Andrew Ference (@FerKnuckle) tweeted this picture of himself at 10:15 a.m, officially announcing he was a member of the Edmonton Oilers. Safe to say he grew up an Oilers fan, and easily the best way to announce you’ve signed with a team.

The Oilers have also signed centre Boyd Gordon and goalie Jason LaBarbera.

I mentioned all three of them as leading candidates to fill some of the Oilers holes.

Ference signed a four-year deal at $3.25 mill/season. That is one year longer than most expected, but that is usually the case in free agency. Teams either overpay in price or in term.

Gordon signed a three year deal, terms **edit** just announced at $3 million/season. Gordon is very good in the faceoff dot. He isn’t flashy, but he’s solid defensively and a huge upgrade over Eric Belanger.

LaBarbera got a one-year deal and he trains with Dubnyk, so they will get along well and push one another. LaBarbera is 33 years of age and his last four seasons he’s had SV% of .923, .912, .909 and .928 in Phoenix. He’s mainly a backup.

None of these are huge signings, but they are upgrades over the guys they replaced.

Gordon> Belanger
LaBarbera> Khabibulin, mainly because he stays healthy.

You need to improve every element of your team if you hope to become successful, so I’d say so far MacTavish has done a decent job. He still needs to find another centre, some size in this top-six and likely a big, strong physical D-man.

I received this text from an eastern conference player when I asked about Ference, "He will help them. He isn’t naturally skilled, but has tremendous work ethic. Harder to play against than people think."

I suspect the Oilers next big moves will come via trade. With Ottawa losing Alfredsson to Detroit, they have a void at RW. The Ales Hemsky rumours to Ottawa will heat up. Also, Phoenix needs a RW with skill.


The Oilers just signed free agent winger Jesse Joensuu. He is 6’4 and 225 pounds. He’s played 67 NHL games with the Islanders and was the 60th pick in 2006 draft.

(3:00) The Oilers have signed Ryan Hamilton and Wil Acton to two-year contracts. Both played for Eakins with the Toronto Marlies last year. Team stats are here…

Andrew Ference will become the 10th player (I think)  to play for the Oilers after suiting up for the Flames.

Mark Lamb played 235 games, including playoffs, while Dwayne Roloson (211) Frank Musil (77), Jim Vandermeer (62), Kent Nilsson (44) Aaron Johnson (19), Len Esau (14) German Titov (12) and Nick Fotiu (1) were the others.

Are there others?

Also Lamb only played one game for Calgary before playing in Detroit for 22 and then in Edmonton, but he still did play for both teams.

**UPDATE…Michel Petit played 18 for the Oilers after playing for Flames. Jim Dowd played 75 games with Oilers after being in Calgary. Brian Glynn played 105 games.*** Keep them coming.


  • Columbus gives Horton a 7-year deal, but he won’t be able to play until December. Wow.
  • Typical Flames. They could have picked up Kris Russell on waivers, elected not to, and then traded a 5th round pick to St.Louis today to get him. That is a head scratcher.
  • Haven’t heard much from the Kings or Blues. Both are interested in Iginla.
  • Doesn’t sound like Ryan Jones will be coming back to Edmonton.
  • Shawn Horcoff will be on my show today at 4 p.m. to talk about his time in Edmonton.
  • Crackenbury

    Every move made today by the Oilers was predictable in it being the safe choice to make. There’s nothing here that screams poor move or great move. I’ll be shocked if MacT somehow pulls off a bold move. There is nothing in his past as a player or coach that suggests he is capable of it. I foresee a bottom 6 full of Toby Petersens and no changes on the top.

    I’ll happily eat my words if proven wrong, but things aren’t shaping up to be much different this year from any of the past years.

  • The Soup Fascist

    Reportedly, Iginla has narrowed his choice to two teams – one in the Eastern Conference and one in the West. He will finalize his decision prior to the start of the 2013-2014 season.

    Sports reporting made easy.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    @Gregor; maybe I missed the comment somewhere, but now that the Senators have Ryan, they don’t need a Hemsky. Or is there still a chance to make a deal there?

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Bruins have interest in Penner.

    He’s good enough for the Stanley Cup finalist Bruins, but not for the perennial lottery Oilers.


  • MKE

    I count six new people in our new lineup so far If you include Klefbom and Belov . That’s seems to leave one more to go , perhaps 2 , which seemed to be the figure MacT. thought this process might bring . Hemsky should bring one more and hopefully more than Horcoff . If you count the 7th round draft choice I suppose you claim 7 already . Seems like we are just about done ?

  • Spydyr

    Typical Oilers.

    1. Make a lot of noise about change and 5 cups


    3. Over pay for Boyd and post Apex Ference

    4. Still not addressing the goaltending or size up front

    result: missing the playoffs AGAIN

        • Quicksilver ballet

          It wasn’t so much as today being an important day. I’d pin the lion share of the blame on the near 60 days of virtually no activity before this day. Teams not involved in the playoffs were capable of doing business all along.

          Where’s the drive, the ambition to build yourself a stronger hockey club/reputation when you pull up to work everyday? You’d think one of those management types would’ve had a worthwhile opportunity come their way.

          Doh! sorry. We await your response there Bill. Damn itchy trigger finger…

    • Spydyr

      2)According to TSN they signed more free agents then any other team.

      3)Every free agent is an over pay.You are not giving up anything for them.See Clarkson 7 years at 5.5

      4) They signed an NHL back up.I would have preferred someone to push Dubbie.

