March 23, 2010
Oilers looking for backup goalie
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency
Ever play any goal?
Then the Edmonton Oilers might need you tonight.
Devan Dubnyk is ill and the Oilers need a backup in case something happens to Jeff Deslauriers against Vancouver.
"The search is on," said head coach Pat Quinn. "We're currently trying to make some calls and bring someone in."
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 can'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're beating the local bushes.
"It's been looked for, but I don't know what the answer is yet," said Quinn. "In the old days the trainers just went in."
Whoever they do find will also 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.
If they can't find any keeper, 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."