The old line about a GM acquiring players to use them rings true this morning. Edmonton has a new backup goalie, a giant from Sweden named Anders Nilsson. Ben Scrivens is on waivers and one suspects someone picks him up. All the best to Mr. Scrivens.
Ben Scrivens on waivers.
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) October 4, 2015
Nikita Nikitin clears and now we’re going to find out how each side wants this to play out. If Anton Belov can be successful in the KHL, then so can Nikitin. At 29, he could have several successful seasons in Europe. That said, the Oilers may in fact want him in the minors working on things (as Todd McLellan said yesterday) with an eye to a return to the NHL. Either way, it was a tough 15 months in Edmonton for Nikitin, who was well paid for his efforts but it came at a price. There may be people in the world who would have passed on that contract offer.
I am not one of them.