OILERS ACQUIRE GOALIE ANDERS NILSSON

If you’re looking for goalie bets, Nilsson is a nice one. He has been very strong in the KHL during the last two seasons and had been looking at a return to North America.

  • Nilsson: “I have done for three years in the AHL and I do not think it would be good for my development to play a fourth year in the AHL, That’s what I’ve said to them, since we have not started to go into contract negotiations.”

Looks like he’s interested in an NHL option. Unproven but a nice resume. Suspect the ‘Hawks, who acquired him in the Nick Leddy trade (from NYI), had no plans for him. Best of luck, Liam  Coughlin.

He’s not signed, so no update of the 50-man. Fascinating turn, didn’t expect a goalie of this type (lack of experience in the NHL, coming from outside the league) as the addition. Another shoe to drop?

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  1. dustrock says:

    Has LT ever had such a sarcastic headline? lol

  2. thejonrmcleod says:

    I don’t know anything about Nilsson other than what I learned reading his stats. Had a very good year in the KHL. .936 and .935 save percentages in the regular season and playoffs respectively.

  3. wheatnoil says:

    Wait… did Chiarelli just trade Coughlin for a KHL goalie who posted a .935 save percentage last year?

    I mean, his AHL numbers from prior to that are terrible, he’s 25, and he’s been poor in his few NHL games but still… for Coughlin?

    Chiarell you magnificent bastard.

  4. fifthcartel says:

    This seems very strange, they have two goalies in the AHL (Brossoit, Laurikainen), or else Laurikainen goes back to Europe.

    Seems like they’re definitely up to something.

  5. dustrock says:

    Schultz & R2-Eetu or Brossoit for _________?

    Haven’t heard about Schultz arbitration and it’s after 3 pm deadline.

  6. Pajamah says:

    Another .935 overseas and he jumps over all but Talbot in my estimation. Would love to see an NHLE for KHL/AHL save percentages but as this blog says, voodoo.

  7. leadfarmer says:

    Curious. That 3 headed Ahl goalie monster? Or is Someone going to the Echl? Or is Seivens getting the boot?

    Good trade value wise.

  8. dustrock says:

    I was going to say maybe he’ll go to ECHL but I didn’t see that he had already done 3 years in the AHL.

  9. Marc says:

    fifthcartel:
    This seems very strange, they have two goalies in the AHL (Brossoit, Laurikainen), or else Laurikainen goes back to Europe.

    Seems like they’re definitely up to something.

    I think I read somewhere that they wanted to try and add one more G. They did try and resign Bachman.

  10. Halfwise says:

    “Ak-Bars Kazan” always makes me want to look around for those little Shriners’ minibikes. And a fez or two.

    LT, I won’t hold my breath for a Sail On Vernon Viper posting.

  11. Ducey says:

    So Nilsson fits in where? AHL?

    Is he signed, and if so waiver eligible?

  12. dustrock says:

    Camp competition for Scrivens or is The Professor going to be seeking a new posting?

  13. bendelson says:

    What the hell am I supposed to do with my Liam Coughlin Oilers jersey now?

  14. wheatnoil says:

    leadfarmer:
    Curious.That 3 headed Ahl goalie monster? Or is Someone going to the Echl?Or is Seivens getting the boot?

    Good trade value wise.

    I don’t think this trade means anything is upcoming.

    The Oilers have often have more than 2 signed goalies in the minor leagues (last year they had Bachman, Broissoit, Bunz, AND Tuohima).

    I think EetuD2 and Nilsson (should he sign) will be battling it out for the AHL spot with Broissoit, with the loser getting into the ECHL to start.

    (Now having written that, watch a major trade coming this way)

  15. dustrock says:

    Mark Lazerus ‏@MarkLazerus 45s46 seconds ago
    Anders Nilsson wanted to return to North America, but did not want to play in the AHL (which is why he left for KHL in the first place).

