Brandon Manning has cleared waivers today, meaning the Oilers can and have assigned him to the Bakersfield Condors in the AHL.
Manning was acquired via trade from the Chicago Blackhawks on December 30, 2018 in exchange for Drake Caggiula and Jason Garrison. The Oilers also received Swedish defender Robin Norell but it is unlikely he ever comes over from Europe, at least not as part of the Oilers system. The trade was not well recieved by the fans or the media questioning why the trade was made, considering Manning was at best a 3rd pair defenseman but is owed $2.25 million for both this season and next.
Manning played 12 games in an Oiler uniform recorder 1 goal, 0 assists, 4 penalty minutes and was -4. His tenure as an Oiler is very forgettable. Meanwhile Caggiula is playing top 6 minutes in Chicago playing alongside Jonathon Toews.
There was some hope in Edmonton that Manning would be claimed possibly by Vancouver as they are currently searching for defenders of the left shot variety. Ultimately it was never going to happen, Manning will now be assigned to Bakersfield and hopefully he won’t ruin what they have going on considering they are on a 15 game win streak!
Though because Manning has cleared waivers, it would make him easier to trade because it makes him more flexible for the acquiring team, but I wouldn’t hold my breath on that.
Sending Manning down will cost the Oilers $1.225 million against the Cap according to http://www.capfriendly.com this does free up some cap space for the team.
With Andrej Sekera ready to come back into the lineup there were too many bodies on defence and Manning drew the short straw.