The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Calvin Pickard to be the organization’s third goaltender.
The news was first reported by Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli.
Hearing #Oilers are bringing aboard Cal Pickard as third goaltender behind Jack Campbell and Stuart Skinner.
We’ll see a number for third goaltender options move here in the next while.@DailyFaceoff
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 13, 2022
According to the Oilers, he will earn an AAV of $762,500 on a two-year deal.
Pickard, 30, was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft and has bounced between a number of teams. Throughout his career, he’s split time between the NHL and AHL.
He’s played in the Detroit Red Wings organization since 2019-20, once again splitting his time. This past season he appeared in 43 games with the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins posting a 21-16-6 record, .918 save percentage and a 2.58 GAA.
I’m a big fan of this deal in terms of an insurance move. He’s a high-quality minor leaguer who can fill in the NHL backup role in a pinch.
The Oilers were expected to address some organizational goaltending, so this one makes a bunch of sense. A good, veteran goalie will help Olivier Rodrigue in Bakersfield next year with Stuart Skinner graduating to the Edmonton Oilers.
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