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Devan Dubnyk Appears Ready To Return While Thinking Of His Wife

from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

Sports are an escape for many. But that’s not how veteran goaltender Devan Dubnyk is looking at his return to the Wild net Thursday night.

Dubnyk, 33, has been away from the ice for the past month as he and his wife Jenn search for answers regarding a serious medical issue she has been dealing with. And he isn’t about to forget her situation.

It’s not really something I want to escape from,” he said. “You don’t want to forget about it. It’s good to be conscious about it. But I’m not going to be thinking about it in the middle of a game or something like that.”

Dubnyk hasn’t played in a game since a Nov. 16 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, leaving the Wild a few days later to be with his wife and three small children, and watching backup goaltenders Alex Stalock and Kaapo Kahkonen play solidly enough in his absence to turn the team’s prospects around.

Dubnyk has still practiced intermittently with the teammates whenever they’ve been in the Twin Cities, and after making the current road trip, it sounds like coach Bruce Boudreau is ready to throw him back into the lineup Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes.


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Minnesota Wild Say Devan Dubnyk Is Week-To-Week

He had an MRI yesterday.


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Video- Devan Dubnyk Is Now A Candidate For Save Of The Night



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On Devan Dubnyk Being Pulled

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Devan Dubnyk saw the bench so quickly during Sunday’s nationally televised game against the Chicago Blackhawks, he probably didn’t need to shower before the Wild’s flight to Washington.

For the first time this season, the No. 1 goalie got an early exit from a hockey game after allowing goals on Chicago’s first two shots before an eventual 4-2 loss in the final regular-season meeting against the nemesis Blackhawks at United Center.

“You follow a goalie for 68 games, you sort of know his traits and his trends,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He didn’t look like he was following the puck well. … I just thought he didn’t have it tonight.”...

Other than two planned pulls in the final game of the regular season before the playoffs, this was the third time in Dubnyk’s 157-start Wild career that he was yanked.

“I always want to stay in and want to battle,” Dubnyk said. “That’s completely up to him to decide what he wants to do. If he didn’t think I was ready or he wants a spark, he’s the coach and my job is to be ready to stay in there and battle if I need to.”

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Video- Late Night Evening Line From Bruce Boudreau On Devan Dubnyk

"If he was in Toronto, there would be no Carey Price, I'm just saying media-wise...."

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Minnesota Wild, after the Wild defeated the Leafs 3-2.



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Videos- Devan Dubnyk On The Antoine Roussel Goal

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Devan Dubnyk didn’t hide his disappointment after the Wild’s loss to the Stars, calling out the video review process that awarded Antoine Roussel a bizarre goal.



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Video- Devan Dubnyk On The Coach’s Challenge Process

Devan Dubnyk post-game after the Wild lost 4-2 to the Blues, via Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

“This is the play that they brought the coaches challenge in for, this exact play. It’s so offside that both our defensemen stopped playing and all of a sudden they have twice as much room as they would because both our guys stopped playing. You have guys on the other bench that are laughing after the goal is called, and I mean, it’s just added to the list of interesting calls on challenges for everywhere around the league this year. You want to say he has possession? If you put that video up and you didn’t know what that call was – if it was offside or onside, and you argued if he has possession or not I think it’s pretty obvious, but you got the guy that made the call on the ice that’s looking at the iPad and making the call again it doesn’t really make much sense.”


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Videos- What You May Have Missed Last Night

No update on the health of Luke Schenn after suffering this lower-body injury.



via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

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The Situation Room Should Review Goalie Interference/Coach’s Challenge

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk thinks the Toronto Situation Room should make all goalie interference coach’s challenge decisions, not the refs. “Does every referee understand it the same way?” he said. “You walk a fine line because you don’t want to take referees out of it, and that’s part of sport. But at the same time, if you had the same people making the decisions every night, I’d imagine you’d find a lot more consistency.”

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Video- Devan Dubnyk Not Happy With Penguins Goal

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

"It’s a joke,” Dubnyk said of this one. “I just don’t understand it. That’s two now I don’t understand. I mean even the explanations don’t make sense. He tells me that the first play would have been no goal because it’s goalie interference, yet the only reason the goal happens was because of the first play for starters, which makes no sense. Then he tells me that I was on my stomach not knowing where the puck was, which was true until Hornqvist just decided to start digging underneath me when the puck was nowhere to be found, which he’d been doing all night. Turned me on my side, eventually my back and the puck ends up in the net. I’ve seen calls where a guy gets his hand touched and they call it no-goal and I’ve had two now where the explanations don’t make sense. I don’t know. I don’t understand it, and it changes the game, so it’s frustrating how they can watch the play over and over and over again, …

“You watch Hornqvist. He just starts digging, and the puck’s not there. He did it all night. … I mean Hornqvist is an effective a player as it is. If they’re going to let him do what he wants, he’s going to be even more effective. That’s exactly what he wants. It’s disappointing because we’re comfortable in a 2-1 hockey game and that opens it up a little bit. It’s just confusing.”

