Category Archives: Edmonton Oilers
Nov. 5. Hockey Central’s insiders report that changes will be coming in Edmonton, although they might not involve former No. 1 draft pick Nail Yakupov — who carries more value than New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto right now. Ales Hemsky, despite his hefty $5-million cap hit, is more likely to be dealt. Hemsky will be a UFA in July.
Nail Yakupov is not going to be traded.
Nail Yakupov is not going to be sent to the press box tonight in Tampa Bay to be replaced by Linus Omark.
The Edmonton Oilers are going to take all the time in the world to develop the Russian sniper.
The 20-year-old is going to be cuddled and coddled with equal measures of tough love mixed in here and there.
The attention is on Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish, who would like to perform some surgery on his roster, but other GMs say Florida’s Dale Tallon is trying just as hard. Speaking to The Miami Herald’s George Richards, Tallon promised changes after Tuesday’s 4-3 OT loss to Edmonton. Apparently, there was a GM-wide email about Ryan Whitney’s availability last week, but it’s been widely reported many of his veterans are similarly out there.
Craig MacTavish, Kevin Lowe and Mark Messier scouted the game between the New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks last night for Edmonton last night. That in itself could mean just about anything, but Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes that there is a possibility the Rangers might have interest in a skilled winger – either Ales Hemsky or more likely 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov.
If the Oilers are in fact discussing those names with New York, what might they be interested in off the Rangers’ roster?
Edmonton, which has opened 3-10-2 under first-year coach Dallas Eakins, is believed to be accepting offers for veteran winger Ales Hemsky while also exploring the market for second-year winger Nail Yakupov, the first overall selection in the 2012 Entry Draft.
Even if interested in Hemsky, the Blueshirts would have to maneuver to get under the cap in order to accommodate the 30-year-old. Hemsky is on the final year of a contract worth a $5 million cap charge and is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.
Dispirited captain Andrew Ference said he was at a loss for words after Saturday’s 5-0 defeat by the Red Wings. Head coach Dallas Eakins said his team had lost its confidence.
Defenceman Ladislav Smid, who has experienced his share of losses since 2006, said he was in shock.
Edmonton Oilers will hotly pursue Jonas Hiller as free agent if Devan Dubnyk doesn’t work out in goal
The Edmonton Oilers will be all over Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller this summer, when he’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, if Devan Dubnyk (also unrestricted) doesn’t pan out as their No. 1. The Ducks are loaded in goal with Viktor Fasth, Frederik Andersen and John Gibson, the AHL’s Player of the Month. Hiller, 31, will be the Swiss Olympic goalie.
What possibly could be the justification in Edmonton, where goaltenders Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera and Richard Bachman have combined for a dramatically deficient .882 save percentage that has undermined Dallas Eakins’ first month behind an NHL bench, for not offering a contract to free agent Ilya Bryzgalov?
To that end, Stauffer suggested the Oilers might try to trade for Nikita Nikitin of Columbus. “I do think there’s a guy out there they can get who would be a heavier top four defenceman. It’s a former Western conference team, a team that’s deep in defence prospects and might be able to slide somebody in, a guy like Nikitin might make sense here. … I don’t think the cost would be too severe.”
s there a glimmer of hope for this year’s team after one month? MacTavish says there is and he doesn’t sound like he’s in denial.
Guess again. Oilers president Kevin Lowe loves Weber and they have the young offensive assets the Nashville Predators, always struggling to get goals, would need, but Nail Yakupov and a first-rounder wouldn’t come close to snagging the towering defenceman.
Sam Gagner cleared to play against Toronto tonight. Assuming Eakins will insert him in lineup for first game since having jaw broken.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) October 29, 2013
If Oilers GM Craig MacTavish could magically acquire a top-2 defenseman today, he would… EDM looking hard to improve overall team defense
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) October 26, 2013