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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  • Oilerz4life

    So you’re saying we traded a 2nd, 3rd and a 7th for one year of a backup goalie?

    Props to everyone who said, just sign one of the many free agents!

    • HardBoiledOil 1.0

      and Talbot is a UFA after this year is he not? that’s a high price to pay for one year of a back up as you put it. think about it for a sec. #16, and #33 for Reinhart, who may just end up being a bottom pairing d-man, albiet a good one, and #57, #79 and #86 for Talbot, who could walk after this season as a UFA if the Oilers go with Nilsson and Brossoit next season.

      • HardBoiledOil 1.0

        Lol yup. That’s why I said 1 year of a backup goalie. That 2nd round pick could’ve been Kylington, and I really like him as a prospect

        But if we can be revisionists here, our other 2 picks could’ve been Barzal and Carlo instead of Reinhart and I really like both those guys too.

    • D

      The chances of those magic bullits being transformed into anything of substance with an NHL team is low. I don’t know the actual percentages. With the Oilers I am sure it is a lot less. In the end you may be lucky to garner a Brandon Davidson from that in 5 years. Whoopy.

      Talbot will play fourty games this year, that’s what what we need, not 5 years from now.

  • I’d say sign both Talbot and Nilsson at the end of the year, or sign one of them and bring in someone else – don’t hand Brossoit anything, even a backup job. Wait until he comes into camp one year and shows that they can’t send him down.

    Although right now it looks like he’s pushing to be called up.

  • Here ,here………hard to argue with your logic. I would like to have a tandem as we did in the glory days…….mainly due to injures but also due to poor play. I really thought that adding Talbot was a sure fire solution. My bad!

    This rationale should also apply to centres……..in my mind you cannot have enough of them and moving them to wings is a great way to have four or five in your lineup………for obvious reasons.

    Davidson in my mind has been the biggest surprise and Griffin Rienhart has not overly impressed………he seems to be caught watching the play and not participating pro-actively.