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Oilers sign Byers to one-year deal

The Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons, have agreed to terms with left wing Dane Byers on a one-year contract.

Byers, 26, spent last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets and their top affiliate, the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Nipawin, Sask., native played in 61 games with the Falcons recording 39 points (16 goals, 23 assists) with 108 penalty minutes. He also appeared in eight games with the Blue Jackets collecting 29 penalty minutes.

Byers was originally drafted in the second round, 48th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers. He spent five years in their organization before being dealt to Columbus and then Phoenix in 2010-11.

Byers has appeared in 385 career AHL games with Springfield, San Antonio and Hartford, totaling 100 goals and 138 assists for 238 points. He set an AHL record in 2010-11 by playing in 85 regular-season games.

He has one goal in 14 career NHL games as well.