Oilers, Pens Swawp Back-Up Goalies
Total Pro Sports – In a move made early Saturday morning the Edmonton Oilers and Pittsburgh Penguins have traded backup goaltenders in a move to spark both hockey clubs. The Penguins have had mediocre goaltending from both starter Marc-Andre Fluery and Danny Sabourin, while the Oilers share a similar fate, both Mathieu Garon and Dwayne Roloson have not lived up to expectations.
Sabourin comes to the Oilers with a 6-8-2 record, .898 save percentage and 2.85GAA, Garon’s numbers are almost identical a 6-8 record, .895 save percentage and 3.17GAA. This move helps the Penguins more in the short term because Garon is a proven goalie league, where Sabourin is still trying to prove he fits in, Oilers obviously feel that Sabourin can be a solid backup for years to come as general manager Steve Tambellini had this to say,
“Addressing our goaltending situation was a high priority for us.” and “Moving forward, we believe we’ve accomplished that as well as acquiring some valuable assets for our organization.”
The Penguins were in dyer need of a momentum boost in the locker room and Garon may be the key, he is a streaky goalie and if he gets hot, look out. With Garon out the No. 1 job is now in the hands of Roloson, however, if he cannot remain consistent and the Oilers are still in the hunt for a playoff spot look for them to make a move.
The Oilers also got minor-leaguer Ryan Stone and a fourth round draft pick in 2011. Ryan Stone was a second round draft pick by the Penguins in 2003.
We think this is the beginning in the shakeup of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team, expect more trades in the near future and maybe Jaromir Jagr retuning to town if they can’t find their winning ways.