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BLOG: Former captains and colleagues discuss Joey Moss

Oilers captains Kevin Lowe and Kelly Buchberger, as well as trainers Ken Lowe, Sparky Kulchisky and Barrie Stafford, talk about the Edmonton icon

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EDMONTON, AB - Oil Country continues to mourn the loss of a legend as 35-year veteran dressing room attendant Joey Moss passed away on Monday at the age of 57.

On Tuesday, former Oilers captains Kevin Lowe and Kelly Buchberger, as well as Moss' former training staff colleagues Ken Lowe, Lyle "Sparky" Kulchisky and Barrie Stafford, participated in video conferences to reflect on the life and legacy of their longtime friend.

Video: JOEY | Lowe, Buchberger

Video: JOEY | Lowe, Kulchisky, Stafford

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BLOG: Players pay tribute to Joey Moss

Past and present Oilers as well as players from across the NHL share memories and condolences for the Edmonton sports legend

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EDMONTON, AB - The hockey world, in particular the Oilers organization and Edmonton sports community, lost an iconic figure on Monday as Joey Moss passed away at the age of 57.

Moss was the team's locker room attendant for more than 30 years after Wayne Gretzky met him and brought him aboard during the 1984-85 season. Past and present Oilers players, as well as players and alumni from across the NHL, tweeted their memories and condolences for the legend.

Tweet from @cmcdavid97: With the greatest of all-time... and #99. Oil Country sure won���t be the same without you, Joey. Thanks for always brightening up any day and may you rest easy my friend.

Tweet from @RNH_93: Heavy heart today. Had the pleasure of calling you my friend for nine years. Edmonton won���t be the same without you. Love ya Joey. Rest In Peace.

Tweet from @89SGagner: The best man I���ve ever met. I have so many great memories of our time together and I cherish every single one of them. A true legend. Rest In Peace, Joey.

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RELEASE: Oilers statement on the passing of Joey Moss

The Edmonton Oilers organization is extremely saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague, the legendary Joey Moss

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EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers organization is extremely saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague, the legendary Joey Moss.

"On behalf of the entire Oilers organization, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the Moss family and Joey's many friends in our community and across North America. Joey was an amazing person whose true passion and dedication to the Oilers organization, players and love of the game touched countless members of the hockey community. Joey's legacy is not only in the locker room but throughout all of Oil Country. He will be forever remembered for the amazing impact he has made on so many people along the way. We will miss you Mosser - a true champion." - Edmonton Oilers Head Equipment Manager Jeff Lang

"On behalf of all the players who had the honour to get to know him, we are so saddened to hear the news of Joey's passing. We were all lucky enough to be part of his life for a lot of years. His love for life always brought a smile to anyone who met him. Whether it was a coffee before practice or a big hug after a great win or a tough loss, he would put life in perspective. He will be missed but not forgotten. Once an Oiler, always an Oiler. RIP, Joe." - Wayne Gretzky

Video: SJS@EDM, Gm5: Clark, Moss join fans for 'O Canada'

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FEATURE: Gretzky gives scouting reports on depth additions

Assistant General Manager checks in with Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now to discuss Forsberg, Quine, Griffith and Cracknell

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - Much like the 2020-21 NHL season, the start date for the upcoming American Hockey League campaign has not been finalized, but the Oilers are making sure the Bakersfield Condors will be ready when the time comes.

Much of the affiliate squad's roster will be dedicated to Edmonton's up-and-coming prospects, but as Assistant General Manager Keith Gretzky said on Monday's episode of Oilers Now on 630 CHED, the Condors will also need a veteran presence.

"You want to give the young kids a lot of ice time, but they're going to have to earn it," Gretzky told Bob Stauffer. "We wanted to add some experience and leadership to the locker room, having our young kids understand what it takes to be a pro player and how hard you have to work."

Between the pipes last season, Bakersfield relied exclusively on prospects and finished with a 21-27-8 record, with Shane Starrett, Stuart Skinner and Dylan Wells all having less than 100 professional games under their belts.

Gretzky said an organizational priority when free agency opener earlier this month was adding a veteran number three netminder, and the Oilers ended up signing a one-year deal with Anton Forsberg, who has played 48 NHL games and 185 AHL games over the past seven seasons with Columbus, Chicago and Carolina.

Video: FREE AGENCY | Ken Holland 10.09.20

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BLOG: Russell relishing role as mentor for young d-men

Veteran blueliner looking forward to spending more time assisting with the development of up-and-coming Oilers rearguards

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EDMONTON, AB - Kris Russell is looking to pay it forward.

When the 33-year-old defenceman broke into the league with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2007-08, he was taken under the wings of NHL veterans like Adam Foote, Sergei Federov, Mike Peca and Jason Chimera. Foote, in particular, mentored Russell as a fellow blueliner who was 36 at the time and wrapping up a career that included 1,324 combined regular season and playoff games.

"I was very fortunate when I came into the league," Russell told Bob Stauffer on Friday's episode of Oilers Now on 630 CHED. "We had a lot of veteran guys in Columbus... [Head Coach Ken Hitchcock] put me right beside Adam Foote from the start of camp and that's where my stall ended up being.