  16. wheatnoil says:

    Anders Nilsson wanted to return to North America, but did not want to play in the AHL (which is why he left for KHL in the first place).— Mark Lazerus (@MarkLazerus) July 6, 2015

    Or… you know… maybe I’m wrong.

    Also possible the Oilers don’t intend to sign him but want to hang on to his rights for one more year and may be give him a shot if Scrivens doesn’t bounce back and Broissoit doesn’t progress.

  17. Lowetide says:

    bendelson:
    What the hell am I supposed to do with my Liam Coughlin Oilers jersey now?

    Close the thread!

  18. Ducey says:

    bendelson:
    What the hell am I supposed to do with my Liam Coughlin Oilers jersey now?

    Hang onto it. You never know.

    For instance, millions can now dig their Robert Nilsson jerseys out of the back of the closet for when the new goalie suits up.

  19. Pajamah says:

    Ducey: Hang onto it.You never know.

    For instance, millions can now dig their Robert Nilsson jerseys out of the back of the closet for when the new goalie suits up.

    So the CHL lists no Schremp’s. I’ll just wait here.

  20. Doug McLachlan says:

    I see that Nilsson split time with Enroth at this year’s World Championship team so curious what Lander and Klefbom’s take on him was. This year’s Swedish squad was pedestrian in terms of sv% (he posted a .899 in his 3 games, slightly better than Enroth’s) but looked all-world last year leading Sweden to a bronze (a .938 sv% over 9 games).

    Ah, sample size – is there nothing you can’t do.

  21. Ducey says:

    dustrock:
    Mark Lazerus ‏@MarkLazerus 45s46 seconds ago
    Anders Nilsson wanted to return to North America, but did not want to play in the AHL (which is why he left for KHL in the first place).

    Maybe the crash in the KHL has changed his mind?

    I can’t see Chia unloading Scrivens and going with a Talbot/ Nilsson tandem.

    Perhaps they just are happy to have his rights in the event they need them next year.

  22. Marc says:

    Found the link that said that they wanted to resign Bachman: http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2015/07/01/edmonton-oilers-gm-peter-chiarelli-holds-forth-on-sekera-letestu-korpikoski-reinhart-nurse/

    Chia: On the loss of Richard Bachman:

    “Tried to sign Bachman but he went to Vancouver. Doesn’t mean we don’t want Brossoit to have work.”

  23. Ducey says:

    Pajamah: So the CHL lists no Schremp’s. I’ll just wait here.

    Did you buy just the jersey, or the optional shine box, too?

  24. RexLibris says:

    http://lowetide.ca/2014/06/28/oilers-at-130-liam-coughlin/

    Question: Who the Heck is Liam Coughlin?

    Answer: Anders Nilsson

    So, did anyone predict that Coughlin could have a Stanley Cup ring before Taylor Hall?

    I kid, I kid.

    Kind of.

  25. bendelson says:

    Ducey,

    I had it narrowed down to McDavid or Coughlin.
    In retrospect, I may have made a poor decision.

    Now, back to fixin’ that NAIT LRT line…
    Fingers crossed!

  26. Marc says:

    Also in that link:

    “We were fortunate to get some things done at the draft which took some of the urgency away. Now we have nine D, I’d rather have nine than five. That creates competition. You can carry eight D. It depends on what happens in the next little while, and maybe it ends up in camp.”

    We’ve assumed that it will be one of the veteran D that gets bought out if the Oilers open a second buyout window. It may actually be Scrivens.

    We know they’ve been kicking the tires of other goalies. And Chia’s said that the D may not get resolved till camp, and that they may carry 8 D if necessary.

  27. dustrock says:

    Doug McLachlan,

    guess our “c’mon Chiarelli! I’m getting bored!” jokes were on point.

  28. Richard S.S. says:

    Schultz and Scrivens being traded?

