Denis Grebeshkov Signs With Edmonton

According to TSN, it’s a one-year, 3.15 million dollar contract – a dollar figure in the same ballpark of what he likely would have received in arbitration.

This is a positive. The arbitration process is an adversarial one, and can frequently sour the relationship between a player and a team.

While it’s good to have Grebeshkov under contract, this also helps make the Oilers’ salary cap situation clearer. Here’s the likely roster as of right now, with RFA’s Brule and Smid excluded:

Forwards (13): Horcoff, Penner, Hemsky, O’Sullivan, Pisani, Nilsson, Moreau, Gagner, Cogliano, Pouliot, Stortini, MacIntyre, Jacques

Defensemen (6): Visnovsky, Souray, Gilbert, Grebeshkov, Staios, Strudwick

Goaltenders (2): Khabibulin, Deslauriers

Total Cap Space: 3, 269, 167 (courtesy of CapGeek.com)

That leaves a little over 3-million to sign Ladislav Smid and Gilbert Brule, meaning that as it stands the Oilers should be fine cap-wise. If, however, the Oilers decide to address some of their more obvious deficiencies (penalty-killers, third-line centre) it becomes clear that something will have to give.

Looking at contracts relative to performance and having listened to what the organization has hinted at over the summer, I’d say it’s an interesting time to be Robert Nilsson.

  • Hippy

    Wanye Gretz wrote:

    Denis Grebeshkov signs a one year deal for $3.15 million dollars.
    My eyes are crying tears of actual blood reading this.
    Let’s just sign the ghost of Nick Stajduhar to a 12 year deal and declare the cap “something that will affect teams other than the Oil” and be done with it.
    TEARS OF BLOOD

    Stajduhar…ugh

    As for Grebs, last seasons he was signed for one-year at a rate of $1.5 MIL. Now he's suddenly worth more than twice that rate for the same term length? I call bullsh*t.

    The Edmonton Oilers: "Overpayments 'R Us!"

  • Hippy

    Denis Grebeshkov signs a one year deal for $3.15 million dollars.

    My eyes are crying tears of actual blood reading this.

    Let's just sign the ghost of Nick Stajduhar to a 12 year deal and declare the cap "something that will affect teams other than the Oil" and be done with it.

    TEARS OF BLOOD

  • Hippy

    DaveS wrote:

    I’d say it’s always an interesting time to be Robert Nilsson. God given talent, boyish good looks and 2 million dollars to score 30 points. Not bad at all…

    HA HA HA HA HA…

    Back to the lab…

  • Hippy

    MattL wrote:

    I’d like to see Nilsson get some games on LW2 this year. He’s got more than enough talent. If PDP gets 9 lives, I can’t understand why Nilsson shouldn’t get another couple as well. He’s arguably our best passer/pure skill after Hemmer and Gags.

    Well he's the worst of 5 similar players…the type of which you probably don't want mroe then 2 (diffinitly not more then 4) of in your top 6.

  • Hippy

    GSC wrote:

    Too much money for too short of a term.
    What happens if Grebs ends up with a similar year as he did last season? He’d be looking at Gilbert money, possibly more.

    Then he can go and we'll take the 2x1st+2nd+3rd

  • Hippy

    Jonathan Willis wrote:

    Denis Grebeshkov will be a restricted free agent next season.

    Well at least we can get something for him next year if things do not work out.

  • Hippy

    Too much money for too short of a term.

    What happens if Grebs ends up with a similar year as he did last season? He'd be looking at Gilbert money, possibly more.

  • Hippy

    I'd like to see Nilsson get some games on LW2 this year. He's got more than enough talent. If PDP gets 9 lives, I can't understand why Nilsson shouldn't get another couple as well. He's arguably our best passer/pure skill after Hemmer and Gags.

  • Hippy

    Vaclav wrote:

    I don’t see Nilsson being sent to Springfield. If they do that then he’s there for the year or the Oilers will lose him on re-entry waivers. There are a few cap floor teams that may be willing to take him in exchange for a mid-level draft pick.

    If they could give him away, he'd be gone by now.

  • Hippy

    @ OvenChicken8:
    OvenChicken8 wrote:

    I wonder why they settled on a 1 year contract? Does this make Grebs unrestricted next year?
    I bet they’ll send Nilsson down to Springfield and if he doesn’t clear waivers, oh well.

    Grebs will still be an RFA next year. This deal needed to be 3+ years to carry into some of his UFA period. Or it needed to be for 1.

    I originally wanted a multi-year deal for Grebeshkov but I think this is probably best for all parties now. If Souray is moved when his NMC expires next summer then Grebeshkov can be signed long-term.

    I don't see Nilsson being sent to Springfield. If they do that then he's there for the year or the Oilers will lose him on re-entry waivers. There are a few cap floor teams that may be willing to take him in exchange for a mid-level draft pick.

  • Hippy

    I wonder why they settled on a 1 year contract? Does this make Grebs unrestricted next year?

    I bet they'll send Nilsson down to Springfield and if he doesn't clear waivers, oh well.

  • Hippy

    Just glad to see they avoided arbitration. And unless Grebs plays alot better I don't see him making that much more on his next deal. Cap going down, he might find that the market for players like him is down.