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Brandon Davidson takes PTO from Chicago

Last week, it was reported that the Oilers offered Brandon Davidson a PTO to potentially earn a third go-around with the club, but he declined to pursue opportunities elsewhere. That elsewhere, according to Jim Matheson, is the Chicago Blackhawks.

According to Matheson, Davidson had 10 different PTO options. It’s interesting that nobody was willing to offer him a contract, though, given his multiple years of experience as a solid depth NHL defender.

The Blackhawks, given their cap crunch, have a very thin blueline. On the left side, Duncan Keith occupies the top spot, while newly-acquired Brandon Manning and Erik Gustafsson round out the second and third pairs.

Davidson has played 152 NHL games over parts of four seasons, racking up nine goals and 22 points with a -13 career rating. He’s played mostly for the Oilers, but Edmonton dealt him two separate times, once to the Montreal Canadiens for David Desharnais, and once to the New York Islanders for a draft pick.

It would be a hilarious twist if Davidson somehow ended up getting traded to the Oilers this year.

  • This is interesting and I think a smart move by Davidson.

    Edmonton has very few top end defenders but significant depth at the bottom which means lots of competition for Davey. Chicago on the other hand has several well above him on the depth chart but more room to make the team. I’d say there is a good chance he makes the club. I wish him well.

  • Corbs

    I’ve always liked him but he’s a fringe NHL’er at best. 7th or 8th dman on a good team and 6th on a bad team. Who cares. Wish him well but not a big loss.

  • Opi

    So, remember back when … Chia was chasing Brandon Davidson who used the excuse he was waiting on a NHL contract which he was about to imminently sign … well, today he signed a PTO from the Hawks … so he was just being polite & not coming out & saying what we all knew to be true … that he just didn’t want to go back to the hapless Oilers … and who could blame him, hey …

    Another one spurns the hapless Oil …

    • Freddie the fog

      Incorrect. Brando wanted a one way deal. Pete offered him a try out. He declined. Even if he had a successful tryout in Edmonton it was likely to be a two way deal. Sounds like a good tryout in Chicago gets him a one way deal.

  • OilersBro

    I hope Davidson snags a spot and sends Brandon Manning to the minors. F*** that guy. Nothing would make me happier (except when Patrick Maroon beat the living crap out of him)