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Oilers Sign Depth Forward Adam Cracknell

The Edmonton Oilers have signed depth forward Adam Cracknell to a two-way contract at $700K for one year.

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In what looks to be an effort to add experience and depth for the Bakersfield Condors, the Edmonton Oilers have signed depth forward Adam Cracknell on Thursday to a one-year, two-way deal. The deal is apparently worth $700K at the NHL level.

There is a chance Cracknell could crack (pun intended) the Oilers lineup this coming season, but it’s more likely the forward spends most, if not all of the 2020-21 campaign in the AHL.

Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer suggests this is just the first of many moves GM Ken Holland (Oilers) and GM Keith Gretzky (Condors) will be making to improve things for the AHL club. Among them, the team is looking for an organizational #3 goalie on NHL 1-way, a top-six AHL forward on a two-way deal and an experienced right-handed defenseman on an NHL two-way pact.

As for what this might mean for Holland and the Oilers, Cracknell’s signing doesn’t really lessen the GM’s to-do list. He’s still got a few things on his plate, including trying to sign a top-six forward, secure a third-line center, improve his blue line and settle in on the goaltending tandem for next season.

No Need to Overreact Oil Fans

There are few fans in Oilers Nation seeing the news and asking what Holland is doing signing a player who’s older, not terribly productive in the NHL and likely not much of an option in Edmonton. That’s fair. But, to trick is to see him as a depth guy, who likely can mentor young players in AHL.

In the off chance this signing is anything more than that, it’s fair to suggest the Oilers might be missing an opportunity to take advantage of a market where some pretty good players could become available as team’s struggle with their cap issues.

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