Should the Edmonton Oilers consider keeping Nikolai Khabibulin?

Jonathan Willis
May 08 2013 12:44PM

Oilers’ backup Nikolai Khabibulin is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Does it make sense for the team to keep him around rather than shopping elsewhere?

Four years ago, the Oilers signed Nikolai Khabibulin as a free agent. Over his previous four years in Chicago, Khabibulin had a mix of performance and health problems, but he redeemed himself somewhat with a tremendous contract year. History seems to have repeated itself. Over four seasons in Edmonton, Khabibulin has had a mix of performance and health problems, but once again has come through at the end of his contract with a 0.923 save percentage over 12 games. Just as it didn’t in 2009, that late surge doesn’t make Khabibulin a good fit for the team.

Injury

Khabibulin was well-established as one of the most injury prone starting goalies in the NHL when the Oilers signed him. From 2006-06 to 2008-09, Khabibulin missed 66 games (an average of 17 per season) to a variety of maladies, with most of them being back and lower body injuries. That total ranked him fourth among NHL starters in time missed to injury; ahead of him were Pascal Leclaire (since retired), Rick DiPietro (the Islanders only wish he was retired) and Kari Lehtonen (he’s been remarkably healthy since).

In the four years since, injuries have been a frequent problem for Khabibulin. Via TSN, here’s the list of games missed to injury:

  • 2009-10: Missed 60 games (back injury)
  • 2010-11: Missed six games (groin injury)
  • 2010-11: Missed four games (eye injury)
  • 2011-12: Missed five games (groin injury)
  • 2012-13: Missed five games (hip injury)
  • 2012-13: Missed eight games (groin injury)
  • Total: 88 games lost to injury, average of 22 per season

For just under one in three games the Oilers have played since signing Khabibulin, the veteran goaltender has been on injured reserve. If not for the lockout, that total would have been inflated, as Khabibulin was on injured reserve to start the 2013 season.

Khabibulin is now 40 years old. Injury was a concern when the Oilers signed an oft-injured 36-year old; it’s more of a concern four years later.

Performance

Khabibulin was coming off a difficult four-year stint in Chicago when the Oilers signed him. He had won the Stanley cup with Tampa Bay just before the lockout, and the Blackhawks paid big money for him to solve their goaltending problems. Instead, he was terrible in 2005-06, moderately better in 2006-07, decent in 2007-08 and quite good in 2008-09. Overall, he posted a 0.904 save percentage over that span – a total that ranked 27th among goalies with a minimum of 100 starts in that period.

Khabibulin’s performance in Edmonton has been similar. He was pretty good in an 18-game first season before injury knocked him out of the lineup, but was then terrible the following year. A hot start in 2011-12 combined with a brutal finish propelled him to average-ish overall numbers, and then in a short stint this season Khabibulin was excellent. Overall, he posted a 0.903 save percentage over four years in Edmonton – almost the same total as he managed in Chicago, except that NHL goaltending has improved. Among goalies with a minimum of 100 games played over those four years, Khabibulin’s 0.903 save percentage ranks 39th of 42 players.

NHL goalies are getting better. At 40, Khabibulin is not.

Bottom Line

Khabibulin is a terrible fit for the Oilers. Ideally, the Oilers need a backup they can count on to play (Khabibulin can’t be, due to injury), play well (Khabibulin has not consistently done so) and ideally someone who can continue to push starter Devan Dubnyk or take over for a stretch if he falters or gets hurt (something Khabibulin simply isn’t capable of doing at this stage of his career).

When it comes to addressing the number two goaltending slot in Edmonton, Nikolai Khabibulin shouldn’t be in the conversation.

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#1 The Soup Fascist
May 08 2013, 09:58PM
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DSF wrote:

But, but.

Magnus scored mega points against Norway.

Should be a lock.

Fun fact of the day:

I tied the Sedins in "goals scored" in the first round.

...... Clutch.

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#2 ghostofberanek
May 08 2013, 12:58PM
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So we're finally free of this guy, and the media is asking if we should keep him around?? The answer is a resounding no!

Now that I've covered that aspect, let's switch gears here. How about them Canucks hey? Maybe they won't take the last game of the year so lightly next time...

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#3 Dallylamma
May 08 2013, 02:18PM
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Short answer: No Long answer: Noooooooooooo

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#4 Cheap Shot Charlie
May 08 2013, 07:57PM
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@DSF

AH haha!!! You always say the darnest things!!!

