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POSTED ON Monday, 24.11.2014 / 3:14 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Monday, 24.11.2014 / 3:10 PM
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, 24.11.2014 / 2:57 PM
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, 24.11.2014 / 2:47 PM
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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POSTED ON Monday, 24.11.2014 / 2:33 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Following practice on Monday in Leduc, Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens met with the media and spoke about goaltending coach Fred Chabot getting relieved of his duties.

"It's a terrible day," Scrivens began. "Vik and I, we both feel terribly about what's happened. Neither of us will come out here and say we're pleased with our performances so far this season. As an individual, I've got to elevate my game and I thought I was working hard to do that and still feel I'm on the right path but it's unfortunate."

Scrivens felt responsible for what ended up happening to Chabot.

"I take it personally that Freddie took responsibility for the work that Vik and I had done," he continued. "Whether it's fair or not, it's something that happened. For Vik and I we've got to keep working hard and got to stop some pucks."

The Oilers goalie also has a history with new goalie coach Dustin Schwartz, dating back to his days with the Spruce Grove Saints.

"He's a great guy," said Scrivens. "Great man, great husband and father. Good character guy. Works extremely hard. I had the pleasure of working with him during the summer a couple of times. He's a real student of the game but demands a high level of execution and work ethic. I'm excited to be working with Schwartzie but obviously not thrilled for Freddie that it had to end up like this."

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POSTED ON Monday, 24.11.2014 / 12:13 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are on the ice for practice in Leduc prior to departure for Dallas this afternoon to open a three-game road trip.

Forward Lines:

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

Defence: 

Ference - Petry
Marincin - Fayne
Aulie (Nikitin) - Schultz
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POSTED ON Friday, 21.11.2014 / 12:54 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Oilers lines at morning skate:

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

On defence:

Ference-Schultz
Nikitin-Fayne
Marincin-Petry

Viktor Fasth starts in goal.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 2:45 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled winger Luke Gazdic from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.

Gazdic, 25, posted two goals and seven penalty minutes in five games with Oklahoma City during his conditioning assignment.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 2:27 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers held a moment of silence on this Remembrance Day at 11:00 a.m. Coach Eakins spoke about it prior to his pre-game media availability.

"(Today is) a day where our organization honours those who have served and sacrificed on our behalf to keep us safe. Our team, organized by our captain Andrew Ference, had a moment of silence at 11 o'clock this morning which, again, shows Andrew's leadership and our group's dedication to the military," said Eakins. "So thank you for that."

David Perron expanded on the coach's comments.

"It's just awesome what they do for us and what all the people did for us back in the day," he said. "It's actually amazing. I read on Twitter this morning about the 11 o'clock thing. We had a little moment of silence before practice thinking about everything that's been done and it's a good day for everyone."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.11.2014 / 2:09 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers winger Taylor Hall, who has missed the last four games with a sprained MCL and won't play again tonight, skated for the first time since his injury on Monday in Edmonton.

"Taylor and I touch base every few days," said Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins. "He's coming along fine."

The head coach talked about liking the way his team has responded without their leading scorer.

"That goes to our depth," he said. "Craig's done a great job giving us more depth up front. We've got guys playing bigger roles so we're at least hopeful we can come out and survive it without our best player."

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