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'Disappointed' Deslauriers clears waivers

Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers has cleared waivers. (Tom Braid/QMI AGENCY)

Oilers goalie Jeff Deslauriers has cleared waivers. (Tom Braid/QMI AGENCY)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:12 PM ET

Jeff Deslauriers remains Oilers property ... unfortunately for Jeff Deslauriers.

The 26-year-old goaltender cleared waivers Tuesday, so instead of getting a fresh start with another NHL team, he's being shipped to the minors, likely for the rest of the season.

"Sure it's disappointing, but that's the way it is," said Deslauriers, who didn't get a start with the Oilers this year.

"Obviously you want to play in this league, but that's how it is, that's how the business goes."

Now, the light at the end of his tunnel seems far, far away. Unless there's an injury to Devan Dubnyk or Nikolai Khabibulin, or the Oilers can work out some sort of trade, the odds of getting back up to the NHL this year are slim.

"The door is not closed," he said. "My job is to go down there and work hard. I think it's going to be good for me to get some playing time, get some games. I'll have to work hard if I want to get back up. That's my goal, that's what I want."

Deslauriers' history with the Oilers has been one of frustration and neglect since they drafted him 31st overall in 2002. He bounced around the East Coast League and was loaned out to rival AHL teams that didn't care about his development when Edmonton was without a farm team, then started two of his three NHL seasons in Edmonton collecting dust in a three-goal situation.

Now, six years after turning pro, down to the minors.

Through it all he's shown nothing but grace and poise.

"It's going to be an adjustment for sure, but I've been through it before, I can do it again.

"You can look at it negatively, look at the dark side, but the sun is going to come up and tomorrow is going to be a new day. I have to have that attitude and try to be positive with this."

ROBERT.TYCHKOWSKI@SUNMEDIA.CA


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