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Oilers add high-scoring Giroux

The Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons, announced on Saturday that they have agreed to terms with free agent left-winger Alexandre Giroux on a one-year contract.

Giroux, 29, spent most of the season last year with the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League. Giroux led the AHL with 50 goals, marking his second consecutive 50-goal season, and added a career-high 53 assists for 103 points to finish second in the league in scoring.

Giroux added a league-high 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points in 21 playoff games as the Bears won their second consecutive Calder Cup championship.

A native of Quebec City, Giroux has played 636 career AHL games over nine seasons (2001-10) with Hershey, Chicago, Hartford, Binghamton and Grand Rapids. He ranks 18th all-time in the AHL with 308 goals while adding 264 assists for 572 points.

Giroux also played in nine games for Washington in 2009-10, recording one goal and two assists. He has four goals and five assists in 31 career NHL games with Washington and the N.Y. Rangers.

A First Team AHL All-Star at left wing each of the last two seasons, Giroux won the AHL MVP award and scoring title in 2008-09 when he scored 60 goals and totaled 97 points for Hershey. His 75 combined regular-season and playoff goals that season were an AHL record.