After a prospect heavy season of play in Oklahoma City, Richard Bachman emerged beaten, but not bruised, by the whole ordeal. Two seasons ago he was cut loose by the Stars organization when he became a UFA, and immediately the Oilers went back to the “vet well” as they had done with Martin Gerber and Yann Danis before. Announced today, Richard Bachman will get to lace ’em up as an Oiler once again. The one year deal for Richard comes on the heels of his qualifying offer only weeks ago.
This is important news, and it was expected. Laurent Brossoit is the goaltending golden goose right now, but there has been some struggle to his story. The Oil Kings prospect, drafted to the foreign enemy in Calgary, was swapped last season in a multi-player trade. The Oilers like this kid, perhaps because he has always felt like one of theirs, and after seeing his comments at dev camp the feeling is mutual.
Brossoit has been unapologetic in his speech – he wants 50% of the starts in the AHL this season. That’s a tall order, and by golly he is going to have to earn it. Nelson, like most coaches in the last 10 years, builds teams from the net out. The problem with last season was that the Oklahoma City Barons gave up a league high in shots, and this buried Richard in a nearly three goals allowed in 50+ games. That was a product of the defense in front of him that, until February, played insufferable ugly minutes. The steadying of the roster this season, and simply by maturing, I think Bachman is poised for a stellar year.
I believe Bachman still shoulders nearly 60%-65% of the starts mainly because Brossoit has yet to prove that he can indeed make a difference in net. The competition will be worth watching, and that always makes for high entertainment.
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have agreed to terms with goaltender Richard Bachman on a one-year contract.
Bachman, 26, appeared in 52 games for the Oklahoma City Barons last season, posting a record of 26-19-6. He also recorded a .908 save percentage, and 2.99 goals against average, as well as two shutouts.
The 5’10”, 176 pound goaltender played in three games with the Oilers last season, registering a .916 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average. Bachman made 47 saves in his Edmonton Oilers debut on October 27, 2013 against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Salt Lake City, Utah native has accumulated a 14-12-2 record in 35 career NHL games, including a .903 save percentage, a 2.95 goals against average and one shutout.
Bachman was selected by Dallas in the 4th round, 120th overall, in the 2006 NHL Draft.