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Oilers re-sign Petry to one-year, $3+ million deal

Jul 7, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers are keeping their blue line intact for at least one more year.

The Oilers announced they’ve re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jeff Petry to a one-year deal. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports the deal is worth just under $3.1 million.

Petry, 26, will be an unrestricted free agent next summer because of his age and it being just a one-year contract. Last season, he had seven goals and 17 points in 80 games and led the team in hits and blocked shots.

It may be a short stay for Petry in Edmonton. A one-year contract and the ability to become an unrestricted free agent makes him a prime target to be moved by the trade deadline next season.

While the Oilers defense hasn’t been great in recent years, they added Nikita Nikitin, Mark Fayne, and Keith Aulie in free agency this summer and have young players like Martin Marincin and Darnell Nurse aiming for prime time with the team. That means Petry’s future could see him on another roster even before free agency hits next summer.

  1. stevebass2 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    I guess it’s only a one year deal, but maaaannnnnnn that’s an overpayment.

    • ray2013 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      It’s like the oilers live in their own universe when it comes to contracts. It’s always an overpay; the only reasonable contracts on the team are the ones they traded for.

      • bricevjohnson - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

        Well said. I guess the good thing about living in their “own little universe” is that their horrendously overpaid contracts don’t inflate contracts for comparable players throughout remainder of the league, like for example the David Clarkson or Dave Bolland. When players from other teams try to use guys like Pouliot and Nikitin as salary comparable bargaining chips come contract time, those GM’s will simply balk at the demand with the response “Yeah, that’s only Edmonton”.

  2. pj608 - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    time to step up!

  3. esracerx46 - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    I guess overpaying through the nose is the only way to get players to play for them or to keep players from bolting to the KHL.

  4. hallforpresident - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    How is this an overpayme

  5. malinpaul - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    forgot to mention Klefbom.

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