While Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has yet to make the big splash and significant changes team president Bob Nicholson had once promised to the local fan base, it seems that he has still been taking care of business.
On Friday morning, the Oilers announced that they have signed forward Ryan Strome to a two-year contract through the 2019-20 season.
On Thursday, it was said that the Oilers had extended a qualifying for Strome, who became a restricted free agent at the opening on the market on July 1st.
According to the information provided by Cap Friendly, 'with only four accrued seasons under his belt, Strome will still still be a Restricted Free Agent when his new deal expires in two years."
Here is the contract breakdown, once again, presented by Cap Friendly:
Strome managed to tally 34 points in 82 games while playing in Edmonton in the 2017-18 season. The Oilers are proving to be committed to Strome despite the unfair comparisons to Jordan Eberle.
Last summer, the one for one player trade that took place between the Oilers and the New York Islanders, sending Eberle to Brooklyn in return for Strome, but a lot of pressure on the latter.
Many people believe that, after a satisfying response from Strome in his first season in Edmonton, his production will only increase in the coming years as a member of the Oilers.
Strome was drafted fifth overall by the Islanders in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The 24-year-old totaled 94 points in 53 games for the Niagara Ice Dogs in the OHL before posting 18 in 37 games in his first season. Strome also had a stellar sophomore season back in 2014-15, finishing the year with career-bests in goals (17) and points (50).
So far, Strome has 58 goals and 160 points in his 340-game NHL career.
And more will come to him and the Oilers, especially now with a new contract in his pockets.
In the meantime, the Oilers and GM Chiarelli are expected to keep an eye out on the trade market and on available free agents. Former Oiler Patrick Maroon remains available on the market, and there was once interest from both parties to reunite.
Let's see what's next in Edmonton.
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