Goaltender Devan Dubnyk and defenceman Jeff Petry have both been signed to two-year contracts by the Edmonton Oilers.
Dubnyk’s two-year deal has an annual average value of $3.5 million dollars; Petry’s AAV is $1.75 million.
Forty-seven times in net gave Dubnyk the opportunity to go 20-20-3 and rack up a 2.67 GAA – both career bests for the 26-year-old – and .914 save percentage. Petry suited up in the copper and blue 73 times last season and posted 25 points – two goals and twenty-three assists – making him the top-scoring Oiler on the blueline. Those were all career highs for him.
Another deal that was made today was left-winger Dane Byers’ one-year contract. The twenty-six year old split the 2011-2012 season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and their farm team, the Springfield Falcons.
In 61 games with the Falcons, he scored sixteen goals, helped on twenty-three, and spent one hundred and eight minutes in the penalty box. In eight with Columbus, he recorded 29 penalty minutes. He was drafted 48th overall by the Rangers in 2004, and played 255 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack (now Connecticut Whale). Throughout that time, he managed 163 points – 72 goals and 91 assists – and spent over nine hours in the penalty box.
Darcy Hordichuk and Yann Danis were also secured by the Oilers on July first.
Hordichuk was set to become a free agent after signing a one-year deal with the Oilers last summer. In 43 games, the thirty-one year old Saskatchewan native tallied one goal and two assists, spending 64 minutes in the sin bin. In 538 career games with the Coyotes, Panthers, Predators, Canucks and Oilers, Hordichuk has gone 20-21-41 and racked up 1138 penalty minutes.
Danis signed the dotted line on his one-year deal after spending almost all of last season with the OKC Barons, the Edmonton Oilers’ farm team. He made 43 appearances and went 26-14-2, posting a 2.07 GAA and a .924 save percentage. He broke records with his five shutouts last season and holds the ‘most consecutive shutout minutes’ title at 173 minutes and 16 seconds. To add to that, the thirty-one year old was given the Aldege ‘Baz’ Bastien Memorial Award for being the AHL’s most outstanding goalie of the 2011-2012 season and was named to the First Team All-Star Team. On February 29th, Danis played 32 minutes and 26 seconds against the St. Louis Blues after relieving Dubnyk. He let in two goals and the Oilers ultimately lost to St. Louis 5-2.
Today, it was announced that Sam Gagner has filed for salary arbitration (and on the deadline, no less).
If there’s any disagreement, maybe they could just start paying him per point. I’m sure he’d be able to get by.