The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have assigned forward Steve Pinizzotto to the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.
Pinizzotto, 30, has posted four points (2G, 2A) and 30 penalty minutes in 18 games with the Oilers this season
The 6’1”, 205-pound winger has recorded six assists and 40 penalty minutes in nine games with Oklahoma City.
Winger Benoit Pouliot has also been taken off the injured reserve list.
Rob Klinkhammer will wear the number 12 with the Oilers when he eventually suits up with the team.
Read Chris Wescott's interview with Klinkhammer for some outstanding insight as the centre gets ready to join Edmonton.
Hall - RNH - Eberle
Purcell - Roy - Pouliot
Fraser - Lander - Yakupov
Hendricks - Gordon - Gazdic
Draisaitl - Pinizzotto
Ben Scrivens gets the start in goal.
Hall-RNH-Eberle, Pouliot-Roy-Purcell, Yakupov-Lander-Fraser, Hendricks-Gordon-Gazdic. Ference-Petry, Klefbom-Fayne, Nikitin-Schultz.— Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) January 2, 2015
Perron Video | David Perron on being traded
Oilers forward David Perron was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday and shortly afterwards he met with the media to give his thoughts on the team.
“It’s always hard leaving a place when you’re emotionally involved, no matter how tough the situation was here. Once you look past that, there’s not many better opportunities to go to and I’m really excited about that,” Perron began.
The winger was asked what he will remember most from his time in Edmonton.
“Just the class from the organization. From Day 1, when I met MacT in the summer I got traded and all the way through the tough times all the nice people I met: trainers, team staff, players and people of Edmonton, it was great. Now it’s a new chapter for me and hopefully I get a chance to go real deep into the playoffs.”
He added that he's sad to leave despite the team's recent tough times.
“When you’re emotionally involved it’s hard to leave any kind of situation. Because it’s the NHL, the best league in in the world, even if the Oilers are struggling right now they’ll find a way out eventually and they’ll be a top team in the League. Looks like I won’t be a part of it and hopefully I’m a part of something special in Pittsburgh.”
Klinkhammer, 28, has played in 139 NHL games with Chicago, Ottawa, Arizona and Pittsburgh. He’s scored 39 points (20-19-39) and recorded 35 penalty minutes.
He has three points (1-2-3) in 10 games for the Penguins this season.
Perron played 116 games for the Oilers in two seasons, scoring 33 goals and finishing with 76 points (33-43-76).
More information to follow.
The NHL announced this evening that Oilers defenceman Keith Aulie has been suspended two games for his hit Wednesday night on Calgary's Matt Stajan.
Edmonton's Keith Aulie has been suspended 2 games for an illegal check to the head of Calgary's Matt Stajan.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 2, 2015
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have recalled centre Anton Lander from the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons.
Lander, 23, has registered 31 points (9G, 22A), 20 penalty minutes and a plus eight rating in 29 games with the Barons this season.
The 6’0”, 186-pound centre has appeared in one game for the Oilers this season and has played 95 career NHL games with the Oilers, posting eight points (2G, 6A) and 18 penalty minutes.
Coming off of back-to-back games and it being New Year's Day, the Oilers held practice in Denver. Oilers interim head coach Todd Nelson said that while it probably wasn't a popular decision in the dressing room, it was necessary to get the team back on the ice.
“I’m sure there was a few groans when we called practice today but it wasn’t a tough day. We went out there and snapped the puck around. We got through five or six drills. We wanted to keep the tempo and pace up. We only went for half an hour. It wasn’t tough from that aspect. We got some good work in,” Nelson began, adding that he feels that the team needs to continue to get on the ice and improve.
“As a coach, I feel like I don’t want to have the guys lose what they’re gaining. I think we have a pretty good handle on rest versus work. It wasn’t a tough day and now they have the rest of the day to get rested up for a game tomorrow.”
Benoit Pouliot agreed with the coach, saying particularly with the altitude in Denver it was good to get on the ice.
“Coming to Colorado, It’s always a little tougher coming to practice and play. The altitude doesn’t really help but it was good. It was a good 20 to 30 minutes and we’ll be ready tomorrow.”
It is believed that Pitlick suffered the injury on a hit from Calgary's Lance Bouma. The amount of time Pitlick will be out has not yet been determined.
Pitlick has been placed on injured reserve.