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Oilers Forward Markus Granlund to Sign In KHL

It is being reported on Saturday that depth forward Markus Grandlund is leaving the Edmonton Oilers and will sign in the KHL.

It is being reported on Saturday that depth forward Markus Grandlund is leaving the Edmonton Oilers and will sign in the KHL. The report comes from Allhockey.ru who says the league and the Oilers have worked out a deal.

They write:

“Salavat Yulaev” will sign a contract with Finnish striker Marcus Granlund , who plays for Edmonton in the 2019-2020 season. The parties have already agreed on the terms of the transaction. Thus, SKA striker Jonas Kemppainen, who was also interested in the Ufa club, will not go to Salavat Yulaev.

In this regular National Hockey League championship, the 27-year-old Granlund spent 34 matches for the main team of “Edmonton”, having chalked up 4 (3 + 1) points with a utility indicator of “-1”.

The Granlund signing was a one-year experiment for new general manager Ken Holland that looked good on paper but was one of the few deals he made that didn’t pan out terribly well. He was meant to fill a bottom-six and penalty-killing role but spent more time in the AHL than in the NHL. Riley Sheahan, Josh Archibald, and Joakim Nygard seemed to excel where Holland expected Granlund to.

Granlund had spent the four previous seasons playing with the Canucks and was a strong option for Vancouver, scoring 12 goals in 2018-19 and 19 goals in 2016-17.

Edmonton wasn’t likely to re-sign Granlund so it makes sense to let him out of his contract or let him walk at the end of his current deal.

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