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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 3:42 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have made multiple moves the last few days leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline. Here is a breakdown of what they Oilers have done.

• 02/24 - The Oilers acquired a conditional 2017 fifth-round pick from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for the rights to defenceman Philip Larsen

• 02/27 - The Oilers acquired a 2016 fifth-round pick from the St. Louis Blues and goaltender Niklas Lundstrom in exchange for goaltender Anders Nilsson

• 02/27 - The Oilers recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit

• 02/27 - The Oilers acquired a 2016 third-round pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for winger Teddy Purcell

• 02/27 - The Oilers acquired a 2016 third-round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defenceman Justin Schultz

• 02/29 - The Oilers assigned Jujhar Khaira and Jordan Oesterle to the Bakersfield Condors

• 02/29 - The Oilers signed defenceman Brandon Davidson and Brossoit to two-year extensions

• 02/29 - The Oilers claimed Adam Cracknell and Adam Pardy off waivers from Vancouver and Winnipeg

• 02/29 - The Oilers assigned Brossoit and Darnell Nurse to Bakersfield

• 02/29 - The Oilers recalled Luke Gazdic and Nikita Nikitin from Bakersfield

• 02/29 - The Oilers recalled Brossoit and Nurse from Bakersfield

• 02/29 - The Oilers acquired forward Patrick Maroon from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2016 fourth-round pick and defenceman Martin Gernat

Following the Oilers trades ahead of the deadline, the club currently has nine picks in the 2016 NHL Draft. They hold a first, a second, three thirds, two fifths, a sixth and a seventh-round pick.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 3:27 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers have acquired forward Patrick Maroon from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a 2016 fourth-round pick and Martin Gernat. The Oilers executed the trade late at the NHL Trade Deadline.

Maroon has played 204 NHL games in his career, recording 26 goals and 53 assists for 79 points. He has also recorded 249 career penalty minutes. In the NHL playoffs, Maroon has suited up for 29 games, all with the Ducks, and has 19 points (9-9-18).

Maroon was taken in the sixth round, 161st overall, of the 2007 NHL Draft by Philadelphia. He is a 6-foot-3, 230-pound 27-year-old from St, Louis, MO.

This season, Maroon has played 56 games and has four goals and nine assists.

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 12:45 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

In addition to Laurent Brossoit, the Oilers extended defenceman Brandon Davidson for two years as well. Davidson is coming off the first multi-point game of his career on Sunday, but his season as a whole has been quite impressive.

“I definitely had some goals in mind and reached those and kept climbing, I think,” said Davidson. “With the help of the coaching staff and the rest of the guys on the team I was able to get through a few things early and was able to push forward and get to where I am now.”

Davidson, a 2010 sixth-round pick, has developed in the Oilers minor league system for a few years and then made his NHL debut last season. This year, he’s developed into a full-time NHL defenceman and continues to receive additional ice time and responsibilities, playing more than 20 minutes in 12 of the last 13 games.

“I think he’s had a real good development path, but a lot of players have taken that path and haven’t made it. So I think it’s a reflection of his character, his ability and his skill,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan of the blueliner, who also beat testicular cancer just four years ago.

“He’s a fighter, and he’s fought through a lot of adversity in his personal life, which has made him stronger. He’s got a will within to push and to succeed. He’s very coachable. His team likes having him around. Right now, he’s perhaps our Cinderella story, which in turn will put a little more pressure on him this time next year. Expectations will go up. He has a time where he has to grow his game a little more.”
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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 12:44 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Laurent Brossoit is just looking forward to playing NHL games.

The 22-year-old goaltender was signed to a two-year contract extension by the Oilers Monday morning. With two NHL games under his belt, Brossoit is expected to be the backup in Edmonton the rest of the season.

“It will be a little bit different,” Brossoit said of backing up Cam Talbot. “There will be a little adjustment period, but it won’t be the first time I’ve been a backup.”

Brossoit has a .964 save percentage in his two NHL games and is eager to play more at this level, whether that’s one game here or there or a few in a short span. The Oilers do intend to play him on this upcoming road trip, likely during the Thursday-Friday back-to-back in Philadelphia and Columbus.

As for getting locked up in Edmonton for a couple more years, the former Oil King is happy to be home.

“I’m nothing but excited to be part of an organization where I consider this city a second home.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 12:42 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers winger Benoit Pouliot will be out of the lineup for an undisclosed amount of time due to a shoulder injury suffered last night against the Islanders.

“Still long term. Shoulder injury, not day-to-day, and he’s got to see some doctors and have some tests to figure out what long term really is. He won’t play for a little while for sure,” said Oilers Head Coach Todd McLellan.

As for who will slide up and down the lineup, McLellan wasn’t ready to make any announcements when he spoke Monday.

“I think we need to let the day play out a little bit,” said McLellan. “Obviously, we’ve added a couple players on waivers. Let the day play out. We’ve sent some players back to the minors. At about 1:20 p.m., when we’re up in the air, we’ll get an update of where we are as a team and then begin to put some structure to lines and pairs and try to put it together real quick and play tomorrow.”

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POSTED ON Monday, 02.29.2016 / 9:30 AM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers signed a pair of young players to contract extensions on Monday. Defenceman Brandon Davidson and goaltender Laurent Brossoit each signed on with the club for two additional years.

Davidson, taken in sixth round of the 2010 NHL Draft, has been a pleasant surprise for the Oilers this season with his performance. The blueliner has seen his workload increase as the season has gone on, playing a career-high 26:32 on February 26 in Los Angeles. Davidson has played 47 games in the NHL this season, recording four goals and six assists.

On Sunday, Davidson recorded his first multi-point game.