It's like the less sense you make the funnier it gets! Like a little kid debating that they are smarter than scientists because he knows his H2O is water! You are hillarious!!! Keep up the good work!

I love you, man! *HUG*

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#6 Cheap Shot Charlie
May 08 2013, 08:03PM
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DSF wrote:

Deep.

Thanks I've really tried my best to sink to your level.

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#7 Spydyr
May 08 2013, 08:49PM
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The best part for me with the Canucks getting swept .Listening to one of the sisters whine about penalty calls.You got swept 4 straight the problem was in the mirror not with the ref.Classic, I howled listening to him.

That is why they never finish and win the Cup.It is always the fault of someone else.If only Tim Thomas had pumped Lou's tires

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#8 Romulus' Apotheosis
May 09 2013, 08:38AM
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WesFromThe WestEnd wrote:

If we have a guy in the system who can play 20-30 games, the man to trade is Dubnyk. At 6'4" the fact he makes a living on his knees makes me laugh. He is not consistent; marvellous 1 night, lousy the next. Gives up a softie almost every night. (How many 1 goal games did we lose this year?) He over-commits on his lateral movement (sliding on his knees & can't stop), thus he cannot recover. Also can't control his rebounds while on his knees; they just keep bouncing out iabout 15 feet n front of the net & is just fair playing the puck with his stick. We could get more for him than Khabby in a trade. Khabby is good for 50-60 games & he will play for a lot less money now.

Wow... just wow.

There is no one is the system who can play 20-30 nhl games right now, unless you include Nik, in which case we still IMO don't have anyone we can count on for 20-30 games.

Dubnyk was miles from being the problem this year. The obsession with blaming goalies ranks up there with blaming coaches.

Dubnyk outplayed the rest of the team by a massive margin.

Nik will never play 50-60 more NHL games period, let alone in a single season.

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#9 Kosmo Kramer
May 08 2013, 04:18PM
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Well DSF you make it sound all so easy. Just trade Lou, thats all there is to it. You yourself admit its hard to trade him with getting older and his contract. So you just admitted that Gillis made a stupid move signing Lou to that contract. Now Gillis is going to waste how many more millions of the owners money buying out a couple more duds. If all of that happens then there will be another news conference telling Mikey to find a new job.

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#10 Eddie Edmonton
May 08 2013, 05:06PM
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I love how bandwagon Canuck fans are now jumping back to the Oilers. I love even more how they try to bring their favorite Canuck over with asinine suggestions.

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#11 oliveoilers
May 08 2013, 07:05PM
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Err, excuse me? Vancouver is a successful team? They set themselves the benchmark for success as nothing less than the Stanley cup. By their own admission they are not a successful team. Enjoy your president's choice trophies.

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#12 The Soup Fascist
May 08 2013, 07:58PM
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DSF wrote:

The Canucks have 3 players the Oilers should be interested in.

Mason Raymond is UFA. Kills penalties and would be an interesting 3rd line addition.

Derek Roy is a very good 2nd line centre who would be an upgrade on Gagner and could likely be signed for less than Sammy Snowpants.

Alex Edler is still a young developing defenseman who would immediately be a better option that Petry on the top pairing.

Elder would be good.

Keep Roy as far from here as possible. An absolute dressing room cancer. There is a reason this guy is always available. Not close to Gagner, IMO. Has as much edge as a wet Kleenex. Even you know that DSF. I assume this is your shiny hook in the water. Lets move on.

Raymond - meh. I realize he would be an upgrade to a few guys but the Oilers need more grit from those positions. Plus dude is a M*A*S*H unit. We will take Edler. Keep the rest of the crap. This squad played exactly four more games this season than the Oil.

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#13 Cheap Shot Charlie
May 08 2013, 08:43PM
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DSF wrote:

Gagner is also a "cancer".

He's always thought he should be gifted first line and first line PP minutes.

My source is his GM in junior who thinks the young man has a lot of growing up to do.

OH MAN!!! You are on a role tonight!!!

I love you, man! *HUG*

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#14 The Soup Fascist
May 08 2013, 09:03PM
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DSF wrote:

None of their defensemen are overpaid.

So you don't think Keith Ballard should be bought out? He is "good value" at $4.2 million?

