Craig Morgan: Red Wings ‘close’ to signing Jordan Oesterle to 2-year deal

FYI:

Hearing the Detroit Red Wings are close to signing Coyotes UFA D-man Jordan Oesterle to a two-year deal.— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 28, 2021

Oesterle is 29, and is a native of Deaborn Heights, Michigan. A Western Michigan University alumnus, he’d basically replace Alex Biega as the Wings’ #6/7 guy. The 6’2,” 180-lb defenseman had 20 points in 71 games in 2018-19, but he’s posted a total of 65 points over the course of 252 NHL games.

Not sure what Oesterle brings except for being a bottom pair Dman or a Griffins signing. With a full defense maybe it’s part of another move? #LGRW #RedWings pic.twitter.com/yMnB3aLkCz— The Grind Line Podcast™ (@GrindLinePod) July 28, 2021

DK is still better though, just older and more expensive. pic.twitter.com/0neWlHh27H— The Grind Line Podcast™ (@GrindLinePod) July 28, 2021

Played at Western Michigan University with Danny DeKeyser. https://t.co/IR4mUboS5M— Kyle M. (@KyleWIIM) July 28, 2021

Update: It’s official as of 3:22 PM:

UPDATE: The Detroit #RedWings today agreed to terms with defenseman Jordan Oesterle on a two-year contract. pic.twitter.com/iEgEYmuCOf— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 28, 2021

$1.35M AAV for Oesterle. https://t.co/6OF5AU5W7S— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 28, 2021

Jordan Oesterle is a Michigan man from Dearborn Heights, WMU Bronco. Welcome home and welcome to the @DetroitRedWings organization, @joesty15! #LGRW— Carley Johnston (@carleykjohnston) July 28, 2021

Hearing the structure of the Jordan Oesterle deal is
Year 1: 1.25
Year 2: 1.45— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) July 28, 2021

Update: Here’s MLive’s Ansar Khan on Oesterle:

The Detroit Red Wings have rounded out their defense by signing Jordan Oesterle to a two-year contract.

Oesterle, 29, is a 6-foot, 182-pound left-shooting defenseman. He appeared in 43 games for the Arizona Coyotes last season, picking up a goal and 10 assists and posting a minus-10 rating.

A Dearborn Heights native, Oesterle played for three seasons at Western Michigan, where he was a teammate of Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser for two years.

The undrafted Oesterle played three seasons with Edmonton, one with Chicago and the past three years with the Coyotes. He has appeared in 252 NHL games over seven seasons, tallying 15 goals and 65 points.

The Red Wings now have eight defensemen projected to be on their 2021-22 season-opening roster – left-shooters Nick Leddy, Marc Staal, DeKeyser and Oesterle and right-shooters Filip Hronek, Troy Stecher, Gustav Lindstrom and Moritz Seider.

Update #2: Here’s the Wings’ press release:

DETROIT AGREES TO TWO-YEAR DEAL WITH DEFENSEMAN JORDAN OESTERLE
… Dearborn Heights Native Has Logged 252 NHL Games Since 2014-15 …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with defenseman Jordan Oesterle on a two-year contract.

Oesterle, 29, appeared in 43 games for the Arizona Coyotes during the 2020-21 campaign, posting 11 points (1-10-11) and 10 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 182-pound defenseman also registered 38 shots on goal, 45 hits and 64 blocked shots in 17:54 average time on ice, which ranked fourth among Arizona defensemen. Oesterle played parts of seven NHL seasons between the Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Coyotes, totaling 65 points (15-50-65) and 44 penalty minutes in 252 games since 2014-15. He is two years removed from his most productive NHL campaign, in which he posted 20 points (6-14-20) in 71 games with Arizona in 2018-19. He also added four points (1-3-4) in nine games during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the Coyotes.

A native of Dearborn Heights, Michigan, Oesterle was originally signed by the Oilers as an undrafted free agent out of Western Michigan University, where he was a teammate of Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser from 2011-13 and won a CCHA Championship in 2012. In three seasons with the Broncos, Oesterle logged 34 points (7-27-34), a plus-11 rating and 49 penalty minutes in 113 games. He began his professional career by playing parts of four seasons in the American Hockey League, registering 83 points (20-63-83) and 30 penalty minutes in 157 games with the Oklahoma City Barons and Bakersfield Condors from 2013-17. Oesterle represented his country at the 2018 IIHF World Championship, skating in one game as the United States captured a bronze medal with Jeff Blashill as the team’s head coach. Oesterle previously spent one season with the Sioux Falls Stampede (2010-11) in the United States Hockey League, recording 15 points (2-13-15) and previously played for Belle Tire AAA Hockey until 2009-10.

Jordan Oesterle says he has dreamt about being a @DetroitRedWings since he was a little kid. Also says he is looking forward to grabbing minutes here and taking on that role. #LGRW— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) July 28, 2021

Jordan Oesterle says he’s very excited to play for his hometown team, @DetroitRedWings. Said he had season tickets growing up. Danny DeKeyser was just at his wedding last week! Former Bronco teammates. Once again, welcome @joesty15! #LGRW— Carley Johnston (@carleykjohnston) July 28, 2021

Oesterle said he hasn’t thought about putting the Winged Wheel jersey on for the first time, he’ll get to that when it comes 😂 #LGRW @DetroitRedWings— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) July 28, 2021

New Red Wings LHD Jordan Oesterle says his favorite player growing up was Nick Lidstrom, watched him a lot as a young defenseman growing up in Dearborn Heights— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) July 28, 2021

Oesterle said its been really fun to watch fellow Dearborn native, Eric Haase, and what he’s been up to with the @tigers #DetroitRoots #LGRW @DetroitRedWings— Daniella Bruce (@daniellabruce_) July 28, 2021

Oesterle said he couldn’t sleep much last night waiting to find out if he would be a Red Wing today.

“I can’t be more excited and happier to be coming back and playing for this organization,” he said.— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) July 28, 2021

Oesterle also said he still remembers his dad taking his brother, who didn’t play hockey, to Pittsburgh’s cup clinching game in Detroit in 2009.

“I still don’t let him live that down to this day,” he said.— Max Bultman (@m_bultman) July 28, 2021

Published by

George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.