SCRIVENS SIGNS TWO YEAR DEAL

Jason Gregor
March 03 2014 10:54AM

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The Oilers have signed Ben Scrivens to a two-year extension worth a total of $4.6 million.

Scrivens will be at $2.3 million cap hit, and It will be interesting to see who the Oilers sign to battle/platoon with him next season.

Scrivens still leads the NHL in SV% amongst goalies who have started more than 20 games. Scrivens has a .934SV% split between Edmonton (.940) and LA (.931).

He is in his 4th season as a pro.

He split his first year between the ECHL (13 games) and the AHL (33). The next two years he was in Toronto, 61 games in the AHL with the Marlies and 32 games with the Maple Leafs.

This is his first season where he has spent all his time in the NHL and he has put up great numbers.

I've read and heard many suggest he is a career backup, but I think that might be a tad premature to say. He has improved every season, and each year he has played more games in the NHL and his SV% has improved during each campaign.

This is a great contract for the Oilers. Scrivens should be extremely motivated to earn the starting job, and his price point could make him one of the best bargains in the NHL if he wins the job.

I don't see a negative with this signing. What are your thoughts?

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#1 crustygrit
March 03 2014, 11:50AM
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A responsible bridge contract that reduces the Oilers risk going forward behind the pipes.

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#2 freeze
March 03 2014, 11:51AM
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Hard to argue that this is a bad deal for the Oilers. Low risk - high reward. They've certainly done much worse in recent years.

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#3 RexHolez
March 03 2014, 11:52AM
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My thoughts are they better win more than 25 games next year. I don't care who's playing

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#4 Randaman
March 03 2014, 11:53AM
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Who makes the rules that a starter has to come up a certain way? Thought so. This is a bright spot on a very bleak year. Now we just need a #2 & #3 D, a #2 C and trade some smurfs for some size in the top 6. Eberle comes to mind. Tired of the fly bys and lack of effort defensively. Hanging with Snow pants too much.

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#5 toprightcorner
March 03 2014, 11:53AM
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Great signing by both parties. No real risk at that cap hit and leaves lots of room for adding a solid goalie to push Scrivens for the starting role.

If Scrivens keeps up his play for the next 2 years he will get a starting goalie contract, if not he can still be a quality back up.

If MacT can add a solid guy like Halak or equivilant to create competition, our goalie issues could potentially be taken care of.

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#6 hankthetank
March 03 2014, 11:54AM
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Glad mact didnt blow his load on the 745 save night against the sharks a few weeks ago. Yay scrivenator! Seems sensible.

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#7 D
March 03 2014, 11:54AM
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Full credit to MacT on this one. Great signing, not too much cap risk.

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#8 27Ginge
March 03 2014, 11:54AM
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Probably an overpayment based on his body of work but I could care less. If you don't have tending you can't be competitive.

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#9 clrsnldvc81
March 03 2014, 11:56AM
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Considering it only cost us a 3rd rounder to get argueably the most HOPEFUL goalie in recent years, i say it's a good signing...

side note... Dubnyk on waivers as per Tee Ess Enn

Pretty sure we won that trade with Nashville...

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#10 Darcy
March 03 2014, 11:59AM
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It took Nashville what 2 months to waive dubnyk and took us how many years of waiting and seeing?

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#11 T__Bone88
March 03 2014, 12:02PM
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I think this is a fair deal for both. Low risk for Oilers and Scrivens gets security and a chance to prove that he is capable of being a starter. With Scrivens now signed I think the Jonas Hiller rumors will be thrown out. The Oilers for sure will be goalie hunting this offseason but probably like a No. 1B type goalie to platoon with Scrivens. Kinda ironic with the other news today that Dubnyk being waived. That deal for Hendricks isn't looking bad after all.

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#12 vetinari
March 03 2014, 12:08PM
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Term is good. Money spent is good. This is the best that I've felt about an Oiler goalie since Rolosson. Hopefully, it is warranted.

And yes, Dubnyk is on waivers-- let's see if there are any takers.

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#13 Rick
March 03 2014, 12:09PM
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A deal anyone could make on this site. This was obvious. I'm not giving too much credit for the GM.

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#14 Muji
March 03 2014, 12:11PM
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Darcy wrote:

It took Nashville what 2 months to waive dubnyk and took us how many years of waiting and seeing?

#1: Dubnyk has been pretty solid the last couple years. Some were even expecting him to a be a darkhorse Team Canada pick less than 1 year ago. Before that, he was considered a developing prospect.

#2: Pekka Rinne is back.

It's amazing how fast an NHL career can go south... and it comes at the worst possible time for him with his contract being up and a strong crop of FA goalies this summer. I hope he lands on his feet.

