Category Archives: Edmonton Oilers
As we survey the crowded UFA landscape, less than a month from training camps opening, and see warriors like Brenden Morrow and Dan Cleary out of work, Ryan Smyth, who has the same engine as both of those UFA’s, but is considerably more evergreen at 37, must consider himself lucky to have a contract at $2.25 million for this upcoming Edmonton Oilers’ season.
The question is how much work Smyth will get this season, as he closes in on 1200 career NHL games.
The Edmonton Oilers are loaded on the blue-line, but general manger Craig MacTavish did not hesitate when Denis Grebeshkov wanted to give the NHL another shot after three years in the Kontinental Hockey League.
“I always liked Denis,” said MacTavish, who coached the Russian defenceman when he was the Oilers bench boss. Grebeshkov played for Edmonton from 2007-10.
The Oilers signed Grebeshkov, 29, to a one-year, one-way, $1.5-million contract earlier this month.
The Vancouver Canucks are not the only NHL club that is facing a peculiar situation when it comes to their starting goaltender.
Told Sam Gagner has asked for $5.5 in arbitration.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 20, 2013
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) July 17, 2013
It still makes sense that Hemsky will find a better fit and a trade will happen…
If we put two and two together from Oilers GM Craig MacTavish’s interview with sports radio podcaster Brad Bartko, it looks like Ales Hemsky might just be an Edmonton Oilers hockey player in 2013-14 after all.
Former Maple Leafs assistant general manager Bill Watters was interviewed on Oilers Now on Friday, and he had both an interesting rumour and some harsh words for Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf. In part, here’s what he had to say:
Dion Phaneuf should be dispatched as soon as they possibly can and the story I hear is that Edmonton’s interested and if they are tell [general manager Craig MacTavish] to take him and have fun with him. I find him to be the most overrated, undernourished hockey player in the history of the NHL and whoever made him the captain of the Maple Leafs should have been fired six years ago.
This just in, player agent Ritch Winter telling Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now that his client Ilya Bryzgalov might well consider signing with the Edmonton Oilers now that he’s been bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that Winter said doesn’t know how to support its goalies.
Would Bryzgalov really like Edmonton, Stauffer asked?
First, Coburn is a good fit for Edmonton’s needs. He has size (6’5″, 220 pounds), a physical game, skates well, and has some ability to move the puck. He’s primarily a defensive defenceman and plays on both sides of the ice but has a left-handed shot. It’s a mixture that – particularly with a weak free agent crop – the Oilers are going to have trouble finding.
But could it be Oilers will announce on Tuesday signing up Gagner long-term?
The alarm and excitement of Edmonton Oilers fans is starting to get a bit crazy, with wild rumours sprouting up about the Oilers trying to acquire players like Dion Phaneuf or Jake Gardiner from Toronto and Zack Smith from Ottawa, with Sam Gagner or Ales Hemsky moving in the other direction.
For example, EDM’s No. 7 overall pick, as well as players, are available. While it’s possible EDM drafts at 7, my guess is it gets dealt.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 8, 2013
Craig MacTavish promised to make changes to the Edmonton Oilers over the offseason and it may start with two of the team’s long-standing veterans.
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon made it clear he was willing to talk about trading the second overall pick in an interview at the NHL draft combine on Friday. Despite his comments, it’s extremely unlikely that a team as far down as the Edmonton Oilers (seventh overall) will be able to make a pitch that sways Florida into a deal.
With the Edmonton Oilers eight points out of a playoff spot with just seven games remaining, general manager Steve Tambellini was fired on Monday. Former Oilers player and head coach Craig MacTavish has been named the new general manager. Watch the news conference live on TSN and TSN.ca NOW
Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Whitney still in play for trade with Carolina Hurricanes’ Joni Pitkanen lost to injury
If Steve Tambellini’s cell-phone wasn’t ringing shortly after Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Joni Pitkanen suffered a serious leg injury on an icing race for the puck Tuesday night — when is the NHL going to wake up and go to no-touch? — then Jim Rutherford isn’t doing his job.
Knowing Rutherford for some 20 years, he is a pro-active NHL general manager. With Pitkanen, the onetime Oiler D-man,badly hurt (ankle, three months), then the Hurricanes are going to need Ryan Whitney.
Ryan Whitney likes being an Edmonton Oilers defenceman, but if GM Steve Tambellini called him up and said he was going to the Boston Bruins in a trade, I’m sure Whitney’s heart would skip a few beats.
He was born in Boston, went to one of hockey’s better prep factories in Thayer Academy (Jeremy Roenick’s school), attended Boston University, played for the legendary Jack Parker, who just retired. Follows all things Beantown.
This would be the perfect landing spot for Whitney.
It wouldn’t be a trade deadline without banter about Ales Hemsky’s availability. A year ago the rumors were put to bed when Hemsky signed a two-year, $10 million extension. Now his name is surfacing, although almost it seems out of habit in media commentary as opposed to actual signs that the Oilers are shopping him.
Chiarelli told CSNNE.com last weekend that he’s looking for a defenseman as well as a winger to enhance Boston’s roster, and a puck-moving left shot blueliner would be at the top of the list. In a perfect world the defenseman would also serve as the power play quarterback that Tomas Kaberle never was two years ago for Boston on its way to the Stanley Cup.
The perfect name at the top of Boston’s list would be Swiss defenseman Mark Streit, who is entering the final month of his walk year with the New York Islanders as an offensive defenseman. Those within the Isles organization have sent out of the smoke signals that they’re hoping to sign Streit to a contract extension, and they sit only a couple of points out of a playoff spot. Streit has five goals and 16 points along with a minus-14 for the Bruins this season, and six of fellow defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky’s nine points this season have been on the power play.
The Sportsnet panel of Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean, both NHL insiders, weighed in on the Edmonton Oilers possibly trading 40-year-old goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who has a gaudy .927 save percentage in 2013.
“The big guy, obviously, that stands out is Khabibulin,” Kypreos said, when assessing Oilers’ trade prospects. “You don’t want to miss the playoffs and have Khabibulin at the end of the year.”
The Edmonton Oilers absolutely should go after Philadelphia Flyers forward Max Talbot. Stanley Cup pedigree and only age 29. Has some personality, plays hard, and even if he has three years left on his deal, it’s only $1.75 million a year. As I recall, he scored two goals in the Penguins’ Stanley Cup-winning game in 2009.