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Devan Dubnyk Playing Through Knee Injury

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Hours after Wild coach Mike Yeo definitively said Devan Dubnyk was fine and there was “nothing” wrong with him, the Wild goalie clearly played through a knee injury and admitted as such after the Wild’s 5-4 loss to the Jets.

Dubnyk, who said after his shutout Saturday night against Anaheim that he heard one of his knees “pop,” relieved Darcy Kuem- per early in the second period Sunday and soon showed the effects of the knee issue. Dubnyk had trouble getting off the ice a few times, spent the entirety of one TV timeout conferring with athletic therapist Don Fuller at the bench and spent many stoppages stretching.

During one flurry, Dubnyk somehow made three superb saves in a row while dealing with the obvious soreness and discomfort.

Between the second and third periods, Dubnyk said he received treatment and it was determined that since “it’s not something structural … it’s not going to get worse if you keep playing.” So Dubnyk re-entered and finished the game.

“I wanted to stay in there and see if we could have a chance to come back,” Dubnyk said.


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Devan Dubnyk returns to the place where he ‘got his mind and his pads right’

TwinCities.com's Marino Eccher reports that Devan Dubnyk is returning to Arizona as a member of the Minnesota Wild this evening, and while Dubnyk will be opposing his former team in the nets, Dubnyk is very grateful for his time spent with the Coyotes:

"I attribute a lot of (my) success last year to the way the guys there, the coaches, the organization, brought me in and were excited to have me there," Dubnyk said. "I wasn't a damaged project that they were trying to resurrect."

For most players, half a season as a pretty good goalie for a pretty bad team would be nothing to stick in the scrapbook. For Dubnyk, coming off a year in which he teetered on the brink of minor league oblivion, "that's exactly what I needed."

He got his mind and his pads right, with the aid of goaltending coach Sean Burke. He made friends; a handful of teammates, including fellow netminder Mike Smith, spent a week in the offseason playing golf with him in Europe.

"It just felt like I'd been part of that team for a long time," he said.

The good vibes aren't lost on Wild coach Mike Yeo -- nor is the running start Dubnyk got on his stunning finish in Minnesota last season.

"I know he's grateful to them and what they did for him," Yeo said. "Clearly, he was on top of his game before he came to us last season. Certainly he elevated it to a new level, and what he did with us was very special. But he had a good start to the season and played good hockey for them last season."


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Minnesota Wild Make Devan Dubnyk Extension Official

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed goaltender Devan Dubnyk (pronounced DOOB-nihk) to a six-year contract through the 2020-21 season.

Dubnyk, 29, went 36-14-4 in 58 games during the 2014-15 season and ranked second in the NHL with both a 2.07 goals-against average (GAA) and .929 save percentage (SV%), T-4th with six shutouts and T-6th in wins. He won the 2015 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team, and finished third in the Vezina Trophy voting and fourth in the Hart Trophy voting. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound native of Regina, Sask., set single-season career highs in GAA, SV%, games played, consecutive starts (39), wins, shutouts, minutes, assists (2), shots faced (1,625) and saves (1,510).

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Devan Dubnyk Contract Should Be Finalized On Monday


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The Latest On Devan Dubnyk Negotiations

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

I'm told they're not far off money-wise. Wild has gotten up to the low $4 million range. Dubnyk is willing to come into the high 4s.

I do think term is the biggest issue. Dubnyk is asking for bigtime security (many years, maybe the max eight, I hear) and the Wild likely doesn't want to go more than four years and probably prefers three.

We'll see if Dubnyk budges.

A lot of that could depend on what he's hearing from teams like San Jose, which has shown interest during the free-agent shopping period along with one other team. A lot could depend today where Cam Talbot is traded to because that could get the ball rolling in terms of other goalie trades like Eddie Lack, Robin Lehner, Martin Jones and Antti Raanta.

Dallas could have interest, too, in Dubnyk, although the Stars still have Kari Lehtonen at three years left with a $5.9 million cap hit. Like I inferred above, I'm not 100 percent sure of the other team I heard showed interest in Dubnyk yesterday.

