Ex-Chicago Blackhawks NHL career officially hits rock bottom

Published November 3, 2023 at 10:15 PM

Flames Place Former Blackhawks Defenseman on Waivers

The Calgary Flames have made a significant roster move by placing Jordan Oesterle, a seasoned defenseman and former member of the Chicago Blackhawks, on waivers. This decision, reported by Chris Johnston of TSN, comes after Oesterle's decade-long NHL journey, which began with the Flames this summer following his two-year stint with the Detroit Red Wings, concluding in 2021.

An Opportunity for the Former Blackhawk

Oesterle, who has primarily served as the Flames' seventh defenseman, may find himself with increased ice time due to a recent four-game suspension handed to Rasmus Andersson. In the current season, he has averaged just over 14 minutes of ice time per game, maintaining a -2 rating with no points.

While it's improbable that Oesterle will be claimed off waivers in the next 24 hours, his cost-effective cap hit makes him an enticing option for teams in need of short-term defensive help. The Minnesota Wild, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and others could express interest in adding Oesterle to their rosters.

If claimed, it's anticipated that Oesterle's role within a new team won't significantly differ from his current position with the Flames. However, Calgary's urgency to clear his $925K cap hit is driven by their limited remaining salary cap space of only $295K after utilizing LTIR.
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