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Edmonton Oilers add goalie Jack Campbell in free agency, keep Brett Kulak

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The Edmonton Oilers snapped up goaltender Jack Campbell when NHL free agency opened Wednesday morning.

Campbell, 30, spent last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs, going 31-9-6 in 49 appearances. He had a .914 save percentage and a 2.64 goals against average.

The contract is five years and $5 million per season.

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during first period NHL first-round playoff series action in Toronto on Saturday, May 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

“The fan base is an amazing fan base,” said Campbell. “I’ve played games here. I can’t wait to be wearing the blue and orange.”

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“He looks to me from afar like a guy who’s getting better all the time,” said Oilers general manager Ken Holland.

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Campbell was drafted 11th overall by Dallas in 2011. He played for the Stars and L.A. Kings before joining the Leafs in February 2020.

The Oilers were in need of a goaltender with Mike Smith coming off an injury-riddled season and Mikko Koskinen having signed in Switzerland.

“I’m not expecting Smitty to play this year. He’s got a lot of health issues,” said Holland.

The Oilers also locked up defenceman Brett Kulak for four years at $2.75-million per season. The Stony Plain native finished the season with the Oilers after coming over in a deadline trade with Montreal. Kulak, 28, had eight points in 18 regular season games. He briefly was on the market before deciding to remain with the Oilers.

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“At the end of the day, there were some things on the table, but the balance of the things I was hoping to get, as far as opportunity, a good team, dollar value, Edmonton was the no-brainer for my wife and I to settle there,” said Kulak.

“He came in, did everything we wanted him to,” said Holland. “He’s an easy skater. He’s a good defender. He’s a very good person. He’s in the gym every day. He was very respected in the locker room.”

The Oilers also signed forward Greg McKegg and goaltender Calvin Pickard to two-year, two-way contracts.

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