The Oilers have gone after yet another restricted free agent, signing Anaheim Ducks winger Dustin Penner to a US$21.25-million, five-year offer sheet.
The deal pays $4.25 million in each of the five seasons, a huge raise over the league minimum $450,000 Penner earned last season.
The Ducks have seven days to match the offer. An Oilers spokesman told The Canadian Press that the club would not comment until after Anaheim decides whether or not it will match. A Ducks spokesman said GM Brian Burke had not comment at this point.
It is the second time this summer that the Oilers have gone after a restricted free agent, trying but failing to sign Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres earlier this month. The Sabres matched Edmonton's $50-million, seven-year offer.
Penner, 24, had 45 points (29-16) in 82 regular-season games while adding eight points (3-5) in 21 playoff games for the Stanley Cup champions in 2006-07.
Oilers GM Kevin Lowe is trying to shore up his offence another route after failing to lure an unrestricted free-agent forward. He did sign star free-agent defenceman Sheldon Souray but wants help up front.