Tragedy in Russia for former Oiler

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Tragedy struck former Edmonton Oilers goaltender Jussi Markkanen yesterday.

His four-year-old son Olie-Matias died after falling out of a fourth-storey window in Moscow, Russia.

Markkanen, 33, a native of Imatra, Finland, spent five seasons with the Edmonton Oilers before going to play in Europe last season. He is in his first year with CSKA Moscow.

Reports out of Russia say Markkanen's son was home with his wife Sanna and fell out of the window while playing on a ledge with his younger brother. He died instantly.

Markkanen was selected by the Oilers in the fifth round (133rd overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He was re-acquired after being traded to the New York Rangers in 2004.

Markkanen took over for the injured Dwayne Roloson in Game 2 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final and backstopped the team to the seventh and deciding game of the series.

Garon gets the start

Mathieu Garon got the start in goal last night against the Canucks. After allowing a pair of goals in the first period, the Oilers goaltender settled down in the second. His best save of the night came in the third, stopping Mason Raymond on a breakaway.

Tonight, Dwayne Roloson is expected to get the start as the teams meet again in Vancouver. Both goaltenders are battling for the starting job. Roloson went into last season as the starter, but Garon took over the duties before getting hurt towards the end of the season.

The Oilers also want to see what Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk can do.

Drouin-Deslauriers is looking to battle for a roster spot after signing a one-way deal over the summer.

Dubnyk, dubbed as the club's goalie of the future, is expected to be the starter in AHL Springfield.

Big names suit up

Most of the big names were in the lineup last night as the Oilers dressed newcomers Erik Cole and Lubomir Visnovsky.

Shawn Horcoff, Sheldon Souray and Fernando Pisani, who all missed extended periods of time with injuries last season, were also in the lineup.


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