  29. wheatnoil says:

    “Karri Ramo’s #’s from yrs ago with Tampa were terrible too. Went to KHL & came back better (tho not great). Just sayin.” – @FortShox

    Draft + 1:
    Ramo – SM-liiga = .898 (26 games)
    Nilsson – SEL = .896 (27 games)

    Draft + 2:
    Ramo – SM-liiga = .929 (24 games)
    Nilsson – SEL = .918 (31 games)

    Draft +3:
    Ramo – AHL = .906 (45 games) + 2 NHL games at 0.826
    Nilsson – AHL = .921 (25 games) + 4 NHL games at 0.910

    Draft +4:
    Ramo – AHL = .898 (6 games) + 22 games in the NHL at .899
    Nilsson – AHL = .899 (21 games)

    Draft + 5:
    Ramo – AHL = .884 (26 games) + 24 NHL games at .894
    Nilsson – AHL = .896 (29 games) + 19 NHL games at .896

    Draft + 6:
    Ramo – KHL = .913 (44 games)
    Nilsson – KHL = .935 (38 games) + 20 playoff games at .935

    Draft + 7:
    Ramo – KHL = .925
    Nilsson ?

    Ramo goes on to play 2 more KHL seasons with save percentages of .925 & .929 before returning to the NHL with Calgary and playing at a decent back-up level.

    Goalies… they are voodoo.

  30. Doug McLachlan says:

    dustrock,

    LOL!

    Loved how the video put that save into cosmic context.

  31. wheatnoil says:

    dustrock:
    ah ha ha ha

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WZ48CjQX08

    Say what you will about the KHL, they know how to put together a highlight save reel! I personally like how they spliced animals jumping into it.

  32. Doug McLachlan says:

    Ok, it’s 6:20 ET. Why don’t we know if the #Oilers have taken Schultz to arbitration?

    We need this information to plan our buyout strategy!

    There is important work to be done and again the Sportsnet deal is letting me down. How many people do they have camped out at NHL headquarters in New York? Tick-tock people.

  33. mujidog says:

    Goalies are voodoo so who the hell knows.

  34. striatic says:

    Ducey: Perhaps they just are happy to have his rights in the event they need them next year.

    Maybe if there is an injury at the goaltender position this year? That would require his leaving a KHL team mid-season though which seems unlikely.

    He could be the Scrivens replacement and make Scrivens available for trade at the deadline.

  35. Derek says:

    dustrock:
    ah ha ha ha

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WZ48CjQX08

    That is one of the greatest hockey clips I have ever seen in my life!

  36. striatic says:

    wheatnoil:
    “Karri Ramo’s #’s from yrs ago with Tampa were terrible too. Went to KHL & came back better (tho not great). Just sayin.” – @FortShox

    It is eerie how closely those two goalies track.

    Thanks for the comp.

  37. Pajamah says:

    Ducey: Did you buy just the jersey, or the optional shine box, too?

    I remember it coming with number 44, and a velcro name bar. And the vendor told me it was cursed. It did come with a free frogurt.

  38. Lowetide says:

    One thing this deal does is (if they sign Nilsson) increase competition. That’s a good thing.

  39. Halfwise says:

    Maybe they’re just experimenting with that weird “compete for positions on the NHL team” thing that some other teams have tried.

    EDIT: What LT said, only with more sardonicismness.

  40. Rondo says:

    Lowetide,

    Who is Liam Nilsson ?

  41. pts2pndr says:

    Scrivens is a great guy but not a great nhl goalie.I like the idea of competition for the backup spot! Scrivens mechanics were terrible the last 8 games in particular! Betting on him to return to someone close to a nhl calibre goalie was I thought riskey. I will not miss his misadventures handling the puck. I do hope however that he is able to rejuvenate his carreer somewhere. He was another player that played for Eakins in the Toronto system that was miscast in his role with the Oilers, IMHO!

  42. blainer says:

    I have been saying for months.. Get as many Goalies as possible. Nothing wrong with having A three headed monster at camp. Let Scrivens duke it out with the other two goalies to try and make the team. If plays like he did at camp last year it’ll be waivers and then down to the A.. Just love this move… Competition at ALL positions !!!

