INSIDE THE OILERS
POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.15.2016 / 1:50 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse is expected to make his return to the lineup tomorrow against the St. Louis Blues.

Nurse was suspended three games for an altercation with Sharks defenceman Roman Polak during a home game against San Jose on March 8.

“You never want to be in [this] position but at the same time you have to use your time wisely and learn from it,” said Nurse. “Learn from why you have to miss those games but at the same time, when you’re out you have to use it to your advantage and work hard.”

The incident occurred with less than two minutes to go in the third period. Nurse was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and major penalty for fighting.

Though he’s making the best out of a challenging situation, the blueliner said he still believes in ensuring the team has a strong presence on the ice. With new players that were added to the team at the NHL Trade Deadline, the Oilers have found a grittier style of play.

But in doing so, Nurse said he also recognizes that there is a limit to the level of aggression a player should exhibit.

“There’s been some changes to the roster,” he said. “Bigger, stronger guys so obviously we want to be a team that doesn’t get pushed around and play on the ice, but we can’t cross that line.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.15.2016 / 1:36 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers defenceman Adam Pardy joined his teammates for Tuesday's practice at Rexall Place as he continues to recovery from an injury.

The 6-foot-4, 227-pound blueliner injured his hand blocking a shot in a game against the San Jose Sharks on March 8.

“It’s tough because you don’t get a lot of practice time with the team and I’ve had the last four days off the ice without anything,” said Pardy, who was claimed via waivers from the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 29.

“With a new team, you especially need that practice time getting used to guys and getting and feeling comfortable on the ice with the players you’re with, but that’s just the situation. You’ve got to make the most of what’s going on here and we’re doing everything we can to get back as soon as possible.”

Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan said Pardy is eager to maintain his level of fitness while cautiously monitoring the healing of his injury.

“Adam wants to play badly,” he said. “He’s able to skate so he wants to keep his legs going and his conditioning up as much as he can. The minute he’s good to play we’re going to put him in because we ‘d like to find out a little bit more about him. But he can’t run the risk of greater injury to himself and hurting the team and I think he understands both of those situations but he’s very noble, he wants to maintain that conditioning level and we’d welcome him back quickly.”

Pardy recognizes the importance of ensuring his body is healthy and can withstand the return to game action, once he’s ready.

“I’m hopeful I’ll play every game but you know you have to take care of your body,” he said. “I’m hoping to get back as soon as possible.”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 03.15.2016 / 11:13 AM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Adam Pardy is skating this morning.

Andrej Sekera (maintenance day), Benoit Pouliot, Brandon Davidson, Eric Gryba and Oscar Klefbom are all not skating.

Stay tuned for full updates after practice, including video interviews and blogs.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.13.2016 / 2:39 PM MT
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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.13.2016 / 2:39 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
“I’m going to need some rocket ships for my skates.”

It was one of the first thoughts that sprang to mind for Oilers forward Patrick Maroon when he was paired with Oilers centre Connor McDavid during Sunday’s practice at Rexall Place.

“It’ll be fun to play with him. I’m excited,” said Maroon. “My job is to create space for him and go to the net, stay at the net, park my body in front of the net, create some cycles for him and let him do the rest.”

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound forward has already made an impact with Edmonton, recording four points (2G, 2A) in six games and adding a noticeable physical element.

Though he joined the team March 1, Maroon was already familiar with his new linemate's capabilities, having played against McDavid and the Oilers this season during his time with the Anaheim Ducks.

“[McDavid]’s a good player. Playing against him, it was certainly fun to watch what he can do at centre ice,” said Maroon.

“You don’t want him getting the puck in the neutral zone because he’s so dangerous. If he catches a defenceman flat-footed, like he did in Minnesota [to score the game-winning goal in a 2-1 Oilers victory], he’s going to score every time. Even last night he gets the puck in the neutral zone and blows by the defence. He’s just so fun to watch. He’s creative, he’s just going to be a star in this league and I’m excited to play with him."

With Maroon’s fearlessness to crash the blue paint, which has proved successful on his scoring plays, the duo will look to create new opportunities on the ice.

“[I] Just [want to] be big and strong and make sure he has some space to work with. Hopefully I can help him and we can have some chemistry right off the bat.”
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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.13.2016 / 2:00 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Jere Sallinen to a one-year entry level contract.

Sallinen, 25, has appeared in 50 games with Jokerit of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season, posting 19 points (8G, 11A), 79 penalty minutes and a plus eight rating.

The 6’2”, 198-pound winger has accumulated 34 points (16G, 18A) and 107 penalty minutes in 98 career KHL games.

The Espoo, Finland native has represented his country several times internationally, including the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship and most recently at the 2014 World Hockey Championship, recording four penalty minutes in nine games.

Sallinen was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the 6th round, 163rd overall in the 2009 NHL Draft.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.13.2016 / 12:20 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have hit the ice for practice at Rexall Place. Matt Hendricks, who missed last night’s game with injury, is practicing this morning.

Adam Pardy, Benoit Pouliot, Brandon Davidson, Eric Gryba and Oscar Klefbom are all not skating.

Stay tuned for full updates after practice, including video interviews and blogs.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.12.2016 / 10:59 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers lines at morning skate, with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins slated to play tonight:

Korpikoski-RNH-Yakupov
Maroon-Draisaitl-Eberle
Hall-McDavid-Kassian
Cracknell-Letestu-Pakarinen

Sekera-Fayne
Reinhart-Clendening
Pardy-Oesterle
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POSTED ON Friday, 03.11.2016 / 1:52 PM MT
By Meg Tilley - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have activated centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins from Injured Reserve.

On January 18, the Oilers forward blocked a shot with his glove, injuring his hand during the second period of the Oilers 4-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Nugent-Hopkins, 22, has appeared in 46 games with the Oilers this season, registering 30 points (8G, 22A) and 14 penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.10.2016 / 10:18 AM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse has been suspended three games for his incident late in the game on Tuesday against San Jose versus Sharks defenceman Roman Polak.

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