Right wing Jari Kurri, who helped the Edmonton Oilers win five Stanley Cups and became the most prolific European scorer to play in the NHL, has signed a two-year deal -- reportedly worth $1 million a year including bonuses and endorsements -- to play with the Milan Devils of the Italian league, according to the Edmonton Sun.
"We have a deal," said Kurri. "It's all settled now." Umberto Gandini, a spokesman for the company that owns the Devils, also confirmed the deal.
Sather said the Oilers will keep Kurri on their protected list in the event he wants to return to the NHL; he has a clause in his contract that will allow him to break it after one year.
Kurri, who became a free agent July 1, scored 474 goals and had 569 assists for 1,043 points and an average of more than 100 points a season; his 92 playoff goals are the most in NHL history.
"There are of course a lot of reasons for leaving Edmonton, but my need to spend more time with my family is above them," said Kurri, whose new club will play a 36-game schedule compared to the NHL's 80 games.