EDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers have signed Jake Virtanen The former Vancouver forward agreed to a professional probation deal on Monday, two months after being found guilty of sexual assault.
Virtanen was charged in January in connection with a September 2017 incident in a downtown Vancouver hotel room. He was with the Canucks when the lawsuit was filed in May 2021, and the team placed him on vacation and bought out his contract the following month. He was found not guilty in July.
The 26-year-old Virtanen scored nine goals and had seven assists in 36 games for Spartak Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League last season. Selected sixth overall by the Canucks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Virtanen has 55 goals, 45 assists and 219 penalty minutes in six NHL seasons.
The Oilers also announced that the 34-year-old defenseman Jason Demers Signed a PTO with the team. Demers, of Laval, Quebec, played five games in the KHL last season and had two assists in five games for Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Demers was selected by San Jose in the seventh round of the 2008 draft. He has 45 goals, 169 assists and 407 penalty minutes in 699 games with San Jose, Dallas, Florida and Arizona. He had four assists in 41 games for the Coyotes in 2020-21.