Edmonton Oilers Re-Sign Eric Gryba

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SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 23: Eric Gryba #62 of the Edmonton Oilers skates with the puck against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on December 23, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images)

Big-bodied defenseman Eric Gryba has re-signed with the Edmonton Oilers today. The contract is a two-year, $1.8 million deal. This deal will see Gryba stay with Edmonton through the 2018-19 season, when he will be 31-years old.

Edmonton Oilers Re-Sign Eric Gryba

While Eric Gryba isn’t the biggest name on the Edmonton roster, or even on the blue line, the Oilers have continued to return their depth to keep taking the steps forward. Making an impressive Stanley Cup Playoff run last season is just the beginning, and with the re-signing of players like Eric Gryba and Zack Kassian, they fully intend to move forward, rather than taking a step back.

Gryba has played in 258 games over the course of his NHL career. During those 258 games, played with the Oilers and Ottawa Senators, he has scored seven goals and added 34 assists to his total. While he obviously isn’t known for his offensive prowess, Gryba is a useful member of the defensive corps for the Oilers.

Since coming to Edmonton, Gryba hasn’t played in more than 53 games in his first two seasons with the Oilers. During the 2015-16 season he played in 53 games, scoring one goal and adding five assists to go along with 75 penalty minutes. Last season Gryba played in 40 games for the Oilers, scoring two goals and adding four assists, along with 65 penalty minutes.

Gryba had a Relative Corsi-For percentage of 0.38 last season in 40 games, which was good for 11th best on the Edmonton roster and was fourth among defenseman who played 40-or-more games for the Oilers. As said before, he is never going to set the world alight with point production, but he is a reliable defenseman that makes very little mistakes and is serviceable within his own defensive zone.

The last contract that Eric Gryba had was a one-year, $950,000 contract he signed with Edmonton before last season.

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