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#15 Col. Hapablap
May 08 2013, 09:49PM
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@DSF

Try not to worry about it.

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#16 SLAM
May 08 2013, 11:49PM
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DSF wrote:

The Canucks have 3 players the Oilers should be interested in.

Mason Raymond is UFA. Kills penalties and would be an interesting 3rd line addition.

Derek Roy is a very good 2nd line centre who would be an upgrade on Gagner and could likely be signed for less than Sammy Snowpants.

Alex Edler is still a young developing defenseman who would immediately be a better option that Petry on the top pairing.

The real question is whether we can get free beer since Gagner is superior to Hudler...

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#17 Eddie Shore
May 08 2013, 03:10PM
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DSF wrote:

That's nonsense.

They have a large number of tradeable assets.

They'll likely buy out Ballard and Booth giving them a lot of cap flexibility and, if Luongo is traded, they have even more.

I never said they didn't have assets. I said they are in a position of weakness because everyone and their dog knows that they have to trade some players.

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#18 RexLibris
May 08 2013, 03:43PM
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So Khabibulin spent from 2005 to 2008 in Chicago during which time the Hawks drafted Toews, Kane and Kyle Beach.

He signs in Edmonton and they promptly draft Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and Yakupov.

If we throw out all those fancy stats about performance and goals-against, then ignore a complete and utter lack of discernible depth on the roster, as well as dance swiftly around causation and connection, we can come to only one conclusion: Khabibulin is draft-day gold.

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#19 Romulus' Apotheosis
May 08 2013, 05:26PM
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Eddie Edmonton wrote:

When is a right time to let in a goal? When your team is up by 3, 4? How many goalies in the NHL have the luxury of the right time to let in a goal?

22 goalies played 30 games or more this season. Dubnyk was 9th in that group in SV%.

He's not elite, but he's above average.

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#20 Rod from Viking
May 08 2013, 07:00PM
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Not a chance Khabby is done like the Canucks, How about Halak out of ST. Louis?

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#21 Cheap Shot Charlie
May 08 2013, 08:02PM
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DSF wrote:

None of their defensemen are overpaid.

P.s. You almost caught me! I was going to argue your point but it's you! You don't even believe the things you say!!!

Like, Florida will pick Drouin...They won't. McKinnon is a lock in FLA

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#22 Smokey
May 08 2013, 08:53PM
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DSF wrote:

None of their defensemen are overpaid.

Bieksa is junk at 5 mil. Many in Vancouver think this, remember they wanted to run him outta town for being junk. Garrison is widely concidered an overpay. Hamhuis and Edler fine. Tanev I like. Goatending is over-rated. Lou is the albatros that not only is closing Vancouvers window, but smashing it in the process. Shoulda traded him for peanuts when teams would take for him. There is no cornerstone pieces of the youth rebuild coming. If Philly wants to trade Voracek and Schenn for Edler and Schneider, that might save Vancouver.

Bye AV, maybe Gillis....

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#23 Spydyr
May 08 2013, 08:58PM
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DSF wrote:

The sad thing is, despite all their troubles, the Canucks are a vastly superior team compared to the Oilers.

Really,what have they won.Ever.Personally I equate success with Cups.5-0.

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#24 Spartacus
May 08 2013, 09:00PM
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Cheap Shot Charlie wrote:

AH haha!!! You always say the darnest things!!!

It's like the less sense you make the funnier it gets! Like a little kid debating that they are smarter than scientists because he knows his H2O is water! You are hillarious!!! Keep up the good work!

I love you, man! *HUG*

I look forward to your responses to whatsisname's comments.

I love YOU, man.

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#25 Spydyr
May 08 2013, 09:15PM
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DSF wrote:

No.

Better take all of Gretzky's records out of the books then.They don't count either.Orr's they mean nothing .

Two handed facepalm.

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#26 a lg dubl dubl
May 08 2013, 10:03PM
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@DSF

so where was Roy in the playoffs for the cansucks?

Ill take Gagner over Roy anyday thank you.

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#27 @Oilanderp
May 08 2013, 10:06PM
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@The Soup Fascist

Hey no worries. I feel my comments added much to the conversation and inflated the ever-valued post count, which is the only reason I can imagine that the belligerent and consistent take-over of the comments section of almost every article on this site is allowed to continue.