I hear Buffalo has been offering its 31st pick in deals for one of the goalies, by the way.


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NHL announces 1st and 2nd All-Star Teams

From the NHL:


LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2015) -- Left wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who earned his seventh career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players voted to the 2014-15 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Also a three-time honoree on the Second Team, Ovechkin’s 10 career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active players.

Six of Ovechkin’s seven career First Team berths have come at left wing (he was voted to the First Team at right wing in 2012-13). The only left wings in NHL history with more First Team selections are Bobby Hull (10) and Ted Lindsay (eight).

Joining Ovechkin on the First Team are three first-time selections: goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, center John Tavares of the New York Islanders and right wing Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers. The squad also features a pair of defensemen who have been selected to the First Team for the second time, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens.

Among those named to the Second Team is Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, voted to his fifth career postseason All-Star berth (3 First Team, 2 Second Team). Defensemen Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators both have landed a spot on the Second Team for the second time, while Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are making their first career appearance on the Second Team.

Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.

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Devan Dubnyk Looking For A Fair Deal From The Minnesota Wild

from Frank Seravalli of TSN (formerly of the Philadelphia Daily News),

So far, little progress has been made between the Wild and Dubnyk's agent, Mike Liut, on keeping him in Minnesota. Dubnyk met with Fletcher briefly here on Tuesday morning, but numbers were not discussed. Dubnyk reiterated his interest in remaining with the Wild.

Liut and Fletcher are expected to meet again on Wednesday in South Florida to negotiate. The NHL and NHLPA announced next season's hard salary cap ceiling of $71.4 million on Tuesday, at least providing some form of clarity on Fletcher's flexibility.

According to GeneralFanager.com, Minnesota has approximately $12 million in salary cap space, with more than $4.6 million committed to goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper.

Dubnyk is reportedly seeking a long-term deal with an average annual value north of $5 million per season.

It is a complicated negotiation. Dubnyk knows perhaps better than anyone - based on what he experienced last season - the volatility of the goaltending position. He wants to maximize his earnings in a limited window, but is also comfortable in Minnesota. There are only three or four other teams looking for a starting goaltender, limiting his leverage.

"It's difficult because it becomes the business side of it," Dubnyk said. "I had the most fun playing hockey I ever had in my career. The fans are great, the city's great, the guys are great. Everything was awesome.

"I almost had it completely go away last year. You weigh both sides. You're standing in a good situation - as long as it's fair. It has to be fair."


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The Minnesota Wild Still Trying To Sign Devan Dubnyk

from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

In an attempt to decrease the considerable distance between the two sides negotiating a contract, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and goalie Devan Dubnyk are set to informally meet face-to-face in Las Vegas on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Dubnyk will be in Vegas to attend the NHL Awards as a nominee in two categories, the Vezina Trophy given to the league's top goalie and the Masterton Award given to the player who best exemplifies perseverance. Fletcher will be there for league meetings.

Afterward, Fletcher will head to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and meet with Dubnyk's agent, Mike Liut, Wednesday night or Thursday. Those two haven't come close to completing a new contract for the goaltender who helped lift the Wild out of a midseason tailspin and into the playoffs.

Since a meeting in Buffalo, N.Y., at the beginning of the month, little headway has been made on a new contract for Dubnyk, who otherwise is set to become a (un)restricted free agent on July 1.

"I'm still hopeful we'll get a deal done," Fletcher said. "He's certainly a guy we'd like to sign, and it's certainly our priority to re-sign him. And yet we're cognizant that ultimately he holds the cards. We'll do the best we can within those parameters."


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What To Pay Devan Dubnyk?

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

I got some Twitter questions asking if Andrew Hammond’s three-year, $4 million contract with Ottawa establishes the market. Simple answer: Not at all. Hammond has played 24 NHL games. Dubnyk has played 231 and has been a No. 1 in Edmonton and Minnesota.

The Wild will not be offering Dubnyk $1.3 million per year. The market for Dubnyk is basically whatever another team will pay him as a free agent (couple that with the fact there’s no obvious answer for the Wild if Dubnyk leaves).

Now, maybe Dubnyk takes less to stay in a place where he was a solid fit, but this was a $3.75 million goalie in Edmonton. For the Wild to sign him, the deal will obviously average well north of $3 million per.

The final figure will depend on term. Give him three years, the average salary/cap hit is probably more. Give him four or five years, and the Wild can probably get the average salary/cap hit to a more comfortable number. Two years makes little sense to me. 1) Why would he take two years? 2) Two years basically means you have to talk to him about an extension next summer if he has a big year.

