Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland made several transactions on Saturday as the club works to get the roster down to 23 (with as many as six on a taxi squad. The early name was Joe Gambardella, the most surprising (for me) was Cooper Marody, and no eyebrows were raised (or harmed) during the entire process.
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- New Lowetide: Oilers rookies with a chance to stick after one week of training camp
- Lowetide: 9 bold predictions for the Oilers’ season
- Lowetide: Early roster rumblings as Oilers open training camp
- Jonathan Willis: Oilers training camp: Forecasting the big roster battles
- Lowetide: Dylan Holloway’s world juniors work offers clues about Oilers future
- Lowetide: The Bakersfield Condors will be competitive in the coming AHL season
- Athletic: How we’d run the Oilers: Maximize primes of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl
- Eric Duhatschek: How a stint in Sweden prepared Oilers prospect Evan Bouchard for NHL camp
- Jonathan Willis: After a brilliant rookie Oilers season, how high is Ethan Bear’s ceiling?
- Lowetide: How secure is Zack Kassian’s role on Oilers’ top line?
- Lowetide: Why fans should expect an Oilers playoff berth in Canadian division
- Jonathan Willis: Dave Tippett has more options now thanks to versatile Oilers forwards
- Lowetide: 7 big questions facing the Oilers heading into next season
- Lowetide: What if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins doesn’t sign with the Oilers?
- Jonathan Willis: Left-side logjam will force the Oilers to make a choice, and perhaps a sacrifice
- Lowetide: Theodor Lennstrom is the Oilers’ latest European bet on defence
- Lowetide: Seattle Kraken expansion mock draft 5.0: Who could the Oilers lose?
- Lowetide: Why McDavid and Nuge together could be key to Oilers’ playoff success
- Waivers on the way to Bakersfield: Joe Gambardella, Alan Cracknell and Seth Griffith
- PTO release on the way to Bakersfield: Ryan Stanton
- Assigned to Bakersfield: Cooper Marody, Markus Niemelainen, Stuart Skinner
These are all of the distant bells (save one) and one of the uncertain Oilers, so things are basically going according to Hoyle. I’m not sure any of these men make it back to Edmonton this season, but I’m pulling for Cooper Marody.
CERTAIN OILERS (21)
This is the heart of the order, there may be an IR issue with Neal but the rest of this group should be good to go. Expect two forwards, at least one a center, to be added from the lower levels.
UNCERTAIN OILERS (11)
The goalies and defencemen here could be on the taxi squad opening night. The forwards are a different conversation. Edmonton might keep as many as four forwards from this list. Shore and Khaira might have the edge. Haas may be on the IR to start the year.
DISTANT BELLS (1)
Just one name left, this is just like last year when I disregarded Patrick Russell at my peril. The coach clearly values him and you can see why: He is very coachable, trustworthy and can sit for long periods without bitching. He needs to provide more offense though and I’m not sure he makes the team.
Fussy Britches is telling people to pay attention to the waiver wire today, she was 100 percent or close on 2011 free-agent day and has been less successful since. Michael Hutchinson of the Toronto Maple Leafs is a player of interest, he didn’t play a lot last season but his career AHL SP is .919 and he’s .905 in the NHL. Alexandre Carrier is an interesting defenseman from the Nashville Predators organization. He’s undersized, fine skater and great passer.
Edmonton will have a few more names on the waiver wire either today or Monday. Among them could be William Lagesson. We wait.