March 23, 2010
The Edmonton Oilers are going to start goalie Jeff Deslauriers against the Vancouver Canucks tonight. Depending on your schedule, your height and your proximity to Rexall Place, this could be your chance to be an NHL backup goaltender.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk(notes) has an infectious gastrointestinal disorder, which is gross and will also potentially keep him off the Edmonton bench tonight. So Coach Pat Quinn said "the search is on" for an Edmonton backup, according to the Edmonton Journal:
Earlier this season, when Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) suddenly pulled up lame, the Oilers recruited the Edmonton Oil Kings Torrie Jung(notes). That may be an option again, although Jung, who hails from Nanaimo, is reportedly on the West Coast.
Even goaltending coach Frederic Chabot wouldn't work because he wouldn't fit into Dubnyk's gear Quinn quipped. Any replacement has to wear NHL sanctioned gear. Jung, for example, wore borrowed pads because his hadn't been approved. Chabot doesn't stretch the tape to 5-foot-10, Dubnyk is 6-foot-5.
Quinn told Slam Sports that Dubnyk may still play in an emergency situation, saying they'll put a surgical mask on him. But as of this afternoon, the team's calling around for other options.
We'll update if and when the Oilers resolve their goaltending quandary for tonight. But a word of advice for any tall gentlemen that may be blessed with a chance to join the NHL for a night: Remember the Johnny Bravo lesson -- they didn't care about Greg Brady's musical talent ... he just fit the suit.
UPDATE: Dan Tencer of CHED radio reports that University of Calgary goalie Nathan Deobald -- 5-foot-9, 175 pounds -- will be the backup for the Oilers. He's 26 years old, and thankfully the NCAA is nowhere in sight to muck up the works on this.