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Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They are members of the Northwest Division in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Edmonton Oilers were founded on November 1, 1971, with the team playing its first season in 1972 as one of twelve founding franchises of the major professional World Hockey Association (WHA). Notably, the team was temporarily renamed the Alberta Oilers when the Calgary Broncos (a fellow WHA founding franchise in Alberta) relocated to Cleveland, Ohio. However, the team returned to the Edmonton Oilers name the following year. The Oilers subsequently joined the NHL in 1979 as one of four franchises introduced through the NHL merger with the WHA. The Oilers are now the sole remaining WHA team playing in their original city. After joining the NHL, Edmonton Oilers quickly went on to win the Stanley Cup on five occasions: 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 and 1990. As one of the dominant NHL teams of the 1980s, the Oilers team of this era has been honored with "dynasty" status by the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Edmonton Oilers ticketsOilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson set an NHL record for being the oldest goaltender to play 60 games in a season. The Oilers failed to qualify for the 2009 Postseason.

The Oilers kicked off the off-season by firing long-time head coach Craig MacTavish and assistants Billy Moores and Charlie Huddy. The Oilers replaced MacT by hiring Pat Quinn to be the head coach, Tom Renney as the associate coach and Wayne Fleming as the assistant coach, while Kelly Buchberger was retained as assistant coach. The Oilers then drafted highly touted Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson 10th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. The Oilers then traded fan-favorite Kyle Brodziak to the Minnesota Wild for two draft picks in the 2009 Draft, which the Oilers used to draft Kyle Bigos and Olivier Roy. The Oilers then headed into Free Agency with two key Free Agents in Dwayne Roloson and Ales Kotalik. Oilers let both of them walk and replaced them with Nikolai Khabibulin and Mike Comrie, respectively. Khabibulin signed a 4yr/$15 million contract, while Comrie signed a 1yr/$1.125 million contract. While the Oilers made these transactions, the whole off-season was marred by the huge blockbuster trade that was made with the Ottawa Senators in which the Oilers would acquire 2-time 50 goal scorer Dany Heatley in exchange for forwards Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner, and defenseman Ladislav Smid. Heatley would refuse, and would later get traded to the San Jose Sharks for Jonathan Cheechoo and Milan Michalek.


Calgary Flames: The Battle of Alberta is the nickname given to the rivalry between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. The Battle of Alberta predates the NHL, but it is on the ice that this rivalry is at its zenith. Although 1991 was the last year these teams met in the Stanley Cup playoffs, it still remains one of the most storied and bitter rivalries in professional sports.

Vancouver Canucks: Although not the Battle of Alberta, these two teams still have an intense, fierce rivalry. Most of the games played between these two feel like it's playoff hockey, and with each game played, have playoff implications on their seasons.