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07:53 AM ET 08.03 | Behind Nikolai Khabibulin, the Oilers might find themselves in a bind that exposes a promising goaltender. Jeff Deslauriers signed a one-year, $1.05-million contract on Saturday and fellow youngster Devan Dubnyk signed a two-year deal for $800,000 a season a few weeks ago. Both young netminders have one-way deals ... both players also have to clear waivers to be sent to the AHL, which makes it a little dicey for the Oilers, even if the NHL goalie market is pretty crowded right now and teams may not want to pick up another promising goaltender. The Oilers, who may have to trade one of the 20-something goalies, have to decide which goalie can be a 60-game starter in the NHL.

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August 3, 2010  10:01 AM ET

Too many good players? Not a problem the Oil have had for a while. My question would be, why sign then both to one-way deals?

August 3, 2010  10:07 AM ET

the real solution to the problem is to move khabby.... they are a very young team and will go through some more struggles this season.... trade khabby for some more prospects/picks.... as chicago has shown young talent is the way to go.... but you need to continue to have that young/cheap talent to replace the players that become to expensive.

August 3, 2010  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

the real solution to the problem is to move khabby

Makes sense ... except Kabby is unmovable right now for a several reasons: 1. His health. Nobody knows if his back problems were solved with surgery. 2. His off-ice problems. He has a DUI charge hanging over his head in Arizona and, 3. His conditioning and 4. The size of his contract. A healthy, in shape Kabbi is worth every penny but, is he? With so many teams struggling to stay under the cap, his $3.5MIL might be too rich for most.

August 3, 2010  11:19 AM ET

They may get a chance to dump Khabby. I read that if he ends up doing any time that effects his ability to show up for a game the Oil can drop him for breach of contract.If that is true i hope those drinks he had before driving were good ones.He could be buying the superstore brand vodka going forward.

August 3, 2010  11:31 AM ET
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They may get a chance to dump Khabby. I read that if he ends up doing any time that effects his ability to show up for a game the Oil can drop him for breach of contract.

I heard the same thing. Which would be a easy way out for the Oilers.

August 3, 2010  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I heard the same thing. Which would be a easy way out for the Oilers.

His lawyer is working hard to get the charges dismissed because "his rights were violated in administering that kind of road side sobriety test on a person recovering from back surgery and is taking prescription pain medication." Apparently he informned the officer but he ignored it.

Who knows if it will fly in Arizona but they seem to have a pretty solid argument with plenty of medical support.

August 3, 2010  11:42 AM ET

Rehab-E-boozin will be harder to move than Horcoff or Souray! Tambi has no choice to keep all three tenders until he knows the deal with Bulin (jail time and back). I believe that JDD has to clear waivers if sent down to the AHL. So either he clears waivers or plays in the A. The Oil will keep Dubs as a back-up regardless-IMO.

As for Bulin's contract- i think the Oil are stuck with him no matter what. Unfortunately DUIs are common among NHLers and the league is all over the map when dealing with it. I doubt he gets a suspension from Buttman. Bulin will probably get minimal jail time (20 days) which he can serve in the summer. This will prevent the Oilers from being able to void his contract- too bad.

If Bulin's back is ready I see Bulin at camp- if his back is not ready I wonder if the Oil can get him to retire?

August 3, 2010  11:45 AM ET
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So either he clears waivers or plays in the A.

Sorry- either he clears waivers and plays in the AHL or he gets picked up by another team.

p.s- I doubt he gets picked up at over a milli cap hit.

August 3, 2010  12:05 PM ET

Or seeing as they are going to be at the bottom of the ocean er Standings Why not jettison Khabibulin and get a couple more prospects .Christ Bobby Orr and Don Cherry are going to coach their intra squad games

August 3, 2010  12:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Or seeing as they are going to be at the bottom of the ocean er Standings Why not jettison Khabibulin and get a couple more prospects .Christ Bobby Orr and Don Cherry are going to coach their intra squad games

I think the only way Bulin leaves the Oilers is through a buy-out- nobody wants that contract. Not even a desperate team like Philly- who needs a vet goalie to win now- will take on that contract. Also I believe b/c of Bulin's age- a buyout is still 100% payout and 100% cap hit! Terrible (in Charles Barkley's voice).

August 3, 2010  12:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Or seeing as they are going to be at the bottom of the ocean er Standings Why not jettison Khabibulin and get a couple more prospects .Christ Bobby Orr and Don Cherry are going to coach their intra squad games

I think you're overstaing the case, SD. They may not make the playoffs but, they will not be at the bottom of the standings this year unless something catastrophic happens like last year where the top half of their starting line up ended up out for the year with injuries.

August 3, 2010  12:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Also I believe b/c of Bulin's age- a buyout is still 100% payout and 100% cap hit! Terrible (in Charles Barkley's voice).

Damn, I believe you are correct, at age 37 (36 at time of signing) it would still count 100% if they buy him out OR send him to the minors.

August 3, 2010  12:42 PM ET

The Oilers better not finish at the bottom again !!! Another top 5 pick is not what flames fans want to see there.I must admit though if i was part of that Mgmt team i would say play the 2 young Goalies all year as part of the development plan.If that happens to result in a couple more high picks-great. The thing that pisses me here is Tambellini is smart enough to know and do this.Bring back Lowe please...and quickly.

August 3, 2010  01:07 PM ET

Jeff Deslauriers 98486475

98486475? Didn't know Deslauriers did time. Did he get a 2-for-1 credit by playing for Edmonton? All kidding aside, I think he'll like playing there now. The Oilers will improve.

August 3, 2010  01:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I think you're overstating the case, SD. They may not make the playoffs but, they will not be at the bottom of the standings this year unless something catastrophic happens like last year where the top half of their starting line up ended up out for the year with injuries.

Oh I don't expect them to be as bad or unlucky as they were last year but they were still the lowest point total by 12 and they are rebuilding with youth .They will be a lottery pick again at least this season but they will be far more fun to watch .I'd rather watch kids hustle than vets coast (oh I'm thinking about the Leafs again)

August 3, 2010  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Bring back Lowe please...and quickly.

Don't you think 5 years of torture is enough

August 3, 2010  02:18 PM ET
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They will be younger this year but also bigger and tougher. The lack of team size made them pretty easy to play against . With the addition of Fraser McIntyer Foster and Vandemeer should solve that problem and give the kids a little more room to play. As you say they will be fun to watch.

I sure hope you're right W2. The Great One watches every Nucks game and when they played the Oilers last year I was wishing she was into Oprah.

August 3, 2010  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Don't you think 5 years of torture is enough

We had W. for eight years.....

August 3, 2010  03:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Don't you think 5 years of torture is enough

FAIR is Fair. If my Team has the "Banjo Boys" making decisions then Edmonton should have Lowe and his Ouiji board making the calls.Watching Steve go Traitor and join the Oil was bad enough.Doing it and making good decisions is a bit much.

 
August 3, 2010  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

They will be a lottery pick again at least this season but they will be far more fun to watch .I'd rather watch kids hustle than vets coast (oh I'm thinking about the Leafs again)

Me too! I agree. Especially this bunch (Eberle, Hall, Paajarvi-Swenson and even Hemsky). They'll be fun to watch. And, with the addition of toughness, they might be good enough to just miss the lottery by a whisker. BTW, I expect Horcoff to become a permanent fixture on the 3rd line, where he belongs.

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