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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.11.2013 / 2:38 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oklahoma City Barons defeated San Antonio 3-2 on Tuesday in a rare morning game. Tyler Bunz stopped 34 of 36 shots for the win. In his first game as a Baron, Roman Horak scored. Linus Omark also scored a highlight-reel goal.

Former Oiler Ryan Whitney scored a goal for the Rampage.

Watch the highlights:

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.11.2013 / 1:57 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Oilers are on the ice for practice at Russ Barnes Arena.

Lines are:

Perron-RNH-Eberle
Hall-Gagner-Hemsky
Smyth-Arcobello-Yakupov
Joensuu-Gordon-Jones
Gazdic-Acton-MacIntyre

It is MacIntyre's first full skate with the team since injuring his knee in late September in Oklahoma City.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.11.2013 / 12:25 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Barons are on the ice right now for their annual school day game. Tyler Bunz is in goal, meaning that Ilya Bryzgalov will have to wait until the weekend to make his Oilers organizational debut. The Barons play the Heat on Friday and Saturday.

Roman Horak is on the ice for the Barons, however. Horak is skating on a line with Matt Ford and Ryan Hamilton.

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POSTED ON Monday, 11.11.2013 / 6:00 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Recently-signed Oilers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov spoke to the media in Oklahoma City on Monday after practice.

You can watch highlights of the interview in the video window below or click here to watch the entire interview raw.


Bryzgalov talked about being back in the AHL for the first time since the 2004-05 season. 

"It's a good opportunity for me to play a few games, get some good practice with good players to get some shots and get myself in good shape."

Bryzgalov was asked if he will change anything in terms of his playing style or preparation this season as compared to the past few in Philadelphia. 

"I just continue to work hard and play hard, keep myself in good shape and do everything possible in my power to make the team that I play for better."
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POSTED ON Monday, 11.11.2013 / 10:58 AM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers have assigned the newly signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.

The move is presumably for a conditioning stint as Bryzgalov works his way back to game-shape.

The Oilers agreed to a one-year contractwith the 33-year-old netminder on Friday night. He says that he feels he is in good shape and highly motivated to return to the NHL.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.11.2013 / 3:08 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

"It's a tough injury to have. I knew there was going to be some growing pains coming back into the lineup and that's something I expected. I felt better last game and felt like I'm continuing to improve. I need to continue to get my legs under me, learn the system on the fly here and continue to get better and I feel like I'm doing that."

In his pre-game media availability, Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins said that he needs to see more out of Gagner.

“With Gags, we need more out of Sam. Sam knows that. He’s feeling it, he wants to give more, he’s trying to find his way. But the hard reality of the game is when there’s others playing better than you in a game they’re going to start to end up with the minutes.

“I know Sam is really going to start to dig his heels and give us a strong performance.”

Gagner talked about adjusting to the system and his face guard.

"There's a lot that goes into it. Getting hurt in pre-season, regardless of a new coaching staff or not, is never fun. It's taken a little while to get back up to speed. And with the jaw and the protector there's going to be getting used to playing games (with the face guard)."

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POSTED ON Sunday, 10.11.2013 / 3:02 PM
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk talked about the team's acquisition of Ilya Bryzgalov, stating that bringing the Russian netminder in the mix doesn't change much for him.

"It doesn't change anything for me. I've got to go out and work hard to get this guys wins and he's a teammate now so whenever he's here we'll work and as far as I'm concerned not much has changed from job description. I have to work as hard as I can to ensure that I'm playing every game."

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POSTED ON Friday, 08.11.2013 / 9:37 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

AUDIO: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish | VIDEO: Bryzgalov Highlight Reel
BLOGS: MacT comments | Smid comments | Brossoit excited | Bryzgalov | Pair acquired

Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish has been a busy man this evening, pulling the trigger on a trade that sent veteran defenceman Ladislav Smid to Calgary for prospects and agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov.

The GM said that tonight, things just fell together for them.

"It's something we've been working on for a while," said MacTavish. "The timing of these things take on a life of their own and that's just when it happened."