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#28 Wäx Män Riley
May 08 2013, 10:27PM
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For the record, Khabbi, I would NOT like to see you back.

After that signing I knew Tambo was a bad idea. Roloson was not re-signed because he wanted 2 years, but then Khabbi is signed to 4??!??!?!?!?

Nobody could convince me then and no stat can convince me now that was a good move.* Please, for the love of Gretzky, do not re-sign him.

*except Hall, Nugent-Hopkins, and Yakupov, of course.

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#29 DrDave
May 09 2013, 09:10AM
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So long Has-Been-Boozin!! We don't need a goalie that's played against our GM and President...

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#30 2004Z06
May 09 2013, 10:12AM
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If we believe that Dubnyk is our starter (I think he is) and assume he will only be better with a stronger D in front of him then you don't even look at bringing in another starter as a backup. We cannot have 10 mil-ish tied up in goalies. Louongo and Smith are big ticket salaries and they are not going to want to be "back-ups". There are a ton of options out there for a back up on the cheap. Dubnyk does not need to be "pushed", he needs to learn to push himself.

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#31 Romulus' Apotheosis
May 09 2013, 10:16AM
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2004Z06 wrote:

If we believe that Dubnyk is our starter (I think he is) and assume he will only be better with a stronger D in front of him then you don't even look at bringing in another starter as a backup. We cannot have 10 mil-ish tied up in goalies. Louongo and Smith are big ticket salaries and they are not going to want to be "back-ups". There are a ton of options out there for a back up on the cheap. Dubnyk does not need to be "pushed", he needs to learn to push himself.

I agree with everything here except your last line.

A guy like Bishop would have been perfect. A young G, looking to make a mark, a few years younger than DD and trying to work his way up to a #1 position.

He gives you reliable option at 2, keeps DD honest and when he's ready to take the next step you trade him or DD.

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#32 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
May 09 2013, 01:06PM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

He has a point the ORG.

Dubey just isn't that good. If he was we'd have made the playoffs atleast once. Even Grant Fuhr had us in the finals during his ELC. This Dubnyk to me looks more bum than boffo.

...am I doing it right?

your doing all right..... your wrong.... but your doing all right....

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#33 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
May 09 2013, 01:39PM
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DSF wrote:

Roy is a "dressing room cancer"?

Source?

Can you not just picture him pushing up the bridge of his glasses with his middle finger as he spouts..,"source?"...

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#34 Eddie Edmonton
May 08 2013, 12:50PM
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Yes.

If he was willing to sign for a year at around a million. He could still be a useful back-up, if Dubnyk is up to par.

If Dubnyk poops the bed, and the Oilers are forced to count for Khabi for a long period of time, it could get ugly.

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#35 Rocket
May 08 2013, 12:54PM
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No. They should not consider this. I have nothing against Khabibulin & he seems like a good mentor but backup goalies seem like they're easy to find.

Time to move on.

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#36 Eddie Edmonton
May 08 2013, 12:57PM
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I don't believe the Oilers need someone to push Dubnyk. The Oilganization gave him the job this year, they'll give him another year at the helm to see how he fairs. Given his core of d-men and cheating/slow forwards, Dubnyk wasn't that bad this year.

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#37 Eddie Edmonton
May 08 2013, 01:01PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Is it Khabibulin's age, poor health, or generally poor performance that appeal to you?

To be honest, none of them appeal to me. But neither does the uncertainty that is an NHL back-up goalie. Any one Oilers sign or take a gamble on will have at least 2 of the 3 Khabi appeals.

Once again, if we consider the support stuff of the Oilers goalies, Khabi still had a few decent performances in the games he came in.

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#38 Will
May 08 2013, 01:02PM
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Good call for change. Though I believe Dubnyk can handle the load of a number one, and do it consistently enough to get us to the playoffs, having a solid back up that could do the same, as well as push Dubnyk to the next level would be ideal. I hate to say it, but the way Dubnyk plays, Luongo would seem like an ideal mentor.

If Van uses their amnesty buy out on him, and he's willing to play in another town that wants it's younger goalie to become the number one, he would be a good fit. I see them splitting the season if he was to come here.

But likely he would want to still go back to Florida and be a number one somewhere for the remainder of his career.

Are there any other goalies around the league that might be acquired this year. I know Smith is the big off season prize. What about Ryan Murray from Buffalo. As a 1B option he could be very good, and may even get back to his levels of greatness.

