Edmonton Oilers sign Mattias Janmark to one-year, $1-million contract extension
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By Zach Laing2 months ago
The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed forward Mattias Janmark to a one-year, $1-million contract.
Rumours had circled the deal for a few days, and earlier Friday signs were pointing towards it being wrapped up. The Oilers officially announced the deal shortly after the lunch hour.
Janmark, 30, scored 10 goals and 25 points in 66 games for the Oilers this year. While he had a slow start to the year he quietly became a very solid contributor for the Oilers.
By season’s end, with Janmark on the ice at even-strength, the Oilers outscored their competition 32-30 — a positive sign and had above-average suppression rates over the course of the year. According to hockeyviz.com, Janmark provided offence at a 14 percent rate below league average, while providing defence at a five percent rate above league average.
Janmark is taking a paycut to stick around in Edmonton, too. He joined the team ahead of last season on a one-year deal paying him $1.25-million, so he trims a bit off the top to stick around and chase a Stanley Cup with the Oilers.
From an Oilers perspective, the deal makes sense. Janmark was a solid depth contributor for the team and the biggest benefit of it all might be the fact that it’s just a one-year deal. There’s little risk involved for somebody who can be a good depth piece.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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