Player News - Oilers

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After unwinding during the 2014-15 campaign - his first since ending his playing career - Ryan Smyth is interested in working for the Edmonton Oilers again.

He's not sure what role he would have, but he hopes to discuss that with the Oilers. Depending on what Edmonton wants, he might end up focusing on helping Edmonton's prospects develop. To that end, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of becoming Connor McDavid's temporary landlord to help as the 18-year-old adjusts to the NHL. However, he denied reports that he has already volunteered or requested that he assume that role. "Haven't been contacted at all (about McDavid) … it’s all rumors. I haven't put my name forward. It's not that I haven't thought about it though," said Smyth. If Edmonton decides to utilize him in any capacity, Smyth would bring 1,270 games worth of NHL experience with him.
Jul 28 - 10:11 AM

Luke Gazdic has lost about eight pounds, bringing him down to roughly 230.

Gazdic plans to be down to about 225 pounds by the time training camp starts as he wants to be a bit more of a leaner, quicker player. "It's made a difference," he continued. "I really feel it on the ice. I won't lose any strength because I do want to be quicker and I want to be more agile but I still have to be able to take on the toughest guys in the league." He had three points and 43 penalty minutes in 40 games with Edmonton last season.
Jul 22 - 9:57 AM

Glen Sather will have his banner raised by the Edmonton Oilers during the 2015-16 campaign.

The decision to honor Sather now likely came in part because this will be Edmonton's last season at Rexall Place and partially due to Sather conceding the New York Rangers' ganeral manager position. Sather, who is still the Rangers' president, is a former head coach and general manager with the Edmonton Oilers, leading them to five Stanley Cup championships during their glory days in the 1980s and early 1990s.
Jul 21 - 9:57 AM

Tyler Pitlick thinks that if he could get better luck on the injury front, then he could earn a regular spot with the Oilers.

Pitlick has suffered a variety of health problem over the years, with his most recent issue being an injured spleen, which sidelined him for a little over three months last season. He finished with two goals in 17 games with Edmonton. "If I could just stay healthy and play consistently and get in a groove, even those games I played at the end of last season, I was feeling comfortable," Pitlick said. "I was getting my game down and I felt good then I had the injury. I think if I didn’t have all those injuries, I’d definitely be an every day NHL player."
Jul 20 - 9:40 AM

Wayne Gretzky has little doubt that Connor McDavid will be able to smoothly transition to the NHL this season.

"Going right from junior to the NHL? That’s a big step for Connor," Gretzky said. "But he’s the one guy who can handle it. He’ll be fine. With his speed and his shot and his creativity and his hockey knowledge, that’s as good as anybody." McDavid is facing similar challenges as Gretzky — media focus, fans, comparisons and filling huge expectations. McDavid had 44 goals and 120 points with the OHL’s Erie Otters last season.
Jul 18 - 4:27 PM

Tyler Pitlick has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Pitlick had two goals in 17 games with Edmonton in 2014-15. He also has three goals and nine points in 14 AHL contests.
Jul 17 - 10:49 AM

Brandon Davidson has inked a one-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Davidson had a goal in 12 games with Edmonton last season. He also recorded 10 points and 43 penalty minutes in 55 AHL contests.
Jul 16 - 8:27 PM

Justin Schultz realizes that this will be a big season for him.

Schultz has signed a one-year, $3.9 million contract and he could be in for a long-term deal after that if he has a strong 2014-15 campaign. "It'll set up my future with this team and I need to take that step forward and show that I'm a player that they want to have and they want to have for a long time," Schultz said. He had six goals and 31 points in 81 games with Edmonton in 2014-15, but as he noted, he needs to be more solid defensively.
Jul 16 - 10:13 AM

Justin Schultz has inked a one-year, $3.9 million contract with Edmonton.

Schultz was a restricted free agent and had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 24. This is a relatively mild raise from the $3,675,000 he made in 2014-15. He had six goals and 31 points in 81 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 15 - 2:00 PM

Ian Herbers has been hired by the Edmonton Oilers to serve as an assistant coach.

Herbers had been running the University of Alberta's hockey program. He'll serve under head coach Todd McLellan, who he actually has worked with before. McLellan was the bench boss of the IHL's Cleveland Lumberjacks back in 2000 when Herbers was acting as both a player and assistant coach. Herbers will also be working with fellow assistant coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft as well as goaltending coach Dustin Schwartz.
Jul 15 - 10:01 AM

Justin Schultz has a salary arbitration hearing set for July 24.

Schultz's situation is a little unique in the sense that it was the team rather than the player that actually requested an arbitrator. He had six goals and 31 points in 81 games in 2014-15.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 13 - 6:21 PM

Viktor Fasth has agreed to terms with CSKA Moscow.

Fasth had a 3.41 GAA and .888 save percentage in 26 games with the Edmonton Oilers in 2014-15. Over the course of four seasons in North America, he had a 2.79 GAA and .904 save percentage in 63 NHL games.
Jul 9 - 1:34 PM

Connor McDavid shined during the Edmonton Oilers' prospects game with five goals in an 8-6 victory.

It's hard to read much into the results of an intrasquad prospects contest, but obviously it will only add to the excitement in Edmonton for McDavid's proper debut. Speaking of which, there was a strong turnout in Rexall Place given that it was just a prospects game. "Of course it was fun. It's always fun to play in front of those kind of fans. The whole week was awesome," said McDavid. "It was so exciting to be part of this week and see Edmonton and the fans. I think it’s been great. I think I have a better understanding of how excited they are with the Oilers in general."
Jul 7 - 9:43 AM

Anders Nilsson has a one-year, $1 million contract for the 2015-16 campaign.

Edmonton acquired Nilsson from Chicago on Monday in exchange for Liam Coughlin. Nilsson had a 1.54 GAA and .935 save percentage in 20 KHL games last season. He'll probably start the season in the minors, but if Ben Scrivens falters early in the season, then he could find himself losing his job to Nilsson.
Jul 6 - 10:47 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have exercised their option to file for salary arbitration for Justin Schultz.

Schultz passed on his chance to file for arbitration. Edmonton and Schultz can continue to negotiate, but now they have a hard deadline as an arbitrator will decide what Schultz is worth at a date still to be determined if the two sides don't agree to terms first. Edmonton will also have the option to buy out Schultz's contract if the team doesn't like the arbitrator's decision.
Jul 6 - 10:44 PM


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