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Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli expects to see a better version of Milan Lucic next year.

"I think Milan’s a pretty high-character individual. He has to have a good summer," Chiarelli said. "Really, conditioning for him is not really an issue. He has to be in the right frame of mind. He’s a proud guy and we expect to have him back at a better level than he was last year." Of course, there's a decent chance that the Oilers are trying to unload the hulking veteran, but moving that contract won't be easy. The 30-year-old had 10 goals and 34 points in 82 games last season.
Source: The Score
Jun 21 - 4:40 PM

The Edmonton Oilers would be willing to move the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft for an appropriate NHL-level defenseman.

Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said he's already talked to a handful of teams. It remains to be seen if anything will come of that, but it certainly wouldn't be shocking if Edmonton made a trade during the draft.
Jun 21 - 1:45 PM

Eric Gryba has been placed on unconditional waivers by the Edmonton Oilers.

If Gryba goes unclaimed then the Oilers plan to buy out the final season of his two-year, $1.8 million contract. That would free up $600K in cap space in 2018-19, but cost $300K in 2019-20. He had two assists and 31 penalty minutes in 21 games last season.
Jun 21 - 1:43 PM

Winning the Ted Lindsay Award took Connor McDavid by surprise.

"I’m actually shocked," McDavid said. "I definitely didn’t think I would win it, just because everything was made about not being in the playoffs. I didn’t think there was much of a chance." It's seems fair to say that it was the Oilers' failure to make the playoffs that kept him from being one of the finalists for the Hart Trophy, which goes to the league's most valuable player and is voted on by the writers' association. However, the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the 'most outstanding player', is voted on by the players and it seems for them the fact that the Oilers struggled as a team was less a factor when judging McDavid's individual performance. McDavid finished the season with 41 goals and a league-high 108 points in 82 games.
Jun 21 - 4:26 AM

Connor McDavid took home the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday night.

The award is "presented annually to the 'most outstanding player' in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association". This is the second year in a row that he takes home this award. The Oilers missed the playoffs this season, but that wasn't McDavid's fault. The 21-year-old had 41 goals and 108 points in 82 games during the regular season. He beat out New Jersey's Taylor Hall and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon.
Jun 20 - 8:10 PM

It seems Cam Talbot and the Edmonton Oilers aren't engaged in any talks regarding a possible contract extension.

"I know Cam had a really good exit meeting but I haven’t really spoken to Edmonton at all," said Talbot’s agent George Bazos. "I imagine I’ll bump into Peter at the draft ... but there’s no big plans or anything." Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli doesn't need to act at this time given that Talbot has a season left on his three-year, $12.5 million contract. In fact, it's not surprising that all's quiet on the Talbot front given that he's coming off a rough campaign where he posted a 3.02 GAA and .908 save percentage in 67 games. The Oilers will likely want to see if he bounces back before committing to him long-term.
Jun 20 - 4:48 AM

Matthew Benning's two-year contract extension is worth $3.8 million.

That works out to an annual average value of $1.9 million. Benning signed the new deal on Tuesday afternoon, but the financial details weren't released right away. He's currently the fifth highest paid defenseman on the Oilers roster behind Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson and Kris Russell. Benning had six goals and 21 points in 73 games last season.
Jun 19 - 9:35 PM

Matthew Benning has inked a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Benning posted six goals, 21 points and 49 penalty minutes in 73 games last season. He was also credited with 149 hits and 82 blocks.
Jun 19 - 5:05 PM

The Montreal Canadiens aren't interested in acquiring Oilers forward Milan Lucic, per The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin tried to sign Lucic when he was a free agent two summers ago, but his interest in the hulking forward has reportedly dwindled, and it's easy to see why. The 30-year-old had just 10 goals and 34 points in 82 games last season, and he still has five years remaining on his current deal at a cap hit of $6 million. The Oilers may be looking to make a "hockey trade" involving Lucic, but finding another team that will be willing to eat that contract won't be easy.
Jun 15 - 7:59 PM

Drake Caggiula's new two-year contract is worth $1.5 million per season.

Caggiula signed his new contract earlier today, but the financial details only became available this evening. The 23-year-old had 13 goals and 20 points in 67 games with the Oilers this season. His cap hit might be a little higher than some people anticipated, but it's a respectable number for a young player that scored double-digit goals last season.
Jun 14 - 9:25 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Drake Caggiula to a two-year contract.

Caggiula would have become a restricted free agent on July 1. He had 13 goals and 20 points in 67 contests last season. It's not yet known what the financial terms of the contract are, but his previous deal was his entry-level contract, which came with a $832,500 annual base salary plus bonuses that could balloon that annual salary to $1.35 million.
Jun 14 - 4:08 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have announced their exhibition schedule.

The Oilers will be opening the regular season against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 6 in Goteborg, Sweden, so that has impacted their preseason as well. Edmonton will play in Germany on Oct. 3 against the Cologne Sharks. In terms of games against NHL squads, they'll play two games against Calgary (Sept. 17, Sept. 29), two versus Vancouver (Sept. 18, Sept. 25), two versus Winnipeg (Sept. 20, Sept. 23), and one against Arizona (Sept. 27).
Jun 14 - 3:29 AM

Trading Milan Lucic won't be easy but Edmonton appears to be "confident" they can make it work, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

"I'd heard rumors he'd asked for a trade, but that was denied," said Friedman in his 31 Thoughts column. "However, it's clear he and the Oilers are working together to gauge interest. It doesn't look like an easy trade to make without taking back a big contract, but the team seems confident there will be a fit." Lucic still has five seasons left on a contract that carries a $6 million cap hit and he has a no-movement clause for another three years. Additionally, he only had 10 goals and 24 assists in 82 games last season. The Oilers need to find a good fit and it's expected that they will have to sweeten the deal to something work.
Jun 11 - 11:07 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Nolan Vesey to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Vesey was taken by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. However, they traded Vesey's negotiating rights to Edmonton on Friday in exchange for a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick. He scored 11 goals and 25 points in 37 games as a senior with the University of Maine.
Jun 8 - 5:42 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired the negotiating rights to prospect Nolan Vesey from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional 2020 seventh-round pick.

Toronto took Vesey in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. He had 11 goals and 25 points in 37 games in his senior season with the University of Maine.
Jun 8 - 4:59 PM


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