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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.14.2016 / 10:23 AM MT

The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have placed winger Rob Klinkhammer on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

Klinkhammer, 29, has appeared in 13 games with the Oilers this season, recording one goal and four penalty minutes.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 5:50 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 4:34 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Nail Yakupov is expected to make his return from an ankle injury tomorrow against San Jose. The Oilers winger has missed 21 games, sitting out since November 27.

“I expect him to play,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “That could certainly change when he comes off the ice or if things havent gone well medically, but all indications are he’s real close to playing.”

Yakupov skated with Anton Lander and Zack Kassian at practice, however McLellan said not to read into the lines as there could be changes ahead of the game.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 4:28 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Zack Kassian probably wasn’t too worried about meeting his new teammates when he received word the Oilers had recalled him from the Condors. Already, down in Bakersfield, Kassian felt welcomed and was excited to contribute.

“It was a great group of guys down there, great coaching staff and really nice facilities,” said Kassian. “I was more than excited to get the opportunity to go down there and start playing again. I couldn’t have asked for a better situation.”

Now that he’s up with Edmonton, Kassian says the big club has welcomed him in the same way.

“The whole team came up to me and welcomed me with open arms,” he said. “That’s the way the hockey community is. It’s tough to find a bad guy in the league. Everyone knows what people go through with trades. Every team I’ve been on has been very supportive and very open.”

Kassian was acquired from Montreal in a trade in December.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 4:27 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

As a part of the whole process in getting back to the NHL, Zack Kassian has kept himself in good shape. He passed the fitness testing and is four games into his season, having played down in the AHL with Bakersfield.

“I feel good,” said Kassian. “Obviously, with the hands, I’ve only played four games. All-in-all, I feel really good. I did some fitness testing and did well in that. I’m just excited to get into games.”

Kassian’s excitement will almost certainly provide a boost tomorrow against San Jose, but that can only take a player so far. He may need some time to get back up to NHL game speed. However, Kassian’s familiarity with the conference and the league could help him feel it out quicker.

“He’s got NHL experience in all these buildings,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan. “He played out in the Western Conference a lot, he understands his opponent. He’s mature. He knows enough to know what to expect and he’s in tremendous condition. Now, is his timing and awareness at the NHL level elite yet? He’s got to play to get that.”

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 4:26 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Always looking for ways to improve, the Oilers recalled Zack Kassian. Head Coach Todd McLellan was asked if the team’s three straight losses accelerated the call-up schedule for Kassian, who has played just four games down in Bakersfield. The coach said he’s not sure about that, but knows Kassian can bring characteristics the club wants.

“We’re always trying to get better,” said McLellan. “Do we do it if we’d won five or six in a row? I don’t know. With the situation we’re in, we’re trying to get better and we think he has size, strength and some abrasiveness to his game, but he also has puck skills. Those are things we’re looking for as a team right now and perhaps he can provide that earlier than we thought he might.”

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 1:10 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have hit the ice at the SAP Center in San Jose. Zack Kassian is among the forwards skating, wearing white.

Stay tuned for more from San Jose.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.13.2016 / 10:15 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have recalled forward Zack Kassian from the American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors.

Kassian was acquired from the Montreal Canadiens in a trade on December 28. The forward has played in 198 NHL games since being taken 13th overall in 2009. He has played for the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks.

Down in Bakersfield, Kassian has one goal on nine shots and six penalty minutes in four games.

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POSTED ON Monday, 01.11.2016 / 9:44 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Oilers forward Matt Hendricks has been suspended three games. From the NHL's official press release:

NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2016) – Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks has
been suspended for three games, without pay, for boarding Florida Panthers
defenseman Aaron Ekblad during NHL game No. 629 in Edmonton on Sunday, Jan.
10, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced
today.

    The incident occurred at 2:12 of the third period.

    Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on
his average annual salary, Hendricks will forfeit $29,838.72. The money
goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
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POSTED ON Monday, 01.11.2016 / 2:19 PM MT
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