July 03 2015 01:26PM
The big news earlier today was Connor McDavid signing his entry level deal. It was a very easy negotiation. He gets the max deal, like every other #1 pick. As good as McDavid is going to be, he won't be the lead catalyst in their quest for better team defence. He, like all forwards, will play a part, but the Oilers defensive deficiencies need to be improved by the defencemen and, most importantly, the goalies.
Meet Cam Talbot. He'll arrive in Edmonton in late August and prepare for a battle with Ben Scrivens to win the starting job. He is excited about the opportunity.
July 02 2015 11:40AM
Peter Chiarelli signed free agent defender Andrej Sekera and traded for Eric Gryba and Griffin Reinhart in the past week. He still has Oscar Klefbom, Mark Fayne, Andrew Ference, Nikita Nikitin and Justin Schultz on the roster and Darnell Nurse will turn pro this year.
Will the Oilers' blueline be better than last year?
July 01 2015 11:35AM
The Oilers signed 29 year old defender Andrej Sekera to a six-year deal worth $5.5/season and centre Mark Letestu to a three-year pact at $1.8 million/year.
Both look like solid signings.
June 30 2015 05:50PM
The Oilers traded centre Boyd Gordon to Arizona for winger Lauri Korpikoski.
Gordon has one year left with a $3 millon cap hit, while Korpikoski has two years remaining at $2.5 million AAV.
June 30 2015 12:17PM
This year's crop of free agents isn't great, but there a few players that would help the Oilers.