Player News - Oilers

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Peter Chiarelli has been appointed both the Edmonton Oilers president and general manager.

Kevin Lowe, the former Oilers president of hockey operations, will stay within the organization, but his focus will presumably be more on the business side of the game. Former Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is remaining in the organization too, perhaps as an assistant to the new general manager. Chiarelli took some heat during his tenure with the Boston Bruins for his handling of the cap and his decision to trade emerging star forward Tyler Seguin was also met with criticism. Even so, the Bruins flourished for most of Chiarelli's tenure. Combined with Edmonton winning the draft lottery, the Oilers' future is looking a lot brighter these days.
Apr 24 - 3:13 PM

Updating a previous item, it would seem that former Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is expected to become the Edmonton Oilers' President of Hockey Operations on Friday.

Given Chiarelli's cache, and the Oilers' desperation to return to prominence, it makes sense that Chicarelli would demand and acquire autonomy within the front office. Of course, nothing is official yet. And should the hire go through, Boston would hold the right to pursue compensation for the hire if they choose not to waive their right. Needless to say, this may only be the beginning of both Edmonton and Boston's restructuring.
Apr 23 - 10:00 PM

It appears that the Edmonton Oilers are getting themselves ready to announce that former Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will be joining their front office as early as Friday morning.

Interestingly, despite the fact that Boston fired Chiarelli with three years remaining on his contract, the Bruins hold the right to pursue compensation for anyone who hires Chiarelli while he remains on Boston's books. Of course, Boston could waive their right just as well. Whatever the cost, Edmonton may just be willing to pay it to bring in an elite architect.
Apr 23 - 8:39 PM

Greg Chase will extend his 2014-15 campaign by joining the AHL Oklahoma City Barons.

Chase had 18 goals and 44 points in 46 games with the WHL Victoria Royals this season. He was taken with the 188th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 22 - 3:03 PM

The Edmonton Oilers will reportedly meet with Peter Chiarelli.

Chiarelli was recently relieved from his position as the general manager of the Boston Bruins. He's got a great resume that includes a Stanley Cup championship with the Bruins, but the fact that he's meeting with Edmonton is interesting given that they have no vacancy. Kevin Lowe is the Oilers' current president and Craig MacTavish is the general manager. It's possible that one of them will get fired or demoted to make room for Chiarelli though if he's willing to sign with Edmonton.
Apr 22 - 2:16 PM

Bob Nicholson has been appointed as the chief executive officer of the Oilers Entertainment Group.

Nicholson joined the Oilers in June 2014 as a vice-chairman. His new role means that everyone in the organization will now report to him. The big change is that team president Kevin Lowe has gone from being a vice-chairman alongside Nicholson to working under Nicholson. Nicholson is best known for his success in growing Hockey Canada. Nicholson suggested that he had changes in mind for the organization, but he hasn't provided specifics yet.
Apr 21 - 11:01 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is looking forward to welcoming Connor McDavid into the Oilers' franchise.

Nugent-Hopkins pointed out that Edmonton has plenty of players that have been through what McDavid is going through now in terms of the expectations that come with being drafted first overall. In that respect, the Oilers are uniquely qualified to help McDavid with his transition, albeit for the wrong reasons. "We're still a young group of forwards and defensemen and everybody is going to be happy to have him for sure," Nugent-Hopkins said. "I hope he's excited. I hope he's really looking forward to joining our team. I know we're really excited to have him come to us."
Apr 20 - 9:33 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (foot) will not participate in the World Championships.

Nugent-Hopkins had interest in joining Team Canada for the tournament, but his doctors advised against it. He should be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign though.
Apr 16 - 9:23 AM

Nail Yakupov won't play for Russia at the World Championships because of a hip injury.

He signed a two-year extension with the Oilers this past Monday. Yakupov registered 14 goals and 33 points in 81 games in 2014-15.
Apr 15 - 4:51 PM

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish isn't making big promises about the Edmonton Oilers for the 2015-16 campaign.

"For me, I would forecast it as another developmental year," MacTavish said. He also suggested that the team would have "modest growth." That's likely going to frustrate fans as Edmonton hasn't made the playoffs since 2006, but it's also likely an accurate prediction of what's to come.
Apr 14 - 11:10 AM

Although Todd Nelson is likely to stay as the Oilers' head coach, GM Craig MacTavish wants to weigh his options.

Nelson seemed to help the team turn a corner after a disastrous start and they ended up with a 17-22-7 record over his tenure. "I'd be crazy not to acknowledge the good job Todd did since he took over," MacTavish said. "I don't want to get into too much about specifics what the next coach will look like, but I've been consistent in what I've said about coaching. I have to let the emotion die down from the season. We're going to give a fixed amount of time going forward to see what that landscape is and then we're going to make a decision. But in my experience, you're better off buying time before we get to that conclusion." There might be a number of desirable coaches on the market this summer, including current Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock, so that might be part of MacTavish's motivation for keeping his options open.
Apr 14 - 11:07 AM

Nail Yakupov has signed a two-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

His new contract will carry an average annual value of $2.5 million. Yakupov posted 14 goals and a personal best 33 points in 81 games this past season. He has 88 points in 192 contests over three years with the Oilers.
Apr 13 - 11:48 AM

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (foot) hopes to play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Championships.

Nugent-Hopkins missed the last week of the season with a fractured foot that has been in a walking boot but the center has been told that the chances of worsening the injury aren't great if he plays. Nugent-Hopkins ended the season with 24 goals and 56 points, not too bad considering he got off to a slow start.
Apr 13 - 7:56 AM

Todd Nelson did a good job in Edmonton as he was 17-22-7 this season after taking over from Dallas Eakins.

Nelson did a terrific job in getting a lot out of Nail Yakupov and certainly deserves another chance to see what he can do in Edmonton. But it will be up to GM Craig MacTavish who may like some of the potential coaching candidates a little better.
Apr 13 - 7:52 AM

David Musil was assigned to AHL Oklahoma City to join the Barons in the Calder Cup playoffs.

Musil saw just four games with the Oilers this season, registering two assists and one minor penalty in that time. He recorded a goal and 10 points with 33 PIMs over 62 games with the Barons, making the 22 year old a boon for their blue line.
Apr 12 - 6:21 PM


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