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BLOG: 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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FUTURE WATCH: Oilers prospects producing in Europe

McLeod and Benson putting up points in Switzerland, Rodrigue earns first pro victory in Austria, Bouchard and Lavoie scoring in Sweden

by Ryan Frankson /

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have more players and prospects loaned to teams overseas than any other NHL club, and many of them are off to strong starts with their respective squads.

Ryan McLeod is playing for EV Zug in Switzerland's National League and has a pair of assists in three regular season games thus far. The forward, drafted 40th overall in 2018, also scored a goal and two assists in a Swiss Cup tournament game.

Fellow forward prospect Tyler Benson, drafted 32nd overall in 2016, is competing for the GCK Lions in Switzerland's second division, the Swiss League, and is averaging a point per game thus far with a goal and three assists in four appearances.

Next door in Austria, Oilers goalie prospect Olivier Rodrigue picked up his first professional victory on Sunday in his debut with the Graz99ers of the Austrian Hockey League. The 62nd-overall pick in 2018 made 34 saves in a 6-2 win against EC VSV.

Tweet from @graz99ers: Great debut!

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BLOG: Signing with Oilers a 'no-brainer' for Barrie

Defenceman determined to 're-establish' himself as one of the NHL's best as he heads to Edmonton on a one-year contract

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Oilers free agency coverage is presented by the Team Rogers Community Draft

EDMONTON, AB - Tyson Barrie is betting on himself in 2020-21.

The veteran defenceman signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract with the Oilers on Saturday as he looks to bounce back from a 2019-20 campaign with the Toronto Maple Leafs that saw his offensive production dip well below his previous two seasons.

Barrie scored 14 goals in back-to-back seasons with the Colorado Avalanche in 2017-18 and 2018-19, with 57 and 59 points those years, respectively. But in his first and only season with Toronto, he put up five goals and 39 points.

The 29-year-old was making $5.5 million per season over the last four years, but he said he had no problem taking a pay cut for the opportunity to play in Edmonton.

"It was a no-brainer," he said. "With everything that's going on and coming off the year that I had, to be able to have a chance to go into Edmonton and play with this team on a one-year deal, it wasn't about money. I'm coming in to re-establish myself and show the league that I'm still a pretty good player.

"I'm just excited to show that I'm a helluva player and I've got a lot left to give. I think this is the perfect opportunity for me to show that."

Video: OILERS TODAY | Bounceback Barrie 10.10.20

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Mike Smith

Edmonton opts to bring back the veteran netminder on a one-year, $2 million contract

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Oilers free agency coverage is presented by the Team Rogers Community Draft

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Mike Smith on a one-year, $2 million contract.

The 38-year-old played for Edmonton during the 2019-20 season, posting a 19-12-6 record with a 2.95 goals-against average and .902 save percentage.

Smith has appeared in 610 career NHL games with a 2.71 GAA and .911 save percentage.

Video: FREE AGENCY | Mike Smith 10.10.20

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RELEASE: Oilers sign Tyson Barrie

Defenceman headed to Edmonton on a one-year contract, has scored 346 points in 554 career games with Colorado and Toronto

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Oilers free agency coverage is presented by the Team Rogers Community Draft

EDMONTON, AB - The Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent defenceman Tyson Barrie on a one-year, $3.75 million contract.

The 29-year-old has scored 80 goals and 266 assists in 554 career games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche, the latter who selected him 64th overall at the 2009 NHL Draft.

The Victoria native's career-best season came in 2018-19 with Colorado as he tallied 14 goals and 45 assists in 78 games. He had five goals and 34 assists in 70 games with Toronto last season.

Barrie has also scored one goal and 13 assists in 26 post-season games.

Video: FREE AGENCY | Tyson Barrie 10.10.20


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BLOG: Puljujarvi piling up goals

Oilers winger has scored four times in two games with Karpat in Finland's Liiga after signing his two-year contract

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EDMONTON, AB - It's been a good week for Jesse Puljujarvi.

On Wednesday, the 22-year-old forward signed a two-year contract with the Oilers in anticipation of his return to the NHL after a one-year absence.

On Thursday, the right-winger was brimming with confidence on a media conference call, showcasing his improved English and expressing his excitement over the fresh start.

On Friday, the fourth-overall pick in 2016 scored two goals and added an assist as his Karpat squad beat up on IFK Helsinki 7-3 in Liiga action.

And on Saturday, Puljujarvi picked up two more tallies and a helper as Karpat beat Pelicans 5-2, bringing his totals up to five goals and two assists in four games.

"We told Jesse he has to eat and sleep every now and then, but he said he is too busy scoring goals," quipped the Karpat Twitter account during Saturday's game.

Puljujarvi scored 24 goals and 29 assists in 56 games with Karpat last season.

Video: RAW | Jesse Puljujarvi 10.08.20

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