  43. Marc says:

    Chicago has signed five undrafted/minor league free agents in the past couple of months – Baun, Kero, Panarin, Gustafsson and Tikhnov. They also picked up an extra contract in the Saad deal.

    They are likely worried about the 50 contract limit and wanted a prospect who won’t have to be signed for a few years (if ever). Couhglin could potentially play four years at college before they need to make a call on signing him, so he fits the bill.

    Who woulda thunk that MacT’s crazy 2014 draft strategy would actually pay off in some way?

  44. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Why do the Hawks want Coughlin’s rights?

    I’m sure they could have gotten a better aimless, Oiler prospect’s rights…

    Campbell?

    Or, the ever interesting “future considerations”

    Hey… maybe the “future considerations” the Hawks paid the Oilers for Labarbera was:

    “In a couple of years, we’ll take one of the 45 aimless, overage, BCJHL prospects you have stashed away under the mattress.”

  45. DBO says:

    Just tweeted from Rishaug.

    @TSNRyanRishaug: Oil have filed for club elected Salary arbitration with Schultz. This triggers buyout window, and they can still settle without a hearing.

  46. RexLibris says:

    Ryan Rishaug ‏@TSNRyanRishaug 5m5 minutes ago

    Oil have filed for club elected Salary arbitration with Schultz. This triggers buyout window, and they can still settle without a hearing.

    Can anyone recall the last Norris trophy contender who went to salary arbitration?

  47. fifthcartel says:

    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer 3m3 minutes ago
    Anders Nilsson is represented by Ritch Winter and I fully expect the Oilers to get a deal done here…

    Bob Stauffer ‏@Bob_Stauffer 3m3 minutes ago
    ….and of Nilsson is coming back to North America logic dictates it is for an NHL job

    So, Scrivens gone? Talbot/Nilsson?

  48. RexLibris says:

    Romulus Apotheosis:
    Why do the Hawks want Coughlin’s rights?

    I’m sure they could have gotten a better aimless, Oiler prospect’s rights…

    Campbell?

    Or, the ever interesting “future considerations”

    Hey… maybe the “future considerations” the Hawks paid the Oilers for Labarbera was:

    “In a couple of years, we’ll take one of the 45 aimless, overage, BCJHL prospects you have stashed away under the mattress.”

    That’s exactly what I was thinking.

    I was hoping it was for Saad, but Nilsson works.

  49. blainer says:

    The lottery win and management change has just been great. There has been a message to ALL players and now the goalies are included.. You better come to camp prepared as this is gonna be a tough team to make. Like Drai mentioned yesterday he is not taking anymore time off this summer .. said he had three weeks off and that was enough.. That is a man on a mission and also sends a message.. CMD has changed everything.. Now please figure out a way to get Ference to retire and it’s playoff’s Baby!!

  50. RexLibris says:

    Rondo:
    Lowetide,

    Who is Liam Nilsson ?

    He’s that guy from Taken 1, 2 and 3.

  51. Doug McLachlan says:

    Ummm, Scrivins is on a one year contract. Would the Oilers buy him out?

  52. Danny29 says:

    Something bigger at play for sure…opens up second buyout window and trades for a rfa goalie that just needs qo…anyone know what nilsson’s qo is worth? Next shoe to drop Scrivens trade? Ference buyout? NN trade with two mil retained? The excitement!!

  53. hunter1909 says:

    Rondo:
    Lowetide,

    Who is Liam Nilsson ?

    He’s the actor who played the lead in “Scriven’s List”.

  54. Ducey says:

    Pajamah: I remember it coming with number 44, and a velcro name bar. And the vendor told me it was cursed. It did come with a free frogurt.

    He was right about the cursed part. John McCarron is wearing 44 at prospects camp.

  55. Romulus Apotheosis says:

    Marc: They are likely worried about the 50 contract limit and wanted a prospect who won’t have to be signed for a few years (if ever). Couhglin could potentially play four years at college before they need to make a call on signing him, so he fits the bill.

    They likely could have gotten a late, late pick, or a better unsigned prospect, or as I stated “future considerations”

    Someone in the Hawk organization must have liked watching Coughlin play in Mass.

