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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#151 Wonger
March 03 2014, 05:56PM
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Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty) wrote:

Wonger would be happy even if it was just Big John Scott coming back in that deal!

No , Big John SCOTT and two firsts!

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#152 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 03 2014, 02:44PM
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99 wrote:

I think its best if we draft a center this year. Gagner days are numbered here and we don't have any 2nd line center prospects that would be able to fill the void in the future.

On the back end we have prospects that need time to develop. Nurse, Klefbom, Gernat should not be rushed. In the meantime, add stop gaps even if it means we have to overpay for a few years.

Read that Edler is available. Sign Markov.

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A guy like Lander is beginning to score in the AHL. Doesn't mean we should bring him next year for a 4th line role. Let him get another season down there to build confidence.

I think that who they draft will give us a lot of insight into what they think they can get done this summer. If they draft a center, then Samwise is surely gone as part of a package for a top pairing or top 3 Dman.

If they draft Ekblad, perhaps Gagner stays and we wait for 2 or 3 more years for things to round into shape.

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#153 Towersofdub
March 03 2014, 02:52PM
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@John Chambers

What rumour says Edmonton is looking at Markov? It's hardly a rumour that Edmonton needs a top pairing D-man, nor is it a rumour that Markov is an unrestricted free agent in the off season. Really...that's quite the scoop you've come up with.

the Spezza gig is pretty funny too. Maybe Ottawa desperately wants to replace a competent 1st line center with Sam Gagner!

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#154 Towersofdub
March 03 2014, 02:55PM
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@Next up, is Connor McJesus.

yup, it's certainly an intelligent, long term plan to sign a back-up AHL goalie on the basis of him playing a career best in the biggest game he's ever likely to play. If the oilers can't make a deal for him, maybe they can dig up Brian Boucher! remember when he rattled off 5 straight shutouts?

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#155 Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)
March 03 2014, 04:26PM
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BobbyCanuck wrote:

Yes, Dubnyk has a favourable save percentage. That is not the reason he was put on waivers. The issue with Dubnyk, was that he let in the type of goals that an NHL calibre goalie should not let in.

Any NHL goalie can be scored on with the right shot/play. Hardly any NHL goalie gets scored on from just outside the blue line, therein lies the problem with Dubnyk

Duplicate.

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