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by George Malik on 10/16/13 at 12:28 AM ET
How are the Edmonton Oilers reacting to their poor goaltending to start the season?
Bob McKenzie: Devan Dubnyk's sub-par performance on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs does not have Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish pushing the panic button, but it does have him reaching for the telephone.
As early as Sunday, MacTavish has been working the phones and working them hard to determine the market for goaltenders. They are looking at every possibility, from Anaheim's Jonas Hiller to Buffalo's Ryan Miller to Brian Elliott in St. Louis to Michal Neuvirth in Washington and beyond.
There isn't anything the Edmonton Oilers aren't at least looking at or considering, but we are to believe that nothing is imminent at this point. Part of the problem the Oilers are going to run into is that most of these teams don't want to make a deal this early in the season and give up one of their surplus goaltenders until they get a better handle on their own situation.
Darren Dreger: The Buffalo Sabres were hoping to wait until at least Christmas before they could assess and if you look at Ryan Miller, yes he would be a good fit for the Edmonton Oilers they need that bonafide number one, but contractually he has a modified no-trade, he has the opportunity to pick up to eight teams where he won't accept a trade.
Edmonton could be on that list. Regardless, if they aren't on the list and there is potential for a trade with Anaheim or Buffalo, the Oilers are getting to the point where they realize they're going to have to give up one of their young guns.
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