by Lisa Brown on 01/10/12 at 04:00 PM ET
Although they haven’t played a game since Saturday, the Edmonton Oilers have been busy. The team has recalled players from the farm team to fill in roster holes left by injured players and are clearly looking forward with their current roster, deciding who should stay and who should go ahead of the NHL trade deadline next month.
Two Oilers, Tom Gilbert and Jordan Eberle have been waiting in line for MRIs and are now awaiting the results.On Monday night on 630 Ched Radio, Tom Renney has said that he doesn’t think Gilbert will return to the lineup before February, but that he hopes Ryan Whitney’s return will be sooner.
That the Edmonton Oilers have recalled winger Magnus Paajarvi and centremen Ryan O’Marra and Gilbert Brule doesn’t paint a pretty picture for the Eberle situation. Eberle sustained a knee injury in Saturday afternoon’s game against the Dallas Stars and although at the time he was the team MVP, he was the only forward to sustain an injury since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins separated his shoulder last week. The Oilers may be intending to keep an extra player on hand for “just in case” situations.
Gilbert Brule had to clear through re-entry waivers and as luck would see it, he hasn’t. The Coyotes have claimed Brule off of waivers and so the former first round pick will no longer join the Oilers on their final half of the season but instead will spend the winter in Phoenix.
For Brule, getting picked up by the Coyotes may the best thing that could have happened to him because the Coyotes have two centres on their injured reserve list; Boyd Gordon and Martin Hanzal. The Edmonton Oilers will have to pay half of Brule’s remaining salary $1.85 MM that runs through the rest of this season.
Corey Potter has been inked to a one way, two year contract extension after a successful first half of the 2011-12 season. Currently Potter is on a one year two way deal paying $525,000. Next season the defenceman will make $750,000 and $800,000 the following year.
After attempting to break into the NHL for years, the 27 year old appears to be there, if even with the injury depleted Edmonton Oilers. In his 27 games with the team this season, Potter has 3 goals, 11 assists, 8 penalty minutes and is a -10 which are remarkably similar to Tom Gilbert’s stats (with the exception of Gilbert’s -2 rating).
Potter spoke with the Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Dittrick about the deal saying “I’ve been waiting for so many years to get an opportunity like this; and then to start the year here and be given the chance I’ve had, it’s been so great. Signing an extension is icing on the cake.”
In Oilers prospect news, half of the Marty Party, Martin Marincin has been traded from the Prince George Cougars to the Regina Pats. Marincin will likely be paired with fellow Edmonton Oiler prospect Brandon Davidson. Both Davidson and Marincin were selected in 2010, Davidson in the 6th round, one selection in front of Oil King Kristians Pelss and Marincin in the second round. This should save time for the Edmonton Oilers amateur scouting staff making trips to the WHL.
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