The Edmonton Oilers welcomed right wing Connor Brown in free agency on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Brown signed a one-year deal worth $775,000. However, if he receives all of the performance bonuses in the contract, he will be paid $4 million.
He only played in four games last season with the Washington Capitals due to an ACL injury.
Oilers general manager Ken Holland said, “I think we’re going to have to be patient with him.” “I don’t think you’re going to hit the ice in the first game and be the same guy you were last year.”
In 448 career NHL games, Brown has 90 goals and 126 assists for 216 points. He scored 21 goals in a pandemic-shortened 56-game season in 2021 while playing for Ottawa. Brown had 20 goals in 2016–17 with Toronto.
“He is a good hockey player. He understands hockey. He plays 200-ft. He can shoot penalties,” Hollande said. “I know he’s excited. I think he is the perfect fit for our team.
The Oilers also signed forwards Drake Cagiula and Len Pederson to two-year contracts, both worth $775,000. Cagiula, 29, returns after playing with the Oilers from 2016 to 2019. Pederson, 25, has played 71 NHL games with Arizona, San Jose, Vancouver and Columbus.
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