Gaetan Haas signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The center could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
"For me, I was pretty sure I wouldn't change teams," Haas said. "I feel good on the team and I just want to bring something to the team in the next year. It was pretty easy to sign. I'm pretty happy to be back in Edmonton."
He scored 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 58 games for Edmonton and had one assist in two games for Bakersfield of the American Hockey League.
"I think I played almost 60 games, so it's pretty positive for me," Haas said. "For sure, I want to improve my game and try to help the team a little more in the offensive zone. But I think my game in the [defensive] zone was pretty solid, so I can start with that and try to improve every day."
The Oilers (37-25-9) are second in the Pacific Division, three points behind the Vegas Golden Knights, with the NHL season paused since March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.
"We just have a great year right now," Haas said. "We want to finish it like we started. We got a good group and everybody wants to make something special with this team and with this city. It's a special team with a lot of history and we want to bring it back. That's the goal from everybody."
Haas played in his native Switzerland for 10 seasons before signing with the Oilers as a free agent on July 2, 2019.