EDMONTON, Alberta, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Adam Oates, one of the NHL's top playmakers signed a one-year contract Monday with the Edmonton Oilers.
The 41-year-old center, who is sixth on the all-time assists list, had a $3.5 million option for the 2003-04 season declined by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in June. He had contemplated retirement but the Oilers were able to change his mind.
Oates had nine goals and 36 assists in 67 games for the Ducks last season. In 21 playoff games last season he had four goals and nine assists.