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POSTED ON Thursday, 19.12.2013 / 8:21 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Edmonton Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish announced this evening that the team has traded winger Linus Omark to the Buffalo Sabres.

The Oilers have acquired a conditional 6th round draft selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Omark has played in 29 games for the Oklahoma City Barons in the American Hockey League this season, scoring 14 goals and adding 15 assists to lead that team in scoring.

Omark was originally a fourth round pick of the Oilers in the 2007 NHL Draft.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 18.12.2013 / 6:49 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

After getting downed 8-2 by the Oilers on December 5, in Edmonton, it is fully expected that the Avalanche will come out with a little extra motivation to exact revenge tomorrow night.

"Absoultely, like Columbus," said David Perron. "We beat them 7-0 and they beat us the next game… It wasn't much of a game there. We need to be ready from the start. It's not going to be goals every night against this team, that's for sure. Their coaching staff over there, I know them a little bit, I know a few players over there and they weren't happy after the last game. They'll come out hard."

Colorado will be looking to defend their arena in front of their home crowd.

"Anytime a team beats you like we did to them, you want to come back with a good response," said Jordan Eberle. "Especially, in your own building. We expect a different game for sure. From us, we've lost… four in a row now. We've got to get back on track."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 18.12.2013 / 6:47 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The last time the Edmonton Oilers and Colorado Avalanche played, two tough guys duked it out in a good tilt. Edmonton's Luke Gazdic and Colorado's Patrick Bordeleau squared off after the Avs player made a hit that Gazdic disagreed with.

This is not the first time these two titans battled on the ice.

"I've been fighting him since I was young," said Gazdic. "I was 20 when I started. He was usually getting the best of me."

After that fight on December 5, Gazdic was the clear winner. Head Coach Dallas Eakins said that after watching Bordeleau play in the American Hockey League, he had never seen him lose a fight until that night.

"He was feeding me pretty good and I just came out with a cross from the right and it just got him pretty flush," said Gazdic. "Then, I just tried to take over from there. That's what happens. Sometimes you land, I don't want to say it was a lucky punch because I was trying to do it, but every once in a while you land one flush and that's what happened."

When asked if he expected Bordeleau to request a rematch, Gazdic didn't know if or when it would happen.

"Some guys like to get a little retribution."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 18.12.2013 / 6:46 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers felt the change in altitude immediately after stepping out onto the Denver ground after landing today. When they got on the ice for practice, they felt it even more. It is something all visiting NHL teams have to deal with when they come to town to take on the Colorado Avalanche.

"You definitely feel it," said Oilers winger David Perron. "Just today, we were out there for half an hour maybe or 45 minutes and when you go hard, you definitely feel it. I think they say it would take two weeks to fully get used to it and almost fully a week after to recover. But, it is what it is. We're not the only NHL team that goes through this. We'll be fine."

Some players didn't think the change in altitude would be any factor, until they experienced it for the first time.

"It's actually different," said Jordan Eberle. "I never really thought much of it when I was a younger guy, but you can definitely feel the difference when you come here. It's a good thing to get on the ice here a day early and get adjusted to it because it is for sure an adjustment. Once you get into the flow of the game, you don't really notice it."

The Oilers fully expect to be acclimated after warmups tomorrow night.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 18.12.2013 / 4:17 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
Here is the lineup today at practice.

Forward lines:

Hall-RNH-Eberle
Perron-Gagner-Yakupov
Smyth-Gordon-Hemsky
Gazdic-Lander-Jones/Joensuu

Defensive Pairings:

Ference-Petry
N. Schultz-J. Schultz
Belov-Larsen
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 18.12.2013 / 4:08 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Mark Arcobello and Corey Potter are not on the ice at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO at the start of practice.

Potter is in the midst of a two-game suspension handed down by the league for a boarding penalty he received in the game against Anaheim on Sunday Dec, 15.

