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POSTED ON Friday, 01.2.2015 / 10:28 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced today that they have traded David Perron to the Pittsburgh Penguins, in exchange for a first-round pick in 2015 and 6-foot-3, 214-pound forward Rob Klinkhammer.

Klinkhammer, 28, has played in 139 NHL games with Chicago, Ottawa, Arizona and Pittsburgh. He’s scored 39 points (20-19-39) and recorded 35 penalty minutes.

He has three points (1-2-3) in 10 games for the Penguins this season.

Perron played 116 games for the Oilers in two seasons, scoring 33 goals and finishing with 76 points (33-43-76).

More information to follow.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.1.2015 / 6:23 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The NHL announced this evening that Oilers defenceman Keith Aulie has been suspended two games for his hit Wednesday night on Calgary's Matt Stajan.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.1.2015 / 4:00 PM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled centre Anton Lander from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.

Lander, 23, has registered 31 points (9G, 22A), 20 penalty minutes and a plus eight rating in 29 games with the Barons this season.

The 6’0”, 186-pound centre has appeared in one game for the Oilers this season and has played 95 career NHL games with the Oilers, posting eight points (2G, 6A) and 18 penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.1.2015 / 3:55 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.1.2015 / 3:48 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Coming off of back-to-back games and it being New Year's Day, the Oilers held practice in Denver. Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson said that while it probably wasn't a popular decision in the dressing room, it was necessary to get the team back on the ice.

“I’m sure there was a few groans when we called practice today but it wasn’t a tough day. We went out there and snapped the puck around. We got through five or six drills. We wanted to keep the tempo and pace up. We only went for half an hour. It wasn’t tough from that aspect. We got some good work in,” Nelson began, adding that he feels that the team needs to continue to get on the ice and improve.

“As a coach, I feel like I don’t want to have the guys lose what they’re gaining. I think we have a pretty good handle on rest versus work. It wasn’t a tough day and now they have the rest of the day to get rested up for a game tomorrow.”

Benoit Pouliot agreed with the coach, saying particularly with the altitude in Denver it was good to get on the ice.

“Coming to Colorado, It’s always a little tougher coming to practice and play. The altitude doesn’t really help but it was good. It was a good 20 to 30 minutes and we’ll be ready tomorrow.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.1.2015 / 3:46 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

There were two players who were not on the ice today at the Pepsi Center in Denver: Taylor Hall and Tyler Pitlick. Following practice, Todd Nelson was asked about the status of both.

Tyler Pitlick suffered a lacerated spleen last night and he’s still in Calgary under further evaluation," Nelson stated. "As for Taylor Hall, it was just a maintenance day today.”

It is believed that Pitlick suffered the injury on a hit from Calgary's Lance Bouma. The amount of time Pitlick will be out has not yet been determined.

Pitlick has been placed on injured reserve.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.1.2015 / 3:43 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

After missing 18 games with a broken foot, it appears that Benoit Pouliot is ready to get back into the lineup for the Oilers Friday against the Colorado Avalanche.

Pouliot participated in full contact in practice and skated on a line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle.

“He is very close," said Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson. "At the start of practice, he was cleared for practice. I talked to him after and he says he feels really good. We’re going to see how the skate goes tomorrow morning and base our decision there. He feels that his game conditioning is where it should be at so it’s just a matter of going through practice tomorrow.”

Pouliot added that he thinks he's ready to go but ultimately it's up to Coach Nelson and the training staff.

“I feel great,” said Pouliot. “I think if I get the chance to go tomorrow, I’m ready for sure to go. It’s going to be the coach’s decision.”

The winger was asked about his recovery routine as he attempted to stay in game shape throughout the six-week period.

“It’s a lot of work. It’s always in the gym, every day, every morning with Chad, our trainer. There’s a lot of bike, a lot of weights and treatment,” he said. “I’m right on my timeline. It was six weeks and I think I’m right there.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.1.2015 / 2:06 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice for practice at the Pepsi Center in Colorado. It is an optional practice and Tyler Pitlick and Taylor Hall are not skating.

Lines are:

Pouliot - RNH - Eberle
Purcell - Roy - Yakupov
Perron - Draisaitl - Fraser
Hendricks - Gordon - Pinizzotto/Gazdic

Defence pairings:

Klefbom-Fayne
Petry-Ference
Aulie/Nikitin-Schultz

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.31.2014 / 6:08 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers forward Derek Roy talked about his injury scare on Tuesday against the Kings.

In his debut with the Oilers, Roy assisted on a Matt Hendricks goal on his second shift of the game and on his third shift, a skate stepped on his ankle, cutting him open.

"I knew something was up but I wanted to keep playing. (The trainer) said no, I have to come off," said Roy. "I didn't know it was bleeding."

After missing the rest of the first period, Roy was out there to start the second. He was cut for four stitches.

"It's tender and sore," he said, but indicated he doesn't expect it to be an issue tonight against the Flames.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.30.2014 / 2:51 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Since Craig MacTavish and Todd Nelson took over the Oilers bench, Justin Schultz has recorded four points in his last five games. The offensive side of his game appears to be coming around and that’s what MacTavish says is most noticeable.

“My assessment of Justin is he’s doing what he does well much better now than he has,” the Oilers general manager said. “There are still deficiencies in his game. There are plenty of examples of that. But I’m pleased with the way he’s jumping up to open ice and his contributions offensively. There was a period this year where he was ineffective offensively and ineffective defensively and that’s a bad combination, but he’s playing with much more urgency in his game offensively, which is the strength of his game.”

Schultz has played 35 games this season, recording 15 points (3-12-15) and four penalty minutes.

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