The numbers are beyond ugly for Devan Dubnyk. A goals-against average of 5.43. A save percentage of .829.
Even in the ’80s, those stats would be cause for concern. In the present, they’re cause for concern and at least one major trade rumor.
Yet despite the above, Dubnyk will be back in goal for the Oilers tonight on Long Island.
“He hasn’t played as well as we’d hoped,” Edmonton head coach Dallas Eakins said today. “I talked to him this morning and he’s ready to go out and battle.”
The decision to go with Dubnyk against the Islanders comes after backup Jason LaBarbera started the last two games and surrendered seven goals on 48 shots (.854 SV%), losing 4-2 to Washington and 3-2 to Pittsburgh.
Combined, Dubnyk and LaBarbera have registered a team save percentage of .838, by far the lowest in the NHL, and by far the biggest reason the Oilers are 1-5-1 after seven games.
“It’s not like I forgot how to play goal,” said Dubnyk. “It’ll be a couple of small adjustments that will make the difference.”
In slightly less interesting Los Angeles Kings news than the latest in the Mike Richards fiasco, the team handed Peter Budaj a one-year, two-way deal on Friday.
The veteran goalie’s contract pays $575K on the NHL level and $100K in the AHL (though it’s $150K guaranteed), according to Hockey’s Cap.
At the moment, it sounds like Budaj will be third on the Kings’ goalie depth chart. That says as much about how things have been going lately for Los Angeles than Budaj’s work on a PTO.
As noted above, one of the more significant moves in Budaj’s favor came when the New York Islanders claimed Jean-Francois Berube off of waivers this week.
The Kings actually waived Budaj before signing him, so this has to be a relief to a goalie with a fairly robust resume as a backup.
All apologies to Budaj, but it’s probably true that the Kings would prefer not to see him at the NHL level very often in 2015-16.
The Los Angeles Kings announced today that they have “reached an agreement with Mike Richards to resolve the grievance filed in relation to the termination of his NHL Standard Players Contract. The terms are agreeable to all parties.”
The club said that it will not be commenting further “on the terms” of the settlement.
The NHLPA released a similar statement.
It was reported earlier in the week that a settlement was close to being reached; however, it wasn’t clear what salary-cap penalties the Kings would incur.
We’re starting to find out some details now:
How the final numbers differ from what the Kings would have incurred if they’d bought Richards out will be interesting to see. And if there are differences, how will they be justified?