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Oilers sign Dubnyk, Belle

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

He’s considered the Edmonton Oilers goaltender of the future and will be back in the fold for at least the next two seasons.

On Tuesday, the Oilers announced they signed Devan Dubnyk to a two-year contract extension for a reported $800,000 per season.

The Oilers’ first pick — 14th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry draft, Dubnyk, 24, played 19 games for the Oilers last season, posting a 4-10-2 record with a 3.57 goals against average and a .889 save percentage.

The Regina, Sask. native started the season with the Oilers AHL affiliate in Springfield amassing a 13-17-2 record, with a 3.02 goals against average and .915 save percentage.

Dubnyk was called up to play with the Oilers last season when starter Nikolai Khabibulin went down with a back injury.

It’s expected either he or Jeff Deslauriers will back up Khabibulin this season.

The Oilers also announced they signed free agent defenceman Shawn Belle to a one-year, two-way contract.

Belle, 25, played in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs last season scoring three goals and adding 19 assists in 70 games.

An Edmonton product, Belle, was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 1st round — 30th overall — in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

The Oilers represent his fifth NHL team with stops in Dallas, Minnesota and Montreal.

He’ll provide depth on the Oilers blue-line and most likely start the year with their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City.

Notes: The Oilers are expected to announce the re-signing of J.F. Jacques in the next couple of days. The Oilers forward was one of three of the club’s restricted free agents who had filed for salary arbitration. Deslauries and Gilbert Brule are the others ... Defenceman Darryl Sydor announced his retirement Tuesday after 18 seasons in the NHL. The Edmonton native spent most of his career in Dallas, playing nine seasons for the Stars and finishing his career in St. Louis ... Montreal signed forward Maxim Lapierre to a one-year contract; defenceman Mathieu Carle and forward J.T. Wyman to one-year, two-way contracts.


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