by Lisa Brown on 03/04/14 at 10:15 AM ET
The Edmonton Oilers have made their decision with Ben Scrivens. Maybe. While the team has had quite possibly their worst year of their rebuild this year, goaltending issues had to be the cherry on the top of a mountain of troubles. The team had stuck with and developed Devan Dubnyk but ultimately decided that he wasn’t going to be the team’s starting goaltender. Now, it looks like he won’t be there for the Nashville Predators either. So, the team has moved on with Ben Scrivens but maybe only for 2 years, or even less.
The Oilers are putting in the work, looking for available goaltenders, leaving no stone unturned. This of course included signing the colourful Ilya Bryzgalov and trading for Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers have been mentioned in every potential goalie trade this year, and so no one ever seems to get the feeling that the team is settled and confident with their decision.
Perhaps they remember other backup goaltenders that have moved through the system, guys like Matthew Garon.
Scrivens still has the potential and the opportunity to come in and take the Oilers’ starting netminder role at this point, and with this current 2 year contract earning his $2.3 million per year, that would be quite the bargain.
Two years will hopefully be enough for the team to decide whether or not to stick with Scivens, and whether or not to let him go. Signing him to a longer contract would have been foolish at this point, and finally the team has a GM who was able to see that. If they like Scrivens, if Scrivens works out they can always sign him again for more money, something that Scrivens would himself be looking for. Had the deal been for longer term, you can guarantee that Scrivens and his camp would have demanded more money.
In the meantime the Oilers have another Edmonton area native to add to their roster, and can hope that he, like Ryan Smyth will play the best hockey of his career playing for the home team.
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