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Former Oilers interim coach Todd Nelson has been granted permission to seek coaching jobs elsewhere, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Of course, Nelson was the interim before the Oilers hired Todd McLellan. Now, he will see what else is out there, as his goal is to become a full-time coach. Edmonton went 17-25-9 under Nelson. Friedman says the Oilers would like Nelson to return as an assistant or in some other capacity within the organization, and they’ll check in with him in a couple weeks.
May 23 - 11:09 PM

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

Taylor Hall helped Canada beat the Czech Republic 2-0 in the 2015 World Championships semifinal on Saturday.

He finished a nice play assisted by Jordan Eberle and Sidney Crosby, a goal which stood as the game-winner. Hall has to hope these kind of results will become more common for his Edmonton Oilers.
May 16 - 4:13 PM

Matt Hendricks is really enjoying himself playing for the United States in the World Championships.

The 33-year-old is providing veteran leadership as he is the only member of the team who is both married and has children. "To be brought here to a foreign country where I’ve never been and get to put the USA jersey on for the first time in my career has been just incredible. Having that ‘C’ on the sweater means a lot, too. And, yes, I’m the only guy with kids. I have boy-girl twins that are three and a half," he said of Gunnar and Lennon. The Americans take on Russia in the semi-finals on Saturday with the winner taking on the winner of Canada and the Czech Republic for the gold Sunday.
May 16 - 6:41 AM

Anton Lander picked up a goal and two helpers in Sweden's 5-3 loss to Russia in quarterfinal action at the World Hockey Championships on Thursday.

He helped the Swedes dig themselves out of a 3-0 hole, but Russia quickly regained the lead after Sweden tied the game. John Klingberg earned a goal and an assist in the defeat.
May 14 - 5:00 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

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Eetu Laurikainen to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Laurikainen had a 2.10 GAA and .933 save percentage in 37 SM-liiga games in 2014-15. The Oilers need goaltending help, so this is a nice signing for them, but we wouldn't expect Laurikainen to start the 2015-16 campaign with Edmonton. Look for him to work his way up from the AHL instead.
May 12 - 12:26 PM

HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman is "hearing" that the Oilers are "working on getting something done" with coach Todd McLellan.

McLellan, who owns a 311-163-66 record in the NHL, is currently coaching Canada at the world championships in the Czech Republic. Friedman said interim coach Todd Nelson had a "lengthy meeting" with general manager Peter Chiarelli today. Edmonton could also look at Mike Babcock, though he leaves for the world championships Monday, until the 17th, and he wants to visit the city he's interested in. The Oilers have not made the playoffs since 2006.
May 9 - 9:19 PM

Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are enjoying working with coach Todd McLellan during the 2015 World Championships.

All three are members of Team Canada. "He's been great," said Hall. "He pushed all the right buttons. ... We have a lot of respect for him and I think that’s really shining through." McLellan mutually agreed to part ways with the Sharks after the 2014-15 campaign and is now regarded as a candidate to take over as Edmonton's bench boss. If that happens he'll already have some experience working with Hall and Eberle.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 8 - 5:10 PM

Interim coach Todd Nelson will get an opportunity to interview for the head coaching gig.

Nelson did a decent job as the Oilers' bench boss in the second half of the 2014-15 campaign, but he faces some stiff competition if he wants to keep that job full-time. It's believed that Todd McLellan has interest in the gig and other veteran coaches might be willing to lead Edmonton too now that they're projected to draft Connor McDavid with the first overall pick.
May 8 - 10:18 AM

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