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The Edmonton Oilers made three transactions today, and the team looks a little different on paper as they prepare for the final stretch. The 50-man list got a haircut, and we have more clues about who is staying, and who is heading out.

One the day Peter Chiarelli took over, we knew there would be changes. Many were disappointed the GM didn’t make more changes last season, but as we approach the one-year anniversary of his hiring, the number of men no longer in the organization is growing. Here are the Oilers at the time of Chiarelli’s hiring, who are now gone (there were 46 names):

  1. G Ben Scrivens 
  2. G Tyler Bunz (RFA)
  3. G Frans Tuohimaa (RFA) 
  4. D Justin Schultz (RFA)
  5. D Martin Marincin (RFA) 
  6. D Keith Aulie (RFA) 
  7. C Boyd Gordon
  8. C Travis Ewanyk 
  9. C Kellen Lain (RFA) 
  10. L Matt Fraser (RFA) 
  11. L Curtis Hamilton
  12. R Teddy Purcell 
  13. Source

There are names not on that list (Derek Roy, etc) who were free agents when he took over, I have listed the RFAs because they were part of the 50-man at the time. Since taking over, along with offloading those 12 names, Chiarelli added the following men:

  1. G Cam Talbot
  2. G Anders Nilsson
  3. G Eetu Laurikainen
  4. D Andrej Sekera
  5. D Eric Gryba
  6. D Adam Clendening
  7. C Connor McDavid
  8. C Mark Letestu
  9. R Zack Kassian
  10. L Lauri Korpikoski
  11. L Braden Christoffer

One of those players (Nilsson) was sent out today, Chiarelli having hired and then traded him in the time he has been GM.


  1. G Cam Talbot, NHL starter for the next several seasons, hopefully. 
  2. G Laurent Brossoit, AHL starter or NHL backup, a lock to be signed, RFA.
  3. G Eetu Laurikainen, AHL backup, he is signed for next year.
  4. D Andrej Sekera, top 4D, important part of the team.
  5. D Oscar Klefbom, likely top pairing, needs to stay healthy.
  6. D Mark Fayne, suspect he will be dealt if opportunity arises.
  7. D Brandon Davidson, top 6D and a new contract on the way. RFA.
  8. D Darnell Nurse, top 6D, another season of intense learning on the job.
  9. D Eric Gryba, I believe they will sign him as 6-7D.
  10. D Adam Clendening, no feel for him so far, jury is still out. RFA
  11. D Griffin Reinhart, another AHL year, or traded. Potential bonus $ force issue. 
  12. D Brad Hunt, no reason to bring him back, his skills are duplicated.
  13. D Andrew Ference, they will buy him out (if able). That Stanley in Boston was beautiful.
  14. D Nikita Nikitin, he is gone.
  15. D David Musil, AHL D or traded. He is blocked by so many now.
  16. D Jordan Oesterle, AHL D. Speed gets him another deal, RFA.
  17. D Joey Laleggia, AHL D matriculating.
  18. D Dillon Simpson, AHL D, matriculating.
  19. D Martin Gernat, he will not be back.
  20. D Ben Betker, AHL D, matriculating.
  21. C Connor McDavid, Giant.
  22. C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, quality NHL center.
  23. C Leon Draisaitl, emerging NHL talent.
  24. C Mark Letestu, checking NHL C.
  25. C Anton Lander, they may find a buyer.
  26. C Jujhar Khaira, he is a good bet to make the roster in the fall.
  27. C Andrew Miller, fine AHL player, less than 50 percent to return. UFA.
  28. C Bogdan Yakimov, a chance he comes back. Has NHL tools, speed concern.
  29. C Kyle Platzer, AHL C matriculating.
  30. L Taylor Hall, impact NHL player.
  31. L Benoit Pouliot, solid winger having a good year. 
  32. L Zack Kassian, probably part of the future in a top 9F role.
  33. L Lauri Korpikoski, buyout candidate imo, unless they can trade.
  34. L Matt Hendricks, checking NHL W, I bet Oil get impressive trade offers for him. 
  35. L Luke Gazdic, enforcer could be retained but it is not certain.
  36. L Ryan Hamilton, AHL winger, suspect they move on from him.
  37. L Kale Kessy, AHL winger/enforcer could return, not a lock.
  38. L Mitch Moroz, AHL winger/enforcer, matriculating.
  39. L Braden Christoffer, rugged winger, matriculating.
  40. R Jordan Eberle, scoring winger. I believe he will be in play.
  41. R Nail Yakupov, I think they trade him before fall.
  42. R Iiro Pakarinen, Todd McLellan loves him. RFA.
  43. R Rob Klinkhammer, might be back on a two-way deal. 
  44. R Anton Slepyshev, talented winger should push for NHL time.
  45. R Tyler Pitlick, Could be gone. 
  46. R Greg Chase, minor league winger, matriculating.

It takes time to cull the herd. I have underlined 12 names, could be more. Peter Chiarelli sent away three today, when will he send the next man away? I suspect we won’t have to wait long.

    • Time Travelling Sean

      Matthews is from Arizona, and with him and Domi and Duclair that would be a pretty exciting 1st line and would be a more entertaining brand of hockey, which is more important for their market than others.

      If I’m Arizona I’d do it.

    • Jay (not J)

      Chiarelli’s managed to get something other than a punch in the gut for Schultz, so maybe he could sell AZ a player that they would absolutely loveto have. OEL might be the more important player on the ice (I couldn’t say at all, the hype around the first overall pick is getting so that the player’s true worth is distorted) but the value Matthews could have off the ice is immeasurable.

    • Oil City Roller

      I absolutely love it! Chia trades a bunch of junk for junk picks and the corncobs on here are so jazzed up they are talking about Chia fleecing people for OEL. How about hoping Chia makes a trade for an actual player. Let’s start there and see what happens.

      • Freewheeling Freddie

        Relax.He is freeing up cap space.The housecleaning has just begun.Are you verdad in disguise.Something Pronger big will happen in the future.Stay tuned

    • DieHard

      Everyone seems to think Schultz will land on his feet and continue his NHL career. Pittsburgh will not throw a QO (approx 4M) at Schultz. He will become a free agent and eventually get a PTO in Sept/Oct as no contract will be offered. He is just not a good hockey player. His one attribute (skating) is not enough. The space between his ears is whats wrong and I don’t think that will improve.

    • Hawk E. Pashyn

      BTW Lowetide, Clendening is a no-go; for me, I’ve seen enough to say ‘see ya,’ just like the Canucks and Hawks did.

      I would also add Letestu to that list… PLEASE! I would have far rather kept Purcell than Letestu, except we wouldn’t get a 3rd for him. Whatever they might get, they should. The play dies with Letestu, and it hurts this team’s flow, constantly, whoever he is playing alongside. I find myself constantly cursing him. Understands the game, just can’t add anything but defense, and that’s suspect, too. A player needs many more tools than just winning faceoffs 55% of the time to justify a roster spot. Does he even do that?