Eakins said that Pouliot did not skate today due to a hip flexor but that he's probably for Thursday. Nikitin did skate but his status for Thursday remains up in the air. He has been out with an ankle injury.
- Jordan Eberle
- Taylor Hall
Read more in the Oilers Press Release.
The Oilers are practicing the power play, with the same units as Sunday with the exception of Will Acton in place of Benoit Pouliot on the first power play unit in front of the net. Skating with Acton is Nugent-Hopkins, Hall, Eberle and Schultz.
Brad Hunt remains with Draisaitl, Yak, Purcell and Perron on 2nd unit PP. Nikitin not with this unit— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 7, 2014
The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Rexall Place today. On defence, Nikita Nikitin is back skating with the team and taking a regular rotation:
Oilers D pairings this morning: Hunt-J Schultz, Ference-Petry, Nikitin-Fayne, Klefbom-Nurse— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 7, 2014
The forward units are coloured for power play and Benoit Pouliot is currently not on the ice. Check back for further updates.
Will Acton is in Benoit Pouliot's spot as net presence on 1st unit PP— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) October 7, 2014
Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish addressed media regarding Sunday's roster moves, which reduced the team by eight players.
You can watch the MacTavish press conference below:
Dallas Eakins will be also speaking shortly. You can watch it live on YouTube below:
"There's a subsection in the CBA that defines prior season. When we looked at it, it looked like Vlad fulfilled all the criteria to sign a Standard Player's Contract," MacTavish began. "He went through the draft -- 30 teams had a chance to draft him -- and he played the prior season in North America, which he did in Moncton.
"But when you go down two paragraphs further, in another subsection of article 8, it defines 'prior season' as a complete season. Vlad had played some games in the KHL and that went unnoticed."
MacTavish added that he felt bad for Tkachev, who had three points in his three NHL games, handling himself well against some tough competition.
"I feel bad for the player because he played so well and he was so excited to be offered an NHL contract," MacTavish remarked.
The unfortunate part for the Oilers was there was no way that he could have signed with Edmonton or any other NHL team, for that matter.
"We didn't miss a deadline or miss an opportunity to sign him but we thought we had the opportunity," the GM stated.
Tkachev's agent also thought that there was an opportunity for Tkachev to sign with an NHL club.
"I spoke with the agent and he read the clause and then stopped reading after it looked like he was eligible."
The Oilers announced Tuesday afternoon that Vladimir Tkachev's contract has been ruled ineligible by the National Hockey League.
Vladimir Tkachev's Standard Players Contract has been ruled ineligible by the National Hockey League.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 30, 2014
Travis Ewanyk (Oklahoma City - AHL)
Mitch Moroz (Oklahoma City – AHL)
Jordan Oesterle (Oklahoma City – AHL)
Dillon Simpson (Oklahoma City – AHL)
Andrew Miller has been placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Oklahoma City Barons.
The goaltenders on the ice are Fasth and Brossoit. A starter has not been confirmed.
UPDATE: Fasth is the first goaltender off the ice for the group, making him the likely starter.