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#15 John Chambers
March 03 2014, 12:14PM
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Great deal for economy. Get another 1A goalie for $2M or less, dump Hemsky's, Gagner's, Jones', Schultz's contracts, and now you've got money to add a top-pair D (overpay for Markov), and Grabovski for 2C.

Hall - RNH - Eberle

Perron - Grabovski - Yakupov

Hendricks - Gordon - Winnik

Horak - Lander - Pitlick

Markov - Schultz

Petry - Marincin

Ference - Klefbom

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Scrivens / Reimer

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#16 tileguy
March 03 2014, 12:16PM
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I have to eat more crow, I predicted it would take at least $3 mil to sign Benjamin, so good work MacT. (previous plate was served to me regarding Omark)

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#17 Fred
March 03 2014, 12:17PM
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Ben Scrivens has played well on a very small sample size with the Oilers. Dubnyk has played well at various times on a small sample size. It took a long time for Oilers to realize he was not a #1 goalie. I,m no expert on goalies and I have no faith in the Oilers making a correct evaluation .Scrivens may turn out to be a bust. Given the Oilers track record there is a good chance this will be a bad contract.

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#18 james_dean
March 03 2014, 12:18PM
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In nurse we trust

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#19 Spydyr
March 03 2014, 12:21PM
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I also have to eat crow , I did not expect him to sign here.

Sure glad he did great term and money. Hope he wins the starting job and they get another young guy to push him.

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LIKE!

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#21 Frank the dog
March 03 2014, 12:23PM
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Rick wrote:

A deal anyone could make on this site. This was obvious. I'm not giving too much credit for the GM.

I'm pleasantly surprised that a worthwhile player is prepared to sign on this team. Not sure whether it was the goalie or the Oilers limiting their risk, though.

Definitely a positive development for this team. It would have been quite embarrassing if even a local boy like Scrivens had refused to sign.

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#22 Bucknuck
March 03 2014, 12:24PM
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Now that trade involving the round 3 pick looks pretty darn good MacT. Nice work.

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#23 Randaman
March 03 2014, 12:24PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Great deal for economy. Get another 1A goalie for $2M or less, dump Hemsky's, Gagner's, Jones', Schultz's contracts, and now you've got money to add a top-pair D (overpay for Markov), and Grabovski for 2C.

Hall - RNH - Eberle

Perron - Grabovski - Yakupov

Hendricks - Gordon - Winnik

Horak - Lander - Pitlick

Markov - Schultz

Petry - Marincin

Ference - Klefbom

Nurse

Scrivens / Reimer

Obviously you have become accustomed to being in the bottom 6th in the standings. Give your head a shake. Markova isn't going anywhere and Grabovski? Really?? Draisoitti will be there next year as the #2 C

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#24 Towersofdub
March 03 2014, 12:25PM
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@Darcy

he's the 3rd best goalie on Nashville's roster right now. he was, unfortunately, the best goalie on the oilers roster!

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#25 pkam
March 03 2014, 12:25PM
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Rick wrote:

A deal anyone could make on this site. This was obvious. I'm not giving too much credit for the GM.

Not me. I was expecting 2.5M to 3.0M so I would start my offer at 2.5M and hope it was signed somewhere in between.

I was surprised MacT managed to sign him at 2.3M.

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#26 Lochenzo
March 03 2014, 12:26PM
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Great deal! Timing of it also tells me MacT is on the ball. If there was no hope in signing Scrivens, you could still deal him to recoup your pick.

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#27 Towersofdub
March 03 2014, 12:27PM
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@Fred

it's difficult to find a point in Dubnyk's career where he had a .940 save percentage. 2 yrs, and $2.3MM for Scrivens is a decent contract.

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#28 Robert
March 03 2014, 12:28PM
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Everyone is desperate for good news for the Oilers , they have made Scrivens a 1A or 1B goalie already. A very small sample size. Reality has a way of biting Oilers fans in the arse. We wait and see.

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#29 NsxZero
March 03 2014, 12:29PM
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Think part of his contract extension included an agreement for a new goalie coach?

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#30 Towersofdub
March 03 2014, 12:29PM
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@Rick

absolutely...everyone in the world who can speak English can say "Hi Ben, we'd like to give you a 2 yr contract for $2.3MM/yr to play for us"

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#31 SRELIOFAN
March 03 2014, 12:29PM
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Randaman wrote:

Who makes the rules that a starter has to come up a certain way? Thought so. This is a bright spot on a very bleak year. Now we just need a #2 & #3 D, a #2 C and trade some smurfs for some size in the top 6. Eberle comes to mind. Tired of the fly bys and lack of effort defensively. Hanging with Snow pants too much.

