Grebeshkov Signed

The Edmonton Oilers are clearly double parked. After signing Tom Gilbert and Robert Nilsson last week, the brain trust signed Denis Grebeshkov this afternoon.

The deal is reported to be a one-year contract for $1.5M and would leave #37 two years from being unrestricted if my math is right.

He improved steadily over the season and by year’s end became one of the trusted men on the blueline for coach MacTavish. His positive comments began in about October, well ahead of the results.

In his first 35 games, Grebeshkov was -10 for the season, but in the final 36 games he was +12. He also played tougher minutes as the season wore on, beginning in October when he and Tom Gilbert played against the Iginla line and then a week later were matched up against Detroit’s Zetterberg.

One would have hoped for a longer term deal, but if the $1.5M number is correct it’s a very nice contract for next season.

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17 Responses to "Grebeshkov Signed"

  1. PunjabiOil says:

    Grebeshkov turns 25 in October of 2008. That means, he’ll turn 27 in October of 2010, well past the July 1 free agency date. Thus, he’ll be a UFA in the summer of 2011.

    Grebeshkov still has 2 more RFA years remaining after this contract expires.

  2. Oilman says:

    Another nice signing….Rick Olczyk proving his worth?

  3. Black Dog says:

    Someone, Gilbert’s agent I think, was raving about Olczyk.

    Not a bad deal. Lets see what next year brings.

    What does it mean for Pitkanen is the question? One year deal ~ 4 or so??

  4. Dennis says:

    I’ll just put this here:

    Right now, overall, it looks like the Oilers are either unconvinced/or the price isn’t simply right to the point where they’re ready to commit term and cash to either of 25 or 37.

    Oilers can put Grebs in a role — not on the PP — to the point that he won’t build up his counting stats during the ’09 season. Then again, they could’ve done the same thing with Gilbert, ie just fed the ’09 PP time to the 44-25 combo.

    But it’s getting to the point where service time and UFA years purchased are just as important as counting stats.

    37′s two years away from the big payday and it’s important that some people wait in turn for their raise while we pay Souray his money. Plus, hopefully the Oilers realize they need 25 for ’09 so once again, not everyone can get paid right now.

    The gamble is that Grebs blows up and ends up costing us more down the line but then I guess we’d get into a bigger discussion of what exactly constitutes “blowing up” and then it would get back to my original point about the cost of buying FA years.

    One thing that looks much clearer is that Lowe’s won the deal when it comes to at least the player portion of the Bergy/Plus for Grebs swap. It wasn’t long before he started turning around that I was worried we lost the move because at least Bergy had one area where we knew he was above average: EV scoring.

    But Denis showed enough improvement as a defender that I think we’re fine going forward.

  5. godot10 says:

    If Grebeshkov believes in his own abilities, why would he sign a long term contract now, when he only had a good last half of the season.

    He isn’t going to lock himself into a long term contract which could underpay him.

    The Oilers can’t force him to sign a long term contract.

  6. pboy says:

    Looks like Dave Nonis is going to be flipping the Hockey News looking for work with John Ferguson Jr now. Good move by the Canucks owners but I wonder who takes the GM position there? I wonder how quickly Linden will move up the ladder in their organization………….

  7. GSC says:

    godot,

    Do you really think Grebs wouldn’t take a huge wad of money if it was laid out in front of him? His agent obviously told him that the offer was fair based on his performance and to take it and outperform it. But I guarantee he would’ve had him take a longer term deal if it paid him a higher salary.

  8. Ducey says:

    I love watching Grebs play – he hardly ever needs to look down to stickhandle or pass.

    I think the going long term on Gilbert and short term on Grebs is a good strategy. Locking all your guys into long term deals is swell in theory but in practice not everyone is going to earn their money due to injury, cement heads, chasing women etc.

    I like Lowe taking care of business so quickly. It is going to put him in good shape going into the offseason. He can go after trades and UFA without having to worry about his guys giving him a surprise. Just needs to nail down Glencross now for a couple years.

  9. HBomb says:

    Glencross, Pitkanen, then Pouliot.

    In that order please. All done sooner rather than later.

    Then you can get onto the business of seeing what you can get at the draft for Stoll, Schremp, one of Smid/Greene and/or one of Moreau/Torres. Heck, maybe after a not-so-bad finish to the year, someone comes calling about Roloson as a one-year fix for a starting goalie issue (Detroit if Hasek retires and they want a bridge to inevitably signing Ryan Miller on July 1/09?).

