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OILERS NOTES: A contact of irony with Pickard changing Campbell within the nets

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Turning again the clock, Jack Campbell was the primary goalie taken within the 2010 NHL draft, at No. 11 (by Dallas) whereas Calvin Pickard was the third at No. 49 (Colorado).

Now, in a kind of hockey twists, they’re buying and selling locations.

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Campbell predictably cleared waivers Wednesday and took a brief trip from Vancouver the place the Edmonton Oilers practised at UBC to affix the Bakersfield farm squad in close by Abbotsford for its AHL video games Thursday and Saturday. Pickard flew to San Jose to fulfill the Oilers.

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“Any time Calvin’s been round our staff, he’s slot in. His begin this 12 months in Bakersfield speaks for itself, the numbers (2.03 common, .939 save share) communicate for themselves,” stated Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft, who wouldn’t say if Stu Skinner was getting the beginning in opposition to the Sharks or Pickard, who final performed within the NHL in 2022 whereas with the Detroit Crimson Wings.

“Calvin and Olivier Rodrigue are off to actually good begins and have gained video games for that (AHL) staff and stored their staff in video games. For Choose to return up, it’s good on him. It’s an amazing alternative. He’s acquired NHL expertise,” stated Woodcroft.

Everyone took a waivers go on Campbell’s $5-million cap for this season and three extra. The Oilers will nonetheless have $3.85 million of Campbell’s cap on their NHL books with $1.15 million buried with Bako, however transferring Campbell to the minors now means fiscally they’ve $377,870 in cap room now. They’re including Pickard’s $762,500 NHL cap and might hold fourth-line ahead James Hamblin up when both Mattias Janmark (shoulder) or Connor Brown (suspected groin harm) are capable of play.

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Campbell is again the place it began after that first-round choice. He performed 229 minor-league video games (Texas, Idaho, ECHL, Ontario Reign) and solely two within the NHL with Los Angeles earlier than attending to the NHL for good in 2018 with the Kings, who then traded him to Toronto for winger Trevor Moore.

Pickard has performed 116 NHL video games however hasn’t been in any for near 4 years, a mop-up interval in a Pittsburgh 11-2 blowout of the Crimson Wings on March 27, 2022. His most up-to-date NHL begin got here on Jan. 28, 2022 for Detroit with Sam Gagner as a Wings teammate, a 3-2 win over Pittsburgh when he made 36 stops, then beat Jake Guentzel, Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang within the shootout.

Pickard could put on a ball cap greater than a masks if the Oilers need to trip Skinner now that Campbell is with Bakersfield. However Pickard, 30, did play 50 video games for Colorado in 2016-17 with a .904 save share on a horrible 22-win Avs staff — Jared Bednar’s first 12 months behind their bench.

Jamie McLennan, the TSN commentator, Edmonton-born former NHL netminder and goalies coach, is aware of the Oilers have a Rockies-type mountain to climb to get from 2-8-1 to 8-8-1 and no less than .500 however one thing needed to give in his thoughts.

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“The factor is you must begin someplace,” McLennan stated. “It’s a heavy transfer for Ken (GM Holland), a transfer on a participant (Campbell) that he signed however on the finish of the day, he’s like: ‘Hey, this man hasn’t carried out.’ So, he’s the primary man to pay the worth. It’s like he saying ‘OK, all people’s speaking concerning the goaltending, so I’m making a transfer there.’’’

At current, there’s little approach Holland can offload Campbell’s contract except he provides a sweetener or two and possibly eats a part of the {dollars}. Like including, say, defenceman Philip Broberg to the deal. When the Oilers discovered a staff to take Zack Kassian’s $3.2-million for 2 years, they despatched him to Arizona for a first-rounder in 2022, a 3rd in 2024 and a fourth in 2025.

Campbell has a 10-team no-trade checklist to navigate round. Campbell is making $6 million this season ($5 million wage and $1 million signing bonus). His wage goes to $5.4 mil, then $4.2 mil, then $3.9 mil in 12 months 5 however the cap hit continues to be $5 mil.

“The man I considered straight away was John Gibson (Anaheim, $6.4-million cap hit for this 12 months and three extra) however there’s no assure Gibson will get you again so as. You’d be buying and selling apples for apples at this level,” stated McLennan. “However guys who’ve performed within the all-star sport, not 10 years in the past, however three or 4.”

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The nice Glenn Corridor has at all times stated that taking part in purpose is a person alternative, from a younger age. “No one forces you to play there,” stated Corridor, who will get no argument from Grant Fuhr, when speaking concerning the Oilers web worries nowadays.

“You get extra criticism however that’s the enjoyable a part of the place. As a goalie, you make a distinction within the video games,” stated Fuhr, who’s doing color commentary on the Coachella Valley (AHL farm staff of Seattle) broadcasts.

THIS AND THAT: The Sharks, who’re with out injured ex-Oiler Matt Benning,  have traded for Minnesota Wild offensive D-man Calen Addison. He’ll play in opposition to the Oilers. They’re giving up a 2026 fifth-rounder and farm ahead Adam Raska to the Wild. Addison was shopped in the course of the summer season and his position on the PP had diminished with Minnesota going with 5 forwards on their first unit and Jonas Brodin on their second … The Wild adopted up by buying and selling for Tampa’s D Zach Bogosian (for a seventh-round decide in 2025) … Benning was placed on IR on Halloween, after averaging 18 minutes an evening. He skated for the primary time Tuesday, however there’s no timeline for his return … Woodcroft had all his Wednesday apply traces jumbled aside from Evander Kane, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner. Ryan McLeod was with Connor McDavid and Zach Hyman on one line. Leon Draisaitl centered Warren Foegele and Dylan Holloway … Don’t anticipate Connor Brown, out for per week with a suspected groin downside, or Mattias Janmark (shoulder) to play …The Oilers had their rookie meal Tuesday in Vancouver and Hamblin was one of many youngsters to buck up for the tab. “I feel he’s excited for it. Any time you’re up within the NHL, you’re excited,” stated Hyman … UBC’s Dorrin Luding suited up because the second goalie with Campbell not there at Oilers apply on the UBC campus Wednesday earlier than the staff flew to San Jose. Luding performed within the WHL in Everett, Saskatoon and Seattle. “I needed to skip just a few courses, I feel German research and a psych class,, however I’ll make them up,” stated Luding… Wanting again, Campbell was signed in 2022 as a result of Mike Smith was 40 and his physique had damaged down, plus his No. 2 Mikko Koskinen was mountaineering off to Lugano to play in Switzerland. Koskinen, now 35, is probably going on his approach out after Lugano GM Hnat Domenichelli added Biel goalie Joren van Pottelberghe to play with Niklas Schlegel. Koskinen has an .879 save share … Again in 2010, Mark Visentin (Coyotes) was the second goalie taken (No 27). He solely performed one NHL sport in 2014, and accidents KO’d his profession. He’s now goaltending coach of the Soo Greyhounds.

Editor’s notice: This story has been been up to date with corrected info on the impact of Campbell’s transfer on the Oilers wage cap.

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