The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Eric Gryba while losing out on another player they had in camp on a professional try out contract.
Kris Versteeg, who practiced with the Oilers on Monday, signs a one-year deal with the Calgary Flames worth $950,000. Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli says he did make Versteeg an offer.
“Kris chose to go elsewhere. There’s a threshold you choose to go to on these guys, and we did,” Chiarelli told Bob Stauffer on Oilers Now.
Gryba, who was with the Oilers last year, gets a one-way, two-year contract. Chiarelli says they’ll put Gryba on waivers. If he clears, he’ll be assigned to Bakersfield in the AHL.
The Oilers open the regular season tomorrow against the Calgary Flames. Their roster for the start of the season is:
33 Cam Talbot
83 Matthew Benning
44 Zack Kassian
51 Anton Lander
55 Mark Letestu
27 Milan Lucic
36 Drake Caggiula