As the final leg of the NHL training camp week begins, waiver wires open up, teams re-assign players, deals are done, worlds get crazy. Today, the Oilers/Barons made some interesting moves that effected both clubs significantly.
First, it appears that Yann Danis will back up Devan Dubnyk to start the season (via official Oilers twitter feed). No word on the overall state of Nikolai Khabibulin’s injury, but it appears that we have received a temporary statement as he’ll likely be placed on the IR to start the season. This brings Yann up from Oklahoma City to be the number two guy.
Second, Oklahoma City needs a backup tender, and we will get just that. Tyler Bunz, playing in Stockton, will likely join the Barons soon to give relief to Olivier Roy. Or perhaps we see a 50/50 split between the two young prospects.
The first bit of news is nothing new to Oilers fans. And ironcally enough, Danis has struggled lately. This hopefully builds his confidence a bit moving forward. And the likelihood that Khabibulin stays healthy throughout the season is slim enough that Yann will get some nice NHL ice time.
The second bit of news is interesting in that the Barons will get VERY young and VERY prospect heavy in net. This, mind you, is happening when the team is really struggling to find its sea legs after having their roster depleted offensively (like all other AHL teams). So we’ll see a rookie and a sophomore in net for the Barons. Deep breathe everyone, deep breathe.
Oilers coach, Ralph Krueger, also confirms that Chris VandeVelde, Colten Teubert, and Taylor Fedun will be returned to OKC.