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Oilers put Jones on waivers

Sep 25, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

Ryan Jones AP

After four seasons in Edmonton, Ryan Jones could be moving on.

That’s because the Oilers put Jones on waivers Wednesday, a somewhat surprising move considering he scored 35 goals for Edmonton from 2010-12 — tying Jordan Eberle for third on the team in 2010-11, with 18.

The move is even more surprising given Jones, 29, signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Oilers in July.

The gritty forward was given that deal after a tough 2013 campaign, one that saw him miss a significant chunk of time after taking a puck to the eye during lockout practice at the University of Minnesota.

That injury resulted in surgery, one that kept him on the shelf until late February. Upon his return Jones appeared in 27 games for the Oilers, notching seven points.

It’ll be interesting to see if Jones clears waivers. While he’s got a fairly hefty price tag and was just dropped from one of the NHL’s worst teams in 2013, he’s still a proven veteran that can add sandpaper and goalscoring ability to a team’s forward group.

  1. ibieiniid - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Jones/Laich/Fehr sounds pretty darn good.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      for a 3rd line, that is.

    • lowenni - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      They’d have to trade someone to make room for his cap hit. Maybe Ward? Similar style to Jones, but twice the cap hit.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        it’d be tough to do, but waiving Beagle would make the cap room I think. I was thinking Volpati originally, but I don’t know if that would give them enough space. I didn’t realize the Caps were so close to bumping their head til you said something.

  2. canucks30 - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    He’s not going to make it to Washington based on the waiver list. Lot of teams that finished below the Caps last year that could use him.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      yeah true that. I’m just jumpy. I do think the Caps are setting up for something though.

  3. shamu1the1whale - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Wow, that’s a surprise. What are people’s takes as to why the team did this?

  4. islandoilfan - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Jones has been mostly ineffective since his injury, and he seems prone to dumb plays (like last nights high stick that he dished out then played dumb but rookie teammate Pitlick got called for). I was more surprised at the contract the Oil gave him than this waivers move.

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