I'm not sure anyone is surprised by this. A few folks in the media had suggested that Gazdic would be claimed if the Oielrs were to place him on waivers. I always doubted that, but would have been okay with it had it happened since that would mean that he'd no longer be a member of the Oilers organization.
In the end he did clear waivers and will now call Bakersfield his home. Whether or not we see him in Edmonton again probably has more to do with Zack Kassian than anything Gazdic is going to do in the AHL.