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@Bob_Stauffer

The #Oilers have placed Toni Rajala on unconditional waivers

@Bob_Stauffer

When a player is placed on unconditional waivers it means that he will be bought out...

@Bob_Stauffer

A clarification. When a player goes on unconditional waivers like Rajala...usually it means a mutual termination of a contract not buy-out

Little surprising. Speculation is he wants to go back and play in Europe. Maybe has a deal in place.

He also put up some good numbers last year:


Toni Rajala

Right Wing

Born Mar 29 1991  -- Parkano, Finland

Height 5.10 -- Weight 163 -- Shoots L


Selected by Edmonton Oilers round 4 #101 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

										    --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team					    Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM

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2008-09  Ilves Tampere			   SM-li  21    2    3    5    0   3   0   0   0   2

2009-10  Brandon Wheat Kings		 WHL    60   26   37   63   24  15   4   3   7   8

2010-11  Ilves Tampere			   SM-li  44    9   13   22    4

2011-12  Ilves Tampere			   SM-li  51   16   13   29   24  --  --  --  --  --

2012-13  Stockton Thunder		    ECHL   29   18   20   38   10  --  --  --  --  --

2012-13  Oklahoma City Barons	    AHL    46   17   28   45   16  17   4  12  16   8

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Back when he was 15 or so, he was considered the next Crosby. Over in Finland, they call him the Finish Crosby. It's too bad that fins aren't that big. Back in 08, they were saying how Rajala and Granlund would put the Fins back on the map.

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@Bob_Stauffer

The #Oilers have placed Toni Rajala on unconditional waivers

@Bob_Stauffer

When a player is placed on unconditional waivers it means that he will be bought out...

@Bob_Stauffer

A clarification. When a player goes on unconditional waivers like Rajala...usually it means a mutual termination of a contract not buy-out

Little surprising. Speculation is he wants to go back and play in Europe. Maybe has a deal in place.

He also put up some good numbers last year:


Toni Rajala

Right Wing

Born Mar 29 1991  -- Parkano, Finland

Height 5.10 -- Weight 163 -- Shoots L


Selected by Edmonton Oilers round 4 #101 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft

											--- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----

Season   Team						Lge	GP	G	A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

2008-09  Ilves Tampere			   SM-li  21	2	3	5	0   3   0   0   0   2

2009-10  Brandon Wheat Kings		 WHL	60   26   37   63   24  15   4   3   7   8

2010-11  Ilves Tampere			   SM-li  44	9   13   22	4

2011-12  Ilves Tampere			   SM-li  51   16   13   29   24  --  --  --  --  --

2012-13  Stockton Thunder			ECHL   29   18   20   38   10  --  --  --  --  --

2012-13  Oklahoma City Barons		AHL	46   17   28   45   16  17   4  12  16   8

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Odd move. Why buy him out when they could retain his rights and loan him out this season? If you need the contract space, buy out Ben Eager instead.

I guess it depends on whether it's an issue with playing in the AHL or just wanting to go home, but if it's the former I wouldn't be surprised if someone else picks him up.

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