How about a #1 D??

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#32 clrsnldvc81
March 03 2014, 12:30PM
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Fred wrote:

Ben Scrivens has played well on a very small sample size with the Oilers. Dubnyk has played well at various times on a small sample size. It took a long time for Oilers to realize he was not a #1 goalie. I,m no expert on goalies and I have no faith in the Oilers making a correct evaluation .Scrivens may turn out to be a bust. Given the Oilers track record there is a good chance this will be a bad contract.

How can this be a bad contract? $2.3/year? I would say this is a safer value bet than the one we gave Dubnyk (what was it $3.5-3.75/year)

Even if he turns out to be a bust it's 2 years... not 12 years...

Sure it's a small sample size but what other choice do we have? Wait for free agency and overpay for someone like Ryan Miller to DEBATE whether or not coming to Edmonton is on his want list?

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#33 Will
March 03 2014, 12:30PM
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Nice to see an upcoming UFA not think he's worth insane money on the open market. This is looking like a deep UFA year for goalies so it was unlikely Scrivens wanted to test that. He's shown real well here but does not have the sufficient body of NHL work to warrant a big contract. This seems fair for all parties involved.

Here's hoping he can provide us with what any of our number 1's over the last few years have been unable to do: average goal tending.

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#34 John Chambers
March 03 2014, 12:31PM
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Randaman wrote:

Obviously you have become accustomed to being in the bottom 6th in the standings. Give your head a shake. Markova isn't going anywhere and Grabovski? Really?? Draisoitti will be there next year as the #2 C

Rumour has the Oilers pursuing Markov (and likely a big overpay on a 3-year contract). I'm supportive as there just isn't anything else available for LD that can fill the role. This to me is a necessary stop gap until Nurse is ready for the big assignments.

I could see the Oilers going after Spezza, or trading the pick for a C who can play on the top 2 lines. Gagner won't cut it, and Draisaitl or Bennett or Reinhart aren't the answer for the next two seasons.

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#35 v4ance
March 03 2014, 12:32PM
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Muji wrote:

#1: Dubnyk has been pretty solid the last couple years. Some were even expecting him to a be a darkhorse Team Canada pick less than 1 year ago. Before that, he was considered a developing prospect.

#2: Pekka Rinne is back.

It's amazing how fast an NHL career can go south... and it comes at the worst possible time for him with his contract being up and a strong crop of FA goalies this summer. I hope he lands on his feet.

Dubnyk has struggled this entire year and after the trade to Nashville, he had 2 rough games giving up 9 goals. They gave the net to Carter Hutton for the rest of the time that Rinne was out and never looked back.

Dubnyk will have to resurrect his career in some other city by coming back up through the AHL again.

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#36 wintoon
March 03 2014, 12:34PM
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This is a value signing and, most importantly, may fill one of many holes. Focus still has to be on a 2C and top pairing defencemen as we all know. I am anxiously waiting to see what MacT can scrounge up for Gagner, Schultz,N. and Hemsky. If he is even moderately successful I will be thrilled.

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#37 clrsnldvc81
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John Chambers wrote:

Rumour has the Oilers pursuing Markov (and likely a big overpay on a 3-year contract). I'm supportive as there just isn't anything else available for LD that can fill the role. This to me is a necessary stop gap until Nurse is ready for the big assignments.

I could see the Oilers going after Spezza, or trading the pick for a C who can play on the top 2 lines. Gagner won't cut it, and Draisaitl or Bennett or Reinhart aren't the answer for the next two seasons.

Spezza on the trade block but with a limited no trade so what are the chances he comes to Edmonton?

I think Spezza is a better option than Gags on any day that ends in "Y"

Not sure what it would take to get that deal done though...

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#38 Wonger
March 03 2014, 12:35PM
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MACT PLEASE PICK UP FRAZER MCLAREN OFF OF WAIVERS.......4TH Line with Gazdic...... PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!!!!!......even if you have to waive Jones or Joensuu.......otherwise Burke is going to add him to go along with Trevor Gillies, McGrattan, Westgarth, Kanzig, Breen, etc. C'mon MacT you also need him for Vancouver games.... MacIntyre is probably going to retire at the end of the year.....he can even play a little bit....Eakins knows him well........C'mon MacT PLEEEAAAASSSSEEEEEEEEE!In our division ou can never have enough SIZE and TOUGHNESS!!!!!! PLEEAAASEEEE MACT PLEEAAAAAAAAAAASSSEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#39 Harry
March 03 2014, 12:39PM
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Fred wrote:

Ben Scrivens has played well on a very small sample size with the Oilers. Dubnyk has played well at various times on a small sample size. It took a long time for Oilers to realize he was not a #1 goalie. I,m no expert on goalies and I have no faith in the Oilers making a correct evaluation .Scrivens may turn out to be a bust. Given the Oilers track record there is a good chance this will be a bad contract.

