Player News - Oilers

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Richard Bachman has inked a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Bachman had a 2.99 GAA and .908 save percentage in 52 AHL games in 2013-14. He'll probably start the season in the minors and get called up if Viktor Fasth or Ben Scrivens get hurt.
Jul 9 - 1:53 PM

Jeff Petry has agreed to a one-year, $3.1 million contract for the 2014-15 campaign.

Petry is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, so he will be the subject of trade rumors if the Oilers once again struggle to make the playoffs. He had 17 points and 42 penalty minutes in 80 games last season.
Jul 7 - 12:28 PM

Now that he's completed his tenure with the University of North Dakota, Dillon Simpson is getting ready for his first training camp.

Simpson is looking to follow in his father's footsteps, former NHL forward Craig Simpson. Craig spent parts of six seasons with the Oilers, so Dillon was very familiar with the franchise even before Edmonton drafted him in 2011. "It's amazing to grow up in the Oilers culture with my dad coaching and playing here, knowing what they're all about, then coming in with this new generation of players," said Dillon Simpson. "Seeing how things have changed, how things have stayed the same. It's cool to be a part of it." Dillon had six goals and 23 points in 42 NCAA games in 2013-14.
Jul 7 - 9:40 AM

Two years and 20 pounds after they selected him in the third round of the 2012 draft, the Edmonton Oilers are licking their chops at the thought of what Jujhar Khaira can become in the NHL.

At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds (so far), the left winger/center, who becomes a full-time professional this year, is everything they want. "He thinks the game really well on the ice and when you couple that with the size and skill he has, it’s going to be a very bright future for him," said Todd Nelson, coach of the Oilers' AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. "He’s an intelligent guy. He knows what he has to do to get better and he works hard at it. With his size and maturity. . .I think the future is looking really positive for him." At 19, Khaira already is an imposing figure and will get a chance to prove his worth at the Oilers' next training camp. He had 43 points and 59 penalty minutes in 59 WHL games with Everett last season. He played for Prince George (BCHL) in 2012, Michigan Tech (WCHA) in 2013, Everett (WHL) in 2014 and is preparing for his first rookie season in Oklahoma City this year but also is hoping to make the Oilers at their next training camp.
Jul 6 - 9:38 AM

Bogdan Yakimov is expected to get a look from the Oilers for an NHL roster spot.

"I really want to play in the NHL and I'm ready," he said. "I'm ready to go." He'll enter training camp behind Anton Lander and Mark Arcobello on the depth chart, but his 6-foot-5 and 200-plus pound frame is intriguing. He's also capable of playing on the power play and penalty kill. However, a year in the AHL is probably more likely as Yakimov may need more time to get accustomed to the North American game.
Jul 5 - 3:14 PM

It sounds like Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish feels far better about his defense now than he did in 2013-14.

The Oilers have added Mark Fayne, Nikita Nikitin, and Keith Aulie. "When you look at the makeup of our defense now, it looks like an NHL defense, which it didn't always last year," MacTavish said. The Oilers already has a strong core of forwards and goaltender Ben Scrivens is promising. If their defense is solid next season, they might surprising people.
Jul 2 - 9:48 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Luke Gazdic to a two-year contract.

Gazdic had four points and 127 penalty minutes in 67 games before a shoulder injury ended his campaign. There's a good chance he'll start the 2014-15 campaign as a member of the Oilers' fourth line.
Jul 1 - 4:29 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Keith Aulie to a one-year deal.

Aulie had an assist in 15 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season. He's just 25 years old, but we doubt he'll ever be much more than a third-pairing defenseman.
Jul 1 - 1:22 PM

The Oilers have inked former Ranger forward Benoit Pouliot to a 5-year, $20 million deal.

Wow! That is a lot of money and long term for Pouliot, who is a very nice player but not a top-line talent. Pouliot had a very strong playoff for the Rangers and he might finally be coming into his own. If he gets a chance to play with Ryan-Nugent Hopkins, as is rumoured, he could be a 55-60 point player.
Jul 1 - 12:16 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenseman Mark Fayne to a four year/$14 million contract.

Fayne is a solid defenseman who has little fantasy value but the Oilers need plenty of steady defensemen. He had 11 points last season with the Devils.
Jul 1 - 12:15 PM

Jeff Petry is reportedly surfacing in trade discussions.

He has arbitration rights and can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season. The 26-year-old blueliner had seven goals and 17 points in 80 games last season. He also averaged 21:35 of ice time per match, which placed him second on the Oilers.
Jun 30 - 5:03 PM

Teddy Purcell was caught off-guard by his trade to Edmonton on Sunday.

Purcell seemed to be established in Tampa Bay but obviously that was not the case. "It's a bit of a shock and the phone is blowing up, but other than that it's all good," Purcell said. "Steve (Yzerman) left me a voice mail to call him so I figured something was up. Any time you don't see something coming it's obviously a bit of a shock. Once it digests and sets in, I think it's going to be a good opportunity for me to play some good minutes with a lot of good young guys, so it's going to be exciting. I think it’s going to be exciting to play in a hockey crazy market and get a taste of what it’s like up there. I think it was good for me to start in places LA and Tampa Bay where the media wasn't so big and the (hockey) markets weren't so big. It allowed me to find my way and become an established player. Now I guess I’m going to see what I’m made of, if I can handle it all. It’s a true test of what kind of character you have."
Jun 30 - 8:06 AM

Teddy Purcell is on his way to Edmonton in a trade for center Sam Gagner.

The Oilers have lots of strength down the middle on their top two lines with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the third overall pick Leon Draisaitl and needed help on the wing so Purcell is now an Oiler. He had a breakout year in 2011-12 when he managed 24 goals and 65 points but slumped last season with only 12 goals and 42 points so a change of scenery could do him a lot of good. Look for Purcell to be a top-six forward in Edmonton next season and get back to the 55-60 point range.
Jun 29 - 10:21 PM

Mark Fayne's agent Peter Fish says that the chances of the defenseman returning to the Devils are becoming less likely.

Fayne is garnering interest from some teams as he approaches unrestricted free agency on July 1. The 27-year-old blueliner underwent surgery in April to repair the core muscle in his left groin and will be fine for the start of training camp. He is a solid defensive rearguard who managed four goals and 11 points in 72 games last season. Stay tuned.
Jun 29 - 9:07 AM

The Rangers have "legitimate interest" in Mark Fayne, according to the NY Post’s Larry Brooks.

Brooks says the Rangers have already "checked in with" Fayne's camp. New York is doing its due diligence just in case it cannot sign Anton Stralman, which doesn’t seem likely at this point. Fayne, 27, is set to be an unrestricted free agent. He is a right-handed shot who could slot in on the second pair with Marc Staal. Fayne recorded 11 points last year and has been a solid possession player in his career. He earned $1.4 million last season.
Source: NY Post
Jun 28 - 8:07 PM


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