It’s not surprising that neither player was claimed by another NHL club. Both blue liners just recovered from minor injuries and have little to no game action under their belt this year. In other words, they haven’t proven their worth to be NHL ready so far this year. Only Grebeshkov suited up for the Oilers this season, playing in 3 games but failing to collect a point.
Both players have reasonable salaries that could fit on other team’s payroll structures. Potter is in the last year of his two-year deal that sees him with a cap hit of $775,000 while Grebeshkov was signed to a one-year deal worth $1.5 MM.
Alas, it’s another pair of roster moves by the Oilers that had to be exposed to the waiver wire and ultimately neither player was claimed. A painful reminder that not one team across the NHL has a use for the Oilers outcasts, cementing the fact that this roster doesn’t have the talent to compete for a playoff spot. At least not on the blue line. All that’s left is a pair of crumpled up lottery tickets that MacTavish tried his luck on. Now the Barons will have two defenseman that no one else wants. Not a good feeling.