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Are the Oilers confident that Devan Dubnyk is the answer?
Devan Dubnyk has taken pretty significant strides in his quest to cement himself as a legitimate No. 1 goaltender in the NHL, but the Oilers will need to take a long hard look in the offseason and decide whether they look to pursue a new option or roll with Dubnyk.
The Oilers will need to find a backup goaltender anyways with Nikolai Khabibulin's contract expiring at the end of this season, so the question really should be whether or not the Oilers bring in a backup or a potential starter to compete for the No.1 position.
There aren't a lot of options through free agency this season, but one name stands out as a potential option for the Oilers should they look to make a change.
Mike Smith, 31, would represent a significant upgrade in net over Dubnyk and is a free agent entering the offseason.
The Oilers could look to extend an offer to the free agent, relegating Dubnyk to a backup position.
Smith's current play in the IIHF has been rock solid for Team Canada, while at times Dubnyk has looked shaky, furthering the conversation of whether or not the latter is indeed the netminder of the future for Edmonton.