      6)They signed at big Finn Joensuu, 25, is a 6’4″ 209 lb .

      Rome was not built in a day.After things calm down and the NHL cottage break is over look for some trades before camp.They have holes yes many but they did not make any stupid moves.

  • Spydyr


    The Oilers have agreed to terms with left wing Ryan Hamilton on a two-year deal.

    Hamilton, 28, has played in 12 NHL games in his career with three assists and two penalty minutes. Last season, he had 56 games played, 30 goals and 48 points for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

    Looks like Dallas is raiding the Marlies.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Oilers- 36 contracts and nearly 14 million in cap space

    Philadelphia- 43 contracts and currently 1.3 million over the cap.

    This concludes this public service announcement.

    • MKE

      No pressure Holmgren but we would like to help you but we feel that we should kiss you before we deliver the coup de gras. I like Brayden and Luke Shenn. 2 fer is good by me.

      • The Soup Fascist

        I like the sentiment fellas …… Really I do. But the Flyers are not obligated to deal with the Oilers. There are tons of teams with cap space and inexpensine movable parts.

        There are deals to be made but why would the Flyers not deal with …. Say … Winnipeg if they think the Oilers are trying to take them to the woodshed?

        Am I missing something?

      • Quicksilver ballet

        Hope you’re right. Still get the feeling Craig is looking for a home run of sorts. Couturier or Schenn would qualify. Braydon has a little mean streak in him to.

        • Quicksilver ballet

          Doubt Couturier or Schenn they will give up on – Coburn, as Matheson has alluded to , is probably the target as they are not happy with his production and contract ratio . Couturier and Paajarvi combo growing together might be attractive to Paul and at a reasonable cost and risk on his part . Doubt Paajarvi alone would seal the deal , and we might have to cop up a draft choice as well . Maybe a 4th-7th for a try . Paul will probably counter with 1-3 , settling for 3-4 th if we are lucky . Just trying to view it from Philly’s angle .

  • Bucknuck


    What a bunch of whiners. Holy sh!t. I’m glad they got a centreman and a decent D and a backup goalie. Gives them some depth and more certainty so they can pull the trigger on a trade. How could he make a trade before he knew whether he could replace some the players through free agency or not?

    You’d think everyone would be overjoyed that he traded the “untradeable contract” named Horcoff and picked up a cheaper replacement.

    To steal from Braveheart “If you call yourself (fans), then I’m ashamed to call myself one.”

  • The Soup Fascist

    Well in a must win game at home, you guys lost to our AHL team. Enough said, the Oilers are post apex. Enjoy 3 mill for Boyd Gordon, Burke was right when he said stupid moves are made on free agency day. Hope those 2 goals a year are wroth it, SCORE!

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Am I the only one surprised that there are no takers on Brad Boyse……….big , strong, and decent hands.

    We seemed to have signed every Tronto Marlie available……….not sure how thats going to help us? I do very much like the Ference signing but everyone else is a complete mystery to me?

    • Spydyr

      RL… me thinks Akin looked at the depth on OKC, and taught to himself, god help us if there are injuries this year, there’s not too much on the farm as far as forwards go….who would you call up…. Guys like Acton Hamilton would be on two way deals and could be emergency call ups …
      Hamilton played a few games with the Leafs last year. Whats happening with Paul Ranger?

  • Bucknuck

    The Flames finished behind the Oilers this last year. It makes it so much easier to deal with the Southern Alberta blowhards. Now it is their turn to suck, and I think Feaster is just the man to do it.

    Seven new players have been added to the Oilers in the last 24 hours. Most of them depth players, but when was the last time the Oilers really had decent depth. This is a good sign.

    Now that all the “free” players are getting gobbled up, teams will be forced to turn to trades to address their needs, and the Oil will need to be in the discussion.

    I’m disappointed the Oil didn’t get Clarkson, Ryan or Clutterbuck, but there’s still a few players who will be moved, and I know the Oilers will be in the mix.

  • Bucknuck

    the additions of Acton and Hamilton tell me that Eakins wants a couple of his guys with him going into next season. These 2 guys must have stood out and Eakins told MacT to go out and get them. Eakins must feel that they’ll bring what this teams needs. I would not discount those 2 signing and by the end of training camp would not be surprised to see them both in the opening day lineup.

  • bwar

    I’d be very disappointed if I hear that Paajarvi has been traded. We have been wanting big forwards and he’s the biggest one we have. He also has some skill and in my opinion took some big steps forward last year. He finally started to realize that he has a size advantage over most players on the ice and also proved that he is an everyday NHLer. On top of that he is still very young and has a long way until he full reaches his potential.

    If MacT can get a trade done with Philly where we recieve one forward (Hartnell, Simmonds, Schenn, Coutorier) and one D-man (Schenn, Coburn) at the cost of any of: Hemsky(with a large cap hit), Smid, Petry, Klefbom, draft picks or prospects. I would be very happy. In my mind with philly in a very tight cap situation a deal can probably get done. I highly doubt Coutorier would be involve but all the the other Flyers have fairly large cap hits where the Oilers assests (minus Smid) would all be low cap hits.

    Petry, Hemsky@2.5, 2014 1st for Brayden & Braydon. Flyers shed over 2mil in cap space at the cost of a very good young center (which they have in abundance) and an slightly under performing high priced Dman. In return they get a talented young Dman and a very skilled winger and a solid prospect in next years draft.