    Kirk L. liked him some, so I could see the Bs having a vague interest… they are also stupid now.

  56. LadiesloveSmid says:

    wheatnoil:
    “Karri Ramo’s #’s from yrs ago with Tampa were terrible too. Went to KHL & came back better (tho not great). Just sayin.” – @FortShox

    Draft + 1:
    Ramo – SM-liiga = .898 (26 games)
    Nilsson – SEL = .896 (27 games)

    Draft + 2:
    Ramo – SM-liiga = .929 (24 games)
    Nilsson – SEL = .918 (31 games)

    Draft +3:
    Ramo – AHL = .906 (45 games) + 2 NHL games at 0.826
    Nilsson – AHL = .921 (25 games) + 4 NHL games at 0.910

    Draft +4:
    Ramo – AHL = .898 (6 games) + 22 games in the NHL at .899
    Nilsson – AHL = .899 (21 games)

    Draft + 5:
    Ramo – AHL = .884 (26 games) + 24 NHL games at .894
    Nilsson – AHL = .896 (29 games) + 19 NHL games at .896

    Draft + 6:
    Ramo – KHL = .913 (44 games)
    Nilsson – KHL = .935 (38 games) + 20 playoff games at .935

    Draft + 7:
    Ramo – KHL = .925
    Nilsson ?

    Ramo goes on to play 2 more KHL seasons with save percentages of .925 & .929 before returning to the NHL with Calgary and playing at a decent back-up level.

    Goalies… they are voodoo.

    Weird that he started strong in the AHL and then fizzled in NYI from there. NYI pretty poor at drafting/developing goalies. Might there have been a problem there?

    Can’t believe they traded Coughlin’s 1.5% chance at being an NHLer.

  57. Rondo says:

    hunter1909,

    Ha ha

  58. RexLibris says:

    Ducey: He was right about the cursed part.John McCarron is wearing 44 at prospects camp.

    Either he demands a trade or they assign him to Hershey then.

    For it is written in the Holy Scrolls that #44 shall be cursed until the End of Days.

  59. RexLibris says:

    hunter1909: He’s the actor who played the lead in “Scriven’s List”.

    I hear he’s started doing some improvisational comedy!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKTh7zBIcrM

  60. Derek says:

    Apparently in 2012 Anders Nilsson was battling some form of chronic fatigue due to allergies associated with gluten. Its mentioned here:

    http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5177446-74/gluten-orpik-free#axzz3f9eJ1d4n

    About half way down.

    Rob Rossi also mentioned it on twitter:

    https://twitter.com/robrossi_trib/status/408039713853829120

    That seems to coincide with the dip in his AHL numbers.

    Gluten fueled Voodoo.

  61. RexLibris says:

    Derek:
    Apparently in 2012 Anders Nilsson was battling some form of chronic fatigue due to allergies associated with gluten.Its mentioned here:

    http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5177446-74/gluten-orpik-free#axzz3f9eJ1d4n

    About half way down.

    Rob Rossi also mentioned it on twitter:

    https://twitter.com/robrossi_trib/status/408039713853829120

    That seems to coincide with the dip in his AHL numbers.

    Reminds me of Steve Passmore, another Blackhawks connection.

  62. Adam Wu says:

    RexLibris:
    Ryan Rishaug ‏@TSNRyanRishaug 5m5 minutes ago

    Oil have filed for club elected Salary arbitration with Schultz. This triggers buyout window, and they can still settle without a hearing.

    Can anyone recall the last Norris trophy contender who went to salary arbitration?

    Now, now, he was only ever a POTENTIAL Norris trophy candidate.

    And there is only one thing that is certain about a POTENTIAL Norris trophy candidate, and that is he is not a Norris trophy candidate right now…..

  63. Rondo says:

    RexLibris,

    I thought Anders Nilsson had full blown

  64. RexLibris says:

    Adam Wu: Now, now, he was only ever a POTENTIAL Norris trophy candidate.