What sparked the trade that sent Smid to Calgary was the need to create cap room and the ability to add goaltending depth with a young prospect the team is high on, Laurent Brossoit.

"I think it was just an opportunity to give us some cap breathe to do a few other things and add some goaltending depth. We've always liked Laurent Brossoit and it was a chance to do a couple of things."

When asked what he said to Smid as the defenceman was informed of the move, the Oilers GM said he thanked him for everything he did for the organization and lauded his being such a dependable warrior.

"As I said to Ladi, he's a guy who's an incredible warrior and has been throughout his tenure here. I thank him for his work ethic and sacrifice on behalf of the hockey club and we wish him well going to Calgary."

As for the addition of Bryzgalov, MacTavish says that the team is getting another goaltending option and one who is highly motivated and ready to succeed.

"We get a goaltender that has a history of being a high-performer in parts of his career and we get a guy who I think that's very motivated and he's going to have a chance to be a good goalie."

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POSTED ON Friday, 08.11.2013 / 9:23 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

AUDIO: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish | VIDEO: Bryzgalov Highlight Reel
BLOGS: MacT comments | Smid comments | Brossoit excited | Bryzgalov | Pair acquired

Ladislav Smid has patrolled the blue line in an Oilers sweater since the 2006-2007 season. He is every bit an Edmonton Oiler.

That's why it came as a shock to the defenceman when he was told he had been traded to the team's cross-provincial rivals, the Calgary Flames.

"Obviously there's mixed feelings," Smid said in a phone interview. "I just learned about an hour ago and at first I was in shock. But I had a good talk with (Craig MacTavish) and Jay Feaster and it sounds like Calgary was excited to get me and I'm also excited. I can see that Calgary is doing good and they're always working hard. I'm just excited to join their team and make them a bit better."

Smid, 27, and goaltender Olivier Roy were traded by the Oilers to the Flames in exchange for two young prospects in Roman Horak and goaltender Laurent Brossoit. He holds no hard feelings towards the organization but understands that he will miss the city of Edmonton almost as much as his teammates.

"It's hard. This was my eighth year with the Oilers and I've made a lot of friends on our team and it's hard to say bye. It's not just the team I'm going to be sad about, it's also the city. I have a lot of friends there and my wife is from there and her family is from there. I know Calgary is not very far but it's kind of weird. I've never been through this during the season and it's a weird feeling but I am really excited to be a part of the Calgary Flames now."

Smid is now heading towards the opposite end of a rivalry dubbed, 'The Battle of Alberta'. He laughed when asked how that will be to suit up against his former team in such a heated match.

"It's weird. You look at the Battle of Alberta and there's hatred for the other team but now I'm on the other side. I guess I have to change my mindset and now I am part of the Calgary Flames so I am going to enjoy the Battle of Alberta. It's always fun, the fans are always into it and now I'm with Calgary. Hopefully we can win as many Battle of Albertas as we can."

The blueliner says that over the course of his career in Edmonton, including 457 career games and 63 points (10-53-63), he has made his fair share of memories but none stand out above the rest.

"There are so many memories like my first game or my first goal and a lot of meaningful games for the Oilers. I couldn't pick one. It's been a great joy to be a part of the Oilers. It's been a fun ride, a lot of fun. I've got a lot of good memories and a lot of friendships. Hopefully I can keep a few of them. I couldn't pick just one memory."

He leaves Edmonton with this message to the fans and the team:

"I appreciate all of the support of the fans, they were incredible and some of the best fans in the NHL. It's for sure a top class organization in the NHL. They supported me throughout my career, they brought me up from when I was 20-years old and they gave me an opportunity in the NHL. I really appreciate that and will never forget it."

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POSTED ON Friday, 08.11.2013 / 9:21 PM
By Chris Wescott - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

AUDIO: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish | VIDEO: Bryzgalov Highlight Reel
BLOGS: MacT comments | Smid comments | Brossoit excited | Bryzgalov | Pair acquired

The Oilers acquired goaltender Laurent Brossoit in a trade tonight and the former Edmonton Oil Kings backstop is excited to return to familiar territory.

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