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The Edmonton Oilers were started in 1971 as one of the founding franchises of the World Hockey Association (WHA). After seven WHA seasons, which included a loss to the Winnipeg Jets in the last Avco Cup Final, the Oilers were one of the four teams to merge with the NHL. The Oilers experienced immediate success in the NHL by qualifying for the playoffs in their first 13 seasons, winning five Stanley Cups in the process. The 1980s Oilers teams were some of the best in league history and featured some of hockey’s most legendary names, including Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Paul Coffey. The 1990s were less kind to them and the team bottomed out in the 2010s, which resulted in them earning multiple first-overall picks, including Connor McDavid, who by all intents and purposes is the modern-day Gretzky.

Oilers and Golden Knights Competing for Same Deadline Forwards

According to Darren Dreger, the Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights have emerged as two teams aggressively going after the same forwards at this season’s NHL Trade Deadline. Mentioning in a recent TSN Insider Trading segment that the Oilers and Golden Knights are pursuing names like Tyler Toffoli, Pavel Buchnevich, and Jordan Eberle, both teams are willing to push hard for players they believe will help at that necessary piece for their top six. Dreger notes that they’ve been told Mark Stone is out for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the playoffs for the Golden Knights. “You…

Oilers Reportedly Make Big Goaltending Call Pre-Trade Deadline

The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly not going after a big goaltender trade at this season’s NHL Trade Deadline. Despite some names being tossed out there in rumors and speculation in the final days before the March 8 deadline, it appears Edmonton is sticking with what they have. According to a couple of sources and based on the market for netminders, GM Ken Holland has elected to place his focus on other areas. Ryan Rishaug was among those who cover the Oilers who say the goalie trade buzz is all-but dead. He noted, “By the way, the goaltending talk, the Oilers…

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Capitals, Canucks, Senators

In today’s NHL rumors rundown, the Edmonton Oilers are said to be looking at the Washington Capitals ahead of the deadline and a couple of forwards might be on their radar. Meanwhile, it sounds like a lot of ground has been made up in Vancouver where Elias Pettersson might be close to signing an extension with the team. Is Vladimir Tarasenko being moved by the Ottawa Senators? And, is there any truth to rumors that Brady Tkachuk could be traded? Oilers Looking at Dowd and Mantha Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek noted during the intermission of the game between the St. Louis…

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What year were the Edmonton Oilers founded?

The Edmonton Oilers were started in 1971 as one of the founding franchises of the World Hockey Association (WHA)

When did the Edmonton Oilers play their first game?

The Edmonton Oilers played their first NHL game on Oct. 10, 1979. They played the Chicago Black Hawks and lost 4-2.

Who is the current head coach of the Edmonton Oilers?

Kris Knoblauch is the current head coach for the Edmonton Oilers.