** Update: Alex Chiasson has cleared waivers. Considering his price tag and limited production so far this season, it’s not terribly surprising and he’ll likely be moved to the Oilers taxi squad prior to their 8PM game against the Ottawa Senators.
A few hours following an 8-5 win over the Ottawa Senators and one in which he was on the ice often during a red-hot power play, the Edmonton Oilers have placed veteran forward Alex Chiasson on waivers, according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic.
Chiasson has been a healthy scratch at times this season and while he helped the Oilers with their man advantage, he played just 11 minutes during last night’s victory. It is believed the Oilers would like the option to move Chiasson up and down and on and off the team’s taxi squad without issue. At the same time, his $2.15 million salary coming off the books would be helpful for the team, should another hockey club claim him.
Even though Chiasson has been a useful player in the past, his underlying numbers haven’t been great so far this season and his salary is high for a fourth-line, special-teams specific forward. His best skill is his power play ability, but for the Oilers, James Neal brings the same thing and he too is an expensive option.
There’s no reason for the Oilers to have both players on the roster. With increased depth, $2.15 million for a 13th forward isn’t ideal in a cap world and it would serve the Oilers best interest if another team was interested.
Currently they have three goalies, eight defensemen and 12 forwards on active roster. This move also makes it possible for Evan Bouchard to make his season debut tomorrow.
It wasn’t long ago that Chiasson was a fantastic addition for the Oilers. He joined the team in just ahead of the 2018-19 season and potted 22 goals. In 2019-20, his numbers dropped to just 11 goals and 24 points in 65 games.
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