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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.03.2014 / 2:50 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Newcomer Viktor Fasth is expected to come in and provide not only goalie depth for the Edmonton Oilers but also some fiery competition for Ben Scrivens. Fasth was acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Tuesday for a 5th round pick in 2014 and a 3rd round pick in 2015. This trade came one day after Scrivens signed his two-year contract with the team. The Oilers feel their goalie tandem his solidified for the immediate future with two good options.

Fasth is very familiar with Scrivens, who is a former Los Angeles Kings netminder. The two each played for NHL teams based in California, making them rivals at one point.

“We were enemies when he played with the Kings,” Fasth joked today. “No, I know he’s a good goalie and he’s a great guy so I’m glad to meet him here and hopefully we can push each other to create big things.”

Fasth is eager to begin pushing Scrivens and provide competition to the Oilers roster.

“As a goalie, that’s what you want to give the team. That’s what you play for every day. You want to help out the team and play as solid as possible. But it’s a team sport. I mean, as a goalie, you rely on the players as well as the players rely on you. We all have to stick together and play for each other.”

Head Coach Dallas Eakins said that he told Fasth to prepare for his first start to be on Sunday, against the Kings. However, that is not set in stone.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.03.2014 / 2:50 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Ryan Smyth is still a member of the Edmonton Oilers. But yesterday, prior to the NHL trade deadline, Smyth’s situation was in doubt. Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said that the Oilers explored trading Smyth to a cup contender so that he may have the opportunity at playing in the playoffs and making a run at a championship.

However, any possible trade did not occur and Smyth will lace up the skates tonight for the Oilers. That’s not a bad thing for Smyth, who says he loves the city and wants to eventually make Edmonton his family’s home after hockey.

“Emotional,” Smyth said of yesterday’s experience. “Obviously, I’m still wearing an Oilers uniform so that’s a good thing. Mac and I had a discussion, as you guys have known from his report. He was going to try and get me to a contender and I appreciated that but it didn’t work out. I came back here for a reason. Obviously, it was to be in the playoffs and in the hunt but that hasn’t happened in the last three years. As a player, you want to have that opportunity and Mac gave me that opportunity, or tried to, but it didn’t succeed.”

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.03.2014 / 12:26 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers newest goaltender Viktor Fasth has arrived in Edmonton and is on the ice for his first morning skate with the team.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.03.2014 / 7:06 PM

The Edmonton Oilers announced they have recalled defenceman Philip Larsen from the American Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons.

Larsen, 24, has registered six points (1G, 6A) in 17 games with the Oilers this season.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.03.2014 / 5:50 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers and Ales Hemsky made no secret, after the fact, that the team was looking to trade the veteran winger. General Manager Craig MacTavish said after the trade deadline that he was surprised that Hemsky didn’t fetch a second round pick on the market.

The Oilers got a 3rd and a 5th round pick for Hemsky instead and MacTavish said that it was how the ‘soft’ rental market shaped up. However, the Oilers were happy to get a return rather than let Hemsky, an unrestricted free agent, walk without gaining assets.

Hemsky’s two-goal performance last night against the Ottawa Senators not only boosted his stock for Ottawa, who would trade for him, but also among other teams.

“We had made a lot of phone calls to other of my colleagues, about Ales over the last numbers to see,” MacTavish said. “We all kind of felt we were going to move him. I spoke with Ales about that too. There were a lot more calls today. After the game that he played last night, he really backed up most of the things I was saying to my colleagues.

“It was that, at some point, Ales has been devalued far below what my expectation is of him. I told many of my colleagues that my expectation is, whoever gets him is going to get a real good player and that’s what I would recall of Ales’ game. He gets the puck on the fly in the neutral zone… he’s very dangerous, one-on-one on the fly through the neutral zone. That was really backing up what I was saying. Obviously, he hadn’t scored much up until that point but the potential of getting a player that could do those types of things, opened up the market.”

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.03.2014 / 5:48 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers traded Nick Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets at the trade deadline today. By doing so, and with the loss of Corey Potter to Boston on waivers this morning, the Oilers have just five healthy defencemen on their roster.

Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said today they have explored the potential of calling up some young players from the American Hockey League, but will start with Philip Larsen who was placed on waivers on Monday morning.

“We’ll announce that a little later but we’re going to need one for tomorrow,” MacTavish said. “We’ll, in all likelihood, call up Philip Larsen before he gets on a plane. We talked about Oscar and giving Oscar an opportunity, Brandon Davidson’s played pretty well lately but Oscar came down with a bit of an injury today. That would preclude us from calling him up. They’re in a playoff race now, they’ve played very well the last little while so it really is a discussion on how long we’re going to let them try and keep themselves in the race or maybe get themselves in the playoffs and then the benefit of getting them ultimately up here and have a look and give them some experience.”

The little injury to Klefbom that MacTavish is likely referring to is Klefbom’s shoulder. The Oilers defensive prospect left the ice and sat out one shift in the Oklahoma City Barons game on Sunday. He returned and finished the game.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.03.2014 / 3:37 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Craig MacTavish will be speaking live to the media at 2:00 p.m. MST. You can watch it online at edmontonoilers.com and in the Oilers Mobile App.

UPDATE: The Press Conference is over. You can watch the archive here:

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.03.2014 / 3:00 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have traded defenceman Nick Schultz to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 5th round pick.

Schultz was originally drafted in the 2nd round, 33rd overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Schultz has played three seasons with the Oilers. He played in 60 games this season, finishing with four assists and 24 penalty minutes.

With Schultz gone, the Oilers have just five healthy defencemen on their roster. Philip Larsen cleared waivers this week, Corey Potter was claimed by Boston this morning and Anton Belov is out a couple of weeks with a partially torn oblique.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.03.2014 / 2:55 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Shannon Szabados has had a whirlwind couple of weeks that have been full of achievements and fun times for the the Olympic gold medal-winning goaltender.

The Edmonton native and member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey team got a chance to practice with the Oilers this morning, as Viktor Fasth had not yet arrived in town.

There was a twitter campaign yesterday for the Oilers to have Szabados suit up and backup Ben Scrivens against the Ottawa Senators. The team elected to have University of Alberta goaltender Kurtis Mucha on the bench. But after the game, Szabados got a phone call.

“Yesterday was fun,” she said. “I had a little fun on twitter with the fans tweeting me about backing up (Scrivens). Actually, Dallas called me last night after the game and asked me if I had my gear and if I wanted to practice with the guys today.”

Szabados is no stranger to skating with NHL players, but practicing with them in-season was something new.

“It was awesome. I skate with some NHL guys in the summer but obviously, it’s a little different when it’s a team practice in the middle of the season but it’s exciting to be a part of.”

Szabados said she felt very welcome in the locker room and had a great time.

“They’ve been awesome. They brought me right into the room and I’ve skated with a couple of them before. I played with Scrivs in junior, against him, so I knew some of them and with the rest of them, I introduced myself and felt welcome.”

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