Oilers Re-Sign Iiro Pakarinen, Talking to Gryba


The Edmonton Oilers re-signed one of five pending RFA’s this afternoon. The team, according to the official Twitter account, brought back Finnish F Iiro Pakarinen on a one-year deal.

The terms of the contract were not released by the club, but team insider Bob Stauffer tweeted out the following monetary details for the deal.

So, that’s a one-year, one-way contract that clocks in at $725,000 per season. For a fourth line forward, that’s a pretty decent deal for the Oilers. By my count, it’s the fourth RFA that Peter Chiarelli (Kassian, Pitlick, Oesterle) has re-signed this off-season to a team friendly contract.

The Impact:

This signing makes sense for the hockey club on a number of different levels. Pakarinen is still a young player (24 years old) who plays the kind of style that Chiarelli and Todd McLellan love. He’s a gritty player who provides a ton of energy and plays an extremely physical game.

The offense isn’t there with this player, only 5-8-13 in 63 games this season, but he does enough other things to be a valuable depth piece for the hockey club.

In terms of usage for the 2016-17 season, I’d imagine that we see Pakarinen compete for a spot on Edmonton’s fourth line, likely as the right winger. It’s also possible that Pakarinen serves as the team’s 13th or even 14th forward for the upcoming season.

I also would not be surprised if, along with Lauri Korpikoski, Pakarinen serves as a mentor to the recently drafted Jesse Puljujarvi.

Talking With Gryba:

TSN’s Ryan Rishaug reports that the Oilers are talking with the camp for UFA Eric Gryba.


This isn’t overly surprising, as Gryba plays a physical style and a shut-down game. Chiarelli always employed players like this in Boston and McLellan always played guys like this in San Jose. If he returns, I expect Gryba to get a multi-year deal that comes in at around $2.5-$3 million per season.

Personally, I would not re-sign Gryba. He’s good for his role, but Edmonton has enough 6/7/8 defenders. On top of that, as demonstrated by Boston’s signing of Kevan Miller, Gryba is likely to command a contract that is too rich for what he brings to the table.

I’d let the player go to July 1st and, eventually, walk as a free agent. Rishaug seems confident that this will not be the case, however.

We wait.


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