As someone who has been typing “the Oilers have to make a move now” for about 6 years non-stop, it is with a sense of wonder that I watch the Oilers addressing need and adding depth. Balance is a wonderful thing, and the Edmonton Oilers are gaining it seemingly by the day.
A few recent transactions:
- Added D Mark Fistric via trade: Improves the Oilers D to 8 names when Theo Peckham is ready to return. By that time someone else will be injured no doubt and having Fistric in the 5-7D rotation with Whitney, Potter and Peckham will help both the Oilers and the Barons.
- Added D Brett Clark via AHL signing: This is a player some pretty smart cookies (speeds for one iirc) were suggesting as a possible Oiler signing before the Fistric deal. I think it is completely reasonable to put Clark in the same company with Taylor Fedun and Colten Teubert as possible first callups.
- Added F Jonathan Cheechoo via AHL signing: Huge upgrade on RW for the club, this guy scored 25 goals in the AHL a year ago. The current W’s for the Barons might include Josh Green, Phil Cornet, Toni Rajala, Kristians Pelss, Curtis Hamilton, Dane Byers and Erick Lizon.
The Barons needed the help, and don’t rule out Clark or even Choochoo having their contract purchased by the big club. I’d like to see them trade for Ben Bishop and send Danis back to OKC sometime this week, but credit where due there’s been good work this week.
(Tyler Pitlick photo courtesy Rob Ferguson. All rights reserved).
Tyler Pitlick injured his knee this weekend and could miss 6 weeks or more. Tend The Farm has the story here and this quote sums it all up:
- Tyler Pitlick is having an MRI done today on his right knee. Coach Nelson, again via Oilers Now this morning, suggests that it might be severe enough that Tyler misses six weeks of play.