The Edmonton Oilers sent down more Condors yesterday, and sent the first two waiver risks through the chute. At noon today, we’ll find out about Cooper Marody and about Seth Griffith. As of this morning, I have 20 ‘certain Oilers’, just five men in purgatory, and all but two distant bells with a strikethrough, one on the way to IR.
We’re almost there.
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CERTAIN OILERS (20)
Brendan Perlini and Devin Shore are the newest arrivals, and we’re just three names from completing the roster. Injured reserve will come in to play, but I do believe we’re just about done. If Marody clears, it might give Edmonton a little more courage in waiving another forward on Tuesday.
UNCERTAIN OILERS (5)
There are three spots left for five names, and I expect Kyle Turris makes it unless the team needs to do some kind of magic with the salary cap.
Sceviour has appeal, being a plug and play type, I can see Ken Holland signing him to a two-way deal and waiving him to Bakersfield at the start of the year.
That would mean McLeod, Benson and Lagesson draw swords for the final two spots. McLeod can be sent down without a waiver worry. Is Holland worried about losing Benson or Lagesson? Either? Both? I can’t answer that, will only tell you what I would do with this group.
THE DISTANT BELLS
Only Josh Archibald remains now among the skaters, he’ll be placed on IR before or after the start of the season (cap dependent) along with Oscar Klefbom, Dmitri Samorukov, Alex Stalock, Dylan Holloway and the cast of Up with People!
Stuart Skinner is the distant bell who still has a chance to make the roster. Mike Smith left practice with an unknown illness yesterday, let’s not get ahead of ourselves but Skinner is the No. 3 goaltender and might play tonight.
This goes back almost three weeks now, and I would make just one change: Archibald out, Perlini in. I don’t think that will be the final final, chances are Lagesson finds a way to sneak on to the roster and I do think Sceviour makes it (Benson might be odd man out there). Not long now, we’ll see the waiver wire take over for the next week. Here are today’s waiver players of interest:
- RC Matthew Phillips, Calgary Flames. He’s a small, highly skilled forward, more quick than fast and his best AHL season was his second season when he posted 33 points in 38 games. Creative player, great passer. Per 82 AHL games: 22-35-57.
- R Zach Senyshyn, Boston Bruins. I had him No. 26 in 2015, he had speed, skill and size. I liked him, the Bruins loved him. I don’t think he’ll be picked off waivers. Per 82 AHL games: 17-17-34.
- R Cooper Marody, Edmonton Oilers. He’s a productive player in the AHL, righthanded and in need of an NHL opportunity. Per 82 AHL games: 29-46-75.
I don’t think any of the three will be chosen, but if I had a waiver claim, and a need, I would spend a claim on Marody. He is a $750,000 cap hit, he drives results in the minors in years he isn’t mugged by Kale Kessy, and last season he scored 21 goals in 39 games with the Condors. NHLE suggest that’s 20 goals in 82 NHL games.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
At 10 this morning, TSN1260, we have lined up a great show for you. We’ll have all the news from the rink, Smith’s status and waivers too (well, leading up to waivers). Jeff Krushell from Krush Performance will join us in hour one to talk MLB and a wild and wonderful summer for the Blue Jays. Jason Gregor pops in at 11 to update the Oilers, talk NFL and some CFL, too. 10-1260 text, @Lowetide on twitter. It’s turkey week!