So now it's Dub or nothing.
With Jeff Deslauriers moving on or down, depending on whether he gets plucked off waivers or reports to Oklahoma City, Devan Dubnyk can breathe a little easier.
“It's exciting, it's what you prepare for all summer and through training camp," he said of landing the back-up job. "It took a little longer, obviously, we're into November now, but I'm just really excited that I can stop talking about it and thinking about it and move forward."
The three-goalie system wasn't any fun for him, either.
"You realize the situation is what it is," he said. "If you have a day when you're frustrated and you go home and you're stressed about it, you realize it's not worth it because it's completely out of your hands. It's not a good situation for anybody to have three goalies. The practice time was the obvious downfall. That's no secret to anybody. The plan wasn't to have three goalies here."
The move opens a roster spot, which might soon be filled by JF Jacques, who's closing in on a return from back surgery.
"I think he's ready to go full contact," said coach Tom Renney, whose hands were tied by the three-goalie system. His only option up front was either Zack Stortini or Steve MacIntyre. Soon he'll have more room to move, which is big.
"Huge," he said. "There's not a lot of currency for a coach other than ice time and opportunity."