DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH A GOALIE

The Edmonton Oilers did not pass go, did not collect $200 and did not avoid a goalie controversy altogether. An afterthought trade for a distant bell in the BCJHL fetched the orange and blue their current starter. Is there a lesson here? Yes! Don’t get attached to the goalie. Ever

GLEN SATHER HAD IT RIGHT

  • Hockey Draft Central: (Moog) Made
    headlines as a rookie in 1981 playoffs, when he led Edmonton to a first-round
    sweep of Montreal. He also was the goalie of record for the first NHL
    postseason win in Edmonton history, beating Canadiens 6-3 on April 8, 1981, in
    Montreal. Started all nine of Edmonton’s 1981 playoff games despite having
    entered postseason as the team’s backup goaltender. Source

I remember that series and recall thinking Edmonton had their goalie problem solved for the next decade and beyond. Glen Sather? He said screw that and invested the 1981 first-round pick on another goalie, Grant Fuhr. The Spruce Grove phenom came right to the NHL, and again I thought Edmonton was set and would not look back.

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  • Hockey Draft Central: (Fuhr was) demoted by Edmonton to Moncton (AHL) on Jan. 25, 1983,
    as a result of poor performance during his second NHL season in 1982-83. He
    was not recalled to Edmonton until mid-February 1983. Source

And on it went through the decade, with Billy Ranford writing a big part of the story, too. Goalies are voodoo, and for Edmonton fans this year attaching yourself to any of these guys is folly. Here’s how I see things this morning:

  • Anders Nilsson: De facto starter until further notice, he’ll need to have a terrible outing to lose the crease in my opinion. He’s a lesson to NHL teams, too. Unless Carey Price is available, chances are there’s a reasonable goalie swaying in the wind somewhere and available for a single Coughlin.
  • Cam Talbot: As long as Peter Chiarelli is GM, his bets are going to get a full chance to show their quality. I’m not complaining, that’s the way we would all handle it. Talbot was fine early, but as Jamie McLellan said on the Nielson & Fraser show the other morning, things seem to have gone sideways since that late goal allowed against the Flames. He’ll get his confidence back, and I’d still bet on Talbot playing more games than anyone this season in the Edmonton net.
  • Laurent Brossoit: He’s an actual house on fire in the nets currently, brilliant performances stacked neatly in the corner of the Condors story this season. His save percentages from the last five AHL games are .970, .974, 1.000, .952 and. 979. During November, he is 5GP, .98 and .970. Lordy.

Earlier this season, Todd McLellan said something like ‘we don’t care who plays, we just want to win’ and that goes double for the goalies. There’s a job there, and three candidates on the horizon. Who wants it? We’ll see. Don’t get attached though, this is a transaction in progress.

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    • CapeBretonOilers

      MacT is was like a high event offensive d-man Made one incredibly awful move for every really good one.

      Goods:
      getting perron
      Drafting Nurse of Nikuskin
      Drafting Leon over Bennet
      Signing Pouliot
      Gordon
      Broissiot Trade

      Bads:
      Petry non-signing
      Petry trade
      Trading perron
      Dubnyk situation
      Nikitin

      Not sure:
      Purcell

      I’m sure there were more…

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        never said he’s Vezina material, but we’ve already gotten good value from this guy in the sense that he’s played 9 games so far and has been decent and has already apparently taken over as the Oilers #1 goalie while Liam Coughlin is already 21 and just starting his college career. i’d say we have won this deal hands down so far, wouldn’t you?

        • CapeBretonOilers

          Sure. I don’t even know who Coughlin is (sounds familiar though) , looks like we won the trade AND the move of sending Scrivy down, that looked like a gutsy move and it’s paid off.
          I just want us to be realistic too, we tend to get overexcited and I’m determined to only get excited when we are a 0.500 team

        • srelio

          Yep we won it but it also wouldve been a hard deal to loose considering Nilsson had a shaky record in the Ahl and Nhl and there was no way he would come back unless a Nhl job was open. Chicago was never gonna get much for him and didnt have an open spot for him in their line up. The real win here was Chia/scouting identifying Nilsson as an option in the first place.