NHL: How the Edmonton Oilers Can Address Goaltending Via Trades or Free Agency

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NHL: How the Edmonton Oilers Can Address Goaltending Via Trades or Free Agency
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Based on the recent two-year deal signed by Devan Dubnyk, it appears that the former Kamloops Blazer and first-round draft pick of the Oilers will be given all the chances in the world to prove that he is a true No. 1 option in goal for an NHL franchise.

However, if the experiment proves to be be a failure the Edmonton Oilers brass will be hard-pressed to make a move and try and create some stability in net for the young team. 

The Oilers have acquired veteran goaltenders before to try and anchor the team in Dwayne Roloson and Nikolai Khabibulin, but have also been burdened by large contracts to aging players.

The team has enough assets that a trade for an established young goaltender or an emerging young talent could be justifiably executed, or the team could opt to try and lure a prominent free agent to play for the team.

Dubnyk will try and prove he's the man for the Oilers, and even though GM Steve Tambellini has recently said that Oilers goaltending prospect Olivier Roy has the potential to be a No. 1 goaltender in the league, the fans in Edmonton will clamor for change and stability

Here are five ways the Edmonton Oilers could address their issues in goaltending via trades or free agency. 

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