As they looked to free up salary cap room at the trade deadline, the Oilers and Canucks held some discussions regarding defenseman Brandon Manning, reports Postmedia’s Jim Matheson. However, he suggests that Vancouver wanted winger Jujhar Khaira to be included in the trade as a sweetener, something that Edmonton clearly wasn’t willing to do.
After signing a two-year, $4.5MM deal with Chicago in July, it looked like Manning was going to have some stability after being in and out of the lineup during his time in Philadelphia. However, he quickly became a scratch with the Blackhawks and was dealt to Edmonton in late December as part of a trade involving winger Drake Caggiula.
Unfortunately for Manning and the Oilers, he lost his lineup spot rather quickly, wound up clearing waivers, and was subsequently assigned to the AHL. He has only played seven games with Bakersfield and is a frequent scratch down there as well.