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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?

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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 1 4 -1
NHL Totals 246 13 34 47 237

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

  • Total Points

    How Nick would not have stopped Chai in making the last deals, Strome, Chai, Manning, Spooner, etc is beyond me. Just goes to show he is not a very good POHO or what ever is title is

    • Dallas Eakins Hair

      The thing that gets me is that Kassian, Benning Strome were all terrible last year and Chia signed them all to way more money and term, not just a qualifying offer bu more and term, like why???? No one was beating down the door for any of them…no one, but yet Chia signs them to more term and money..like WTH???

      • the dope $teez

        And then he nickels and dimes with Nurse’s contract. Honestly that whole thing didn’t sit well with me and I can’t imagine it sat well with Nurse and his camp either. Imagine fighting for weeks over $250,000, when Chia is burning through cash on useless players like it’s going out of style.

      • Redbird62

        You might be mistaking the Caggiula signing with Kassian’s. Kassian’s current deal was signed in the summer of 17 after the playoffs where most people loved him particularly for 2 really good games against San Jose, not after last seasons so-so performance. Caggiula was the one signed as an RFA last off-season to a somewhat high value, like Benning and Strome. Zack seems to be playing better offensively of late with 10 points in his last 14 games, not that it has helped the Oilers. This after 4 points in his first 41 games.

      • CityofWhat

        Yes he did the same with Russell. At the time no one was gonna give him 4×4 but Chia panicked and over paid. Chia was in a panic mode since the day he was hired and his moves were all prove of the point.
        Mr Bung is right when he says Chia is the worst GM, I would add EVER at the end of his statement.

    • CMG30

      I think BN has gone on record to state that he knows very little about hockey. His area of expertise is in the business side of the game. He hires people who ‘know’ about the game then gives them free reign to work…

      • winteriscoming

        It was easier for Bob Burger at the Olympics when he was the dumbest, I was going to say mother but that would be an insult to all mothers, in the room. With the Oilers he is the smartest one an look at the team he and Panic Pete put together.

  • Dallas Eakins Hair

    Couldn’t have come sooner, and this is one of the dumbest trades Chia made and on top of it added to the Oilers cap hit with it, not to mention the Oilers PR trying to spin the Connor was so okay with it,. Connor being a team guy went along, but I doubt he was happy about it

    • Odanada

      Chia is carrying all the blame but it is naive to think Chia had the only say in this trade. OEG is pinning everything on Chia because they are loathe to take responsibility for anything

  • nijames

    Why is it that you don’t think KG and the rest of the OBC had a say in that trade. Don’t forget that KG was Chia’s right hand man. I really doubt he made moves without talking to his people. The OBC is just trying to cover up another gross mismanagement of a franchise. That is all that is happening and the Oilersnation is drinking the kool-aid

  • Beut

    I give up. What the hell are they doing not sending down Jesse. The playoffs are done. They’re one point off 30th and they’re healthy scratching him. It’s like they’re trying to ruin him.

  • nijames

    The Spooner/Gagner trade was a “you take my bad contract and I will take yours” deal. Both have $3.1 million cap hits. I do believe that Gagner is a much better fit here than Spooner but no cap relief on that deal.

  • rnj

    Manning, the overpaid, crap dman Chicago fans can’t believe was actually traded, outscored Tobias Rieder’s whole season in 12 games.

    Now he’s waived with no takers. Literally can’t give him away. Traded a young and improving player with the 5th most points on the team for him.
    This is new level low.

    Not the most impactful trade, but IMO overall the most embarrassing in Chiarellis stint here.

    Zero argument for it. Overpay. Within 12 games he’s waived. Gave away actual talent. Didn’t fill a need. Created a hole. Blatantly obvious even to trolls on a fan site. Come on..

    • Beer_League_Ringer

      Why so bitter? It was a bad trade. We know it was a bad trade. Caggiula is better than Manning for sure, but acting like he’s a bona fide 1st liner now that he’s gone is just silly. Who cares who he’s playing with? He played lots with McDavid, Drai, or RNH while he was here. He’s the same, decent player he was here. Nothing more.

      • camdog

        Cagguila is a better hockey player this season than he was last season. Oiler fans don’t understand the idea that it takes a number of games whether in AHL/NHL for young players to develop into good hockey players.

      • Heschultzhescores

        Now we have to dump another bloated contract instead of having guy like Cag playing while getting paid. We cannot afford to waste a penny if cap, let alone a few million on guys clearing waivers. Bad trade? Horrible trade that will hurt the team for the duration of Manning’s contract

  • camdog

    A few weeks back both Keith Gretzky and Ken Hitchcock’s name’s got brought up as being influential in bringing Manning into the fold. The narrative appears to be changing in this respect…

  • slats-west

    After he’s done the only left for Keith Gretzky is to take a black Sharpie right through Chia’s name.

    Could be the worst GM stint in NHL History! What a clown show.

