According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the Edmonton Oilers have placed goaltender Troy Grosenick on waivers. The move comes after Mike Smith was seen at practice working with the main group on Thursday. There is talk Smith will be reactivated off of LTIR on Sunday and could be suiting up for the Oilers in either Monday or Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.
Dominic Toninato of the Winnipeg Jets was also put on waivers, but for the Oilers, this is some contract shuffling which hints at a few things.
First, Smith must be ready to play. If he wasn’t, the Oilers wouldn’t risk losing Grosenick on waivers. Second, whether for contract reasons or a comfort level, for now, it seems the Oilers have chosen Stuart Skinner over Grosenick as their third-string taxi squad goalie.
There are some fans questioning this move considering what the Oilers have already been through with the netminding this year. If Grosenick gets claimed and Smith isn’t 100%, the Oilers are right back where they started with Mikko Koskinen and Skinner again. The move is being seen by many as risky considering a team like Carolina just lost Petr Mrazek, and could snag Grosenick.
Chances Grosenick Gets Claimed
While a waiver claim hasn’t happened in some time, Grosenick could be picked up as the 31-year-old has been a strong minor league option for many years. He posted a .920 in 33 appearances with the Milwaukee Admirals last season. This could be an attractive option for a team like Toronto, Carolina or Colorado.
It’s hard not to feel a bit bad for Grosenick who drove from the United States, had to quarantine for 14 days and never got to see a minute of action with the Oilers. But, this is life in the NHL this season for a lot of players.
If Grosenick does clear waivers, there is a chance he goes to the team’s taxi squad and Skinner goes to Bakersfield. Grosenick is getting paid on one-way contract.
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