Another day, another Oiler heading to Russia.
This time, it’s defenseman Philip Larsen — the 24-year-old Dane has reportedly inked a one-year agreement with Yugra of the KHL, according to Sports.ru.
Larsen, who came to Edmonton as part of the Shawn Horcoff-to-Dallas trade, appeared in 30 games for the Oilers last season, scoring three goals and 12 points. He was in and out of the lineup repeatedly and spent some time with AHL Oklahoma City prior to parting ways with the club.
As mentioned above, Larsen is just the latest Oiler to bolt for the KHL. The first was Russian Olympic defenseman Anton Belov, who left Edmonton after just one year (and 57 games) to sign with SKA St. Petersburg. Shortly after departing, Belov said part of his reason for returning home was that he no longer wanted to play under Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins.
Not long after, forward Roman Horak — acquired in the Ladislav Smid deal with Calgary — opted to sign with Vityaz Podolsk after making just two appearances with the Oilers, spending the majority of his time in OKC.
For the first time in tournament history, the IIHF World Championships will be going to Denmark.
The IIHF announced on Friday that the Danes had been awarded the 2018 tournament — to be held in the cities of Copenhagen and Herning — beating out Latvia for the right to host the annual event.
Denmark has steadily become an emerging player on the international ice hockey scene. Last year, seven different Danish players suited up in the NHL — Jannik Hansen, Mikkel Boedker, Lars Eller, Nicklas Jensen, Philip Larsen, Frans Nielsen and Peter Regin — and the national team is currently ranked 13th in the world, sandwiched between France (which has stunned onlookers at the current Worlds in Belarus) and Slovenia (which stunned onlookers at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.)
As for the World Championships prior to ’18, the Czech Republic will host next year, followed by Russia in 2016. In 2017, the cities of Paris and Cologne will co-host the event.
Devan Dubnyk is only 27 years old, but we might already be seeing the beginning of the end of his NHL career after the Nashville Predators decided to place him on waivers, per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.
Dubnyk entered the season as Edmonton’s number one goaltender, but he got off to a horrendous start with a 4.01 GAA and .878 save percentage in nine October games. The Oilers consequently signed Ilya Bryzgalov and then acquired Ben Scrivens from Los Angeles.
Edmonton shipped Dubnyk to Nashville on Jan. 15, but he only played in two Predators contests and had a 4.35 GAA and .850 save percentage with the team.
With Pekka Rinne set to return, they no longer have room for Dubnyk. His contract will expire following the 2013-14 campaign.
Also on waivers today are Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chuck Kobasew, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Frazer McLaren, and Oilers defenseman Philip Larsen.
The Edmonton Oilers announced Thursday that they have recalled defenseman Martin Marincin and forward Roman Horak from Oklahoma in the American Hockey League.
The Oilers are on the road Friday against their Alberta rivals, the Calgary Flames, as the National Hockey League’s schedule resumes after a three-day holiday break.
According to Bob Stauffer, the Oilers’ radio analyst and host on 630 CHED radio, there is the possibility forward Mark Arcobello and defenseman Philip Larsen won’t be ready to go due to injury and illness.
As per the Oilers’ online roster, forward Ryan Jones is currently on injured reserve. Last week, Jones was knocked out at a morning skate after a collision with defenseman and team captain Andrew Ference.
“Crazy,” said Edmonton’s head coach Dallas Eakins, as per the Edmonton Journal. “He got hit in the perfect spot and was out cold on the ice.”
Marincin has three goals and seven points in 24 games with the OKC Barons.
Horak, acquired last month from the Calgary Flames in exchange defenseman Ladislav Smid, has seven goals and 18 points in 31 games split between the Barons and the Flames’ AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat.
No Edmonton Oilers player has played more minutes this season than Jeff Petry. Which is notable, because Petry will be a healthy scratch tonight versus Colorado.
“It’s time to come out, watch a game from up top, take a breath and reset,” said head coach Dallas Eakins, who admitted Tuesday following the Oilers’ 6-2 loss to Phoenix that he was concerned about the 25-year-old defenseman’s play.
“We’ve preached about earning ice, accountability, all of those things,” Eakins said today, adding he had a “long conversation” with Petry this morning.
Petry won’t be the only healthy d-man sitting tonight for the Oilers. Anton Belov will be in the press box, too.
Philip Larsen and AHL call-up Martin Marincin will reportedly draw in versus the Avs.