Jones Remains Unsigned As Training Camp Approaches

Ryan Jones with the Edmonton Oilers - Photo by Jenni Propst

Ryan Jones with the Edmonton Oilers – Photo by Jenni Propst

NHL training camps will kick into gear in the coming weeks, and Chatham-Kent’s most veteran NHLer, Ryan Jones, remains unsigned.

Jones, who has spent the last four and a half seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, is an unrestricted free agent.

After breaking out to score 18 and 17 goals in 2010-11, and 2011-2012, Jones has battled injuries and scored only two goals in each of the last two seasons. Last season, Jones scored 2 goals and added 4 assists in 52 games with the Oilers, spent primarily on the team’s fourth line.

With a cap hit of $1.5 million last season, Jones will likely have to accept a cut in his pay to land on an NHL roster.

Jones, a veteran of 334 NHL games with Edmonton and the Nashville Predators, who started last season in the AHL with the Oklahoma City Barons before impressing Oilers brass enough for a full season recall, may need to do the same this year for an NHL team, or earn a contract via a free agent tryout at camp.

Former Wallaceburg Lakers defenseman, Brad Staubitz, who was under contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season and suited up with the Toronto Marlies, also remains an unrestricted free agent.

CKSN will keep you updated on any NHL news related to Ryan Jones and Brad Staubitz.

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