Oilers sign Dubnyk

The Edmonton Oilers signed their de facto “goalie of the future” to a one-year contract today. Dubnyk was a restricted free agent without arbitration rights so this might be viewed as a minor move save for the Liam Reddox news of yesterday.

Dubnyk is expected to be the #1 goalie for Springfield in 2009-10 and is likely to play in front of a much better hockey club. Those of us who have been holding out hope for the big goalie have been wondering what DD could do with an experienced lineup in front of him.

We’re about to find out, and in fact should Dubnyk play well enough it’s certainly possible that he’ll see some NHL action during 2009-10. With Jeff Deslauriers as the backup in Edmonton, opportunity may come knocking before Christmas.

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27 Responses to "Oilers sign Dubnyk"

  1. uni says:

    If Katz is really hard core, Giroux on a 1 way for 500K would go a long way to revamping Springfield.

    That said, it's a lot of money for a guy that may never play in the show =).

  2. doritogrande says:

    I'm still holding out hope for the big kid. Saw him live in the pre-season game Edmonton had against Toronto a couple years back that was played in WInnipeg. He and Mikhnov stole the show that day. At the NHL level, he's not been lapped by his graduating class in what would be considered a strong goalie year. Another solid year in the AHL with a top-15 performance should put him in line to eventually make the NHL, IMO.

    His numbers continue to trend upwards, if only slightly. And like you said, he played on an absolutely horrid team last year. I'll admit that I'm no goalie expert, but to me his arrows look to be pointing in the right direction still.

    Definitely needs a veteran goalie presence to push him for work this year. His playing so many games and losing a good percentage of those could not have been good for his confidance. Hey, maybe Chris Minard can put in a good word for his brother.

  3. Lowetide says:

    Guy Flaming might kill me for breaking a trust here, but he once told me that MacT liked him a lot, even more than some other prospects.

  4. Smytty777 says:

    DG: what do you think about Aaron Sorochan pushing for the back-up role in Springfield?

  5. bookie says:

    Goalies are difficult to call, but man I hope he takes a huge step forward this year. I hope the cards come up all aces on JDD and DD this year. Having a goalie or two turn out would be enormous for the Oil.

    To be honest, I just want to see someone without grandkids being a star between the pipes.

  6. doritogrande says:

    Smytty:

    If Aaron Sorochan steals the back-up job from guys already under contract in Bryan Pitton and Andrew Perugini, there's something seriously wrong with this organization's goalie procurement.

    I'd prefer they dump one of the two guys in Stockton this year (preferrably Pitton), sign a veteran AHL backup to play with Dubnyk and let Sorochan duel it out with Perugini in Stockton.

    Oh, and that AHL goalie comes on an AHL only contract. Too many NHL contracted goalies for my blood.

  7. Jonathan Willis says:

    DG: Depends if they want to run Dubnyk into the ground again this year. Last year, Fisher played all of three games or something ridiculous before getting ousted in favour of Sabourin.

  8. RyanB says:

    A minor move but an important one.

    He's a first round pick that we really haven't had a chance to evaluate because to start his career the Oil didn't have a farm team forcing him to play in the ECHL, then a year behind JDD, and finally a year with a pretty bad team in front of him. This year should at least give the club a chance to really see what they've got in DD.

  9. Phil says:

    MacT liked him a lot, even more than some other prospects.

    MacT liked anthrax more than some of the Oiler prospects.

    …Ok, more than one Oiler prospect.

  10. Mr DeBakey says:

    …Ok, more than one Oiler prospect.

    What really bothered me was when MacT told Hockey's Future about
    one Oiler prospect not competing.
    I thought that was terrible, mad even.

  11. Bendelson says:

    I for one am very interested to see Dubnyk play goal for a winner. To my knowledge, he has never played on a highly skilled team – certainly not with the Blazers anyways. He has certainly seen his share of rubber.

    I'm a big Dubnyk supporter, but until he learns how to win on a regular basis, any other stats he may produce, could be largely irrelevant.

    Signings like Minard (one more please) could give him a chance to step up. When coupled with a legitimate R. Daum development program for the young talent (is this believable?), its time for Dubnyk to show he can be a difference maker, and WIN.

    If losing builds character, Devon should have the right stuff.

  12. PDO says:

    Excellent.

    In other news, Chicago has reached cap hell, and is reportedly willing to move one of Versteeg, Sharp, Byufeglin or Barker.

    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=307060

    Versteeg or Sharp, please.

  13. Sean says:

    In other news, Chicago has reached cap hell, and is reportedly willing to move one of Versteeg, Sharp, Byufeglin or Barker

    I'd take Byufeglin or Sharp. Byufeglin with Gagner/Nilsson or Gagner/Cogs would be a nice mix.

  14. Sean says:

    Dubnyk's AHL salary is relatively cheap for a starter – 90k. Probably wise of him to sign the one year deal. He pass JDD any season. For the Oilers too, as Dubnyk can plateau any time as well.

  15. misfit says:

    While it's interesting that teams like Chicago and San Jose are up to (or over) the cap and will need to clear up some salary by moving some high priced players, the Oilers can't trade for anyone without sending salary back, so it likely puts us out of the running for guys like Sharp, Byfuglien, etc.

    As for DD, I don't see him playing much in the show, if at all, but I'm excited to see how he progresses this year on the farm.

  16. NBOilerFan says:

    Dreger gives a little Heatley update on his twitter acount…

    "All quiet on the Heatley front. Some discussions, but no resolution in sight."

  17. mjsh says:

    interesting comment on cfrn sports tonight from Blair Betts saying he would like to play in Edmonton. Seems to me he has fans on this site

  18. NBOilerFan says:

    They interviewed Betts you mean and he said he wants to play for the Oilers?

  19. PunjabiOil says:

    Completely off topic, but Ricky Ray is a terrible quarterback who is living off past glory.

    No arm, no vision.

    Carry on.

  20. mjsh says:

    yes, they interviewed Betts and he said he wanted to play for the Oilers. Apparently this is home for him.

  21. bookie says:

    They interviewed Betts you mean and he said he wants to play for the Oilers?

    I presume he must mean the CHL Tulsa Oilers, or maybe the Junior A Wooster Oilers cause nobody wants to play for the Edmonton Oilers…nobody!

  22. physioguy says:

    blair betts actually grew up in sherwood park and still has family here.

  23. PunjabiOil says:

    LOL. Ricky Ray you piece of shit.

  24. bookie says:

    Completely off topic, but Ricky Ray is a terrible quarterback who is living off past glory.

    MacTavish wrecked him!

  25. Bruce says:

    Completely off topic, but Ricky Ray is a terrible quarterback who is living off past glory.

    PJO: It's quite sad, actually.

  26. NBOilerFan says:

    mjsh said…
    "yes, they interviewed Betts and he said he wanted to play for the Oilers. Apparently this is home for him."

    Thanks mjsh.

    That may mean he would come here a bit cheaper then anywhere else, perhaps. But this is enough for me… sign him Tambellini. I would prefer Malhotra and maybe even Moore, but I suspect there price tags are on teh higher side and Betts feels teh role we are looking for, plus has played for Renney…. along with his acknowledgement above.

    Though, I don't see the Oilers doing squat until there is resolution on Heatley.

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