The Edmonton Oilers have recalled defenseman Nikita Nikitin from AHL Bakersfield.
Nikitin, meanwhile, makes his return to the NHL after a good run of late in the minors.
The 29-year-old is in the last year of his contract, which has a cap hit of $4.5 million. There’s speculation he could be a trade target.
The Oilers (12-15-2) have won four straight. They host the Rangers Friday.