    And there is only one thing that is certain about a POTENTIAL Norris trophy candidate, and that is he is not a Norris trophy candidate right now…..

    My apologies.

    I guess I just thought these men knew a thing or two about winning if that was ever a concern and so I took them at their word.

    🙂

  65. Adam Wu says:

    RexLibris: Either he demands a trade or they assign him to Hershey then.

    For it is written in the Holy Scrolls that #44 shall be cursed until the End of Days.

    In Asian numerology, 4 is the number of death, and is very unlucky. 44 would thus be the number of dying TWICE, and would be even more unlucky….

  66. Adam Wu says:

    RexLibris: My apologies.

    I guess I just thought these men knew a thing or two about winning if that was ever a concern and so I took them at their word.

    They just didn’t specify that the thing (or two) they knew about winning pertained to winning lotteries….

  67. Derek says:

    Adam Wu: In Asian numerology, 4 is the number of death, and is very unlucky. 44 would thus be the number of dying TWICE, and would be even more unlucky….

    Scott Stevens’ old number, the story checks out.

  68. Richard S.S. says:

    So the Season starts with the team carrying 3 Goalies, 8 Defense and 14 Forwards. Too many or can’t 25 be signed?

  69. cabbiesmacker says:

    Wow. This Nillsson thing sure has Everybody’s Talkin. I wonder if he’ll Jump Into the Fire or be brought along slowly.

    I heard one of the reasons his numbers in NY weren’t great was concussion issues after taking a Lime in the Coconut

  70. Yeti says:

    Derek: Apparently in 2012 Anders Nilsson was battling some form of chronic fatigue due to allergies associated with gluten.

    Man. Kids these days have such cool allergies.

  71. hunter1909 says:

    Yeti: Man. Kids these days have such cool allergies.

    Congratulations Yeti. You have placed in the Hunter1909 2015 Oilers Death March. You now qualify for a prize.

    Can you please provide an email address, so the Prizes Committee can contact you. Thank you for your cooperation.

  72. Broiler says:

    LOWETIDE as you said when they signed Eetu Laurikainen , sign any goaltender no matter where they are from when they save % .930 or above. Nilsson meets the criteria. Great move. DEPTH what a concept.

  73. raventalon40 says:

    Speaking of TJ Brennan, how many times has that guy switched teams? He was the AHL best defenseman a few year’s back, no?

  74. raventalon40 says:

    Derek: Scott Stevens’ old number, the story checks out.

    And he who shall not be named

  75. Maggie the Monkey says:

    RexLibris: Reminds me of Steve Passmore, another Blackhawks connection.

    That’s twice Steve Passmore has come up on this blog lately. I always liked him despite his relatively short Oilers’ career, in part because I witnessed his first career NHL win in Buffalo in the winter of `99.

    Other notable events at the game were that the opposing goalie was Dwayne Roloson (until he was yanked), and the invisibility of Pat Falloon. I was curious about him at the time but didn’t notice him on the ice at all.

  76. bill needle says:

    Just getting Scrivens off the roster will be the biggest improvement to the franchise next to drafting McDavid.
    Send Scrivens to Bakersfield and leave him there until he can prove he can stop pucks again.

  77. Dashingsilverfox says:

    Today’s Delicious Low Carb Recipe…

    Avocado Fries!

    Pit and peel two – three ripe avocados.

    Slice each into 6-8 wedges.

    Dredge each segment in spelt flour, then beaten egg and then Panko fortified with parmesan cheese.

    Season with lemon pepper.

    Deep fry in 2 inches of canola oil.

    Oh. My. God.

  78. raventalon40 says:

    Pajamah: So the CHL lists no Schremp’s. I’ll just wait here.

    My Gilbert, Visnovsky, and other ill-advised jersey purchases collect dust

  79. "Steve Smith" (formerly Oil2Oilers) says:

    Maggie the Monkey,

    I was there for Sven Butenschon’s first NHL goal.

    (Missed his other one, though.)

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