Monday, July 12, 2010

Dubnyk Reportedly Signs Deal

Reports were surfacing on Monday night that the Oilers have re-signed one of their young goalies, Devan Dubnyk, and came up with his reported deal, a 2-year, one-way, $1.6 million agreement. Dubnyk was a restricted free agent this Summer and might be an important piece for the Oilers in the 2011 season, with Nikolai Khabibulin's future in limbo with his legal troubles.

2010 was not a great year for Dubnyk statistically, but the Oilers were not very good statistically, period.  In 19 games, Dubnyk had a record of 4-10-2, with a .889 save percentage and 3.57 goals against average.  Not very good numbers at all, but the team in front of him was pretty poor and he did have some good games despite the record.

I've only got Dubnyk's name on the Oilers' roster in pencil, the one-way deal suggests that he's going to get paid in 2011, no matter what. Until Khabibulin is convicted in Arizona or Deslauriers is dealt away, Dubnyk is still playing third fiddle in the Edmonton crease, but as you can plainly see, he's damn close to a regular job.  Until then, let's not rush to judgement on Dubnyk and not rank him too high right now.

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