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An insider has revealed the Oilers' two-week strategy to ship out Jack Campbell


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Sam Jones
June 12, 2024  (12:14)
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With the NHL Cup Final approaching its climax, teams are lining up their strategies for the offseason.

The Edmonton Oilers are reportedly considering a significant move involving goaltender Jack Campbell. Insider Frank Seravalli suggests Campbell is a prime candidate for a buyout as the offseason begins.
"It was telling that he wasn't even on Edmonton's radar as Stuart Skinner struggled in Round 2 and they turned to journeyman Cal Pickard. They didn't trust Campbell. It's hard to imagine that changing," said Seravalli.
Yes, the buyout isn't pretty, but the Oilers can't continue with $3.85 million in buried cap space devoted to Campbell. Edmonton needs relief from that and stretching out the term of Campbell's deal in exchange for $2.85 million in cap savings
- Frank Seravalli
Despite efforts to trade him, the financial implications of Campbell's $5 million annual contract, which extends through 2027, make a buyout seem more appealing. The Oilers face a tough decision, as retaining him means a significant portion of their salary cap remains tied up in a player not meeting expectations.
The Oilers have done their best over the last season to find a taker in trade for Jack Campbell, but that would cost the team real hockey assets to offload his deal. It may be best for the Oilers to take a purely financial hit in buying Campbell instead of paying draft picks and prospects for another team to take him
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The buyout window, as per CapFriendly, opens two weeks after the Cup Final, offering the Oilers a chance to regain some financial flexibility. "The buyout period begins the later of June 15 or 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final ends. It concludes on June 30 at 5 pm ET," CapFriendly notes.
Despite not appearing in games since November, Campbell has been a supportive presence during the playoffs, even celebrating the series win over Dallas with the team.
Since joining the Oilers, Campbell has struggled under the high expectations of his hefty contract and the role of a starter for a Cup contender. With his future uncertain, it's possible he could end up in the AHL or face the end of his professional career if no teams are willing to take a chance on him as a backup.
As the Oilers plot their course through the offseason, the decision on Campbell's contract will be pivotal in shaping their team dynamics and financial strategy moving forward.
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