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by Paul on 10/16/13 at 08:19 AM ET
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers some emails...
Q: If the Oilers were to go after a new No. 1 goaltender, who would be better, Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller?
A: Miller. Both guys are UFA in July. The Oilers aren’t giving up on Devan Dubnyk, certainly not after four starts. He’s a good goalie going through a rotten patch, looking like the Penguins’ Marc-Andre Fleury in the playoffs, when the pucks kept finding their way through him. Either Dubnyk is having some technical problems or he’s putting tons of pressure on himself to show he’s a No. 1 goalie in the last year of his contract so he can get a long-term deal like Corey Crawford in Chicago. This is the way it’s going to work: if Dubnyk rebounds and has a good year and plays 60 games, he’ll be looked upon as one of the Oilers’ core players to lock up long term. Personally, I hope Dubnyk gets it together. He’s one of the most honest, accountable NHLers I’ve dealt with. If they do want another goalie, Miller in Buffalo is better than Hiller in Anaheim....
Q: What’s up with the rumours out of Philadelphia — Yakupov for a forward and a defenceman?
A: It’s news to me. This seems like fantasyland stuff. What are they giving the Oilers? Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn at centre and Braydon Coburn on defence? The Oilers and Flyers talked about Coburn at the NHL entry draft and afterwards as a second-pairing guy, but couldn’t come to a deal. Hemsky’s name has come up there, but he’s a $5-million player.
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