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October 14th, 2020
Edmonton Oilers

Ever since former Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli bounded up the stage in Buffalo on June 24, 2016, to announce the fourth-overall NHL Entry Draft pick with the same self-satisfied grin he had on his face the day he signed Milan Lucic to one of the worst NHL contracts in history, there has been no bigger lightning rod in the organization than Jesse Puljujarvi. The storm started with his mediocre play and then intensified in 2019 at the end of his entry-level contract (ELC) when Puljujarvi and his agent refused the Oilers' qualifying offer and demanded a trade. Jesse Puljujarvi has been a source of debate since the Oilers drafted him in 2016. (THW Archives) When it comes to the 22-year-old Finnish right-winger, everyone has an opinion ranging from, “He needs to be playing alongside Connor McDavid!” to “He's an immature brat! Better to have let him rot in Karpat!” to “Should have traded him before he lost all value.” With the recent announcement...
October 14th, 2020
Edmonton Oilers

In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, there is fallout from the NHL free agency period and comments from general manager Ken Holland on what the Oilers have planned. There's news that the team might move the AHL Bakersfield Condors to Canada (maybe even Edmonton) and there's status on a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins contract extension. Finally, what was it that convinced Tyson Barrie to join the Oilers? Oilers Thought They Had Markstrom Locked When it comes to free agency, the only reason the Oilers were able to grab Tyson Barrie on a team-friendly contract is because they didn't land the goaltender they targeted out of the gate. Edmonton had their sights set on Jacob Markstrom out of Vancouver and really believed they were going to get a deal done. It is believed the Oilers were offering seven years times $5 million per season. Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Holland spoke of his desire to test the goaltending market before circling back...
October 14th, 2020
Vegas Golden Knights

In today's NHL rumor rundown, there is news that the Montreal Canadiens might be ready to move Brendan Gallagher. Why the sudden shift in his long-term outlook with the team? The Vegas Golden Knights landed their big fish in Alex Pietrangelo, but were they in on other players too? Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland discussed where negotiations are at with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and there's talk as to why Mike Hoffman hasn't signed a free agency deal yet. Canadiens and Brendan Gallagher Struggle Over New Contract ** Update: Gallagher negotiations took a 180 degree turn on Wednesday as the Montreal Canadiens have signed the forward to a six-year extension for big money. Gallagher will earn $6.5 million per season over the next six seasons. The contract includes a modified no-trade and a full no-move clause throughout the deal. There are no signing bonuses and the entire extension is paid in salary.  With the signings of Josh Anderson and Tyler Toffoli, the Montreal...
October 14th, 2020
Oilers History

Oct. 14 is a very important date in National Hockey League history as its greatest player lit the lamp for the very first time. Also, three expansion teams found the win column for the first time and plenty of personal milestones were reached by both players and coaches. A Great Day for Gretzky Oct. 14 is a very important day for “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky. On this date in 1978, he played in his very first professional game with the Indianapolis Racers in the World Hockey Association (WHA). The Racers and the 17-year-old Gretzky lost to the Winnipeg Jets 6-3. Exactly one year later, Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers were in the NHL. This was the night Vancouver Canucks’ goaltender Glen Hanlon became the answer to a trivia question as he allowed the first goal of Gretzky’s NHL career. The milestone came on a first-period power play. He also had an assist in the game, which finished in a 4-4 tie. The Great One scored the first goal of his career on this date....

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