The Edmonton Oilers are bleeding veterans faster than a four-team expansion draft—and it feels so good. Todd McLellan has arrived with a ton of experience and a lot of currency, meaning he can cut a $4.5M defenseman like Nikita Nikitin confident the boss will sign off. It hasn’t always been this way. Let’s have a look at where some of the money is as we speak:
- D Nikita Nikitin $4.5M, sent down to Bakersfield awhile back, crickets since.
- G Ben Scrivens, $2.3M, sent down to Bakersfield awhile back, crickets since.
- D Andrew Ference, $3.25M, played one of the first six NHL games. Pressbox regular.
- R Teddy Purcell, $4.5M, currently playing a depth role. Passed over for 1R duty by ALL available hands last night in Vancouver. May be sweating bullets with the callup of Andrew Miller.
This isn’t small dollars. These four men represent $14,550,000 million, or about 20 per cent of the cap. That’s a lot of wasted dollars and we don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
WHO’S MOVING DOWN THE DEPTH CHART?
A few veterans are losing playing time.
- Andrew Ference 18:52 to 15:12 (down 3:40)
- Mark Fayne 17:56 to 15:44 (down 2:02)
- Teddy Purcell 17:09 to 15:58 (down 1:11)
- Benoit Pouliot 16:37 to 15:51 (down 46 seconds)
- Rob Klinkhammer 11:04 to 10:19 (down 45 seconds)
Not really fair to Andrew Ference, every chance he’ll see increased time when he gets his next chance. Todd McLellan will probably change his lineup some time this week (unless they keep winning) so maybe we see him then.
I used to say ‘the Edmonton Oilers are a losing organization and they do things for reasons other than winning’ but that appears to be a false statement. Or at least it is when suggesting the Oilers make roster decisions on things like ‘how would it look?’ or showing up veterans.
I don’t know for sure about a turn north, but the wind is blowing in a decidedly different direction.