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Oilers sign Dick Tarnstrom and Denis Grebeshkov

Sunday, 01.07.2007 / 3:25 PM / News
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Oilers sign Dick Tarnstrom and Denis Grebeshkov
The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent defencemen Dick Tarnstrom and Denis Grebeshkov to one-year contracts.

Dick Tarnstrom
Tarnstrom, an unrestricted free agent, returns to the Oilers following a season playing in Europe for HC Lugano of the Swiss Nationalliga, while Grebeshkov, who was obtained from the New York Islanders on February 18, 2007 in exchange for Marc-Andre Bergeron and a third round choice, was signed as a restricted free agent.

With HC Lugano, Tarnstrom scored 3-26-29 with 90 penalty minutes in 44 regular season games. The 6’1”, 205-pound blueliner was fifth in scoring on the Lugano roster and tied for third in scoring among Nationalliga defencemen. He added 1-6-7 with 8 penalty minutes in five playoff games to top HC Lugano in post-season scoring.

At the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow, Tarnstrom helped Sweden to a fourth place finish in the standings, falling to the host Russians in the bronze medal game. Tarnstrom scored 1-8-9 with 14 PIM and was +4 in nine games for the Swedes, finishing as the tournament’s leading scorer among defencemen. He was tied for 14th place in the tournament scoring race and was Sweden’s third leading scorer.

The 32-year-old native of Sundbyberg, Sweden first joined the Oilers during the 2005-06 season, when he was obtained from the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 26, 2006 in exchange for Cory Cross and Jani Rita. Tarnstrom played 22 games for the Oilers down the stretch that season, scoring a goal and three assists and registering 24 penalty minutes. He then added two assists and 10 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games as the Oilers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. Tarnstrom played five of the Oilers seven games in the Stanley Cup Final versus Carolina, scoring both of his assists in the series with the Hurricanes.

Tarnstrom made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders in 2001-02, scoring 3-16-19 in 62 games during his rookie season. He was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh in August of 2002 and played the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons with the Penguins. He became the first defenceman to lead the Penguins in scoring when he scored 16-36-52 in 80 games during the 2003-04 season. Tarnstrom was ranked first in powerplay scoring among NHL defencemen with 12-26-38 and he led all blueliners in powerplay goals.

In 258 career NHL games over four NHL seasons, Tarnstrom has scored 32-94-126 with 202 penalty minutes.

A member of Team Sweden at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, he has represented Sweden at two world junior championships (1995, 1996) and three world championships (2003, 2004, 2007).

Tarnstrom, an unrestricted free agent, returns to the Oilers following a season playing in Europe for HC Lugano of the Swiss Nationalliga, while Grebeshkov, who was obtained from the New York Islanders on February 18, 2007 in exchange for Marc-Andre Bergeron and a third round choice, was signed as a restricted free agent.

With HC Lugano, Tarnstrom scored 3-26-29 with 90 penalty minutes in 44 regular season games. The 6’1”, 205-pound blueliner was fifth in scoring on the Lugano roster and tied for third in scoring among Nationalliga defencemen. He added 1-6-7 with 8 penalty minutes in five playoff games to top HC Lugano in post-season scoring.

At the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow, Tarnstrom helped Sweden to a fourth place finish in the standings, falling to the host Russians in the bronze medal game. Tarnstrom scored 1-8-9 with 14 PIM and was +4 in nine games for the Swedes, finishing as the tournament’s leading scorer among defencemen. He was tied for 14th place in the tournament scoring race and was Sweden’s third leading scorer.

The 32-year-old native of Sundbyberg, Sweden first joined the Oilers during the 2005-06 season, when he was obtained from the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 26, 2006 in exchange for Cory Cross and Jani Rita. Tarnstrom played 22 games for the Oilers down the stretch that season, scoring a goal and three assists and registering 24 penalty minutes. He then added two assists and 10 penalty minutes in 12 playoff games as the Oilers advanced to the Stanley Cup Final. Tarnstrom played five of the Oilers seven games in the Stanley Cup Final versus Carolina, scoring both of his assists in the series with the Hurricanes.

Tarnstrom made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders in 2001-02, scoring 3-16-19 in 62 games during his rookie season. He was claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh in August of 2002 and played the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons with the Penguins. He became the first defenceman to lead the Penguins in scoring when he scored 16-36-52 in 80 games during the 2003-04 season. Tarnstrom was ranked first in powerplay scoring among NHL defencemen with 12-26-38 and he led all blueliners in powerplay goals.

