The Oilers have acquired James Neal from the Flames for Milan Lucic and a conditional 2020 third round pick.
The Alberta rivals swap bad contracts. Going to Edmonton is James Neal, who has four years left with a $5.75M cap-hit. The Oilers are retaining 12.5 percent ($750K) of Lucic’s AAV which means they are taking on an additional $500K AAV in cap-space in this trade. Neal struggled mightily in his first season with the Flames, posting just 19 points (7G / 12A) in 63 games. With so few talented wingers in Edmonton, Neal should see consistent top-6 minutes—at least to start the year.
The Oilers have signed Josh Archibald to a one-year contract worth $1.0M.
Archibald set a career-high with 22 points (12G / 10A) in 68 games with the Coyotes last season. The 26-year-old winger will be a key part of the Oilers fourth line in 2020 but has very little offensive upside.
The Oilers have signed Philip Broberg to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The Oilers have signed Gaëtan Haas to a one-year deal worth $925K.
The Oilers have signed Markus Granlund to a one-year contract.
The Oilers have signed Jujhar Khaira to a two-year, $2.4M ($1.2M AAV) contract extension.
The Oilers have signed Tomas Jurco to a one-year deal worth $750K.
The Oilers have re-signed Alex Chiasson to a two-year contract worth $4.3M ($2.15M AAV).
The Oilers have signed Mike Smith to a one-year deal worth $2.0M.
With the No.8 Pick in the 2019 NHL Draft the Edmonton Oilers select Philip Broberg.
The Oilers signed Patrick Russell to a one-year contract extension.
Russell had a career-best 40 points (18G / 22A) in 51 games with Bakersfield (AHL) this season. Russell also appeared in the first six games of his NHL career with the Oilers but did not register a point.
The Oilers have signed Shane Starrett to a one-year contract extension.
Starrett, 24, finished his first full professional season with Bakersfield (AHL), where he went 27-12-2 with a 2.33 GAA and .918 SV% in 42 games. The American netminder went 3-3 with a 2.89 GAA and .889 SV% in six AHL playoff outings.
The Oilers signed Brad Malone to a one-year contract extension.
Malone, 30, is a veteran AHL presence with 199 career NHL games of experience. Malone did not record a point in 16 games with the Oilers but had 25 points (8G / 17A) in 43 games with Bakersfield (AHL).
The Oilers have signed Joseph Gambardella to a two-year contract extension.
Gambardella has spent the last two season with Bakersfield (AHL) and appeared in 15 games with the Oilers this season, picking up just three assists. The 25-year-old forward had 29 goals and 19 assists (48 points) in 50 AHL games.
The Oilers signed Joakim Nygard to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Nygard, 26, is an undrafted free-agent winger who has spent seven seasons with Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League. This past season, Nygard led the team in goals (21) and was third in points (35) in 52 games.
The Oilers signed Olivier Rodrigue to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Rodrigue, 18, was picked in the second-round (No.62 overall) in 2018 and finished his third season with Drummondville (QMJHL) where he was 35-9-1 with a 2.43 GAA and .902 SV%.
The Oilers signed Logan Day to a one-year, entry-level contract.
Day, 24, just finished his first pro season with Bakersfield (AHL) where he led all Condors defensemen with 34 points (7G / 27A) in 64 games.
Neal will be a healthy scratch in Game 5.
Neal has struggled to get anything going against the Avalanche, failing to record a point with seven shots and a minus-3 rating. Neal will be replaced by Austin Czarnik on the Flames’ third-line.
Smith will start Game 5 vs. the Avalanche.
Smith stopped 49 of 52 shots in the Flames 3-2 overtime loss in Colorado in Game 4. The Flames find themselves down 3-1 heading back to Calgary but Smith has played exceptionally well, posting a .931 SV% through four games.That number is even more impressive when you realize that he is facing an average of 43.3 shots per game and saw 50-plus in back-to-back games in Colorado.