RUMOR: Edmonton Oilers Discussing Jack Campbell Move with Surprising Eastern Conference Teams

Tom Banks
January 26, 2024  (2:44 PM)

Jack Campbell in net for the Edmonton Oilers.
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The Edmonton Oilers have been on a roll lately, and with the duo of Calvin Pickard and Stuart Skinner rolling, there's seemingly no hope of a recall to the NHL for Jack Campbell.

Two teams interested in the struggling veteran

It was just two summers ago that the Oilers landed Campbell on a five-year, $5 million AAV deal, and while it had the potential to be a great move, he's struggled mightily.
Now however, according to NHL Insider Eklund of Hockey Buzz, both the New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres could be interested in the veteran.
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Quick hit to start your day today. There are two teams out there currently working hard to improve their goaltending situation. The Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils. Both teams in need of goaltending to achieve their goals. For this seasonThe Sabres need to get into a playoff fight, and NJ needs to compete for a Stanley Cup.

The Oilers have now won 14 strike games, and look like the team to beat in the NHL right now. Meanwhile, Campbell, who is in the minors, is a big cap hit that the Oilers would love to use elsewhere Campbell struggled mightily this season, but those familiar with the kid, from USA Hockey, see him very much as a fine goalie who could suddenly dominate with his skill level, given a fresh new team that is willing to believe in his game.

The Devils and Sabres organizations are stock full of USA hockey people at the management levels. The Oilers would certainly have to take on half the salary, but that beats paying a guy NHL numbers to play AHL.

Campbell has improved mightily in the AHL as of late

While his early returns for the Bakersfield Condors in the AHL were poor, Campbell has been solid as of late, posting a 3.03 GAA and a .904 save percentage on the season.
Whether or not these teams would be willing to take on his whole contract is yet to be determined, but right now the Oilers are looking to make a run, and if they can use an asset or two to move on from Campbell, it could help them make the final move needed for a shot at the Stanley Cup.
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RUMOR: Edmonton Oilers Discussing Jack Campbell Move with Surprising Eastern Conference Teams

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