As I mentioned recently, the biggest concern is that free-agent interview period in late June. I’d think the Wild would want to avoid it getting to the point where Dubnyk says, “Let me see what else is out there, and I’ll circle back to ya.”

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Saturday Headlines discuss coaches’ moves and Dubnyk

On Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman discussed the post-Babcock coaching dominoes (Todd Nelson of Edmonton "free to look around," Don Sweeney meeting with Claude Julien to discuss "personnel and style of play," Dan Bylsma's status, Ken Hitchcock's future) and Devan Dubnyk's desire to re-sign with the Wild:

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Hawks sweep the Wild

The Chicago Blachkawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3--hanging on to squeeze out what was at one point a 4-1 win--on Thursday night, sweeping the Wild and advancing to the Western Conference Final.

This goal by Patrick Kane summarizes the Blackhawks' mastery of the Wild--and Devan Dubnyk, who twisted and turned slinkily but could not stop this 2-on-1 opportunity by Bryan Bickell and Kane:

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Video- Spotlight On Devan Dubnyk

via Sportsnet,

The Minnesota Wild are one of the hottest teams in the NHL right now and it all started with a trade made for journeyman goaltender Devan Dubnyk.


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The Rise Of Devan Dubnyk

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,

Devan Dubnyk was a forgotten man when crunch time arrived last season. As a Black Ace during the Montreal Canadiens playoff run, the NHL seemed a long way off.

“I was skating with five guys,” Dubnyk recalled Monday. “Five guys that made me feel old.”

The goaltender was so far buried down the depth chart that he asked to go home after the second round to spend time with his wife Jennifer and infant son Nathaniel. Even when Habs starter Carey Price was injured in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final, he didn’t second-guess the decision.

“I felt like I needed to go be a dad,” said Dubnyk.

He also needed a break after a season that saw him go from Oilers starter to Predators backup to Habs minor-leaguer in the span of a couple months. It was a precipitous fall. Dubnyk was beaten down and embarrassed.

"It was a big slip for me," he said.

When you speak with the 28-year-old today it's hard to believe he's the same guy.


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Simmons talks Norris and Hart trophy candidates

Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' mostly Maple Leaf and/or Toronto-centric Sunday sports notes:

Mark Giordano’s season-ending injury has complicated voting for the Norris Trophy. Somehow, between Shea Weber, Drew Doughty, the alleged embellisher P.K. Subban, Ryan McDonagh, the re-emerging Erik Karlsson and Duncan Keith, it’s a tough ballot to figure out. Said a pro scout: “If I’m voting the first half of the season, I’m voting Giordano. If I’m voting the second half, I’m taking Karlsson. He’s back skating like he was before injury. But if I’m voting for the whole season, Weber is the pick. He does everything well."

The Minnesota Wild are 14 games over .500 with Devan Dubnyk in goal and nine games under .500 in games he hasn’t played. The Coyotes were two games over .500 in games Dubnyk played in Arizona and are now 31 games under .500 without him. Can you say Hart Trophy candidate — just after Carey Price?

Mike Santorelli has been a disaster in Nashville thus far: He has one assist in 14 games with the Predators. No doubt he’s regretting walking away from that multi-year offer in Toronto.

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The Numbers Of Devan Dubnyk

from Travis Yost of TSN,

We’re growing more confident in Dubnyk’s ability, despite the unsustainable downswing in 2013-2014 and unsustainable upswing in 2014-2015. He’s seen a ton of rubber, and we now can be confident that he’s between a 91.5% goalie and 92.7% goalie at even-strength. His worst case scenario is now that of a very good back-up who can spot start without the team missing a hitch. His best case scenario? Sergei Bobrovsky.

And, right smack in the middle (92.1%) of where Dubnyk sits in his career? Something like James Reimer, Cam Ward, Michal Neuvirth, or Marc-Andre Fleury.

For a goalie whose career was in jeopardy just six months ago, it strikes me as obvious that Dubnyk not only belongs in this league, but warrants a contract with some job security come next summer. 


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Morning Line - Devan Dubnyk

“It’s a very fickle business and, you get a much bigger appreciation for having an opportunity to play in the NHL. You come to the rink every day, you have a chance to get to do it again. You get a really strong appreciation for that after what I went through last year.”

-Devan Dubnyk, goaltender for the Arizona Coyotes reflecting on his time with the Edmonton Oilers.  More from Dubnyk from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.

