Craig MacTavish keeps signing defensemen, stockpiling them for employment (and eventually for trade). Today, he’s added a veteran from the KHL known to Oiler fans and MacT himself. 29-year old Denis Grebeshkov has been added to the Oilers via nhl.com (and it has now been confirmed), giving the club yet another defenseman for the group.
GREBESHKOV 2012-13 KHL
Very uneven season, played 20 minutes for Yugra but didn’t see much time for SKA. Grebeshkov is certainly young enough to make a successful return to the NHL, and the Oilers Euro scouts must feel he can compete for work. No contract details at this time, obviously.
A few notes:
- I always, always liked him. Read some of the reasons why here.
- We’ve talked about Grebs returning before, notably a couple of years ago (here).
I have literally no idea where to slot him.
- The Oilers are trading a defenseman. Seriously.
- The Oilers have suddenly become a player in Russia, and appear to be making a move that looks very much like Moneyball.
My brain is melting.