The Edmonton Oilers announced today that winger Ryan Jones is under contract. It’s believed to be a two-year deal that costs the club somewhere around $3M (this from Dan Tencer).
It’s an interesting signing in that it now gives the team 10 NHL forwards under contract. There are three center’s (Horcoff, Gagner and Fraser) plus seven wingers (Hall, Eberle, Pääjärvi, Hemsky, Omark, Brule and now Jones).
Andrew Cogliano and JF Jacques are RFA, with Steve MacIntyre the remaining UFA of note from last season’s team.
If the team is serious about adding Hartikainen to the roster (a good bet, the young man impressed late) then it would appear the the Oilers now have 8 wingers for the NHL roster:
This signing might indicate a player like JF Jacques could get the squeeze.