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POSTED ON Saturday, 12.6.2014 / 1:56 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.4.2014 / 6:59 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish will address the media on Friday morning to take questions from the media.

From the team's media release:

Edmonton Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish will host a media availability tomorrow, December 5th at 9:00 a.m. at Rexall Place.

MacTavish will address the Oilers performance through 26 games and take questions from the media.

We will have the press conference LIVE on edmontonoilers.com beginning at 9:00 a.m. MST
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.3.2014 / 10:33 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate at MTS Centre in Winnipeg.

Based on jersey colours, forward lines appear to be:

Hall-RNH-Pitlick
Yakupov-Draisaitl-Eberle
Perron-Gordon-Purcell
Gazdic-Arcobello-Pinizzotto (Joensuu)

Defence:

Ference-Schultz
Nikitin-Fayne
Klefbom-Petry
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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 12:56 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt was suspended by the NHL for two games on Thursday for his hit on Taylor Hall. From the NHL's press release:

NEW YORK (Nov. 27, 2014) – Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt has been suspended for two games, without pay, for kneeing Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall during NHL Game No. 319 in Dallas on Tuesday, Nov. 25, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:17 of the third period. Garbutt was assessed a minor penalty for tripping.

Garbutt is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $43,902.44. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.27.2014 / 10:42 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for morning skate in Nashville with some changes up front and on the blueline:

Forward lines:

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Yakupov-Arcobello-Purcell
Perron-Draisaitl-Joensuu
Hendricks-Gordon-Pinizzotto

Defence pairings:

Aulie-Ference
Nikitin-Fayne
Klefbom-Petry

It appears both Justin Schultz and Martin Marincin will be healthy scratches. Jesse Joensuu draws in with Luke Gazdic coming out.
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POSTED ON Monday, 11.24.2014 / 3:03 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers Vice Chairman Bob Nicholson spoke about Pat Quinn on Monday, who passed away on Sunday.

"On behalf of the Oilers, and especially myself and my wife Lorna, we'll never forget all the great summers we had together," Nicholson began. "(Pat) will always be one of my best friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Quinn family."

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins and winger Jordan Eberle also gave their thoughts on the passing of Quinn.

“It’s a sad day with the passing of a great coach, Pat Quinn. A guy that I looked up to and has been somewhat of a mentor over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Eakins remarked.

Jordan Eberle won a Gold Medal with Quinn at the World Junior Hockey Championship and World Under-17s.

"Pat was a guy I have fond memories of," said Eberle. "I had him in the World Juniors in 2008 and the World Under-17. I remember being 17 years old and he was our coach and walking in scared to talk to him because of the presence that he was.

"The way he conducted himself he had a lot of respect for sure. It's tough to see him go. Condolences to his family and the organization here he was a big part of, too."

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.24.2014 / 1:14 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Monday, 11.24.2014 / 1:10 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Viktor Fasth also provided his thoughts on goaltending coach Freddie Chabot being relieved of his duties on Monday following practice in Leduc.

"It's a tough day," said Fasth. "We have to play better and it feels like we let Freddie down. We've got to do better than we've done so far, from me and the whole team. We've got to be better.

"We lost a lot of games lately here and I don't think anybody is happy with their performance."

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.24.2014 / 12:57 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

David Perron spoke to the media after practice on Monday in Leduc, addressing trade rumours out in the media with his name front and centre.

"I think everyone's aware of it and obviously my name popped up but it doesn't matter," he said. "I'm actually glad in a way that it's me because I know I can handle it and I'll work through it. We want to make this thing right here and Edmonton.

"I think everyone in the room is aware that when we have the kind of record, stuff can happen. It's not something we want. We want to go on this road trip and have a real good performance and turn this thing around."

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.24.2014 / 12:47 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins provided his thoughts on the dismissal of goaltending coach Freddie Chabot following practice Monday in Leduc:

"It's the nature of the business. Sometimes it's not always right but sometimes it's necessary. We wish Freddie well. He's a hard-working guy. We believe he'll land on two feet and we're thankful for his service to our organization."

Eakins also spoke about Dustin Schwartz, who replaces Chabot as goaltending coach.

"It's just to the point where we've been struggling at the position and we felt that we needed to do a correction there," he said. "Right or wrong, it's the nature of the beast and not always fair but I'm taking it personally, our players are taking it personally and our goaltenders are taking it personally."

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