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Ty Rattie: Perfect Fit for the Oilers?

Ty Rattie: Perfect Fit for the Oilers?

September 22nd, 2018 For many who read far too much into titles, the first thing they're going to do is call me out for jumping the gun by using the words perfect and Ty Rattie in the same sentence. ‘Don't put too much pressure on the kid!', they'll say. 'Why expect so much so soon?', others will argue. Those are...
3 Reasons the Oilers Shouldn't Panic Over Koskinen

3 Reasons the Oilers Shouldn't Panic Over Koskinen

September 19th, 2018 No, those were not Edmonton Oilers highlights from last season. You're forgiven if you mistook goaltender Mikko Koskinen's performance against the Calgary Flames on Monday night for video clips of the Oilers' 2017-18 No. 1 goalie Cam Talbot. The Oilers gave up a goal on the first shot of the...

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September 18th, 2018
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In a pre-season game where both clubs held out a majority of the players truly contending for roster spots, the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers put on a decent showing. More importantly from an Oilers perspective, a few players stood out in both good and bad ways. Now, it's hard to have sound judgment after just one pre-season game. In reality, it's not fair to get a real talent assessment based off one game. Related: Edmonton Oilers 2018-19 Season Preview However, stringing a few good games together goes a long way in getting a decent look in camp. After a few more of these, we'll get a separation between the contenders and pretenders when it comes to Edmonton's 23-man opening night roster. The Oilers walked away with a 7-4 victory over the Flames and will look to build upon that success in their second pre-season game against the Vancouver Canucks. Edmonton Oilers Lineup - 1st Pre-Season Game Goaltenders Left Defense Right Defense 1. Mikko...
September 17th, 2018

It was a deal that took a little bit longer than expected, but a few days after NHL training camp opened, defenseman Darnell Nurse has signed a two-year extension with the Edmonton Oilers. The deal is worth a reported $3.2 million per season. John Shannon was the first to report the news. https://twitter.com/JSportsnet/status/1041753098853777408 https://twitter.com/JSportsnet/status/1041753842172534785 While restricted free agent contracts almost always get done with their respective teams, there was some concern the deal between the Oilers and Nurse was getting tricky. A deal that seemed like an easy one to complete, this one took some time, but the Oilers eventually got their blueliner signed at a number that should be seen as one that works for both parties. The Nurse Rumors Speculation was that Nurse's side believed the player was worth in excess of $5 million per season on a long-term deal and as much as $4 million on a short-term contract. Meanwhile, comparable...
September 17th, 2018
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In today's rumor rundown, Josh Morrissey's new deal should set the bar for Darnell Nurse's contract in Edmonton, the Carolina Hurricanes got bad news when it was reported Victor Rask might be out for "months" with a hand injury, there are updates as to which teams were interested in securing Rick Nash's services and some details as to why Steve Yzerman stepped down as suddenly and unexpectedly as he did. Morrissey Just Set the Nurse Bar With Josh Morrissey now signed in Winnipeg, there are many NHL insiders suggesting the bar was just set for Edmonton's Darnell Nurse and that a deal should come in the next few days. Signing restricted free agents is often about comparables and the numbers of these two defensemen are extremely similar. Morrissey played 81 games last season, scored seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points while Nurse played in 82 games, scored six goals, 20 assists and 26 points. Morrissey played an average of 20:27 per game while Nurse played 22:15. There...
September 17th, 2018
Long Read

The last time we looked at the Edmonton Oilers contract negotiations with defenseman Darnell Nurse, we knew the two sides were at a stalemate. When Edmonton opened up training camp, the talented 23-year-old was not in attendance and had flown back to Toronto while both sides were at an impasse. The original report was that the two sides were $200,000 to $300,000 apart in negotiations. This isn't the first time Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli and Nurse's agent Anton Thun have been locked in a bitter negotiation. In September 2014, Chiarelli and Thun were negotiating the deals for Reilly Smith and Torey Krug. Both missed training camp, but cooler heads prevailed, and both were in the lineup for opening night. Both signed near identical deals for $1.4 million, with Smith signing in the last week of camp (Sept. 28), and Krug signing shortly after (Oct. 5). More importantly, the Krug deal came in much lower than market value after coming off a 14 goal, 40 point season....

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Oilers History: The Paul Coffey Effect

Unless you were fortunate enough to be around to witness Paul Coffey play during his prime, it is unlikely you can comprehend how important he was to the success of the Edmonton Oilers. Anyone can look at his stat line and be impressed by the eye-popping totals. However, those numbers do not tell... November 4th, 2017

History Shows Oilers Just Can't Draft Goaltenders

This article was originally posted in July, 2016. The Edmonton Oilers aren't good at drafting, shocking. One of the most commonly known things out there in hockey is how purely awful the Oilers are at the draft. It's a key reason why this franchise has been mediocre at its best and putrid at... August 15th, 2017

Facing Off: Oilers Roundtable Talking Entry Draft, Prospects

Facing Off is a weekly column debating five of hockey’s hottest topics each and every Monday. From current events like trades and hat tricks to bigger-picture stuff like scandals and expansion — you name it, we’re debating it. Albeit, not always with a serious tone. We’re keeping this... April 17th, 2017