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Joey LaLeggia signs new deal long before arbitration

Last week, Cam wrote about Joey LaLeggia being the only Oiler to file for arbitration and today I’m writing about the shiny new contract that he got himself. 

Having a player file for arbitration and then sign long before the hearing is nothing new, and that’s exactly what happened with Joey LaLeggia today. According to Elliott Friedman, the defenceman turned forward’s new contract is a one-year (two-way) deal worth $700K if he plays at the NHL level. With the Condors being so shallow on the wings, it made sense to bring the player back to see if he can continue his development and bring some depth to an otherwise shallow talent pool.

Will LaLeggia ever make the big dance? Probably not. That said, he has a nice range of skills that will help at the AHL level and bringing him back is a small step towards ensuring that the Condors are competing for the playoffs. Edmonton has a bunch of forwards ahead of LaLeggia on the depth chart which means he’s likely to finish this one-year contract in Bakersfield but that doesn’t mean he’s not a useful player. In the very least, LaLeggia creates more competition amongst his fellow defenceman forwards and that’s important for an organization that has had a long tradition of gifting spots to prospects that may not be ready for prime time.

Welcome back, Joey Legs. May you score 1000 goals this year or prevent 1000 goals, or whatever it is that the coaches need from you on that given day.

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LaLEGGIA’S CAREER SO FAR

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- GP G A Pts PIM
2014-15 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 5 1 1 2 2 -4 2 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 63 8 19 27 38 3
2016-17 Bakersfield Condors AHL 67 20 18 38 30 3

 

  • TKB2677

    Nice to see LaLeggia came to his senses and signed a contract. I wonder if his agent looked at him strangely when he said he wanted to go to arbitration. In all seriousness, what leverage would he have? His team decided he couldn’t play defense at the pro level so they turned him into a winger to salvage his career. What argument do you have when that happens? You should probably sign the contract they offered you and be happy they took the time to change your position so you are still playing pro hockey earning a decent wage.

  • Hemi

    Agreed! He is an AHL player and will be able to squeak out a very good living doing such. More money than most of us will make. Still, I hope he gets a few NHL games in through out the year(s). Will be good for him as a person/hockey player and of course, his pocket book I believe.

  • WhoreableGuy

    Remember that Oilers Orientation camp where Connor scored 5 goals? I thought LaLeggia was the best player on the ice not named McDavid (Draisaitl played in that game as well).

    Now I know it was just a scrimmage but since then I was always excited to see how he would develop after that. I think there is something there with him he just needs to get a chance. Watch some of his highlights from last season when he moved up on wing, looks great.

  • toprightcorner

    Glad so see him back and play a full season on the wing. Even if he never becomes and NHL player, you always need offensive vets on the farm to help develop the young guys. I think he can put up 25 goals and 60 pts in the AHL and that is great for the Oilers development system.