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Oilers Place Nikita Nikitin on Waivers

Ding dong the witch is dead, witch is dead, witch is dead.

Chris LaFrance-USA TODAY Sports

The Edmonton Oilers announced earlier today that the organization has placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Bakersfield Condors. Scott Howson's man has been despised almost unanimously by the fanbase since he took to Rexall ice after the club signed him to a lucrative two-year contract in the summer of 2014.

It was reported earlier this week by Sportsnet's Mark Spector that Chicago and Edmonton were working on a potential deal to send Nikitin to the windy city in exchange for Bryan Bickell and his weighty contract. When that didn't materialize, the Blackhawks put their man on waivers.

For now, we'll wait and see if another NHL team takes a chance on Nikitin. Losing the player to waivers is a much better outcome than taking on Bickell's unfortunate contract.

No one from the MacT era is safe under the new regime. Rightfully so.