However with Fluery playing the way he has, if they don't win this series, I can see the Pens go after Murray.

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#39 Romulus' Apotheosis
May 08 2013, 01:04PM
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Eddie Edmonton wrote:

I don't believe the Oilers need someone to push Dubnyk. The Oilganization gave him the job this year, they'll give him another year at the helm to see how he fairs. Given his core of d-men and cheating/slow forwards, Dubnyk wasn't that bad this year.

It's never a bad idea to have competition in house. never.

Also... injury. Look at Minnesota right now. In an instant you are reliant on a guy that you are going to want to be competitive. See also, Price.

Also... performance. Look at STL this year. They went from 1st in team save % last year to the bottom 3rd of the league (worse for the first 2/3rds of the season). Even established goalies can tank... hard and suddenly. See also, Quick.

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#40 Peacecountry
May 08 2013, 01:11PM
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Is missing 28 games over three years a lot in comparison to other goaltenders?

I'm very much on board with not resigning him but what should we expect from the average goaltender?

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#41 vince
May 08 2013, 01:22PM
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No way he comes back. Edmonton really needs to improve next season and if Dubnyk gets injured and the Oilers run with Khabi/AHL starter for a month two it could toast the whole season. Gotta be a guy you trust will be healthy and consistent.

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#42 Eddie Edmonton
May 08 2013, 01:25PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

It's never a bad idea to have competition in house. never.

Also... injury. Look at Minnesota right now. In an instant you are reliant on a guy that you are going to want to be competitive. See also, Price.

Also... performance. Look at STL this year. They went from 1st in team save % last year to the bottom 3rd of the league (worse for the first 2/3rds of the season). Even established goalies can tank... hard and suddenly. See also, Quick.

I can't agree with never.

Injury is a concern and a gamble every team takes on every player. Anything can happen to anyone at any one time, including injuries and performance slumps- it is all part of the game.

I don't understand why you brought up those teams and examples, or what they have to do with Dubnyk and Khabi. I'm sure if I tried and looked hard enough, I could find a few examples of something/someone else to support my point of view.

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#43 madjam
May 08 2013, 01:29PM
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Reliability is the key to a backup . Time and injuries rule a return of Khabby to risky to bother .

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#44 Eddie Edmonton
May 08 2013, 01:33PM
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@Will

What is it Dubnyk's play that makes you think Loungo would be a good mentor to him?

If a if was a spliff-we'd be all #@$%ed up.!.. Why would the Oilers give Dubnyk the #1 job and the bring someone in to share the load 50/50. None of them would then be the #1 goalie. What has Dubnyk done to lose his job as the #1? What has he shown to be concerned with?

I don't really care if Loungo wants to go back to Florida or where he wants to retire, it has nothing to do with the OIlers, Dubnyk or Khabi.

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#45 Lochenzo
May 08 2013, 01:34PM
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Next year is a big year for the Oil. They must make the playoffs. If DD gets hurt, they need somebody that can play a string a games together and win more than they lose.

Khabby has some nice numbers this past year and has a good relationship with DD. But I don't feel confident that he can play 5 or 6 games in a row well, if it ever came to that.

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#46 vetinari
May 08 2013, 01:34PM
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If MacT signs him, then obviously we have hired the wrong GM and it should be instant grounds for dismissal for both MacT and Lowe.

Seriously... Khabibulin's getting up there in age, he's maddening inconsistent, he's injured more than average when compared to other goalies and he's no threat to Dubnyk to push him for playing time. Cut ties and look for someone... anyone... under the age of 33 and who has played more than 50 professional games during their lifetime and can post a respectable GAA.

Khabibulin is another Andy Sutton in waiting. If we sign him, he'll be on injured reserve for most of next season when he jumps for joy that he actually got an extension and pulled his back/ACL/MCL/neck/vestigial tail/whatever in the process. Quit hurting yourselves Oilers and let someone else hunt for ol' Red October.

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#47 Romulus' Apotheosis
May 08 2013, 01:39PM
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Eddie Edmonton wrote:

I can't agree with never.

Injury is a concern and a gamble every team takes on every player. Anything can happen to anyone at any one time, including injuries and performance slumps- it is all part of the game.

