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.
June 28 2015 11:05AM
The Oilers made the correct pick at #1. They happily selected Connor McDavid, and then presented him with the new orange jersey. The Jersey looked great, and the Oilers even put McDavid's number on the back, a sign they've known for months they were taking the Erie Otter star. Peter Chiarelli informed us he told McDavid prior to the draft they were taking him, but Chiarelli was happy to see McDavid was a bit nervous on the stage.
He is only 18 and he just fulfilled one of his dreams, being drafted, and goals, going first overall, and the excitement of the moment wasn't lost on him. I saw McDavid in our hotel lobby hours after the draft and he was still beaming. He was elated to go first overall.
That move was expected, but what the Oilers did with their 16th pick overall pick was not.