Oilers Hire Frederic Chabot As Goaltending Coach

Jonathan Willis
July 06 2009 11:24AM

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As per Dan Tencer, the Edmonton Oilers have made Frederic Chabot their new goaltending coach.

Chabot had an interesting professional career.  New Jersey drafted him in the tenth round of the 1986 draft, and Montreal signed him away a few years later.  This was only the first of many moves for the longtime minor-league netminder, who played for sixteen different teams over eighteen seasons after he was drafted.  He saw some NHL action with Montreal, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles before winding up his career in Germany.

Chabot's minor-league career was pretty exceptional - he was twice the IHL MVP and once the best goaltender in the AHL, and it seems a shame that he never managed more than a dozen games in an NHL season.

Chabot becomes a little harder to track after retiring in 2004, but he comes to the Oilers from Hockey Canada, where he's been working as a goaltending consultant.  He'll be familiar with almost all of the current crop of young Canadian goaltenders, and he's coached Oilers' draft pick Olivier Roy at Hockey Canada camps before.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, Sportsnet, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 risto
July 06 2009, 03:01PM
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great move, Oilers.

so weird having P squared as the goalie coach, considering December 30, 1981 and the beating he took from Wanye's grandad.

/What do you mean, that's ancient history? get off my parched lawn, doogie howser!

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#52 olderthendirt
July 06 2009, 03:09PM
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This would seen to mean we are safe from Healty, they haven't left a lot of room to take a cap hit (ie Penner)back in a trade.

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#53 dyckster
July 06 2009, 03:25PM
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olderthendirt wrote:

This would seen to mean we are safe from Healty, they haven’t left a lot of room to take a cap hit (ie Penner)back in a trade.

Great point, doesn't signing Kovalev actually equate to Murray having to trade Heatley for LESS of a return than originally thought? That is, if he decides to trade him at all. The other option Kovalev offers Murray is to make Heatley sit on his ass all winter. Alexi may not get you 40-50 twine benders, but he makes up for quite a bit of it. The plot thickens....

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#54 ScubaSteve
July 06 2009, 03:27PM
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dyckster wrote:

he other option Kovalev offers Murray is to make Heatley sit on his ass all winter.

He would have to bury him in the minors to do that, which Heatley can veto with his No Movement clause. Heatley will have to be traded or bought out for this to work under the cap.

I agree that this means a lower return for Dany, I'm thinking more draft picks and prospects than players.

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#55 Downright Fierce
July 06 2009, 03:33PM
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I feel we're still very much in the mix.

Same deal, but we take back Smith and stick him in Springfield. Instant veteran presence on the farm and I'm pretty sure the numbers work.

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#56 ronaldo
July 06 2009, 03:36PM
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@ Downright Fierce I can't see the Oilers sticking their former captain, their longest serving captain, in the minors. The optics are terrible.

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#57 dyckster
July 06 2009, 03:44PM
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ScubaSteve wrote:

He would have to bury him in the minors to do that, which Heatley can veto with his No Movement clause. Heatley will have to be traded or bought out for this to work under the cap.

Sorry, should have been more specific. What I meant to say was, if Murray is able to free up the cap space to have Kovalev and Heatley, should he not trade Heatley he may decide to sit out. It would be a very unproductive financial burden for the Sens, but might be worth it. Or even better, he dresses, but Clouston seriously restricts his ice time to, oh, I don't know, some PK time and 4th line duty.

Switching gears a little, I'm honest (and fickle) enough to say that should somehow DH ends up here, I for one would forget about all this BS after he scored, like maybe, his 30th goal or so.

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#58 Ogden Brother
July 06 2009, 03:53PM
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dyckster wrote:

olderthendirt wrote: This would seen to mean we are safe from Healty, they haven’t left a lot of room to take a cap hit (ie Penner)back in a trade. Great point, doesn’t signing Kovalev actually equate to Murray having to trade Heatley for LESS of a return than originally thought? That is, if he decides to trade him at all. The other option Kovalev offers Murray is to make Heatley sit on his ass all winter. Alexi may not get you 40-50 twine benders, but he makes up for quite a bit of it. The plot thickens….

Agreed, unless another option has popped up, this should lower Murray's leverage.

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#59 Harlie
July 06 2009, 05:57PM
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dyckster wrote:

Switching gears a little, I’m honest (and fickle) enough to say that should somehow DH ends up here, I for one would forget about all this BS after he scored, like maybe, his 30th goal or so.

Gimme a break, you and everyone else (maybe with the exception of Brownlee) will be pumping your fist in the air after Heatley's first goal as an Oiler.

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#60 Harlie
July 06 2009, 05:58PM
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#61 Dyckster
July 06 2009, 06:04PM
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Harlie wrote:

Gimme a break, you and everyone else (maybe with the exception of Brownlee) will be pumping your fist in the air after Heatley’s first goal as an Oiler.

Nope, in all honesty it's gonna take more than 1.

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#62 Jason Gregor
July 06 2009, 06:11PM
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olderthendirt wrote:

This would seen to mean we are safe from Healty, they haven’t left a lot of room to take a cap hit (ie Penner)back in a trade.

Heatley is a $7.5 cap hit...Penner at $4.25, Cogliano at $1.13 and Smid at guesstimate of $1.8 to 2.0 means they are equal in salary. Why wouldn't Ottawa still make that deal?

Kovalev signing points more to Heatley moving than it does to him staying.

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#63 Jenga
July 06 2009, 07:00PM
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Watching Murray twist does give one a different perspective on KLowes dealing with Pronger. Turns out that trading a very expensive malcontent is not as easy as it would seem.

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#64 olderthendirt
July 06 2009, 07:01PM
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I believe Ottawa needs to dump salary now.

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#65 Ogden Brother
July 06 2009, 08:59PM
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Jenga wrote:

Watching Murray twist does give one a different perspective on KLowes dealing with Pronger. Turns out that trading a very expensive malcontent is not as easy as it would seem.

Relieved to see others are finally starting to realize this.

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