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POSTED ON Sunday, 05.10.2014 / 1:59 PM
By Marc Ciampa - / Inside the Oilers

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:

POSTED ON Tuesday, 30.09.2014 / 8:22 PM
By Marc Ciampa - / Inside the Oilers

Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish commented on the NHL ruling Vladimir Tkachev's contract inelligible this evening.

"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."

POSTED ON Tuesday, 30.09.2014 / 7:30 PM
By Marc Ciampa - / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers announced Tuesday afternoon that Vladimir Tkachev's contract has been ruled ineligible by the National Hockey League.

POSTED ON Tuesday, 30.09.2014 / 3:25 PM
By Marc Ciampa - / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers announced on Tuesday that they have signed forward Vladimir Tkachev to a three-year entry-level contract.
They also announced the assignment of five players, reducing their training camp roster to 38 (22 forwards, 12 defencemen, 4 goaltenders):

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.
POSTED ON Sunday, 21.09.2014 / 11:35 AM
By Marc Ciampa - / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers are dressing a more seasoned lineup for the game against Calgary at Rexall Place but it's still a youthful set to kick off the pre-season.


4 Hall
15 Westgarth
39 Yakimov
41 Acton
42 Roy
55 Draisaitl
57 Perron
64 Tkachev
67 Pouliot
71 Platzer
72 Chase
93 Nugent-Hopkins


19 Schultz
21 Ference
22 Aulie
59 Hunt
74 Nurse
84 Klefbom


30 Scrivens
32 Bachman




POSTED ON Sunday, 21.09.2014 / 10:35 AM
By Marc Ciampa - / Inside the Oilers
The Oilers group which will be travelling to Calgary is currently at Rexall Place skating. The lines the team is going with are:



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.
POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 4:16 PM
By Marc Ciampa - / Inside the Oilers
POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 4:07 PM
By Marc Ciampa - / Inside the Oilers

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.

POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 4:05 PM
By Marc Ciampa - / Inside the Oilers

Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins spoke to the media following the scrimmage on Saturday. He updated on the status of Jeff Petry and Matt Hendricks.

"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."

POSTED ON Saturday, 20.09.2014 / 3:12 PM
By Marc Ciampa - / Inside the Oilers

David Perron has been skating at camp with Benoit Pouliot and Leon Draisaitl. The winger talked about clicking early with the duo.

"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."