OILERS KEEP UP WITH THE JONES

Ain’t that some clever headlining?

According to multiple reports, the Oilers have signed winger Ryan Jones to a two year deal.

Says the Edmonton Journal:

"Ryan Jones has decided to forego free agency and instead return to the Edmonton Oilers.

The 26-year-old forward agreed to terms on a two-year contract, the National Hockey League club announced Sunday. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Jones, who could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, scored a career-high 18 goals in 81 games last year, placing him in a tie for second with Jordan Eberle, four behind leader Taylor Hall. Jones finished the season with 25 points.

The six-foot-one, 205-pound native of Chatham, Ont., was a fourth-round pick (111th overall) of Nashville in the 2004 NHL entry draft. After spending a year and a half with the Predators, Edmonton claimed him off waivers toward the end of the 2009-10 season.

In 176 career games, Jones has 33 goals and 21 assists for 54 points."

TERMS NOT DISCLOSED

Means that we will find out in about 12 seconds. Please provide a link if you beat us to the punch.

UPDATE: 7:28 PM MST

Unsubstantiated twitter chatter has the deal at $3 million over 2 years. Other unsubtantiated Twitter rumors currently include Justin Bieber marrying Selena Gomez in Hawaii. Still waiting for official word.

  • CanaDave

    A lot of the negative comments on here about Jones are the same comments that were said about Glencross 3 years ago. He’ll never score that many again, his defensive game is crap, he is a liability to his line… on and on they went, but that was an outstanding contract, and I’d take him back now again.
    2 years is not a long time, and we don’t have a lot of better players lining up in UFA to come and replace him. Good signing. Short term, low dollars, low risk.

  • Ender

    Nice to see Jonesy come back, he was one of the few Oilers to put the puck in the net with any regularity.

    I’m waiting on the next signing, you know, the FA signing that shows the fans that the Oilers know their weaknesses, are shoring them up, and we’re not tanking next season.

  • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

    I don’t have a problem with the contract for Jones. He’s not the best player but on this team he has value and is an actual NHL player who isn’t a kid. As for money, he made over $900,000 last year and now is going to make $1,500,000 or basically $600,000 more, realistically that is not that bad. There are definitely worse contracts on the team. Plus whats worse Jones at $1.5 or Moreau two years ago making $2.5?? I think the latter was WAY worse.

  • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

    The funniest part of the anti-Jones cru is that they all want to crucify him for a “high shooting percentage” assuming he can’t maintain it (even though this year was only 1.2% above his career average).

    Yet they assume he will maintain his poor SC against numbers, despite the fact that we only have one year of date.

    • If this is why you believe we don’t like Jones then you have either ignored the entire dicourse or you have the worst reading comprehension skills of all time.

      I generally assume when talking about player comparisons the person I am talking too has the common sense to understand that we should be talking about comparable player types. I guess I was wrong also to assume you could tell the difference between player types.

      Do you really not see the idiocy in trotting out Robitaille and Andreychuck to refute the suggestion that players like Jones don’t maintain shooting numbers like that?

      I also sort of assumed that when I said a high percentage you wouldn’t come back with a number as common as 11.7%.

      I guess I also shouldn’t have assumed you would recognize numbers as wide ranging as 7.4 to 21.3 as fairly wild swings.

      This is getting especially idiotic when you start pulling out crap like his “career average”. Maybe you didn’t notice, but he took more shots this year than he has in the rest of his career combined. Do you think that may have elevated the number a bit?

      He was destroyed in SC%. We aren’t talking a poor number. We are talking player-who-brought-down-everybody-on-a-last-place-team-including-rookies bad.

      Other than the fact that he scored some goals this year can anyone provide even a small bit of evidence that he brought anything beneficial with him to this team? I ask because if not then his value is based completely on repeating his goal scoring. Are you willing to bet he can do that?

      People keep talking about the PK. He was not good on the PK. People keep talking about defensive responsibility – he was not good defensively. People keep talking about him playing tough – maybe, when he’s not falling down.

      He isn’t low event enough for the fourth line and he isn’t good enough defensively for the third and he isn’t good enough for the top six.

      What is he good for then?

      • OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

        “If this is why you believe we don’t like Jones then you have either ignored the entire dicourse or you have the worst reading comprehension skills of all time.”

        Really? I’m pretty confident that 99% of the anti Jones talk is centerd around his shooting % and his scoring chances against, maybe you can enlighten me with links to all the deeper discussions.

        “I generally assume when talking about player comparisons the person I am talking too has the common sense to understand that we should be talking about comparable player types. I guess I was wrong also to assume you could tell the difference between player types.

        Do you really not see the idiocy in trotting out Robitaille and Andreychuck to refute the suggestion that players like Jones don’t maintain shooting numbers like that?”

        Quit doging the fact that you said superior garbage goal scores. Of course those guys were better then Jones, but they were well known for scoring “garbage goals”. You can’t state that superior garbage goal scores aren’t maintaining their shooting % and then whine and cry when it’s shown to you that superior garbage goals scores consistantly had a high shooting percentage. Like I said, show me all the other 3rd and 4th liners that are garbage goal scores.

        “I guess I also shouldn’t have assumed you would recognize numbers as wide ranging as 7.4 to 21.3 as fairly wild swings. This is getting especially idiotic when you start pulling out crap like his “career average”. Maybe you didn’t notice, but he took more shots this year than he has in the rest of his career combined. Do you think that may have elevated the number a bit?”

        No player is 100% consistant on shooting %. Put if a guy goes 15/17/13/7/14/19 I think it’s pretty fair to say he consistant scores at a high percentage.