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Update: Slepyshev Rejects Oilers Offer, Re-Signs In KHL

Oilers GM Ken Holland confirmed the interest and said he’s extended an offer Slepyshev in the hopes that he’ll to return to the team and apply his skills in the best hockey league in the world.

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Recent reports have suggested the Edmonton Oilers are interested in bringing back Anton Slepyshev. They’ve looked at his production with CSKA Moscow of the KHL and they realized he can provide some much-needed depth to the team now that his game seems to have turned a corner.

In a recent video chat, Oilers GM Ken Holland confirmed the interest and said he’s extended an offer Slepyshev in the hopes that he’ll to return to the team and apply his skills in the best hockey league in the world.

Already saying that he wouldn’t get into a bidding war over the players, details of that offer are starting to trickle in.

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Jim Matheson tweeted that Slepyshev’s contract offer was probably between $1 and 1.4 million. It’s a more-than fair price for a potential top-nine player. Matheson also noted that Holland isn’t keen on going past the $1.5 million mark as that is the money he gave to Josh Archibald, who had a strong season and kills penalties for the team.

Update: Slepyshev Re-Signs in KHL

There was news that came down Thursday that Slepyshev has rejected the Oilers offer and chosen instead to re-sign in the KHL.

According to Oilers Now host Bob Stauffer, Anton Slepyshev has rejected the contract offer from the Edmonton Oilers and has chosen to re-sign in the KHL. Stauffer writes on Twitter:

Oilers GM Ken Holland offered Anton Slepyshev’s agent Dan Millstein the option of either a 1-year or 2-year contract for the Russian winger to return to EDM. Slepyshev has elected to stay in the KHL after a big season this year with CSKA.

Immediate reaction to the news is that fans are disappointed but glad that the Oilers didn’t overpay in this scenario.

Holland also noted that he’s continuing conversations with prospects Markus Niemelainen and Filip Berglund about signing NHL contracts.

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