The Edmonton Oilers have waived Patrick O’Sullivan and their captain, Ethan Moreau.
Relax, this article is not about Patrick O’Sullivan.
Moreau has 3 seasons left on his contract. His cap hit is $2M in the upcoming season and $1.75 the final two before he becomes a free agent. If he is not picked up on waivers, don’t be surprised if the Oilers buy him out at 2/3 his salary.
He is 34 years old and will turn 35 in September.
He plays left wing. He is gritty and brings a rough and tumble checking game. He is not a scorer and is too far removed from his success in juniors to be considered for such a role. He is first and foremost an energy line winger who will provide a solid forecheck and go through a brick wall for his team.
Moreau has had his share of injury problems. In some respects, they have been Justin Williams type injuries in that one has been odder than the other. His most recent one was a stick in the eye and no, not in the Biblical sense.
Alexander Frolov is likely gone. Frolov’s role was primarily that of a defensive left wing on the third line. Here, we have an available third line left wing with alleged leadership and character in Moreau (though I have read both questioned by Oilers’ fans) who plays a more physical game than Frolov and though he doesn’t have Frolov’s offensive touch, quite bluntly, neither did Alexander this past season. Just as important, he comes at an affordable price. If we can sign him for $1.75 to $2.0 million per season, should we? While you chew on that, think about this – Moreau was the last remaining asset that the Oilers retained from the Wayne Gretzky trade to our Kings. Oh, sweet irony.