NHL Rumors: Jack Campbell, Oilers Agree to 5-Year, $25M Contract in Free Agency

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 13, 2022

TORONTO, ON- MAY 14  - Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell (36) makes a save as the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Tampa Bay Lightning in game seven of their first round NHL playoff series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. May 14, 2022.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Jack Campbell is staying in Canada, but he's moving across the country.

The free-agent goaltender reached agreement on a five-year, $25 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday, per Darren Dreger of ESPN.

Campbell spent the last two-plus seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's coming off a 31-9-6 record with a 2.64 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. In 2020-21, he was 17-3-2 with a 2.15 GAA and .921 save percentage.

The Leafs chose to move on by trading for Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray, who is two years younger but compares poorly to Campbell as far as recent performance. He also has a track record of injuries.

Toronto's loss was Edmonton's gain, with the Oilers picking up not only a stellar goaltender but also one of the league's best teammates. In a profile by Jonas Siegel of The Athletic, teammates of past and present gushed about Campbell's ability to relate to anyone.

"Oh trust me, I thought about it a lot of times, just, can this guy really be this nice? But he genuinely is," former Los Angeles Kings teammate Trevor Lewis said. "He genuinely cares about all his teammates and he wants to make life easier on them. He's the kind of guy that will definitely go out of his way to do anything for you and doesn't expect anything back in return.

"He's an awesome guy and he's one of a kind for sure."

Campbell will replace Mikko Koskinen as the Oilers' primary goaltender. Koskinen left the NHL in June to sign with HC Lugano of the National League in Switzerland.

Mike Smith will continue to serve as Edmonton's backup goaltender, though he is reportedly headed for the long-term injured reserve.