Conklin flies off to Colorado

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- Finally, an advantage to the unwieldy three-goaltender system the Edmonton Oilers have used all season.

Ty Conklin got an early ticket out of town yesterday as the Oilers put him on an afternoon flight for Denver before their game against the Vancouver Canucks.

While Conklin hasn't been told he'll make his first start in three weeks against the Colorado Avalanche tonight, that's the reason the Oilers, who didn't arrive in Denver until after 2 a.m., sent the stopper early and went with Dwayne Roloson and Jussi Markkanen against the Canucks.

Conklin, 29, who won back-to-back starts against San Jose and Nashville before getting pulled in favour of Mike Morrison in a 4-3 shootout loss to Dallas March 7, says he'll be ready to go when he gets the tap.

"This time of year, getting revved up and excited for games shouldn't be a problem," Conklin said. "That brings the best out in guys. If it doesn't, then you've got issues."

Conklin hasn't made an appearance since the Dallas game, alternating with Markkanen as a backup since the Oilers acquired Roloson from the Minnesota Wild at the trade deadline.

"I guess I won't have the excuse that I'm not well-rested," smiled Conklin before hopping a cab to the airport. "We've got the flexibility to be able to do it. I'm not going to speculate about playing, but it gives us an option."


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