Oilers make goalie move

Oilers make goalie move

In time for tomorrow’s game against San Jose.



In case you missed it, goalie Jack Campbell cleared waivers on Wednesday. The netminder had been placed on waivers Tuesday after he’s put up a 1-4-0 record this season with a .873 save percentage and a 4.50 goals-against average.

On Wednesday at the waiver deadline, Campbell cleared and was assigned to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors.

The Oilers also make a call up from the Condors, recalling Calvin Pickard in time for tomorrow’s game against the Sharks in San Jose.

The Oilers demoted Campbell, who remains signed on his five-year, $25 million contract signed with the Oilers as a free agent in 2022. This freed up $1.15 million on the cap though most of it is being used to cover Pickard’s approximately $750,000 cap hit.

The 31-year-old netminder is 2-2 with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors this season with a .939 save percentage and a 2.03 GAA. He last played in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings in 2021-22, going 1-1 in three outings.

In 116 career NHL games, Pickard has a 35-54-10 record with a .903 save percentage and a 3.03 GAA.

Edmonton is expected to start Skinner in San Jose, though he hasn’t been that much better with a 1-4-1 record, 3.99 GAA and .856 save percentage in seven appearances. He was in goal for Edmonton’s 6-2 loss against the Canucks at Vancouver on Monday night, giving up six goals on 36 shots.

Let’s see if the demotion of Campbell sends a loud message in the Oilers’ dressing room, pressuring them to step up and get back on track before it’s too late.

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Source: Oilers PR