Brossoit was acquired from the Calgary Flames on November 8, 2013 in exchange for Olivier Roy and Ladislav Smid. The goaltender has quickly moved up the depth chart down in the minors, first starting in the ECHL and then finishing as the number one in Bakersfield in the AHL this season.

Brossoit was named an AHL All-Star this season, and has a 15-9-3 record with the Condors. He has a .919 save percentage in the AHL this season. Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli said on Saturday that Brossoit’s readiness to be a number two goalie at the NHL level helped the club be able to move Anders Nilsson for assets.

Brossoit was originally a sixth-round pick of the Flames in 2011. He has played one NHL game this season, stopping 32 of 33 shots against Winnipeg on February 13.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.27.2016 / 8:26 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The meat and bones of deadline discussions are still going on, and the Oilers may not be done yet after trading Anders Nilsson, Justin Schultz and Teddy Purcell away for three draft picks and a prospect on Saturday.

“We have a big whiteboard and I had a bunch of things (on it) in the morning,” said Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli. “I wiped off four or five of them. Not saying I got four or five other things done, but there’s still a bunch of things up there.”

Some of those things, however, may not be slated for completion ahead of Monday’s deadline. Chiarelli’s thoughts on bigger moves are the same as they were the last time he spoke with the media. Those are more likely to get done later in the off-season, as opposed to right now within this two-day window.

“We’ve got two days. I guess an advantage of completing a day like today is you have two days to dig down on some of the other stuff that may not be stuff that gets done at the deadline but you get a little better sense of where the teams are going for the summer. We’ll certainly be pecking away at that stuff and we have some other things that we’re looking at. If we get them done, great.”

Discussions about bigger moves do take place now, but it’s more so to set the dominos up to fall in the summer and around the draft.

“One of these things that goes on at these deadlines and the time leading up to the deadline is there are a lot of discussions that take place, not necessarily for the deadline. It’s for the summer or the fall, but you really have to exchange ideas, exchange thoughts of where your team is going, talk certain scenarios and I feel we’ve accomplished quite a lot of that. That stuff, you just don’t hear about that stuff,” said Chiarelli.

The Oilers acquired two third-round picks and a fifth-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft, as well as goalie prospect Niklas Lundstrom, in exchange for the three aforementioned players.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.27.2016 / 8:25 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli stood at the Rexall Place podium on Saturday evening to field questions regarding his three trades made earlier in the day. One involved shipping goaltender Anders Nilsson to St. Louis for a young goalie and a fifth-round pick. The other two sent players on expiring contracts to teams for a third-round pick each.

Chiarelli gave his thoughts on the latter moves to kick off the press conference. He began by addressing Purcell being moved to Florida.

“He’s a player that his contract is coming to an end and at this point in the year we are not a contending team and part of management’s job is managing assets and so we felt we should trade him for an asset and that’s what we did,” said Chiarelli.

“Ted has been good for us and he’s played on that top line, made some plays and had success. I think we had three or four teams after him. He’s had some success in the playoffs and he became a valuable type of player to have.”

Schultz has faced criticism for his play of late and the defenceman was traded to Pittsburgh on Saturday, giving him a chance at a fresh start.

“In defence of Justin, he didn’t play well in the last little bit,” said Chiarelli. “I know there are a lot of critics. I’ve seen a lot of players that have been booed, and I can understand why fans boo players, but that go on and have success elsewhere. We had a player in Boston, Dennis Wideman, that we had to move because for some reason or the other he fell into that category but he’s had success after that.”

“We had some house-keeping items to do, and I say that with all-due respect to these guys, with expiring contracts and if you’re not going to move forward with them you have to move them along.”

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.27.2016 / 8:25 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers launched their Saturday of trades by sending goaltender Anders Nilsson to the St. Louis Blues, in exchange for a 2016 fifth-round pick and goalie Niklas Lundstrom.

Part of the reason the Oilers could part ways with Nilsson is that Laurent Brossoit seems ready to take on the number-two responsibilities in Edmonton. The Oilers top young goalie prospect has enjoyed an AHL All-Star season with the Bakersfield Condors. He has a 15-9-3 record in the AHL this season, posting a .919 save percentage. The Oilers recalled Brossoit when the trade went through.

“There was a combination of a couple things,” Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli said. “It was we felt that LB is now ready or close to being ready to be the number two, so we wanted to get a little bit ahead of it and try to get something for Anders.”

Nilsson didn’t come to Edmonton in the off-season as a stop-gap, but Brossoit’s development helped give the Oilers the option to move an asset.

“I felt strong about Brossoit, just from what I saw,” said Chiarelli. “I knew he was going to be ready in short order. That didn’t mean I had thought Anders was a band-aid, so to speak. We scouted him and he had a good stretch. He lost his confidence a little bit, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he goes on and has good success in the league. But LB’s play and the fact we are where we are in the standings just made that decision a little easier.”

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POSTED ON Saturday, 02.27.2016 / 8:25 PM MT
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Following the Oilers trades of Teddy Purcell and Justin Schultz, they currently hold onto 10 picks in the 2016 NHL Draft. Having that many assets gives them options to move out picks in exchange for players closer to the draft, or even before Monday’s trade deadline.

“A lot of picks. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll use them for drafting,” said Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli. “We look at the landscape, the cap landscape going forward, where the cap is going to be and we think we’re going to have decent opportunities to use these picks to get some players. On a smaller scale, we used a fourth-round pick to get Eric Gryba. There will be little deals like that and there may be some bigger deals, but we’ll see where the draft lies, we’ll see what activity is at the draft and what players are available. But it gives you flexibility.”

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