Player News - Oilers

Date: Team: Pos:

Josh Currie has signed a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Currie had 20 goals and 46 points in 68 AHL contests last season. The 25-year-old is likely to stay in the AHL for the 2018-19 campaign.
Jul 18 - 10:43 PM

Evan Bouchard has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Bouchard was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He's a two-way defender and a right-handed shot, which is something the Oilers could really use right now. He's not expected to jump into the NHL for the 2018-19 campaign though.
Jul 18 - 3:40 AM

Edmonton's cap situation makes it unlikely that Darnell Nurse will sign to a long-term deal at this time.

The Oilers only have about $5 million left in projected cap space for the 2018-19 campaign and that's without Nurse, who is a restricted free agent. "They’ve sent us a proposal and we’ll see where that goes," said Nurse's agent Anton Thun. "I don’t see with their cap space being what it is that they can entice us with much term." Consequently, the Oilers and Nurse are more likely to agree to a two-year bridge contract. Nurse had six goals and 26 points in 82 contests last season. He averaged 22:15 minutes per game.
Jul 13 - 4:10 AM

Part of Ryan Strome's offseason work involves seeing a vision trainer.

"I've actually started doing a little bit of vision training," Strome said. "I've always kind of had an eye that doesn't see as well as the other, so I've tried a different approach. I'm seeing a specialist in Toronto to try and make my eyes work together." He hopes that the result will be an improvement in his on-ice vision and ability to track the puck. He recently signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract extension.
Jul 9 - 6:05 PM

The Edmonton Oilers are hoping that Evan Bouchard will eventually fill their need for a right-handed offensive defenseman.

Bouchard was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He scored 25 goals and 87 points in 67 OHL contests last season. "We can't rely on [Bouchard] to fill that need right away, we have to rely on the other [defensemen] picking up the slack and see where he fits in," Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli said. "He has to make the team first, but he's the kind of player that we were looking for and is hard to find in a trade and you have to draft them. That's why we drafted him." There's a real chance of Bouchard making the Oilers out of training camp, so keep an eye on him.
Jul 8 - 3:55 PM

Milan Lucic reportedly is very unlikely to be dealt this summer.

Anything could still happen, but it seems the Oilers will stick with Lucic for now and hope he bounces back. He still has five seasons left at a $6 million annual cap hit, so he probably doesn't have much trade value anyways. He scored 10 goals and 34 points in 82 contests last season.
Jul 8 - 1:36 PM

Ryan Strome has signed a two-year, $6.2 million contract extension.

Strome had 13 goals and 34 points in 82 games last season. This could be seen as something of a "show me" contract. He has a lot of offensive upside, but obviously it wasn't realized last season. This contract gives him some time to potentially break out offensively and if that happens then his next deal could be far more lucrative.
Jul 6 - 12:41 PM

Yohann Auvitu will play in the KHL next season.

Auvitu inked a two-year contract with HC Sochi. He had three goals and nine points in 33 games with Edmonton in 2017-18.
Jul 3 - 1:25 AM

By joining the Edmonton Oilers, Tobias Rieder is getting an opportunity to play alongside Leon Draisaitl.

Draisaitl and Rieder were two of just five German position players in the NHL last season. They were also the only German players to participate in at least 70 games, so this is a rare chance for both of them. "Doesn’t happen to often that two German players can be on the same team, yeah, pretty exciting," said Rieder. However, he added that he'll be happy being on a line with any of the Oilers' centers.
Jul 2 - 5:26 AM

Kevin Gravel has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Gravel's cap hit would be $700,000 if he plays in the NHL. He had three assists in 16 games with Los Angeles last season. He also scored three goals and 11 points in 25 AHL contests.
Jul 1 - 2:42 PM

Tobias Rieder has signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Rieder became an unrestricted free agent after the Los Angeles Kings declined to present him with a qualifying offer. He had 12 goals and 25 points in 78 contests with the Kings last season. He should be a nice bottom-six forward for Edmonton.
Jul 1 - 2:27 PM

Kyle Brodziak has signed a two-year, $2.3 million contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers.

Brodziak had 10 goals and 33 points in 81 games with the St. Louis Blues. He can't be counted on to reach the 30-point milestone again in 2018-19, but he should still be a solid bottom-six forward with the Oilers next season.
Jul 1 - 12:49 PM

Don't expect the Oilers to be active in the free agent market.

The team has a number of sizeable long-term contracts on the books and don't have the cap space to do much. The team is more interested in retaining their own players namely, Darnell Nurse, Jesse Puljujarvi, Cam Talbot, Matt Benning and Ryan Strome whose contracts are soon expiring. Oilers' Nation, we suggest you find something to do on July 1st other than being glued to your computer as you will likely not be overwhelmed with free agent signing news.
Jun 30 - 12:03 PM

There is a "very good chance" Kyle Brodziak signs with the Edmonton Oilers, according to Sportsnet's Mark Spector.

Brodziak played parts of four seasons with his hometown Oilers from 2005-06 to 2008-09. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by Edmonton. It was initially believed that he would re-sign with the St. Louis Blues, but interest from other teams could change that.
Jun 29 - 8:15 PM

While there have been some reports of trade talks involving Milan Lucic, he hasn't been asked to waive his no-movement clause.

Lucic is set to be paid a $3 million bonus on July 1, so those interested in acquiring him would likely want to wait until after that happens. Waiting might also just make sense right now as it gives teams an opportunity to see what they can get on the UFA market before deciding if they want to assume part of all of Lucic's contract.
Jun 28 - 1:40 PM


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