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Oilers find replacement for Dubnyk

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:11 PM ET

With Devan Dubnyk ill, the Oilers went on a search far and wide earlier Tuesday to find someone to suit up as a backup to Jeff Deslauriers against Vancouver.

"The search is on," said head coach Pat Quinn at the morning skate. "We're currently trying to make some calls and bring someone in."

They've managed to snare University of Calgary goaltender Nathan Deobold, who is expected to back up Deslauriers Tuesday night against the Canucks.

Dubnyk's condition is contagious, so the Oilers don't really want him hanging around right now.

"There's the risk of having him around here for that reason alone," said Quinn. "But you have to have somebody in the pads."

They couldn't get Bryan Pitton up from Springfield in time, and the University of Alberta Golden Bears are out of town at the Nationals, so they were furiously beating the local bushes before coming up with Deobold, a 26-year-old from North Battleford, Sask.

"In the old days the trainers just went in," said Quinn earlier in the day.

One of the biggest challenges they faced was whoever they found would have to fit into regulation gear.

"We had to bring a kid in here from Junior and they wouldn't let him use his own equipment because it hadn't been looked at by the league," said Quinn. "So he had to put on somebody else's."

Torrie Jung of the Oil Kings filled in when Nikolai Khabibulin's back went out the morning of a game earlier this season. He's reportedly in Vancouver this morning.

Somebody joked that analyst John Garrett, a former NHL goalie, could step in.

"He couldn't stop it year ago," quipped Quinn.

Early in the day, the Oilers were considering the possibility that Dubnyk might have to suit up anyway.

"We may have him dress and put a (surgical) mask on him," said Quinn. "We'll get him to dress in the ref's room because it is communicable and we'd like to get them sick."

ROBERT.TYCHKOWSKI@SUNMEDIA.CA


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