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Edmonton Oilers officially make final decision with Jack Campbell


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Liam McCormick
June 30, 2024  (10:11)
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Jack Campbell with the Bakersfield Condors
Photo credit: The Hockey News

Moments ago, news broke that the Edmonton Oilers have finally began the process of buying out goaltender Jack Campbell.

Two years ago, Campbell signed a 5 year contract for $5M a year with the expectation he could be a Stanley Cup winning goalie. Instead he completely melted down, and in November of this year, the Oilers sent him down to the AHL for the whole season. It was clear the trust is broken, and honestly, Campbell looked like he would struggle to become an NHL goalie again.
Today was the final day teams are able to complete a buy-out process before free agency, and the Edmonton Oilers needed the cap space. The Oilers were trying their best to trade Campbell up until yesterday, but they had been trying to trade him for a full year. Simply put, no one was taking his contract without being paid handsomely.
The Oilers will free up $3.9M in cap space this offseason with buying out Campbell, but will have $1.5M in dead cap for the next few seasons to pay off his deal.
There's potential that one NHL team may take a chance on Jack Campbell on a very cheap contract, but it's very possible that this is the end of Campbell's career.
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