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Oilers come to terms with Deslauriers

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:46 PM ET

The Edmonton Oilers have avoided another salary arbitration hearing.

On Saturday, the club announced they had come to terms with goaltender Jeff Deslauriers on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 26 year old native of St-Jean-Richelieu, Que., was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Wednesday.

He was one of three Oilers to file for arbitration, all of which have signed, therefore avoiding a hearing.

J.F. Jacques and Gilbert Brule also came to terms with the Oilers.

Last season, Deslauriers appeared in a career-high 48 games, posting a 16-28-4 record with a 3.26 goals against average and .901 save percentage.

Deslauriers was selected by the Oilers in the second round — 31 overall — of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

He spent six years in the Oilers farm system before finally making the jump to the NHL two seasons ago.

However, Deslauriers was a little-used backup in his rookie season, first caught in a three-goaltender rotation, then stuck on the bench behind Dwayne Roloson.

Last season, Deslauriers took over the starting duties after Nikolai Khabibulin went down with a season-ending back injury and gained valuable experience.

Towards the end of the year, Deslauriers and Dubnyk split the duties.

All three goaltenders are now under contract for the upcoming season.

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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