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Oilers Waive Brad Hunt

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About nine games overdue. Oscar Klefbom on the way.

Eight puck, side pocket.
Eight puck, side pocket.
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Surprise, surprise, huckleberries.

In a moment of clarity, the Oilers have waived Brad Hunt, and it's not a moment too soon.  He's had the easiest minutes on defence among the regulars and he's done more than a fair bit of struggling.  The Oilers have been consistent in his deployment,  he's inexplicably been rewarded with an average of more than twenty minutes of ice per game, trailing only Schultz and Nikitin.  Hunt averages more ice than Jeff Petry, which should be a criminal offence.

Oscar Klefbom has been recalled from the Barons, and will likely be in the lineup on Monday should Nikita Nikitin be unable to play.  Klefbom has a goal and six assists in six games for the Barons.

I've no issue with the team sending Hunt to the AHL.  It should've happened a few weeks ago.  The issue I have is that he's obviously not the third best defenceman on the team, yet he's got the third most ice among the regulars.

I'd like to say I'm surprised, but is anyone surprised at anything anymore?