Oilers sign Jeff Petry to one-year contract

Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry (2) takes Senators forward Kyle Turris (7) into the boards during NHL...

Oilers defenceman Jeff Petry (2) takes Senators forward Kyle Turris (7) into the boards during NHL action in Edmonton last season. (Perry Nelson/USA TODAY Sports)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:57 AM ET

JASPER - Jeff Petry is betting on Jeff Petry.

The Edmonton Oilers defenceman signed a one-year, $3.075 million contract Monday, a deal just long enough to get him to unrestricted free agency next July.

If he delivers a big year, he hits the jackpot in the summer of 2015. If he takes a step backward, the money tree might look like it just got hit by a late autumn windstorm.

It’s up to him, and that’s the way he wants it.

“It was something we both agreed on, both sides thought this was the best scenario, to see how the year went not only for the team but how it went for me,” said the 26-year-old, who likes that he’s in control of his own destiny.


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