The Edmonton Oilers brought forward Rob Klinkhammer into their system midway through the 2014-15 season, acquiring him as part of the deal for forward David Perron.
He was extended by one year at the end of that campaign – but after spending part of this last season in the AHL, it seems that the depth forward is headed out of North America rather than inking another extension.
It was confirmed on Friday morning that Klinkhammer has inked a deal with the KHL’s Dinamo Minsk for the 2016-17 season, effectively ending his tenure with the Oilers. He’ll walk away from the Pacific Division club after having played in 193 career NHL games, putting up 22 goals and 43 points in the process.
Undrafted at the NHL level, Klinkhammer – a native of Lethbridge, Alberta – first went pro in 2007, following his career in the WHL with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds, and Brandon Wheat Kings.
He played exclusively at the AHL level for the first few years of his pro hockey career, which took place with the Norfolk Admirals and the Rockford IceHogs. He’s been moved around North America quite a bit during his career thus far, spending time on the ice at the NHL level with the Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Oilers; hopefully, signing with Dinamo Minsk will give him a bit more stability over the next year or two of his career.