Oilersnation Top 10 of 2022: #2 — Goaltender Jimmy Howard joins Edmonton Oilers on a two-year contract

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Zach Laing
10 months ago
Welcome to the annual wrap-up of the most-read articles of the last year!
The annual April Fool’s day post never fails.
Last year, as he always does, Cam Lewis came up with a tremendous headline that sucked everyone in. 2022’s edition saw him pen that the Oilers had signed former Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard to a two-year deal partway through the year.
Cam’s work is brilliant, and this is just another example of it. Here’s some of what he wrote:
Ken Holland has found his goaltender — a familiar face from his Detroit days.
The Edmonton Oilers have inked Jimmy Howard to a two-year deal, the team announced on Friday.
“It’s taken some time to evaluate what we’ve got, but I like our goaltending tandem when healthy,” Holland said. “The key here is that you can’t pass up an opportunity to add a good veteran to the mix, and Jimmy, he’s a good veteran, a good veteran from Detroit, which is even better, so you can’t pass that up.”
The plan is for the Oilers to operate with a three-man goaltending tandem of Howard, Mike Smith, and Mikko Koskinen, which ensures that Stuart Skinner won’t be rushed into NHL action.
“It was important to find a way where we could keep Stuey down in the AHL,” Holland said. “It was getting sort of difficult to justify leaving him down there, but now we’ve got three veterans up here, one from Detroit, so Stuey can learn the pro game down there.”
“It’s about patience. We have to be patient,” Holland added.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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