"To learn from a guy like that and listen to a guy who played so hard and was such a great player in the league, from the day-to-day things he could help me with and how easy it was to come to him and talk to him and how available he made himself, that sure showed a lot to me."

Video: CBJ@EDM: Jones hammers one-timer past Korpisalo

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FUTURE WATCH: Bouchard, Lavoie light the lamp in Sweden

Defenceman scores his third of the season while forward prospect picks up a pair in HockeyAllsvenskan action

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EDMONTON, AB - Oilers prospects were all over the scoresheet in Sweden on Wednesday as the HockeyAllsvenskan regular season continued.

Defenceman Evan Bouchard is up to three goals and two assists in nine games with Sodertalje SK after he blasted home a power-play tally in a 4-2 win over BIK Karlskoga.

Forward Raphael Lavoie found the back of the net twice for Vasby IK in a 5-2 defeat against HC Vita Hasten, bringing him up to four goals and two assists in seven games.

Both players have been loaned by the Oilers to the Swedish clubs.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: #Oilers forward prospect Raphael Lavoie with a pair of snipes for @VasbyHockey today in @HockeyAllsvensk action.

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RELEASE: Oilers extend Kris Russell

Edmonton has signed defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season with an AAV of $1.25 million

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EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have signed defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season worth an average annual value (AAV) of $1.25 million.

Russell, 33, appeared in 55 games with the Oilers last season, posting 9 assists, 14 penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating. He also played in four games in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound blueliner has appeared in 846 career NHL games over 13 seasons with Columbus, St. Louis, Calgary, Dallas and Edmonton, registering 236 points (46 goals, 190 assists), 259 penalty minutes and a -5 plus/minus rating. Russell has also recorded 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists), 24 penalty minutes and a -4 plus/minus rating in 53 career playoff games.

He originally joined the Oilers for the 2016-17 season as an unrestricted free agent.

Video: EDM@VGK: Russell fires point shot in off the post

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FEATURE: Tippett talks Turris, Barrie, Puljujarvi

Oilers bench boss discusses the team's two biggest free agent signings as well as the return of their 2016 first-round pick

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers will be a more well-rounded team up front next season thanks to their moves this month, according to Head Coach Dave Tippett.

The bench boss joined Bob Stauffer on Tuesday's episode of Oilers Now on 630 CHED to discuss some key additions to the roster with the signings of Kyle Turris and Tyson Barrie, as well as the reunion with Jesse Puljujarvi.

Specifically with regards to Turris and Puljujarvi, who both signed two-year contracts earlier this month, Tippett said the Oilers will have three forward lines capable of generating consistent offence, as opposed to two scoring lines and two checking lines, which was the case in 2019-20.

"I think the NHL has gone to top-nine forwards and then a role-playing fourth line," the coach said. "We were kind of top six and bottom six last year. With bringing in Kyle and with the addition of Puljujarvi, we'll get to where we feel a lot more comfortable with a top nine in offensive situations and in five-on-five situations."

Video: OILERS TODAY | Signing Season 10.09.20

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BLOG: Draisaitl meets tennis stars in Cologne

Reigning Hart, Ted Lindsay and Art Ross winner joins fellow countryman Alexander Zverev and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime on the court

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EDMONTON, AB - Last summer it was NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki, this off-season it's German tennis superstar Alexander Zverev.

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl continues to forge friendships with his fellow national sports heroes as he hit the hardcourt in his hometown on Monday with the finalists of the ATP Tour's 2020 Bett1Hulks Championship at Lanxess Arena in Cologne.

The NHL's reigning Hart Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Art Ross Trophy winner received some tennis pointers from Zverev and Canadian star Felix Auger-Aliassime before they traded their racquets for hockey sticks and Draisaitl returned the favour.

Tweet from @atptour: .@NHL MVP in the house! 🏠@EdmontonOilers' Leon Draisaitl paid a visit to @bett1hulks to meet @AlexZverev & @felixtennis 👊

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BLOG: Jersey numbers announced

Oilers newcomers Kyle Turris, Tyson Barrie, Alan Quine and Anton Forsberg have selected their jersey numbers for the upcoming season

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EDMONTON, AB - The newest Edmonton Oilers have selected their jersey numbers.

Forward Kyle Turris, who signed a two-year $3.3 million contract, will wear number 8, sticking with what he donned as a member of the Nashville Predators. He wore number 7 with the Ottawa Senators and number 91 with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Defenceman Tyson Barrie, who inked a one-year $3.75 million deal, has decided on number 22. He wore number 94 with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season, as well as number 41 then number 4 with the Colorado Avalanche.

Forward Alan Quine, who agreed to terms on a one-year $750,000 contract, will wear number 26. He donned number 89 with the Calgary Flames, as well as number 10 with the New York Islanders.

Between the pipes, goalie Anton Forsberg, who signed a one-year $700,000 deal, will sport number 33. He wore number 31 previously with the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets, but that number hangs retired in the Rogers Place rafters thanks to the Hall of Fame career of Oilers legend Grant Fuhr.

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: We may have seen a tweet or two about #Oilers jersey numbers this week... 😉

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