Oilers fan’s desires of Sam Gagner returning to Edmonton had been crushed earlier in the present day after the Winnipeg Jets introduced they’d signed the veteran ahead to a one-year deal. Rumors swirled round Oil Nation a few potential comeback after Gagner posted a photograph on his Instagram story.
Quickly after, a tweet got here out of Bruce McCurdy that Ryan Murray was on the Oilers roster web page on their web site, flooding Edmonton’s social media with the information. Murray has signed a one-year deal in Edmonton for $750k, including some much-needed assist to the blue line.
Murray has over 400 video games performed within the NHL, break up between the Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils and, most just lately, the Stanley Cup successful Colorado Avalanche. He was drafted 2nd in 2012 behind Nail Yakupov, which many have been celebrating all morning on Twitter. Whereas Murray has panned out as anticipated, like most in that draft, he’s nonetheless a dependable defender who will help the Oilers. What he does is prone to additionally push youthful again all the way down to Bakersfield.
Ken Holland now has six established NHL gamers on his blue line, probably leaving just one spot accessible. Philip Broberg, Dmitri Samorukov, Vincent Desharnais, and Markus Niemelainen seem like the 4 rookies competing for spots on this foremost camp. Except one thing modifications drastically, Broberg is the favourite to take that spot. Final season, he performed in 23 video games for Edmonton, scoring a purpose and three factors whereas additionally showing within the playoffs.
That leaves the opposite three with no selection however to ship them again to Bakersfield. That can be a bunch of veterans within the AHL, becoming a member of others akin to Michael Kesselring, Phillip Kemp, and Darien Kielb. Max Wanner and Luca Munzenberger are additionally within the dialog to play in Bakersfield subsequent season, giving the Condors employees loads of choices.
Sending Murray might give the Netherlands extra flexibility to maneuver a youthful defender to usher in a extra veteran participant to assist out. By means of nobody’s fault, however the Oilers now have too many items in Bakersfield. If they need everybody to develop and get sufficient taking part in time, they could haven’t any selection however to maneuver on. We cannot see a transfer like this till coaching camp begins. The staff will need to see the place they’re earlier than making any strikes.
Whereas this transfer could appear small for a low pair defender, it might have a big effect on a extra essential transfer down the street.