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Senators' General Manager Bryan Murray admitted that one of the reasons he traded Eric Gryba was to give him a chance to play regularly at the NHL level.

Gryba was a bottom pairing defenseman with the Senators, and he also served as a healthy scratch at times because of Ottawa's depth at the position. He should be able to be a full-time regular on a young Edmonton team. "You have to evaluate where good guys fit in your organization and that’s where we thought (Gryba) was," said Murray. "He was playing as a sixth (defenceman). It’s good for him (to go to Edmonton). There’s no sense holding him up if he’s going to play somewhere else (on a regular basis)."
Jun 28 - 10:43 AM

The Edmonton Oilers acquired defenseman Eric Gryba, sending the Ottawa Senators the 107th pick and prospect Travis Ewanyk

Gryba, 27, generated 12 assists and 97 PIM in 75 games in 2014-15.
Jun 27 - 12:48 PM

Brad Ross was part of a trade that makes him a part of the Edmonton Oilers' system.

JFYI as he's unlikely to be a big difference maker, and may not make an NHL impact anytime soon (if at all).
Jun 27 - 12:34 PM

If the Senators move one of their surplus defensemen to get a forward, Eric Gryba will likely be on the move.

At least that is what Ottawa Sun reporter Bruce Garrioch has been told. Gryba's value to an NHL team is that he is a fairly reliable number 5-6 rearguard. His value to poolies is that he gets the odd penalty. Although NHL caliber defensemen are in high demand, we don't believe Ottawa GM Bryan Murray should epxect a large return for Gryba.
Jun 27 - 11:34 AM

The Edmonton Oilers acquired Cam Talbot and pick 209 from the New York Rangers for picks 57, 79 and 184.

Talbot is a UFA, so the Rangers obviously wanted to get something for him rather than spending money on an older goalie with a relatively small resume. Meanwhile, the Oilers hope to get some goaltending answers at a fairly reasonable price.
Jun 27 - 10:59 AM

The New York Post is reporting that the Calgary Flames are still interested in Cam Talbot and will make the Rangers an offer on Saturday.

The Flames are not the only team interested in the Rangers backup goalie as The Post is also reporting that the Panthers are likely to make an offer and as part of the deal, send Kevin Hayes the brother of the Rangers Jimmy, to the Rangers. The Rangers were hoping to garner a first round pick for Talbot but it looks that if that is to be, it will be a future one.
Source: NY Post
Jun 27 - 8:53 AM

Being drafted number one was 'better than expected' for Connor McDavid.

The wunderkid has plenty of hype surrounding him as he is expected to lead the Oilers to the promised land, the first 'miracle' being making the playoffs, something the Oilers have not done since the 2005-06 season. "To be honest with you it was even better than I was expecting. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to feel," McDavid said. "I wasn’t too nervous, I was just anxious. They had to introduce everyone, all the teams, the roll call ... it just felt like it was going by so slowly. All I wanted to do was have that pick called." Look for McDavid to get 25-plus goals and 70-plus points if he remains healthy in his rookie season.
Jun 27 - 7:22 AM

Griffin Reinhart will return to Edmonton but this time it will be with the Oilers.

Reinhart, selected fourth overall in the 2012 draft, played his junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL so it is a homecoming. Reinhart has struggled at the professional level but the blueliner is still only 21 and has a bright future ahead of him as the Oilers continue to build their blueline. He had seven goals and 22 points in 59 AHL games last season so it could be tough to recommend him in fantasy pools for the upcoming season.
Jun 27 - 7:11 AM

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

The New York Islanders have sent prospect defenseman Griffin Reinhart to the Edmonton Oilers for the 16th and 33rd overall picks.

Reinhart was selected fourth overall in 2012, so the trade comes as a bit of a surprise. During his first pro season in AHL Bridgeport, Reinhart tallied seven goals, 22 points and 69 PIMs in 59 games. He also scored a point in eight games for the Islanders last season. Expect Reinhart to continue to develop into a well-rounded defenseman.
Jun 26 - 8:57 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have selected Connor McDavid with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Connor McDavid is a once-in-a-generational talent who blends together the best skills of Hockey Hall of Famers at warp speed. He is blessed a 6’1, 190-pound frame, great character and an awesome array of moves that produced 169 points in just 67 games through the OHL regular season and playoffs. He is the catalyst for positive plays on every inch of the ice due to lightning-quick decision-making, a powerful stride, brilliant puck skills and his intuitive ability to find the open man or take his shot — no matter the quality or quantity of the defense he is facing. The Newmarket, Ontario-native appears to have the capacity to produce at over a point-per-game pace as a rookie and put together the type of career that ranks amongst the best of all time. It's been known for a while that Edmonton would take him and for good reason: He could be the man that defines the organization for the next two decades.
Jun 26 - 7:18 PM

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli nearly had Dougie Hamilton, but the trade fell through when he declined to include top defensive prospect Darnell Nurse.

Nurse would have been joined by the Oilers' 16th, 33rd and 57th overall picks had Chiarelli thought otherwise. Instead, Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney accepted the Calgary Flames' offer of the 15th, 45th, and 52nd picks. Either way, Boston would've acquired a trio of consecutive picks after trading Milan Lucic to Los Angeles in a package that included the 13th overall pick.
Jun 26 - 5:55 PM

The San Diego Gulls have announced that Dallas Eakins will serve as their head coach.

The Gulls are the AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. The team was formerly known as the Norfolk Admirals, but it will have a new home in 2015-16. Eakins spent parts of two seasons as the bench boss of the Edmonton Oilers before he was fired. He had a 36-63-14 record with the team.
Jun 26 - 12:30 PM

The New York Rangers are hoping to get a first round pick for Cam Talbot.

That might not seem like such a daunting task given that Buffalo surrendered the 21st overall pick to get goaltender Robin Lehner. Talbot is coming off of a far better season, but keep in mind that Lehner is just 23 years old and isn't eligible to become an unrestricted free agent for another four years. Meanwhile, Talbot will turn 28 in July and can become a free agent next summer. That will be a consideration when teams are evaluating his value.
Source: NY Post
Jun 26 - 11:41 AM

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

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