The Edmonton Oilers and the Oklahoma City Barons have each had busy signing weeks, but the one player who stands out because he hasn't been signed or moved has to be Linus Omark. Although it has been made very clear by both sides that Omark is not going to have his NHL career with the Edmonton Oilers. And yet, the Oilers extended Omark a qualifying offer and have until the end of July to either sign or trade Omark. Now that Rick Nash has been traded perhaps the trade market might pick up. But realistically, teams are still waiting to see what happens with the next collective bargaining agreement.
In terms of Oilers' signings, Alex Plante, Chris VandeVelde and of course Nail Yakupov were all signed by the team this week. While Alex Plante may not seem like the best signing, it may end up being more of an AHL contract than an NHL contract as Plante will have to clear waivers to travel between OKC and Edmonton, Chris VandeVelde was a good signing. And now the Oilers have the time to better figure out what they have in the NCAA product centreman.
For the Oklahoma City Barons, it was just a single signing, but a fairly important one. Ex-Oiler Josh Green signed for a second time with the Oilers on a 2 way deal, hoping to get some NHL experience. Instead Green played a part in the Barons impressive playoff run.
Before the signing, Green tweeted that his chances were not good that he was going to sign with the Oilers "slim to none, and slim just left town." But upon his AHL deal clarified "My slim and none comment was with regards to signing with the Oilers. This is an AHL deal only. Only place I wanted to sign in the minors." At least it wasn't a tweet that had Green kicked out of the AHL or the Olympics.
The Edmonton Oil Kings had a very long post season run and now are experiencing a busy summer as "The Edmonton Oil Kings are well represented at the U17 Team Pacific Camp which kicked off this Wednesday in Kamloops, BC. Six Oil Kings prospects including forward Mitchell Walter and defensemen Aaron Irving,Dysin Mayo, Mitch Meek, Logan Mick and Brett Pollock are attending the 68 person camp." The players are competing for potential roster spots on Team Pacific in Hockey Canada's World U17 Hockey Challenge. And given the talent on the Oil Kings roster, it wouldn't be a long shot to see some of those players make the team.
Otherwise, we are getting into the quietest weeks of the summer. But not to worry, things usually pick up again in mid August.