Fresh off signing a two-year deal that will see him continue to don orange and blue, Oilers defenceman Eric Gryba got exactly what he was hoping.
The rugged defender, who appeared in 40 games in the 2016-17 NHL and was set to become an unrestricted free agent come July 1, wanted to remain in Alberta as a member of the Edmonton Oilers.
"There were some preliminary talks with some other teams but we wanted to stay in Edmonton and continue to be an Oiler," Gryba said.
"It worked out for the best."
Gryba noted how the budding Oilers squad has seen many of the players from last season's roster, including Zack Kassian, re-sign in an effort to continue building off what they started.
"It's such a good locker room and a world-class group of guys on and off the ice," he said. "I'm just excited to continue to be a part of it."
The Saskatoon, SK, product has been spending his off-season in his home province. As he's been known to do, Gryba's been outdoors, where the wild things are.
"Some hunting and fishing and obviously I have been doing a bunch of training as well but that stuff is not nearly as interesting on social media," Gryba joked.
"It's been an eventful summer so far and today was the highlight of it."