Something has to change in Edmonton.
It has already been seven years since we last saw the Oilers in the playoffs, and with this year’s start, 2014 isn’t looking like the year to break the cycle. After all of the changes the Oilers made in the season, patricuarily off the ice, this horrendous start to the season brings levels of frustration never felt before by fans of the team. The club is in what many see as it’s darkest days, and a shakeup is needed. Today, Blackhawk Up counts down the top 3 players that need to go.
#3: Devan Dubnyk
Once a promising young goaltender, Devan Dubnyk’s terrible start to the 2013-14 season has disappointed Oilers fans, and put GM Craig MacTavish in a bad spot, looking for a better goaltender this early in the year. Dubnyk’s atrocious .878% save percentage is the lowest of any starting goaltender this season, and his 3.82 GAA, just .01 better than the entire Oilers average, is ranked 30 league-wide. Dubnyk’s inability to shake off a bad goal have put the Oilers in trouble several times this season already, giving up multiple goals in short bursts that bury the under-powered offense with 2- and 3-goal deficits. Although his stats are brutal, Dubnyk does show flashes of the goaltender he could be, and would be suitable for a back-up role in cities with a strong starting goaltender, such as the New York Rangers. The Oilers showed that time is running out on the 27-year old by signing Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year deal earlier in the week. Bringing in Jason LaBarbera from the Phoenix Coyotes was supposed to give the Oilers an equal-opportunity goaltending tandem, but the result has been less-than expected. If changes can happen in the goalie position, it will be a catalyst for change within the whole organization.