Hall Signs / Oilers Announce New Medical Trainer and Equipment Personnel

By , July 5, 2010 10:06 am

Taylor Hall has signed with the Oilers, as per Edmonton Journal’s Joanne Ireland:

Taylor Hall, the Oilers’ prized pick from last month’s entry draft, is now under contract.

The Oilers have called a news conference to announce the three-year deal. It is expected to equal the entry-level deal that John Tavares signed with the New York Islanders last year.

His base salary was $900,000 US each season, with several performance bonuses.

Hall, who was at the Edmonton Eskimos season opener on Sunday, will be at the Oilers prospect camp, which gets underway on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old winger told The Journal’s Dan Barnes that he expected to spend some of his signing bonus on a new car. He figured some new clothes might also be on the list.

From Oilers Official e-mail:

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have named T.D. Forss Head Athletic Therapist.

Tambellini also announced today, Jeff Lang has been promoted to the position of Head Equipment Manager and Brad Harrison has joined the Oilers organization as the club’s new Assistant Equipment Manager.

Oilers sign Alexandre Giroux to 1-way contract

By , July 3, 2010 1:35 am
Alexandre Giroux (right) signs with Oilers

Alexandre Giroux (right) signs with Oilers

The Oilers signed 29-year old center Alexandre Giroux to a one-way contract. No term/salary details are available at this point. However, the belief in the hockey world is that Giroux is a career AHLer.

Giroux was a big part of a winning culture in Hershey. He led the AHL in goals 2 years in a row (60 in 2008/09 and 50 in 2009/10). He also led the AHL in points in 2008/09 and was second in points in 2009/10 (behind teammate Keith Aucoin). All this with only 69 games played in each of the seasons. He was also a playoff performer, leading the league in goals and points in both years, and helping take Hershey to two consecutive Calder Cup wins.

Unfortunately, this success has not translated to the NHL level. He has Continue reading 'Oilers sign Alexandre Giroux to 1-way contract'»

Souray placed on Waivers / Strudwick re-signs / Oilers sign Richard Petiot

By , July 2, 2010 10:43 am

Souray placed on Waivers

As per Nick Kypreos’ twitter, Sheldon Souray has been placed on Waivers (thanks VictoriaOilFan for the heads up).

So this brings about some complicated scenarios if Souray clears.

Firstly, will they assign him to OKC? I doubt it, but let’s say they do. He won’t report to Oklahoma City. That’s a given. If he doesn’t report, I believe the Oilers can suspend him, and I believe a suspension to a player will waive cap hit. Now I’m not to sure what would happen from there, but I would be willing to bet it could be complex, and might even get ugly. But this definitely brings up an interesting situation. If they do assign him to OKC, they also could recall him and try and get a team to pick him up on recall waivers. This would mean that the claiming team and the Oilers each pay half of his salary and account for half of his salary cap hit.

On the flip-side, if Souray is claimed on regular waivers, we’ll be free of his $5.4M cap hit for the next 2 years. Will a team take a risk on him though, given his injury history? Also, what are the Oilers going to do with that cap hit? I can’t see them needing that kind of cash in the next two years, but it still would be nice to be able to use that money on either another (or you could say our only) solid goaltender and/or possibly a shutdown d-man.

UPDATE: 10 AM EST, Souray has cleared waivers. I think this should be a sign to him that he’ll be a very tough sell if teams won’t take him for free.

Strudwick re-signs

The Oil have re-signed defenseman Jason Strudwick. The deal is 1 year at 725k (perfect). He’s a slug out there, but at least he’s willing to stick up for teammates, and he’s a great presence in the locker room, apparently.

Oilers sign Defenseman Richard Petiot

I think this is a depth signing for the Oklahoma City Barons. Or at least, I hope it is. Because he’s not likely someone who will help the NHL club any. But Richard Petiot should be good for the Barons, however.

Oilers land their enforcer…

Steve MacIntyre has returned to the Oilers. The deal is a 1-year deal worth $500k.

Per Oilers official e-mail:

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with forward Steve MacIntyre on a one-year contract.

MacIntyre, 29, re-joins the organization after being picked up on waivers by the Florida Panthers at the beginning of last season.

Happy Canada Day / Free Agent Bonanza Day

By , July 1, 2010 8:45 am

Happy Canada Day Folks...

Happy Canada Day Folks...

So, here it is, July 1st… one of the more fun days in the NHL world – the first day of the free agency period (starts at 10PM EST today).

As with every year, there are several players out there that are available through the UFA market. The Fourth Period has compiled a list of the top 30 available UFAs, most of which would be of no interest to the Oilers though. But there are others out there… Continue reading 'Happy Canada Day / Free Agent Bonanza Day'»

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