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Oilers place Brandon Manning on waivers for purpose of assignment

According to the Oilers’ Twitter account, the team has placed defenceman, Brandon Manning, on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Bakersfield Condors. In the immortal words of Trooper, the man was here for a good time but not a long time. 

Isn’t Peter Chiarelli’s tenure as GM the gift that just keeps on giving? Less than two months after being acquired in the trade that sent Drake Caggiula to Chicago, Brandon Manning’s tenure with the Oilers is over after only 12 games played and a whole lot of time in the press box. Given his usage and general abilities, it wasn’t overly surprising to see the team announce that they’ve placed the 28-year-old defenceman on waivers with the intent of assigning him to the Bakersfield Condors, though, I can’t imagine that anyone would be all that broken up about it if he got claimed by someone else. That said, the chances of a claim happening are slim to none given Manning’s abilities and bloated contract that sees him being paid $2.5 million for this season and next.

At the time of the trade, there were media out of Chicago that couldn’t believe that the Blackhawks were able to move Manning’s contract and today’s waivers news is a pretty good reminder of why. Ignoring the obvious weirdness of spending a year trying to bring in the guy that broke your captain’s collarbone, the reality is that Brandon Manning was not near good enough and yet Peter Chiarelli thought it was a good idea to send out the team’s fifth leading goal scorer to acquire him. I don’t know who in the organization was scouting this deal but they should definitely be fired and embarrassed about how things played out. Now, less than 60 days later, the Oilers have even less depth on the wings than they started the year with and the only return they got in the Caggiula deal is on his way down to Bakersfield. You can’t make this stuff up.

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I think the thing that’s even more confusing about this season is that the team allowed Chiarelli to do his thing for four months and then spend the rest of the season trying to erase those mistakes. Two days ago, Keith Gretzky managed to get rid of Ryan Spooner’s contract, replacing him with Sam Gagner, and I’d bet the farm that he’s been trying to do the same with Manning without finding any takers. Just the idea that the team allowed Chiarelli to make these deals only to have his replacement spend the first month on the job trying to undo almost everything is every shade of annoying that I can possibly think of. From wasted assets, to downgrades in skill, to general mismanagement of the salary cap, the Oilers keep finding new and creative ways to shoot themselves in the foot, creating a death spiral that can’t end soon enough.

In 12 games played with the Oilers, Brandon Manning has one goal, 10 shots on net, and 13 hits while averaging 13:25 worth of ice time. Now, I can’t help but wonder if Keith Gretzky consulted Connor for his blessing to punt Manning out of town the way Chiarelli reportedly asked if it was cool to bring him in?


Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2018-19 Chicago Blackhawks* NHL 27 1 2 3 21 -14
2018-19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 12 1 0 1 4 -1
NHL Totals 246 13 34 47 237

Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Twitter Account, 2/18/2019 – 10:00 am MT

  • madjam

    The team was doing better with Chia as GM , than they are now . Same scenario coaching with Todd gone in favor of Hitch . Not a fan oh Hitch or K.Gretzky for turning season around or even going forward . Maybe team should have left things alone till off season?

  • Total Points

    The Oilers are performing like 2 other teams that have a few exceptional forwards and no support staff.
    Colorado has McKinnon, Rant and Landes, Dallas has Benn, Sequin and Radulov. That is interesting from 2 points – why and how are they in the same situation as the Oileres and can we somehow swap out some of out talent for theirs. Ie Drai or Nuge for Sequin, Benn, etc

  • Clayton

    You know if someone were to write the trade history of Chia into a movie script Hollywood would classify it as fiction. NO way anything like that could be true. Is there?

  • Darcy yaceyko

    Ok people, sometimes we forget that these guys were good enough to get drafted and play on the big clubs. Manning going down is concerning for me. He played a regular role in Philly for 7 years. Now he’s everybody’s whipping boy. He never asked to be brought here. They call philly a goalie graveyard. I’m starting to think EDM is a coach killer and player graveyard. Maybe we are the problem. Look at other teams and how they develop players and keep their coaches in the fold. We as fans have to cut these players some slack. I’m sure we’d all love to play but unfortunately we weren’t good enough. I dont know if the players look at these forums but I’m sure they feel bad enough they dont need their fans dumping on them. So let’s just support our boys. I’m not saying support the management or owner. When these players are moved out of here for the most part they succeed.

    • OilerForLife

      This season is lost and they are trying to build for next season. They have to manage salary cap, move players who didn’t work out here, make room for injured players returning, and I have no problem with any of the moves made since Chiarelli left. Options are limited and not all the players do better elsewhere. Until the Lucic contract has expired, and if the Oilers continue drafting well seems to be the only sure formula to get back on track. We can make some good trades, but I don’t think that in itself is the answer. Pick well and don’t move somebody to the NHL until they are ready. It’s like getting out of debt, there is no quick fix.

  • Oilers2017


    I have read hundreds of your posts. This somehow seems to be one of your very best IMO. Made me legit lol! It’s unfortunate, but happy to see you at the top of your game for us during this “time”…thank you