Defenceman Slater Koekkoek rejoins Edmonton Oilers for 2 more seasons

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Defenceman Slater Koekkoek is returning to the Edmonton Oilers.

On Thursday, Koekkoek signed a two-year woody with an mean yearly worth of $925,000.

“I’m excited for the opportunity,” helium said. “I’m truly looking guardant to this twelvemonth and the following.

“We person immoderate caller additions and volition beryllium hungry.”

Koekkoek, 27, was constricted to 18 games successful the 2021 regular season. He suffered a breached collarbone against Calgary connected Feb. 20.

“Going done that was emotional,” helium said. “I leaned a batch connected my household for support.

“I got on with everybody astir the room, but you’re not astir that much. I look guardant to gathering much of a relationship with a batch of guys connected the team.”

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Koekkoek went viral connected societal media erstwhile helium posted a photograph of the X-ray of his breached collarbone.

“I similar to support radical informed. I cognize there’s a clip secrecy is evidently needed truthful radical aren’t targeting you, but I though 9 retired of 10 radical knew that the collarbone was broken,” said Koekkoek.

“I didn’t adjacent recognize it was a large happening until radical started saying nary 1 releases their injuries.”

He returned to play successful the Oilers’ last regular play crippled and each 4 playoff games.

“A batch of radical don’t cognize that erstwhile I came back, that collarbone was lone 60 per cent bony healed, but I had a metallic sheet successful there,” Koekkoek explained.

“It was benignant of a weighing of hazard versus reward. We felt that it was unafraid enough.”

Koekkoek finished the regular play with 1 extremity and added an assistance successful the playoffs. He was drafted 10th wide successful 2012 by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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