  • CMG30

    I’m slowly turning into a Keith fan. His body of work so far is unspectacular but competent. He may have been around when these deals were first done but he doesn’t seem like he’s attached to them in any way… could he have been a dissenting voice?

  • Oilerman99

    KG should be ashamed of himself as he was part of the discussion. This is all part of a smoke screen to make it look like PC acted unilateraly when in fact he didn’t. They are trying to pacify the fan base, who by the way is irate and ready to riot, with the Sam Gagner trade and waiving Manning. Don’t be fooled sheeple!

  • Oilerman99

    KG should be 1ashamed of himself as he was part of the discussion. This is all part of a smoke screen to make it look like PC acted unilateraly when in fact he didn’t. They are trying to pacify the fan base, who by the way is irate and ready to riot, with the Sam Gagner trade and waiving Manning. Don’t be fooled sheeple!

    • juno

      Cheers x 100. This is what this organization continues to do. They are the masters of misdirection. Now the light gets shined on Chia and not on upper Management for the failures. I believe that the “sheeple” are waking up and finally directing their frustration at Katz. BTW accepting the deal for Spooner may also be misdirection because if there is a better GM that would have made a better deal then we are still having deals made by an incompetent or average GM. PC set the bar so low that the Philly and Van deals made by KG are seen as decent but to other great GM’s they may be seen as junior league.

    • CMG30

      To each their own. I can’t fault anyone for being down on this dumpster fire. I’m keeping an open mind since KGs handywork in Bakersfield seems stellar and I haven’t given myself a concussion with my palms over any of his moves thus far…

  • Randomfan

    So what are the chances ottawa goes right past us in the standings? Its hard to fathom what has become of this team. Who can hire anyone you want for GM position but this is not going to get better anytime soon. We will be a lottery team next year as well.

  • elliotsmom

    Well, if this was the GD plan that we were supposed to like, I personally think it sucks. Thank heavens that Chia is gone, but the arrogance of the management that would support the Chia decisions when they were made is unbelievable. They don’t seem to have enough pride in the team, not to be embarrassed of the roster that they witnessed being destroyed under General Disappointment. Thankfully the AGM has had some success is small but important moves. When the new General Manager takes over, we can all only hope that his priority is getting rid of the current staff and finding competent people to bring pride back to the team.

  • Soccer Steve

    The only good thing about this is that it hopefully ended that punks NHL career.

    And to people cheering on KGretzky. You understand he was Chiarelli’s right hand man all this time, yes? You get what that means, right?

  • Smithers

    Can we sue Peter Chiarelli for damages? I can’t wait for his book to come out “How I worked for Every Other Team While Getting Paid by the Oilers.” Not a catchy title, but then, no one will read it.

    Okay, here’s a fun Oiler History Draft:
    In the grand history of the Oilers, which Peter would you rather draft in the Horrible History Oiler Draft, Pocklington or Peter Chiarelli?

  • Odanada

    All the signs that Chia would be a poor GM were there from the beginning.
    He left Boston in Cap hell. He made clear from the start that “heavier” was the direction to go when real NHL men knew the future lay in speed. Yet BN hired him anyways, no doubt with the full backing of the OBC.
    The Oilers were slated to vie for the Cup last year, but instead missed the playoffs. This would have been a compelling reason for BN to rake Chia over the coals and put him on a short leash. Chia’s answer was to make a number of small deals in the off season and all us optimistic dreamers hoped for the best.
    This season began and it wasn’t long before everyone realized that missing the playoffs in 2017-18 was no fluke. I would think that a real NHL man would have had a contingency plan ready to roll out, just in case. Did Nicholson pull the trigger and fire Chia? Did he shorten the leash?
    No. In fact, BN said Chia’s job is “safe as long as we make the playoffs”. No boss with any smarts makes a blanket statement like that – strictly amateur hour.
    So then Chia goes on as real roll, with the Spooner, Manning and Kosko deals. Sure doesn’t look like a short leash to me. Was Bob Nicholson asleep with his feet up on his desk? Lunching in Vienna? Lost and frozen like a deer in the headlights? Any way you look at it, Bobby failed in his oversight of this.
    Now the OEG are out in force, feeding us the line that Chiarelli was behind it all – he acted alone – almost a rogue element. If that’s true, then Nicholson should be toast. But is it true? The Kosko deal was all PC? Really???
    The OBC are wily survivors, stringing out a line of BS, secure in the thought that the masses (or Katz) will swallow this like they’ve swallowed everything else they’ve shoveled out. I may only be a second tier fan, but I know a line of BS when I see it.

  • KootenayDan

    Time to move on from Chiarelli it is now in the past and time to look forward and rid the atmosphere of perpetual losing and bad vibes. KG is obviously in a collaborative role but he is doing pretty good from what I see. Manning will be insurance playing on the farm being a good veteran collecting an NHL pay cheque, I don’t think all of it counts against the cap.