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Canadiens snag Dubnyk from Preds

FYI: Perhaps the Canadiens needed help in the absence of Carey Price:

Update: Yowza:

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Trotz Says Dubnyk Picked-Up Bad Habits In Edmonton

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

The Predators traded forward Matt Henrdicks to Edmonton to bolster their goaltending situation on Jan. 15, but were underwhelmed by the condition of their new acquisition’s game.

“We got Devan from Edmonton, and what we realized very quickly was that Devan has a lot of… I’ll say bad habits he’s picked up this year,” Predators coach Barry Trotz told Nashville radio station 94.9 Game2 on Wednesday. “We started him at home, and you could really see he was out of sync in his game, so we wanted to spend some time with him working with [goaltending coach] Mitch Korn, just being able to get his game in order.”


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Nashville Send Matt Hendricks To Edmonton For Devan Dubnyk

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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

By all reports, Edmonton goaltender Devan Dubnyk made some great saves in the 1st period last night against the Boston Bruins, but this was not one of them.

He faced 18 shots, gave up 3 goals in the opening frame and was replaced by Jason Labarbera in the 2nd period.

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TSN’s Insider Trading: Are the Oilers ‘under the gun’ to trade for a goaltender?

TSN's latest "Insider Trading" segment is up on TSN.ca's video page, and TSN provided a transcription of Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie's comments, too:

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.

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Goalie Problem In Edmonton

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

When Toronto Maple Leafs’ centre Dave Bolland slapped one through the legs of Devan Dubnyk to finish of a 3-on-1 OT breakout Saturday, the Hockey Night in Canada cameras panned in on Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish. He looked sick to his stomach.

He wore the look of a man who knows he has a big problem but isn’t sure when or how he can fix it. He needs a goalie, or, at the least his No. 1 goalie to make a save when the team most needs it. Somehow Dubnyk, who never got  the love he deserved last year for his .920 save percentage, facing the fifth most shots in the league, can’t stop anything now. He’s given up 19 goals on 111 shots in a little more than 3 1/2 games, including  six on 26 shots in Toronto Saturday night in a wildly entertaining, river-hockey game.

Jonathan Bernier, who seemed to have wrested  the No. 1 job from James Reimer going into Saturday’s game, frankly wasn’t any better at the other end, giving up five on 31, including some sour ones, in his worst night of the season, but he got the W.

Dubnyk did not. He’s the Oilers goalie, for better or worst, and it’s look like the latter right now. Jason LaBarbera is one of the NHL’s best guys and best quotes but he’s a long-time backup. it’s not like the Oilers have say, Reimer behind Dubnyk, or Buffalo’s Swedish goalie Jhonas Enroth, who’s pushing Ryan Miller for starts in Buffalo, or the tag-team of Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller in Anaheim.


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Video- Devan Dubnyk With The Bad Goal Of The Night

David Legwand scores from center ice.


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Is Devan Dubnyk A #1 Goalie?

from Jonathan Willis of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

The Edmonton Oilers’ only realistic internal choice in net right now is Devan Dubnyk.

Backup Nikolai Khabibulin is playing out the string off a brilliant career that should have ended before he joined the team; he’s old, often injured, not very good when healthy and above all not a credible alternative to Dubnyk. The organization has been reluctant to use third-stringer Yann Danis, a minor-league journeyman with impressive credentials but who is suffering through a hard season. Beyond those two, it’s hard to find a competent AHL starter, let alone an NHL option.

But how does Dubnyk compare to other goaltenders, outside the Oilers organization? Because there are still plenty of questions around Dubnyk – he has never been a full-season starter in the NHL – a comparison to other goalies from recent seasons should offer some guidance as to what to expect from the player.


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Edmonton’s Goal Problems

From Bruce McCurdy at the Cult of Hockey in the Edmonton Journal:

The Edmonton Oilers have been a struggling team for a long time now. They haven’t been great since Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr completed the exodus of Hall of Famers way back in the fall of 1991, twenty long years ago. Since then they have ranged from lousy to mediocre and back to lousy again, and the last two years have hit new lows in finishing 30th and dead last in the NHL in back-to-back seasons.

Lots of problems to go around, but for sure one root cause has been lousy-to-mediocre goaltending, especially in those last two seasons. Nikolai Khabibulin has ranged from lousy to Medicare, his primary replacement Jeff Deslauriers had his moments but left a lot to be desired, and promising youngster Devan Dubnyk has been handled with kid gloves as he finds his way behind a crummy team in the toughest league at all.

read on for a detailed look

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Video- Dubnyk With The Save Of The Night

Olli Jokinen can’t believe the save by Devan Dubnyk.

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