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Video- Wayne Gretzky On Joey Moss

EDMONTON, AB - From frozen street hockey games to locker room wrestling matches, Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky reflected on the life and legacy of longtime dressing room attendant Joey Moss.

It was Gretzky who introduced Moss to the hockey club in the early 1980's after he met him when he was dating Joey's sister Vicki. Moss was working at an Edmonton bottle depot at the time and Gretzky asked Head Coach and General Manager Glen Sather if he could work for the team instead and help out around the locker room with the training staff.

Sather said yes and Moss ended up spending the final 35 years of his life with the team, remaining close friends with Gretzky right up until his passing on Monday at the age of 57.

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If We All Could Have The Heart Of Joey Moss

from Caley Ramsay of Global News,

Edmonton sports legend Joey Moss has died at the age of 57, Global News has learned.

Moss has been a beloved member of the Edmonton Oilers for decades. He became the NHL team’s locker room attendant in 1984, after he was recommended by The Great One himself — Wayne Gretzky. The two met when Gretzky was just 20 years old. He was dating Moss’ sister at the time.

Moss, who was born with Down syndrome, joined the Edmonton Football Team two years later.

Over the years, he’s captured the hearts of those in Edmonton and beyond, particularly for his enthusiastic participation in the national anthem before the start of every game.



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High Grades For Ken Holland

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

In a Cult of Hockey poll, fans weighed in and handed Holland high marks with 86.5 per cent of them giving him a grade of A or B:

On Oilers Now, former NHL GM Brian Lawton said Holland did well. “For me, when I look at how teams have done, and I’ve been going through and seeing who had made some really nice adjustments in the offseason that will help them win more, I always compare it to what their ability was to spend money as well. The Oilers didn’t have a lot of money to spend. What they were able to accomplish, I would actually rank in the top third in terms of the position they were starting from.”

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And former NHL GM Brian Burke, also on Oilers Now talking to Bob Stauffer: “I think Kenny is a Hall-of-Fame for a reason. I know people are upset about the goaltending but keep in mind the goaltending was above average during the regular season. It just kind of fell apart in the playoffs. I use MacGyver analogy. I used to watch MacGyver. He always found a solution. When you’ve got cap issues there’s two courses of action you can follow. You can do nothing or you can use a little bit of chicken wire and chewing gum and cobble together a solution, and that’s what Kenny has done. He’s used small chips, short term deals, small deals. I loved Turris coming in in the three hole. He’s taken the small amount of cap room he had and maximized it.”

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The Edmonton Oilers Retain Kris Russell For Another Year

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Kris Russell to a one-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season worth an annual average 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 5’10”, 170-pound blueliner has appeared in 846 career NHL games over 13 seasons with Columbus, St. Louis, Calgary, Dallas, and Edmonton, registering 236 points (46G, 190A), 259 penalty minutes and a -5 plus/minus rating. Russell has also recorded 20 points (3G, 17A), 24 penalty minutes and a -4 plus/minus rating in 53 career playoff games.

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Mike Smith Staying In Edmonton

(Edmonton, AB) - The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with goaltender Mike Smith on a one-year contract through the 2020-21 season. The one-year contract is worth $1.5 million in base salary and up to $500K in performance bonuses, giving it an annual average value (AAV) of $2 million.  
Smith, 38, appeared in 39 games with the Oilers last season, posting a 19-12-6 record, a 2.95 goals against average, a .902 save percentage and one shutout. He also played in one game in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. 

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Edmonton Oilers Sign Tyson Barrie

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.

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Nothing Of Note For The Edmonton Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The other three teams in Western Canada all appeared to improve. Not Edmonton. Not on paper.

The goaltending was the No.1 area the Oilers wanted to improve. But they were forced to declare themselves out on the bidding for Markstrom and others because of the price tags.

While they’ll remain in the scramble to acquire one, a lot of the eligible goaltenders available in free agency found new homes Friday.

Certainly there’s going to be no dramatic upgrade. They might even have to go back to Mike Smith.

The loss of Klefbom, likely for the entire season, was characterized by GM Ken Holland, as “a huge blow.”

Holland said Klefbom would be replaced by “someone more under the radar” meaning someone still available with a low price tag.

Basically the plan will be to give the talented but not yet developed depth at the position a chance to compete to claim the opportunity to play some of Klefbom’s minutes.

That may result in making the Oilers better in 2021-22. But for this coming compacted season, it’ll have to be a work in progress. And you’ll have to hope Ethan Bear and Caleb Jones avoid the sophomore jinx.

As for Turris and Puljujarvi, there will be a lot of wishing, hoping and probably praying involved.


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Kyle Turris Now With Edmonton

added 3:40pm, Press release below.

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What Will The Edmonton Oilers Do With Andreas Athanasiou?

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

The word right now is that Holland will see if he can get Athanasiou to sign for less than his qualifying offer. For the player to do that, he’d have to assess the market, determine he can’t get more elsewhere, and decide Edmonton is his best bet, even at reduced wages, with the number of $2.2 million per year floated. It could well be that Athanasiou could only command that amount on the free market, but it may take Athanasiou going to market to find out this vital fact. He and the Oilers may well go that route, with Edmonton then circling back to the player if he doesn’t get an offer to his liking. That’s another option here. Perhaps it’s the best one for all parties. I’m uncertain, but if Holland does decide to qualify the player on a one-year deal that wouldn’t be a terrible strategy, given the winger’s scoring potential.


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The Goalie Issue In Edmonton

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

The Edmonton Oilers could go into next season with the same goalie tandem of Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen. Kind of the way your mechanic says you could ride an old timing chain for another six months, but you’re going to have to buck up eventually.

The aging part would be the 38-year-old Smith, who is an unrestricted free agent. He is a big goalie with a lot of miles on him, but was comfortable in Edmonton and gave the Oilers a big dose of swagger that served them well.

The part you replaced recently would be Koskinen, the recipient of Peter Chiarelli’s ridiculously large contract who (to his credit) actually resembled a $4.5 million goalie for much of last season. He will be part of the Oilers tandem in 2020-21 — no doubt.

The question is, does general manager Ken Holland court Smith, or should he look elsewhere for someone to share the crease with the Three Metres of Koskinen?

The answer: Holland isn’t sure yet.


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