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Would Ray Emery Be A Good Fit On The 2011-12 Oilers?

Look for the Oilers to sign a veteran AHL goaltender who can push Devan Dubnyk and Nikolai Khabibulin in training camp, along with a couple of AHL quality scorers to bolster Oklahoma City.

-Bob Stauffer via EdmontonOilers.com (02 JUL 2011)

I all but read Stauffer the riot act last week when he made a comment on Calgary’s Fan960 about expecting the Oilers to finish somewhere between 22nd and 30th overall.  I thought that a bit obtuse given the fact that the team hadn’t even entered free agency.  Give me last week and then give me today, and I’ll easily take today’s squad fifteen times over last week’s.

Stauffer’s quote about acquiring another goaltender is an interesting tidbit.

IS OUR LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE FINALLY OVER?

Did a light bulb just explode shards all over Tambellini’s brain?

Are the Oilers seriously contemplating signing a goaltender that will help “push” Khabibulin and Dubnyk (read: phase out Khabibulin)?

Yes.  Do it.  Do it now.

With the signing of Thomas Vokoun to the Washington Capitals for a meagre $1.5M (who saw that coming?), there still remain a few candidates to help “push” (read:  phase out) Khabibulin during training camp.

How about Ray Emery?

RAY EMERY – UFA

2010-11 NUMBERS (with Anaheim): 7-2-0, .926 SV%

2010-11 SALARY: $500K

Looking for a stopgap?  Maybe a little more?  For a nick above his last year’s salary I bet you could employ the services of Ray Emery to help ‘push’ your current string of goaltenders in training camp.  After significant hip surgery, Ray Emery was able to grab onto a two way deal with Anaheim.  There’s a pretty good shot you could get him on a two way deal should he need to be scuttled to the AHL.

Emery on a two way deal worth something like 700 or 750K?  You’d have to take a stab at it.  Emery appears to be coming off of a successful return back to the NHL (small sample size, I realize), is ten years younger than Khabibulin, would come in at about 20% of Khabibulin’s salary and comes with little risk. If it doesn’t work on a two way deal, then you’ve got options.

At the very worst, he opens the season in OKC.  At best, you could have a solid 1A or 2 guy to share time in the pipes with Devan Dubnyk.

If Dubnyk’s play is consistent with 2010-11 and Ray Emery can stop pucks at with a SV% of .910, it would easily be a significant upgrade over the wildly inconsistent play of Nikolai Khabibulin this past season.

Have your say:  Would Ray Emery be a good fit on the 2011-12 Edmonton Oilers?  Would any other goaltender?

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