DALLAS, TX - The Oilers have placed defenceman Eric Gryba on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract.
"We just figured that he wouldn't be in our lineup next year and it would clear up a contract," Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday. "It would give Eric a chance to pursue his career elsewhere."
Gryba, 30, played 21 games with the Oilers in the 2017-18 season, registering two assists and 31 penalty minutes.
Chiarelli noted there were also salary cap implications as part of the decison.
"That's part of the equation," he said. "I think it works out to $300 (thousand dollars of) cap space. That factored into the decision but at the end of the day, we decided to buy him out."
In 24 outings with the Bakersfield Condors, the 6-foot-4, 222-pound defender amassed 27 penalty minutes and was a minus-nine.