Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish addressed media regarding Sunday's roster moves, which reduced the team by eight players.
You can watch the MacTavish press conference below:
Dallas Eakins will be also speaking shortly. You can watch it live on YouTube below:
"There's a subsection in the CBA that defines prior season. When we looked at it, it looked like Vlad fulfilled all the criteria to sign a Standard Player's Contract," MacTavish began. "He went through the draft -- 30 teams had a chance to draft him -- and he played the prior season in North America, which he did in Moncton.
"But when you go down two paragraphs further, in another subsection of article 8, it defines 'prior season' as a complete season. Vlad had played some games in the KHL and that went unnoticed."
MacTavish added that he felt bad for Tkachev, who had three points in his three NHL games, handling himself well against some tough competition.
"I feel bad for the player because he played so well and he was so excited to be offered an NHL contract," MacTavish remarked.
The unfortunate part for the Oilers was there was no way that he could have signed with Edmonton or any other NHL team, for that matter.
"We didn't miss a deadline or miss an opportunity to sign him but we thought we had the opportunity," the GM stated.
Tkachev's agent also thought that there was an opportunity for Tkachev to sign with an NHL club.
"I spoke with the agent and he read the clause and then stopped reading after it looked like he was eligible."
The Oilers announced Tuesday afternoon that Vladimir Tkachev's contract has been ruled ineligible by the National Hockey League.
Vladimir Tkachev's Standard Players Contract has been ruled ineligible by the National Hockey League.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 30, 2014
Travis Ewanyk (Oklahoma City - AHL)
Mitch Moroz (Oklahoma City – AHL)
Jordan Oesterle (Oklahoma City – AHL)
Dillon Simpson (Oklahoma City – AHL)
Andrew Miller has been placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Oklahoma City Barons.
The goaltenders on the ice are Fasth and Brossoit. A starter has not been confirmed.
UPDATE: Fasth is the first goaltender off the ice for the group, making him the likely starter.
Coach Eakins talked about who impressed him on the second on-ice day at training camp.
"We liked Nuge today," he said. "I thought Nuge had a really good day out there. (He was) competing. For me, the best player on the ice."
Eakins also thought that a handful of the off-season acquisitions did well today.
"Nikitin and Fayne were a good pair. We'll keep an eye and see how that goes."
"The one thing we spoke to Anton about last year at the end of the season (is offence). He's shown that he can put up points and make plays at the American Hockey League level. Today, he was making those plays. He stepped out of his comfort zone here. That's hard to do as a player and I thought that was real encouraging."
Lander helped set up a goal by Andrew Ference late in the scrimmage by making a nice play deep in the attacking zone.
"Injury-wise, Petry came in no worse so that's always a good sign with those shoulders. Usually if it's something bad, the next day is not so good," Eakins began. "That's encouraging on him.
"Other notes, Hendricks is fine. I just saw him and he took a shot a little too close to that spot where men like to protect with their lives. So he's alright."
"It was surprising in a way. Ben is a really fast player. I didn't think he had that great of a shot but it's pretty amazing. From the top circle he's a threat to score," Perron began. "Leon put me in a few situations where I was surprised how much time I had. It was good to see his playmaking skills."
"I think his pace is going to improve as we go along, too. He'll get to know what the speed is and he's a player that seems to be adjusting to whatever level he needs to."
Perron talked about expectations for the German pivot.
"He's a player, no matter what's required of him he's going to learn. The best favour you guys could do for him is not put too much pressure on him. (He's not going to) come in and be a saviour. He'll be a regular player and play with hard work and passion every night. The points are going to come."