April 07 2016 04:21PM
The Edmonton Oilers added a goalie to their prospect system on Thursday, signing undrafted Providence Friars stopper Nick Ellis to an entry-level contract.
April 07 2016 01:50PM
Potential (alleged) hangovers aside, the Oilers brass got some housekeeping done today as they signed Caleb Jones to a three year entry level contract.
April 07 2016 11:33AM
The phrase “statement game” gets tossed around liberally, and should be regarded with suspicion. For any team, a professional NHL season is a complicated thing, 82 games plus playoffs of ups and downs and injuries and bounces and myriad other factors that outsiders sometimes see and sometimes never hear of. Boiling all that down to a handful of character-defining moments always means losing detail and nuance, and often means lazily generalizing by a few easy-to-remember (and generally recent) events.
Because of all that, it’s worth taking this next part with a grain of salt. But Game 81 against the Vancouver Canucks certainly felt like a statement game to me.
Chris the Intern
April 06 2016 08:26PM
The Edmonton Oilers couldn't have finished this last game in Rexall Place any better. In the traditional Oiler way, they didn't get their first shot on net until ten minutes in. Six goals later, the Oilers gave the fans something to be proud of and smile about walking out of Rexall Place forever. Final Score: 6-2.
April 06 2016 01:08PM
Tonight will be the Edmonton Oilers 1,429th (they had two neutral site games listed as home games) and final NHL regular season home game at the originally named Edmonton Coliseum, then Northlands Coliseum, then SkyReach Centre and now Rexall Place. It was also home to 129 playoff games.
The Oilers lost their first home playoff game on April 11th, 1980 when Ken Linseman scored in overtime to give the Philadelphia Flyers a three-game series sweep, but they won their final home playoff game defeating Carolina 4-0 on June 17th, 2006.
The first game at the Edmonton Coliseum ended in a 3-3 tie versus the Detroit Red Wings on October 13th, 1979, and tonight the Oilers hope to give their fans one final victory before they close down the old barn and move to a swanky, state-of-the-art arena this fall.
The rink is old, the lighting is the worst in the NHL and it is time to say goodbye, but it was a special place for many years.