Jeff Petry is maybe the Oilers most high-profile pending free agent. The 27-year-old defenceman has shown steady growth over the last six weeks or so, and with the trade deadline approaching the Oilers have a decision to make.
Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said today that they’re in conversations with Petry’s camp on a new contract.
“I’ll just say this about Jeff, we really challenged him on a one-year contract and he’s clearly met that challenge. His game is at a level I think right now that it hasn’t been at before and I give Jeff a lot of credit for that,” MacTavish said. “As for a contract or what the course of action is going forward, I’ve had many conversations over the last four weeks with Wade Arnott, Jeff’s representative, as you might imagine and they’ve all been constructive conversations but I’m just going to leave it at that and we’ll see what happens going forward.”
Petry also acknowledge the two sides are talking, but gave no further update on progress.
“They’ve had some communication and talks have started and that’s all I can really say at the moment,” Petry said.
“Edmonton has been great to me. Both sides are going to communicate here for the next little bit and see if we can’t find something that works best for both sides.”
Petry was taken in the second round, 46th overall, of the 2006 NHL Draft. He has 294 NHL games under his belt with 17 goals and 74 points. He will not play tonight against the Minnesota Wild as he nurses a rib ailment.
The Oilers acquired Derek Roy in a trade with Nashville on December 29. Since that day, Roy has 12 points (5-7-12) in 23 games for Edmonton, and has made even more of an impact off the stat sheet when it comes to his experience, leadership and positive effect on Nail Yakupov.
The pending 31-year-old unrestricted free agent’s status with the Oilers in the future is unclear, but General Manager Craig MacTavish says they’ll begin conversations with his representation.
“I think with Derek, we’re in the process of reaching out to him to see what his feeling is in terms of getting into a relationship with us going forward,” MacTavish said after morning skate at Rexall Place. “I think that’s something where there will be some things that will impact that relationship going forward. I think as good of a job as Derek has done and as much as he’s fit in well here, that will be something that will be done at the end of the year.”
When it comes to the looming trade deadline on March 2, MacTavish indicated it was unlikely the Oilers would look to move Roy for just any compensation. They value his chemistry with Yakupov and how he’s helped with the young winger’s development, as well as what he brings to the locker room.
“In my mind, we wouldn’t trade Derek for a superficial asset,” MacTavish said. “I think it’s very unlikely that he’ll be moved because of the fact that we have considerable interest in him longer term and he has meshed well with Yak and his development and that’s very important to us and the hockey club going forward.”
Martin Marincin wouldn’t be the first choice in the shootout. In fact, Marincin was the Oilers 24th shooter against the Bruins. But when the defenceman tucked the puck under Tuukka Rask for the game-winning tally, there was at least one person in Rexall Place not the least bit surprised.
“I got a feeling,” Nail Yakupov said. “I was 100% sure that Marty would score a goal. I didn’t know why, but it was fun.”
There are some that think Marincin lost the puck when he reached the crease, but if not it was a slick fake out that fooled Rask.
“No, that was really my move,” Marincin joked after the game. “I just tried to make some move and have good luck and it’s in.”
Interim Coach Todd Nelson gave a brief update after the game, though with no new information, as the pair will be checked out by the medical staff tomorrow.
“Shoulder injury,” Nelson said of Lander. “We’ll reevaluate him tomorrow. Petry, we all saw he got the shot off the rib area, so once again, we’ll see how they are tomorrow and we’ll have a more definite outlook to see when they’re going to be back or they’re skating.”
Taylor Hall attended the World’s Longest Hockey Game in Sherwood Park, an event to raise money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. He signed autographs, took a tour of the facilities and chatted with the players, volunteers and fans.
He spoke with Oilers TV about his time there, but also touched on his own health. Hall is out six weeks with a bone injury in his lower leg. He provided the following update.
“Not much to say right now, I’m still in a walking boot and I’m still in a slow process right now,” Hall said. “Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks here I can get the boot off, get it moving and get it strong so I can come back as soon as I can.”
Hall, in Edmonton, has been watching his team play the past few games and has seen a win in New Jersey, a great effort against the Islanders and a resilient win in Montreal.
“The guys are playing so hard, it’s fun to watch,” Hall said. “I’ve said this before, you want to see your team do well when you’re out and it’s almost harder because you want to be a part of that winning atmosphere. The way that they’re working and the way they’re working is great. That’s something they need to continue and hopefully, when I can get back in the lineup, we can continue that.”
Bakersfield Condors goaltender Ty Rimmer, 22, has not played a game since January 16, while dealing with health issues. On Wednesday night, Rimmer broke the news on twitter that he was diagnosed with testicular cancer, and underwent surgery to remove the tumour.
(1/4) Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The tumor was surgically removed and I am on my way to a full recovery!— Ty Rimmer (@Rimms35) February 12, 2015
“Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The tumor was surgically removed and I am on my way to a full recovery!,” Rimmer said via his twitter account. “The more awareness we can raise about this, the better! So I would like to encourage all young men to get themselves checked out. This disease can manifest very quickly, and may advance rapidly. So please don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor if you notice anything.”
Rimmer, an Edmonton native, is signed to an AHL deal with the Oilers. In the last two seasons, Rimmer has seen action with the Oklahoma City Barons (3 games, 2.65 GAA and .930 save percentage), the Quad City Mallards (39 games, 2.84 GAA and .906 save percentage) and the Bakersfield Condors (25 games, 3.20 GAA and .889 save percentage).
“Thank you to my family, friends, doctors and the entire Edmonton Oilers organization for being so supportive during this time!,” he said on twitter.
Oilers prospect Brandon Davidson was also diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2012. He has since made a full recovery and is currently playing with the Barons, after making his NHL debut on December 10, 2014 in Anaheim.
Oilers prospect and University of Denver defenceman Joey LaLeggia has been named the NCHC's Co-Player of the Month for January.
In 10 games last month, LaLeggia recorded 10 points (3-7-10), which included two game-winning goals.
LaLeggia leads all NCHC defencemen in scoring (22 points), shots on goal (89) and game-winning goals (3), according to a Pioneers press release.
LaLeggia was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL draft.
The 5-foot-10, 185 pound LaLeggia is a candidate for the Hobey Baker Award. You can vote for him at hobeybaker.com.
The last game Tyler Pitlick played was on New Years Eve in Calgary. Now a month later, the Oilers return to Calgary but Pitlick remains out due to a lacerated spleen. Oilers Interim Coach Todd Nelson gave an update on Pitlick after morning skate.
“I just saw him for the first time a couple days ago,” Nelson said. “He says he’s feeling better. He’s starting to do more things, obviously he’s not going to be on the ice, but he’s able to do some things with our trainers to help his injury out. Obviously, he’s still out a while.”
Nikita Nikitin injured his shoulder in the third period of the Oilers game against Buffalo on Thursday night. With Nikitin out, Keith Aulie will play in Calgary. Nelson provided an update on the defenceman, who is out indefinitely but does not need surgery at this time.
“At this point, he does not,” Nelson said. “We’re looking at 4-6 weeks for him. There’s no surgery with him, it’s just more or less trying to get better.”
Taylor Hall (leg) is on the ice for morning skate in Calgary. However, he took a line rush with Matt Hendricks and Rob Klinkhammer, which may indicate he’s not ready to return yet. Stay tuned for more from Interim Coach Todd Nelson.
Keith Aulie will play his first game since New Years Eve against Calgary.
The lines at morning skate are as follows: