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With the Oilers' playoff hopes all but gone (AND IT'S NOT EVEN NOVEMBER YET!!!) the team announced a major move this morning, one that management likely hopes will get the team back on track and help salvage the team's season - Denis Grebeshkov and Corey Potter have been placed on waivers. On second thought, maybe major wasn't the word I was looking for.
Neither player has played much of a role on the Oilers so far this season. Grebeshkov has dressed in three games playing a little under 35 minutes total. In those limited minutes the puck moving seemed to be moving in the right direction but I guess the Oilers are going to keep playing Nick Schultz instead. Assuming he clears waivers the Oilers will continue to count $575k of Grebeshkov's contract against the salary cap. Potter hadn't yet played a game with the Oilers this season after starting the season on the injured reserve with a back injury; he was recalled from a conditioning stint on Sunday after playing in two games with the Oklahoma City Barons.
Since both will soon to be residing in Oklahoma City - unless they get claimed off waivers which I would think is less likely than the Oilers making the playoff this season - the Oilers are going to need to recall someone to fill out a roster that now includes just six defencemen. This likely means that one of Taylor Fedun or Philip Larsen will soon be on a flight headed to Edmonton. Fedun has a goal and three assists in ten games while Larsen has managed to score at a point per game pace over his first seven games with the Barons.