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Garon odd goalie out?

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

EDMONTON -- Craig MacTavish doesn't want to talk about it.

The Edmonton Oilers head coach cringed when the subject was broached yesterday after practice.

But not talking about a hockey team's goaltending situation is equivalent to not talking about a football team's quarterback position.

It's vital in determining the success of a club.

"I don't want to get into the goaltending again," MacTavish said. "The lineup will be what it is when the puck drops, but there is a consideration. We have to get some other guys in."

By the time the puck drops tonight, it'll have been nine days since the team's appointed No.-1 goaltender Mathieu Garon has played. And there is no guarantee he'll be back in goal tonight when the Oilers host the Colorado Avalanche.

Garon's last start came against the Pittsburgh Penguins, when he was pulled after allowing five goals in 20 shots through two periods. He's been lucky to just get a seat as a backup since.

"It's a long time, but you really can't complain about it," Garon said. "All I can do is practice hard and just see what's going to happen."

Garon won't complain -- it's not in his nature.

The Oilers goaltender will always be the good soldier and do what he's told in the best interest of the team.

Admittedly, he's not taken the position awarded to him at the beginning of the year, based on his play last season, and run with it. Garon has struggled. He has a 3-4 record with a 3.67 goals against average and a .881 save percentage.

Those numbers won't get a chance to improve until he gets back in net, which depending on what happens tonight, could be some time.


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