Oilers Sign Veteran Defenceman To One-Year Deal

The Edmonton Oilers had yet another great regular season in 2021/22, and after finishing their inter-provincial rival the Calgary Flames, they failed to register a win in the Western Conference Final against the eventual Stanley Cup Champions the Colorado Avalanche. Unfortunately, despite all the offensive talent, led by the trio of Connor McDavid, Evander Kane and Leon Draisaitl, the team just wasn't able to keep up with Colorado, and while it may not be connected, today, the Oilers have decided to sign a member of that Avalanche team.

Ryan Murray may have been a depth piece on the blue line that rarely played, but he appeared in 37 games for the Avs in 2021/22, and for an Oilers team that is paying Darnell Nurse $9.5 million annually, getting an experienced player for depth at $750,000 is a great move.

Ultimately, Murray isn't going to impact this team much, but as a potential depth piece who could play on the third line and contribute solid defence while putting up some occasional points, this is a solid move for a team that's right in the heart of their Stanley Cup window.

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