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FEATURE: Montoya happy to be back on the ice

Newly acquired goaltender looks forward to settling into his backup role in Edmonton

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

DALLAS, TX - It's been a whirlwind week for the newest Oilers goaltender Al Montoya. He has missed much of the season after suffering a concussion in a game against the Winnipeg Jets in early November. He was just cleared for action this past Thursday and minutes later, heard that he was being dealt to Edmonton. 

Video: 1-ON-1 | Al Montoya

"You say it's part of the business but it's a surprise to me," Montoya said prior to Saturday's game against the Dallas Stars. "Probably an hour after I got cleared after missing quite a bit (of time) then the trade comes in, jump on a flight, don't even get to say bye to the family and now I'm kind of settling in which feels nice."

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BLOG: Montoya activated from injured reserve

Laurent Brossoit has also been placed on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Bakersfield (AHL)

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers have activated goaltender Al Montoya, acquired on Thursday via trade with Montreal, from injured reserve. 

They have also placed goaltender Laurent Brossoit on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Bakersfield (AHL)

Tweet from @EdmontonOilers: The #Oilers have activated Al Montoya from Injured Reserve & placed Laurent Brossoit on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the @Condors. pic.twitter.com/1MDwYtKMGA

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RELEASE: Oilers activate Klefbom

The Oilers have made roster moves on Friday ahead of their game against Chicago

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have activated defenceman Oscar Klefbom from injured reserve.

Klefbom, 24, has appeared in 33 games with the Oilers this season, posting nine points (3G, 6A) and 12 penalty minutes. He leads the Oilers in time on ice, averaging 22:46 per game.

The 6'3", 215-pound blueliner has recorded 82 points (22G, 60A) and 28 penalty minutes in 222 career NHL games.

The Oilers have also placed defenceman Eric Gryba on waivers for the purpose of assignment.

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MIC INJURY REPORT: Oilers healthy for the first time this season

Oilers have lost 79 man games to injury or illness this season

by Staff / EdmontonOilers.com

As of December 29, 2017

Current man games lost due to injury: 79 games

See below for a full injury report. 

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RELEASE: Sekera Activated off IR

The Oilers have activated Andrej Sekera off Injured Reserve

by Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have activated defenceman Andrej Sekera from injured reserve. He has missed the first part of the 2017-18 season due to injury. 

Sekera, 31, suffered the injury on May 5, 2017 against the Anaheim Ducks during game five in the second round of the 2017 playoffs.

The 6'0", 200-pound blueliner appeared in 80 games with the Oilers in 2016-17, posting 35 points (8G, 27A) and 18 penalty minutes. He also played in 11 playoff games, registering three points (1G, 2A).and two penalty minutes.

A native of Bojnice, Slovakia, Sekera has appeared in 647 career NHL games, accumulating 224 points (45G, 179A), 166 penalty minutes and a plus six rating.

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BLOG: McLellan speaks on the Klefbom injury

With Oscar Klefbom being placed on injured reserve, McLellan talks about giving the blueliner a bit of a break

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

On Tuesday morning, Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom was placed on Injured Reserve. Klefbom has played in 33 of the team's 34 games this season but he's played injured recently. 

"He's been playing sore and hurt for awhile and with us getting Larsson back and Sekera getting close, now's the time to get him the time he needs to heal throughout the Christmas break," said Oilers head coach Todd McLellan. 

Any player placed on IR has to be out for a minimum of seven days so the earliest Klefbom can return is on December 27 at Winnipeg. McLellan is hopeful he will be back by then. 

"Hopefully that will help him get his body back to where it needs to be to perform at a high level."

Klefbom has played his best hockey of the season lately. In the month of December, he has a goal and three points and a +6 rating in 22:27 of ice time through eight games after only six points and a -14 rating through his previous 25 games. 

"Oscar's game has come a long way over the last few weeks," McLellan noted.  

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RELEASE: Oilers make roster changes

The Oilers have made a few changes to their roster, including placing Oscar Klefbom on IR

by Press Release / Edmonton Oilers

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have recalled forward Anton Slepyshev from the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.

Slepyshev, 23, has appeared in 15 games with the Oilers this season, posting three points (1G, 2A).

The 6'2", 221-pound forward has appeared in 67 career NHL games, accumulating 14 points (5G, 9A), and 6 penalty minutes.

The Oilers have also placed defenceman Oscar Klefbom on injured reserve and forward Nathan Walker has been placed on waivers.

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RELEASE: Larsson activated from IR

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have activated defenceman Adam Larsson from injured reserve.

Larsson, 25, has appeared in 25 games with the Oilers this season, posting four points (3G, 1A) and 14 penalty minutes. He leads all Oilers defencemen in hits (90) and ranks second in the NHL in hits per game (3.60).

The 6'3", 210-pound blueliner has appeared in 378 career NHL games, accumulating 92 points (16G, 76A), 224 penalty minutes and a plus 32 rating.

The Oilers have also assigned forward Anton Slepyshev to the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.

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RELEASE: Oilers activate Talbot from IR

The Oilers have activated goaltender Cam Talbot from injured reserve

by Edmonton Oilers Press Release / EdmontonOilers.com

EDMONTON, AB - The Edmonton Oilers have activated goaltender Cam Talbot from injured reserve. 

Talbot, 30, has appeared in 22 games with the Oilers this season, posting a 10-10-1 record, a 3.00 goals against average, a .903 save percentage and one shutout.

The 6'4", 210-pound goaltender has appeared in 208 career NHL games, posting a record of 106-74-19, a 2.39 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and 19 shutouts.

In 2016-17, Talbot led the NHL in games played (73), minutes played (4,294), saves (1,946) and tied for league lead with 42 wins.

The Oilers have also assigned goaltender Nick Ellis to the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bakersfield Condors.

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BLOG: McLellan gives updates on Sekera, Larsson and Talbot

Oilers head coach gave a status update on Wednesday on the injured players

by Marc Ciampa / EdmontonOilers.com

The Oilers had a successful road trip without three key pillars of the team on the defensive side in Andrej Sekera, Adam Larsson and Cam Talbot. On Wednesday, Oilers head coach Todd McLellan provided an update on each player. 

"Larsson and Sekera are both doing a good job of rehab and trying to get back into the lineup. We'll worry about those problems when we have them," McLellan said about the possibility of a logjam on defence with a full slate of healthy defenders (Sekera is projected to return early in the New Year). 

"(Larsson) skated today, he skated when we were on the road so things are improving. We're probably back to that day-to-day scenario but with his injury, he could wake up tomorrow and it could be back to where it was before. So we've got to get completely through it and make sure that he's fine."

Regarding Talbot, he will be reevaluated following Thursday's game.

"Talbs is getting awfully close. He won't be involved in tomorrow's game against Nashville but there's a potential target date if everything goes well further into the weekend."

 

 

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