Category: In the System
The Phoenix Coyotes have claimed forward Gilbert Brule off recall waivers. This means that the Oilers will have a $925K cap hit (well, to simplify) on the year rather than $1.85M. When a player is claimed on recall waivers such as this, the original team is “on the hook” for half of the cap hit, while the new team is on the hook for half (the same goes for salary). I think this is a good thing. Gilbert Brule’s oft injured/sick/whatever situation wasn’t doing the Oilers any favors. Great guy, and I wish him well in Phoenix. I hope he can become a better NHLer there. My prediction though is the Coyotes eventually cut him loose too, and the Oilers take him back for Oklahoma City. Just a guess.
Martin Marincin was also traded today to the Regina Pats (from Prince George Cougars). This is great news for Marincin, as the Cougars are an AWFUL team, while the Pats are quite good. As a reminder, the Pats are Jordan Eberle’s old team. They have a shot at the playoffs, whereas the Cougars are definitely mailing the season in.
I will resist all temptation to make a Harry Potter reference and talk about the magic he brings to this team (maybe I just failed, in this statement). But let’s just say that Corey Potter has been a welcome addition to the team.
Tom Renney definitely had a hand in the decision for the Oilers to sign elder rookie Corey Potter. I have to say, right now Renney is looking like a genius here, so far. It’s early on, but Potter has fit in very well. He’s averaging a shade under 19 minutes per game on the blue line, including a team leading 4:07 min/game on the powerplay. Now, the powerplay is a pretty cherry way to pad stats and protect a player. However, he’s fit in well so far, earning a couple of assists in 3 games. He also leads the team for defensemen in team PP goals for (meaning that he’s been on the ice for the most goals for on the powerplay). It is way too early to get too wrapped up in numbers just yet though, but they are trending the right direction, which pleases me.
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Tonight the Oilers play the Minnesota Wild in their second last pre-season game of the year. This originally wasn’t supposed to be webcast, but looks like the Oilers have done as a favor and fixed that.
Tonight, I’ll be at the Oil Kings opener, so I’ll miss this one. You folks will have to fill me in later.
Players I have had an interest in this pre-season as being on the cusp of making the team (other than the usual suspects, including Hartikainen and Omark): Lennart Petrell and Taylor Fedun.