September 26 2016 01:05PM
The Oilers and Flames will do preseason battle in Calgary and Edmonton tonight. Fans in Edmonton will get to experience the NHL hockey in the new rink for the first time, while Flames fans are anxiously waiting for GM Brad Treliving to announce he's signed Johnny Gaudreau to a lengthy contract extension.
Usually, in the first home preseason games, the home team dresses many of their best players to reward the fans, but that won't be the case tonight in either city for different reasons.
September 24 2016 08:49PM
Winnipeg Jets defender Jacob Trouba had asked for a trade. The 9th overall pick in the 2012 draft needs a contract, and now that he's made his trade demands public the return might be lower. It depends on how desperate or patient the Jets will be.
September 23 2016 01:10PM
Many Edmonton Oilers stepped on the ice at Rogers Place for the first time this morning, and every fan is hoping a new arena and some new players will end the Decade of Darkness. They will have three days of practice mixed in with some brief scrimmage time before beginning the preseason on Monday versus Calgary.
The Oilers top three centres weren't on the ice today. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Connor McDavid are travelling back from the World Cup of Hockey and will join the team on Tuesday while Leon Draisaitl is preparing to play Sweden on Sunday in the semifinals.
Without those three on the ice, we will have to wait a day or two to see which line combinations Todd McLellan will experiment with early on. McLellan was on the ice this morning and GM Peter Chiarelli was in the stands. Which is a good sign, because the Oilers don't have the luxury of taking any days off..
September 23 2016 07:33AM
The Oilers step on the ice at 10 a.m this morning and their 37th NHL season will begin. You might say the season doesn't begin until October 12th, but veteran Milan Lucic believes if things are finally going to change in Edmonton then their season actually began yesterday at medicals.
September 21 2016 10:07AM
In part three of this series we will look at Mark Fayne.
Fayne is 29 years old and has played 385 NHL games, second most on the Oilers blueline behind Andrej Sekera. He has NHL experience, and the Oilers need him to be steady this season.
The most pressing question surrounding Fayne is: Can he be a steady, reliable D-man in Edmonton?