In 258 career NHL games over four NHL seasons, Tarnstrom has scored 32-94-126 with 202 penalty minutes.

A member of Team Sweden at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, he has represented Sweden at two world junior championships (1995, 1996) and three world championships (2003, 2004, 2007).

Tarnstrom's Career Statistics

  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992-93 AIK Solna SEL 3 0 0 0 0          
1994-95 AIK Solna SEL 37 8 4 12 26 -- -- -- -- --
1995-96 AIK Solna SEL 40 0 5 5 32 -- -- -- -- --
1996-97 AIK Solna SEL 49 5 3 8 38 7 0 1 1 6
1997-98 AIK Solna SEL 45 2 12 14 30          
1998-99 AIK Solna SEL 47 9 14 23 36 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 AIK Solna SEL 42 7 15 22 20          
2000-01 AIK Solna SEL 50 10 18 28 28 5 0 0 0 8
2001-02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 9 0 2 2 2 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 New York Islanders NHL 62 3 16 19 38 5 0 0 0 2
2002-03 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 61 7 34 41 50 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 16 36 52 38 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Sodertalje SK SEL 50 7 18 25 46 9 1 0 1 6
2005-06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 33 5 5 10 52 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Edmonton Oilers NHL 22 1 3 4 24 12 0 2 2 10
2006-07 Lugano Swiss-A 44 3 26 29 90          
  NHL Totals   258 32 94 126 202 17 0 2 2 12

Denis Grebeshkov
Grebeshkov, a 6’1”, 200 pound native of Yaroslavl, Russia, spent the 2006-07 season wtih Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Russian Super League. Signing as a free agent with his hometown team on July 10, 2006, the 23-year-old defenceman scored eight goals and nine assists for 17 points in 47 games with 79 penalty minutes. He added two assists and six penalty minutes in seven playoff games.

He earned his third medal on the international stage at the 2007 IIHF World Championship, helping Russia to a bronze medal with a victory over Tarnstrom and the Swedes. In his world championship deubt, Grebeshkov scored 1-2-3 with 0 PIM and was +3 in nine games.

The 2006-07 season was his third season in the Russian Super Leauge as he previously played for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in 2001-02 and 2002-03. He has scored 9-18-27 with 115 PIM in 121 games.

Originally Los Angeles’ first choice, 18th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Grebeshkov made his NHL debut with the Kings in 2003-04. He scored one assist in four games with Los Angeles and averaged 18:29 minutes of ice time. He began the 2005-06 season with Los Angeles, splitting time between the Kings and the Manchester Monarchs, their American Hockey League affiliate. He scored two assists with 12 PIM in eight games with Los Angeles and had 2-25-27 in 48 AHL games before being traded to the Islanders on March 8, 2006.

Following the trade to New York, that also saw the Islanders obtain Jeff Tambellini in exchange for Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel, Grebeshkov tallied three assists with 8 PIM in 21 games. He averaged 17:11 of ice time with the Islanders. He has scored 0-6-6 with 20 PIM in 33 career NHL games.

Prior to beginning his NHL career, Grebeshkov played four seasons in Russia and made three appearances at the IIHF World Junior Championships. He was a member of the Russian National Junior Team that won gold medals at the 2002 and 2003 tournaments in Pardubice, Czech Republic and Halifax, respectively. In 20 career tournament games, Grebeshkov has scored 3-5-8 with 6 PIM.

Grebeshkov's Career Statistics

  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001-02 Yaroslavl Lokomotiv Russia 26 1 2 3 10          
2002-03 Yaroslavl Lokomotiv Russia 48 0 7 7 26 10 0 1 1 2
2003-04 Manchester Monarchs AHL 43 2 7 9 34 6 0 1 1 6
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 4 0 1 1 0 -- -- -- -- --
2004-05 Manchester Monarchs AHL 75 5 44 49 87 6 0 4 4 2
2005-06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 0 2 2 12 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Manchester Monarchs AHL 48 2 25 27 59 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 New York Islanders NHL 21 0 3 3 8 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL -- -- -- -- -- 7 1 1 2 8
2006-07 Yaroslavl Lokomotiv Russia 47 8 8 16 79          
  NHL Totals   33 0 6 6 20
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