Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli addressed the media at 6:30 PM MST to talk about the three trades the team made on Saturday. The press conference was streamed live right here on edmontonoilers.com. Watch the archive here:
The Oilers have acquired a 2016 third-round pick from the Florida Panthers, in exchange for winger Teddy Purcell.
Purcell played two seasons in Edmonton, suiting up for 143 games. He recorded 23 goals and added 43 assists for 66 points.
The Oilers have traded defenceman Justin Schultz to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2016 third-round pick.
Schultz played 248 NHL games for the Oilers, recording 28 goals and 73 assists for a total of 101 points.
The Oilers made a couple of related moves on Saturday morning, dealing goaltender Anders Nilsson to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a 2016 fifth-round pick as well as Niklas Lundstrom.
The Oilers also recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the AHL's Bakersfield Condors.
Brossoit is 15-9-3 with a 2.69 goals-against average and .919 save percentage on the year in addition to being named to the AHL All-Star Game. In his two career NHL games he has a 1.45 GAA and .945 SPCT.
Lundstrom's played 13 games with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals this season (8-3-0, 2.92 GAA, .929 SPCT). He's also suited up four times with the AHL's Chicago Wolves.
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As the team regroups from the Oilers loss, one player in particular is focused on making some changes.
“I’m just pretty inconsistent right now,” said Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz. “I’ll be having a good game then make a bad play and it costs the game.”
It’s hard to admit, but it’s also considered the first step before turning it around.
When a team isn’t producing the results they know they’re capable of, you can’t just abandon ship. There’s a process involved, where piece-by-piece, the system is broken down and reviewed to see where there is room for improvement and how coaches can help players progress.
“Schultzy didn’t have a good game last night. He’d be the first one to admit it, I’m sure that he did,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.
“His input into the game was negative, it hurt the team, but he’s also a player that we have to get up and running, or try to get more out of. We have to challenge him and that’s what we’re doing over the next little bit here.”
McLellan and the coaches look to challenge Schultz and the team in many different aspects, aside from what is taught on the ice. It involves more than just correcting a player’s position but building their self-assurance.
“I see an individual right now who is not very confident,” said McLellan. “He’s feeling the heat, the pressure from a lot of different areas — whether it’s media, whether it’s the fans, whether it’s the coaching staff, teammates, whatever it might be…. Some individuals respond differently to that, some can excel and push their way through it and others struggle with it.”
In the meantime, Schultz is working hard to help the team find a successful footing once again.
“Just being focussed every shift and try and help the team win.”
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled winger Jujhar Khaira from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.
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Khaira, 21, has appeared in 12 games with the Oilers this season, registering two assists and seven penalty minutes. Khaira made his National Hockey League debut on November 28th against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Surrey, British Columbia has played in 32 games with the Condors this season, posting 22 points (8G, 14A) and 30 penalty minutes.
A new day saw fresh faces and some pep in the Oilers step as they hit the ice for morning practice in Leduc.
After falling 4-1 to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night at Rexall Place, the team appeared to be a little down on their luck.
“We didn’t have a lot of get-up-and-go,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.
“I mentioned that after the game, but the good thing is, the morning came and we got up and we came here to the rink in Leduc and I thought we had a good practice, we began rebuilding our group.”
The bench boss, having feeling well rested himself, said he was impressed with the team's initiative to come prepared and ready to have a good practice before boarding the plane for their two-game road trip.
“I think we had a choice to make this morning. We could come to the rink and pout and be down on ourselves or we can come and work, and I think for the most part the guys made the right choice and I’m happy for that. I’d like to see that carry over into the game tomorrow night.”
"The body language of the group was better... They woke up and wanted to improve." McLellan on today's practice pic.twitter.com/DNpdTbwBwt— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) February 24, 2016
The Oilers have hit the ice for their practice in Leduc.
Stay tuned for more coverage throughout the day.
It isn’t much of a news flash to hear that the Oilers intend to be sellers at the NHL trade deadline, which is Monday at 1pm MT. When you’re low in the standings, you’re not trying to bring in players or contracts to put you over the hump in the short-term.
While Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli told the media on Tuesday the team would look to move out certain assets, there is still some evaluation left to be done. Also, larger contracts or “core players” are not likely to be moved until the off-season, if at all, according to the GM.
“Anything is possible. But, for me, major deals are less likely at this time,” said Chiarelli. “I think what happens is that there’s more global planning that takes place post-season, prior to the draft. Then, of course, you have those proximity of the draft picks that are alluring to teams. There’s just more activity that way, but anything is possible. I can tell you I’m not really looking at that type of deal now but doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be looking at that for the spring and summer.”
With the larger contracts, it takes a little more effort and conversation to get a deal done. That means they are more likely to be taken care of in the off-season. Shipping off big contracts to contending teams at the deadline is difficult.
“What I can tell you is though that the contending teams are usually the cap teams, so in that regard if they’re going to take a larger contract there’s a little more maneouvring as far as moving money around,” said Chiarelli. “We’ve got some contracts that, yes, are too high and they’re not performing. That’s not news, but when it comes to moving them and when you’re talking to a contending team that is capped out, you have to get a little creative.”
Chiarelli also indicated that there were some players on the roster who haven’t met their expectations and could use a change of scenery. He would not address specific players by name, but there’s the possibility those are the bodies to move out at the deadline or be reassessed in the summer.
“I’ll look at a lot of different things,” said Chiarelli. “We’ve got some players that have underachieved. We’ve got some players who may need a new venue. Those are the determinations we will make between now and the trade deadline, and if certain players are still around, it’s because the deal wasn’t right or we felt there was a future for them with us, but then you’ll revisit some stuff in the summer.”