The Edmonton Oilers finalized their depth chart in goal this morning, signing Richard Bachman to be their AHL starter until Laurent Brossoit can handle the load fulltime. It’s probably a good bet to assume that will take more than a year—Brossoit is a good-not-great prospect, and the AHL is a difficult league.
OILERS PRO DEPTH CHART
|LEVEL||STARTING GOALIE||BACKUP GOALIE|
|OILERS||BEN SCRIVENS||VIKTOR FASTH|
|BARONS||RICHARD BACHMAN||LAURENT BROSSOIT|
|BAKERSFIELD||TYLER BUNZ||FRANS TUOHIMAA|
I like the NHL goaltending tandem. Many fans are not happy about the duo, hoping for a starter like Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller. I invite you to google ‘study of NHL goalies in their mid-30s’ and the graph contained therein. It isn’t pretty.
No words on dollars, he made $225,000 in the AHL and $625,000 in the NHL last season according to capgeek. Bachman was brilliant in his Oilers debut, and may see more playing time in 2014-15 with the big club. Todd Nelson will no doubt be happy with this signing, it gives his team a consistent goalie with experience. I’ll update this post will salary when it’s published.
Bachman is that rare small goalie still in the game. The Charlie Hodge family of goalies shrinks every year.
(photo by Rob Ferguson, all rights reserved)