Calgary Flames place Veteran Defenseman on Waivers

Calgary Flames, Jordan Oesterle
Calgary Flames, Jordan Oesterle / Leah Hennel/GettyImages

The Calgary Flames made a massive trade overnight, landing two top picks in exchange for defenseman Noah Hanifin, and while that may have created a shortage on the blue line, it's done the exact opposite.

Over the past few weeks, GM Craig Conroy has been hard at work, clearly looking to rebuild the Flames defensive group, and he's done just that, with the additions of Joel Hanley, Artem Grushnikov and Daniil Miromanov, with Hanifin and Chris Tanev being moved out.

On Thursday, they finally made the move that plenty of Flames fans have been expecting, as the team officially placed veteran defenseman Jordan Oesterle on waivers, with the likelihood that he clears and ends up back with the AHL's Calgary Wranglers.

In 22 games with the Flames this year, Oesterle has struggled, tallying just two assists and becoming known as a turnover machine in the Flames own end, and now, the new look blue line for the remainder of the 2023-24 campaign is complete.

When Miromanov arrives in Florida, expecting to be ready for the Saturday night encounter with Matthew Tkachuk and the Florida Panthers, this is what the Flames blue line is expected to look like.


Miromanov is expected to slot in on either the second pairing alongside Oliver Kylington or on the third pairing alongside Joel Hanley, with Gilbert to be the seventh defenseman, and with the way Oesterle has struggled in 2023-24, this move makes complete sense.