In an NHL news and rumors update, there is news that the Edmonton Oilers still have needs in certain positions, specifically third-line center and one Boston Bruins forward is in a fight to save his NHL career.
Oilers Looking to Fill Third-Line Center Position
The Oilers are still on the lookout for a third-line center. They’ve been unable to effectively fill the position internally at their training camp and as such, have sent a scout out to see what options exist outside the organization.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal writes that the Oilers are also still looking to find a left winger to play with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and James Neal and are keeping a lookout for a defenseman to play with Oscar Klefbom.
Kurt Leavins of The Edmonton Journal notes the Oilers had a scout at the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens game on Saturday, noting that. centers Chris Tierney and Jean-Gabriel Pageau might be of interest.
Center Chris Tierney is an expiring UFA at $2.9m. But so is Jean-Gabriel Pageau at $3.1 and is a right shot. Tierney is a lefty and wasn’t even in the lineup. But Pageau was and had 4 shots in a 4-0 loss. A dip in his production last season may lower the asking price.source -‘After 2 cups of coffee with the Edmonton Oilers is Ethan Bear poised to finally enjoy the full-meal deal?: 9 Things’ – Kurt Leavins – The Edmonton Jounal – 09/22/2019
Backes Fighting for Job With Bruins
Elsewhere, David Backes knows he’s got to prove he still belongs in the NHL. He’s fighting for a roster spot on his own team in Boston. According to The Athletic’s Joe McDonald (subscription required), Backes will have to win the job if he wants to stay in the league.
McDonald writes in his article:
Despite earning $6 million per season for another two years, Backes is not guaranteed a roster spot. As a respected veteran, he would usually play three preseason games in the past. But it’s different for him now because he battling for playing time.
Backes knows he’s in for a fight. He was hoping his credibility as a professional would be taken into account and not just this past season but he’s aware he needs to prove his worth and that he can still produce.
Domingue Clears Waivers
Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic notes that Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue cleared waivers and was assigned to the AHL.
Ultimately, the Lightning would like to try and move Domingue and the team is hoping another NHL franchise calls regarding a trade before the start of the season.
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