  10. oilerdiehard says:

    I am already looking forward to more of those slick, accurate break out passes next year.

  11. Bruce says:

    I love watching Grebs play – he hardly ever needs to look down to stickhandle or pass.

    I heard MacT absolutely raving about Grebeshkov in a late season interview, and one of the things he mentioned was that amazing tying goal Grebs scored in Calgary where the Red C just parted and Grebeshkov walked the puck in from the point right into the slot, kinda slow motion, then beat Kiprusoff with a wrister. MacTavish specifically approved of how Denis never once looked down to his stick to see where the puck was, that he had it in perfect control, and was able to pick his way through the traffic because he had his head up the whole way.

    MacT was just waxing ecstatic about the guy’s raw talent, of how easy he made things happen because of his skating. Nilsson too, same interview. I thought at the time the guys negotiating the contracts might not appreciate his candour, but here it is two weeks later and both guys are under wraps for 2008-09 for a very reasonable $1.5 MM apiece. Two very good reasons to look forward to next season with anticipation.

    Oilers can put Grebs in a role — not on the PP — to the point that he won’t build up his counting stats during the ’09 season. Then again, they could’ve done the same thing with Gilbert, ie just fed the ’09 PP time to the 44-25 combo.

    Well this past season they fed that time to the 16-25 combo, kept Gilbert’s counting stats low, and then paid him the huge bucks anyway. Strange …

    Dennis I hope Grebs does “blow up” (which I’m reading as “break out”). We need a few of these young fellers to do that, I’d rather be worried in 2 or 3 years about where we find $4 or $5 MM for a Grebs or a Nilsson cuz that’ll mean we’ll have developed a star. And of course they have to put up a couple of pretty good seasons to get from here to there. Both these guys (and Gilbert) will be fun to watch.

  12. godot10 says:

    //Do you really think Grebs wouldn’t take a huge wad of money if it was laid out in front of him?//

    Any complete competent young defenseman in the NHL pretty much gets what Gilbert got now plus/minus $500K. Grebeshkov was not going to sign for 5 years @ $2 million, when he can sign for 6 years @ $4 million next summer.

    He would have signed his qualifying offer. The Oilers kept him happy by paying him $400 more than his qualifying offer.

  13. Coach pb9617 says:

    Then you can get onto the business of seeing what you can get at the draft for Stoll, Schremp, one of Smid/Greene and/or one of Moreau/Torres.

    The Oilers situation would be so much clearer and easier if Jacques would ever ‘get it’. If he would learn to play like Glencross, Lowe could dump both Torres and Moreau, have no cap concerns and have the left side locked down for a long, long time.

    Stupid Jacques.

  14. HBomb says:

    The Oilers situation would be so much clearer and easier if Jacques would ever ‘get it’. If he would learn to play like Glencross, Lowe could dump both Torres and Moreau, have no cap concerns and have the left side locked down for a long, long time.

    No kidding – hopefully he figures it out around the time Glencross proves he’s capable of being a 3LW.

    I’m in Lowetide’s camp on Jacques – for some inexplicable reason, I don’t want to see the org give up on the guy quite yet.

  15. Dennis says:

    I guess the Oilers Could go with 27-12-20-JFJ-Schremp down the left side but it’s awfully tricky to deal away both 14-18.

    I’ve watched a tonne of playoff games and the time and space to make plays lessens all the time so we’re gonna need at least some level of experience and toughness.

  16. Jonathan says:

    //Glencross, Pitkanen, then Pouliot.

    In that order please. All done sooner rather than later.//

    Sooner rather than later seems to be the Oilers motto this summer. That said, my order looks more like this:

    Horcoff, Pitkanen, Glencross, Pouliot

  17. HBomb says:

    That said, my order looks more like this:

    Horcoff, Pitkanen, Glencross, Pouliot

    I’d be onside with that, but Horcoff can’t sign any sort of extension until after July 1st.

    Get the other three done, then quietly work on Horcoff and impress the Oiler faithful with him inking a new deal a la Joe Thornton on July 1st.

    I’d take that over ANY UFA signing. Well, not over Hossa taking 4 million a year to sign here, but you get the idea.

    Oh, and I’d add Garon to the list, right after Horcoff’s new deal is done. Maybe a 3 year extension at around 3-3.5 million per season?

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