved Associate Coach Keith Acton and Assistant Coach Craig Ramsay of their duties on Friday.

The pair were hired to fill out former Head Coach Dallas Eakins' staff, but were held on to following his firing in December. Acton has been part of the NHL as a player or coach nearly every season since debuting with Montreal in the 1979-80 season. While Ramsay can say the same, entering the league as a player with Buffalo in 1971-72 and beginning his coaching career 1986-87. That's a lot of NHL hockey.
Jun 4 - 9:30 PM

The Edmonton Oilers might part ways with one or more of their draft picks to boost their NHL roster.

Obviously Edmonton isn't going to trade the first overall pick, but Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is open to dealing the 16th, 33rd, and/or 57th overall selections. "I certainly would look at moving any of those picks for… something that would help us right now, but also that could grow with our organization, so relatively speaking a younger player," Chiarelli said. "It's good to have a lot of picks and develop players, but we also want to hit the ground running with some more game-ready players. Discussions are picking up, they'll continue to be ongoing until the draft, they might subside a little bit, and then pick up again around the free agency date." Edmonton also has a lot of cap space, so they could potentially work with a team pushing against or over the ceiling.
Jun 3 - 10:52 AM

The Edmonton Oilers will surrender a draft pick to the Boston Bruins for hiring Peter Chiarelli.

The NHL rules suggest that it's supposed to be a second round pick for an executive moved during the season, which this is even if Edmonton and Boston have long since finished their campaigns. Edmonton can surrender the pick at any point over the next three years though, so the Oilers don't have to give Boston anything in the short-term.
May 20 - 6:37 PM

Todd McLellan got advice from Sidney Crosby on what life might be like for Connor McDavid during his rookie season.

Edmonton already has several players that understand the burden of being a first overall pick, but none were entering the NHL with the same level of hype as McDavid. He's not just expected to be great, McDavid is expected to be a once in a generation player. There's few that can understand what that's like, but Crosby's one of them. McLellan got a chance to pick Crosby's brain while the two were part of Team Canada for the 2015 World Championships.
May 20 - 10:59 AM

The Edmonton Oilers will compensate the San Jose Sharks for hiring Todd McLellan.

It's not clear what that compensation will be yet, but don't be surprised if it's a mid-level draft pick. McLellan and the Sharks mutually agreed to part ways after San Jose failed to make the playoffs this season. McLellan had a 311-163-66 career record in San Jose.
May 19 - 6:48 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have officially appointed Todd McLellan as their new head coach.

What a difference winning the draft lottery has made for Edmonton. Not too long ago they looked like a franchise stuck in the mud with questionable management. Now they're destined to draft Connor McDavid and have subsequently added a highly regarded GM in Peter Chiarelli and a similarly well regarded coach in McLellan. McLellan is coming to Edmonton with a 311-163-66 record during his tenure with San Jose. He made the playoffs in six of his seven campaigns, although his most recent season was something of a disappointment. It's impossible to say with any certainty if Chiarelli or McLellan would have been willing to come to Edmonton if McDavid wasn't part of the equation, but Edmonton's future certainly looks far brighter than it did just a couple months ago.
May 19 - 4:10 PM

Todd McLellan will be named the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, according to Sportsnet.

Something official is expected to come from the organization this week and an announcement could come as early as Tuesday. He has spent the past seven seasons as the head coach of the San Jose Sharks and he was just behind the bench for Canada's gold medal victory at the World Hockey Championships where he got to coach Oilers forwards Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle.
May 18 - 5:24 PM

Todd McLellan is expected to make a decision on where he will coach next season, at some point this week.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger says that several teams are still "sniffing around" but the consensus is that McLellan will be behind the Edmonton Oilers bench in 2015-16.
May 17 - 1:13 PM

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported on Wednesday that Todd McLellan is expected to be the next head coach of the Edmonton Oilers "barring a major collapse."

The Oilers and McLellan haven't commented on the speculation. "I think the (hiring) process is moving forward," said Edmonton's vice-president of communications, Tim Shipton. "I don't get the sense that they want it to be a long, drawn-out effort. The process continues. I don't think things are signed, sealed and delivered with any coach at the moment." Shipton expects a coach to be named by the end of the month, which could coincide nicely with McLellan's return from the Czech Republic, where he is coaching Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
May 14 - 2:15 PM

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