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Oilers Place Toni Rajala On Unconditional Waivers

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Who will replace Rajala's offense in Oklahoma City?

photo by Candace Riley, who will miss Rajala very much.

With a single tweet today, Oilers' media voice Bob Stauffer set Oilers' fans abuzz:

The Oilers have done so with the intention of buying Rajala out of his professional contract so that they might use Rajala's spot in their 50-man limit. Rajala is rumored to have a deal in place in Finland.

Stauffer continued:

...which was a significant turn from his comments earlier this summer:

It's an odd move to rid yourself of your best prospect in the AHL, but the logical conclusion is that the Oilers that Rajala may not have a place at the big kids' table in the near future.

Rajala came in at #16 with a bullet in our most recent Top 25 Under 25 and he leaves a significant hole in the Oklahoma City Barons' lineup. The Barons will need a proven point per game scorer like Linus Omark in the AHL to rescue the top of the lineup - the problem being how to find one at this time of the year.

The Oilers are now down to just two Finns within the organization, Jesse Joensuu and Frans Tuohimaa.