The Edmonton Oilers re-signed F Alex Chiasson Monday to a two-year, $2.15-million contract, according to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector.
Chiasson joined the Oilers last year on a one-year, league minimum $650,000 contract and had a career season.
He posted career highs in goals (22) and points (38) playing the most time on ice of his career.
The Oilers had been chasing some other options like Brett Connolly, Gustav Nyquist, and Valteri Filppula “losing out” on the three before they apparently circled back to Chiasson.
Chiasson’s break out season has earned him a well-deserved payday as a guy who showed he could play up and down the lineup.
A good option on the power-play, he saw lots of success last season scoring eight goals and seven assists there.
It’s likely the Stanley Cup champion will play a middle-six role with the Edmonton Oilers for the next two seasons.
I like the signing a fair bit, and am not sold that we’ll see a whole lot of regression from him. He’s flexibility in being able to play up and down the lineup is one of his biggest assets and he’s still relatively young at only 28-years-old.
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A journeyman of 454 NHL games, his new deal is the largest of his career and it’s well deserved.
EvolvingWild, who created Free Agent salary projections, cited Chiasson being worth a three-year, $3.1-million contract on the market, so you could argue the Oilers got him at a relative discount.
The Oilers still have a smidge under $7-million in cap space to work with, according to PuckPedia, noting Brandon Manning’s buried cap hit.
There’s lots of day left — and lots of offseason left — and I’m curious to see what other assets Holland and co. add.
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