Actually since that BUTT Tambellini left Dubnyks days were numbered. Mac new he was garbage and was trying desperately to get a goalie last summer. Didnt take.him long at all to make the change between the pipes.

Now all he has to do is sign some sokid #2,3,4 dmen, trade Hemsky, Nshultz for spare parts. Then in the off season trade Gagner and Eberle for a solid #2 C / big winger (Simmonds). And draft Ekblad. Im cautiously optomistic as long as mac has the balls to trade gags and eberle

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#40 Old Timer
March 03 2014, 12:39PM
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Good signing, MacT.

A full two years to play him lots and find out for sure whether he is a No.1.

After the 2 years is up he will either get the real big money or........

Perhaps by that time Laurent Brossoit will be knocking at the door.

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#41 ?
March 03 2014, 12:41PM
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John Chambers wrote:

Great deal for economy. Get another 1A goalie for $2M or less, dump Hemsky's, Gagner's, Jones', Schultz's contracts, and now you've got money to add a top-pair D (overpay for Markov), and Grabovski for 2C.

Hall - RNH - Eberle

Perron - Grabovski - Yakupov

Hendricks - Gordon - Winnik

Horak - Lander - Pitlick

Markov - Schultz

Petry - Marincin

Ference - Klefbom

Nurse

Scrivens / Reimer

That roster looks awful, especially on D

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#42 Bandwagon jumper
March 03 2014, 12:43PM
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I'm surprised he signed too, but happy he did. And for less than I thought it would take. His wife must be thrilled.

I'd like to nominat the Scrivenator graphic for the next photoshopt contest.

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#43 Serious Gord
March 03 2014, 12:43PM
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A reasonable deal i suppose. Perhaps a bit of an overpay - there really isn't much of a track record and two other teams thought him dispensible.

What cannot happen is for Mact to assume - as he did with dubnyk and lebarbara - that this is enough strength in net. He should still be actively looking for a true number one and be prepared to pay for it. If there is one position where having an oversupply rarely hurts a team it is in net.

That said, i think he does think that scrivens is enough.

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#44 v4ance
March 03 2014, 12:48PM
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@Wonger

I tried to double trash this post but it wouldn't let me.

You haven't been watching Toronto's 4th line (with McLaren) getting owned and outscored almost as badly as our 4th line.

If we really want to stay in 29th-30th place, we pick up McLaren types. If we actually want to improve, we pick up real players who can skate and score.

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#45 Serious Gord
March 03 2014, 12:50PM
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And where are all the dubnyk supporters today?

It is now fair to say that perhaps the very worst thing KLOWE did as GM and then as Master of Tambo was to not try and get an established goalie from outside the organization as the pillar in net but rather put all of the team's future in net on two team prospects - Dubnyk and Delauriers. HE got Khabi to be a transitional player and mentor for those two.

And it cost the oil several spots in the standings for six(?) years.

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#46 Eulers
March 03 2014, 12:54PM
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I don't know...

I hear Khabibulin is available for $3M/year for 3+ year contract, so...

Basically what I'm saying is that Scrivens is an overpayment !

:P :P :P

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#47 Tikkanese
March 03 2014, 12:56PM
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Harry wrote:

Actually since that BUTT Tambellini left Dubnyks days were numbered. Mac new he was garbage and was trying desperately to get a goalie last summer. Didnt take.him long at all to make the change between the pipes.

Now all he has to do is sign some sokid #2,3,4 dmen, trade Hemsky, Nshultz for spare parts. Then in the off season trade Gagner and Eberle for a solid #2 C / big winger (Simmonds). And draft Ekblad. Im cautiously optomistic as long as mac has the balls to trade gags and eberle

You forgot a #1 Dman for next year.

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#48 jonny94
March 03 2014, 12:57PM
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That's a solid signing for both sides. Scrivens has a golden opportunity to prove he is a starting goalie in the NHL and the Oilers sign him to a low risk-high reward contract.

No problems with this signing what so ever. Good luck Ben Scrivens, great to see a hometown kid between the pipes.

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#49 Air on Egg blood
March 03 2014, 12:58PM
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Love the deal. Now lets see if they can land a good back-up (like Anton Khudobin) in case injury strikes.

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#50 J.R.
March 03 2014, 01:02PM
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Great news. Respectable contract.

Everyone was figuring his wife would veto and he'd test free agency. Happy that proved to be wrong.

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