NHL: What the Jeff Deslauriers Signing Means for the Oilers Future in Goal

July 31st, 2010 by Faiz-Ali Virji Leave a reply »
The Edmonton Oilers announced today that they have re-signed goalie Jeff Deslauriers to a one year contract. Normally a small signing like this wouldn't be big news. Heck, you could probably barely call it news.

But, for the Edmonton Oilers, it is. And its not just because they are the last place team in the NHL with one of the most rabid fan bases ever.

The reason this signing is kind of a big deal is because now the Edmonton Oilers have three goaltenders signed for next season—Deslauriers, Devan Dubnyk, and Nikolai Khabibulin.

We saw what happened in 2005-06 when the Oilers last had a three-headed monster, and again in 2008-2009. None of them were very good and you would think the Oil would have learned from their mistakes. Most had assumed one of the three goalies would be traded this summer, but that hasn't happened. 

So, assuming they have, why have they got themselves back in the same situation? Well there are a number of scenarios—

1) They want Deslauriers and Dubnyk to battle it out for the backup position as they still don't know who will be better. Whichever one loses the job will be traded or pl ...

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