Arcobello appeared to be shaken up in last night's game in Los Angeles after a big hip check by Kings defenceman Drew Doughty. More details to come following practice.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 17.12.2013 / 1:39 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have assigned goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) to the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL). The Barons then recalled G Chet Pickard.

From the Barons press release:

The Oklahoma City Barons swapped goaltenders with the their ECHL affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif. Edmonton assigned goaltender Laurent Brossoit to Bakersfield, while the Barons recalled goaltender Chet Pickard on loan from Bakersfield.

Brossoit was acquired by the Oilers in a trade with the Calgary Flames on November 8 and was assigned to Oklahoma City. With the Barons, he has appeared in seven games.

Pickard was signed to an AHL contract by the Barons in early November and was assigned to Bakersfield where he’s appeared in 10 games. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native, has played professionally with Djurgardens IF in Stockholm, Sweden, with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL and the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. Pickard has 104 North American professional games on his resume with a 2.82 goals against average and .890 save percentage. His record stands at 38-46-9 in 5,700 minutes played.

Prior to his professional experience, the 6-2 Pickard played for the Tri-City Americans in the WHL for four seasons. Pickard was a first round selection, 18th overall, by the Nashville Predators in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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POSTED ON Monday, 16.12.2013 / 6:42 PM

NEW YORK -- Edmonton Oilers defenceman Corey Potter has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Bonino during NHL Game No. 504 in Anaheim on Sunday, Dec. 15, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 5:40 of the second period. Potter was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind.

Based on his average annual salary, Potter will forfeit $7,948.72. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.oilers.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=4&id=512938&lang=en.

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POSTED ON Monday, 16.12.2013 / 5:45 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers
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POSTED ON Monday, 16.12.2013 / 3:00 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Ales Hemsky absorbed a big hit by Vancouver's Ryan Kesler on Friday and the hit resulted in some soreness of his ribs, which held him out of last night's game against Anaheim.

"It's feeling better today," said Hemsky. "I was feeling better yesterday, but the coaches think I wasn't ready. So, that's why I didn't play."

Hemsky admits that it was a big hit by Kesler that he wasn't ready for.

"It was pretty hard but I just didn't expect he would go for the hit like he did. I was thinking he'd go more for the puck and I had seen him coming. I tried to get away but I didn't. I just got it on the side. It was pretty hard actually."

What fans don't know about the incident was that Hemsky attempted to battle through the injury and finish the game against the Canucks.

"During the second intermission in Vancouver, our trainer came to me and said Ales won't be returning, he's done from the hit," said Oilers Head Coach Dallas Eakins. "As we were walking out, the trainer came back and said, Ales said he's playing. He came back and went as much as he could in the third period. Those are encouraging sings. Those are things you want in your hockey club. Guys like that who are willing to play through it."

Hemsky is the type of player that goes to the hard areas. The way he plays makes him vulnerable to taking big hits from opposing players. That's what makes Hemsky one tough player in the eyes of his coaches and teammates.

"You see how he goes to the net," said Eakins. "He has been fully engaged in what we want to do defensively. This guy goes where you're going to get hurt. This year, he's played through and played with a number of injuries that we haven't said anything about. This guy is a tough hockey player and a guy that we, and I, value highly."

Hemsky isn't afraid of injury do to his play style, he understands it's all part of the game.

"I think, if you want to play the puck you'll get hit," said Hemsky. "That's just common sense in hockey. You just try and be smart about it but sometimes you just try and make a play and you will take a hit. It's just hockey."

The Oilers should have Hemsky back in the lineup tomorrow against Los Angeles.

"We fully expect Ales to be ready," said Eakins. "He was banged up in our previous game. He wanted to play, but he was stiff and he was sore. I just made it my call that, we had healthy guys available, Hemmer has been great for us this year, he's been a guy that's been all in right from day one, his attitude has been excellent and I just thought it was important to give a veteran like him an extra day to heal. I'd rather him play at 100% than be banged up playing. I expect him to be fully ready…"

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