I don't understand why you brought up those teams and examples, or what they have to do with Dubnyk and Khabi. I'm sure if I tried and looked hard enough, I could find a few examples of something/someone else to support my point of view.

You are suggesting you don't need to push a positional player.

More than this, you are suggesting you don't need to push arguably the most important positional player on any hockey team.

I gave you 3 reasons.

1. competition is healthy. having someone push for your position is good IMO.

2. Injury. If Dubnyk goes down and you don't have a competitive player in the wings, because you don't think you need someone pushing for TOI... well... you're effed.

3. Performance. If Dubnyk suddenly tanks and his SV% goes haywire (hardly a rare occurrence for NHL goalies, even "elite" ones) and you don't have a competitive player in the wings.... etc.

for these reasons you need a reliable, competitive backup. Nik is not reliable because his performance is far from consistent, his age and his propensity to injury.

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#48 Jakethesnake
May 08 2013, 01:53PM
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Get rid of Khaby, he is done, but Dubby has not proved anything. Seriousely all the weak goals he lets in silly. You need someone as good as dubby to push him, and then go with the best guy. The BIG EASY is to EASY

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#49 Will
May 08 2013, 01:54PM
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Eddie Edmonton wrote:

What is it Dubnyk's play that makes you think Loungo would be a good mentor to him?

If a if was a spliff-we'd be all #@$%ed up.!.. Why would the Oilers give Dubnyk the #1 job and the bring someone in to share the load 50/50. None of them would then be the #1 goalie. What has Dubnyk done to lose his job as the #1? What has he shown to be concerned with?

I don't really care if Loungo wants to go back to Florida or where he wants to retire, it has nothing to do with the OIlers, Dubnyk or Khabi.

Both Dubnyk and Luongo's strengths lie in being big goalies that take away angles well, and can smartly read plays. Neither of them is overly athletic so reacting is not their strong suite. Hence, why their shoot out numbers are not at the top end of the league. Though I think Dubnyk occasionally shows some athletic ability, it's not his play style. And that is fine. Where he falters as the number one is in his consistency. If he is going to be a goalie that takes away angles, then he has to be that all the time, and that is where Luongo could help him improve his game.

Not only does he make Dubnyk need to do better to be our number one, but he can actually help make him better, while providing reliable goal tending when he's in net.

Dubnyk is our number one only because our number two is Habby. The off season should be spent upgrading our team at every position, otherwise what is the point. Bringing Luongo does that two fold. He is a huge upgrade over Habby (who currently holds a larger contract than Dubnyk by the way), and he can help both push and mentor Dubnyk to become the type of goal tender we all know he can be.

Don't get me wrong, I het the Canucks, I am glad they are out of the playoffs, but if you think having Luongo doesn't make our team instantly better, you do not watch hockey.

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#50 Eddie Edmonton
May 08 2013, 01:55PM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

You are suggesting you don't need to push a positional player.

More than this, you are suggesting you don't need to push arguably the most important positional player on any hockey team.

I gave you 3 reasons.

1. competition is healthy. having someone push for your position is good IMO.

2. Injury. If Dubnyk goes down and you don't have a competitive player in the wings, because you don't think you need someone pushing for TOI... well... you're effed.

3. Performance. If Dubnyk suddenly tanks and his SV% goes haywire (hardly a rare occurrence for NHL goalies, even "elite" ones) and you don't have a competitive player in the wings.... etc.

for these reasons you need a reliable, competitive backup. Nik is not reliable because his performance is far from consistent, his age and his propensity to injury.

I didn't suggest any of the things you are suggesting I suggested.

1. Sure, competition is healthy. But, it is not always necesarry, especially in the case of the Oilers and Dubnyk in the next year. I believe that with a better D-core and better bottom 6, Dubnyk will be a better goalie next year. Looking at his #s, he could be a top 10 goaltender.

2&3 are concern for every player and every team. What would happen if Dubnyk goes down, then, his jobjacker comes in and gets injuried too: you suggesting the Oilers need to go get a solid 3rd/AHL goalie that will be able to go #1 when the times calls for it?

I'm not saying the OIlers don't need a back-up, and someone a lot better than Khabi, all I'm saying is they don't need a back-up(trade for one) that will be in the position to steal Dubnyk's job. I don't see nothing to available in the FA pool, and no team is going to trade you anything that will challenge Dubnyk without a price. Oilers could use their assets to improve in other areas of concern.

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