Goaltender Devan Dubnyk has signed a two year deal to remain in Oiler colours through the 2011-12 season.
The deal will see the 24 year-old Dubnyk earn $800,000 in 2010-11 and 2011-12 It is a one-way deal, which means the Oilers will most likely keep him on the big club throughout his contract.
Dubnyk finished last season at 4-10-2 with a .889 SV% and a 3.57 GAA in 19 games.
Dubnyk had some shaky games during Winless January™, a glorious time where Oiler fans will kindly remember a 13 game winless streak that lasted throughout January, 2010. This isn’t to put the whole blame on Dubnyk; if you happened to catch this team on your television, you would have seen some really awful shinny.
Dubnyk found his groove late in the season, playing hero on more than one occasion. Dubnyk earned a victory while turning aside 27 of 28 shots in a game versus San Jose on March 21st. He saved 52 out of 55 shots for a win in Los Angeles on April 10, a game in which the Oilers were mercilessly outshot.
Those two games equaled half of his season win total. He can only get better. Right? Maybe?
This turns the crank of the goaltending mess that is currently The Edmonton Oilers just a little bit further – Oiler goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers has filed for arbitration after receiving his qualifying offer. Should an arbiter award him a higher amount, it becomes more and more likely that Edmonton will begin the 2010-11 season with the same goaltending tandem that finished last season.
And hey, we’ve still got a full offseason of Nikolai Khabibulin to talk about. I’m as excited as you are about that.
Grab a cold one and kick back. Goaltending will be a hot button issue this offseason.