The Maginot Line returns - Paul Bereswill
Nikolai Khabibulin is healthy, for now, and the Oilers are going with him as the backup
Via Tim Wharnsby from CBC comes this Yann Danis news:
#Oilers place G Yann Danis on waivers.— Tim Wharnsby (@WharnsbyCBC) January 29, 2013
Should Danis clear waivers, he'll head back to Oklahoma City to become the primary goaltender for the Barons. More significantly, the news means Nikolai Khabibulin has been cleared to play and has been installed as the Oilers' backup.
Danis appeared in just one game this season, coming on in relief of Devan Dubnyk against the San Jose Sharks and stopped all 14 shots against.
Khabiblin is coming off of two disappointing seasons where he ranked 39th of 39 in save percentage in 2010-11 and 30th of 42 in save percentage in 2011-12. The Oilers primary goaltender, Devan Dubnyk, has started all five games for Edmonton this season, posting a .907 save percentage, 15th in the NHL.
Derek looked in on the importance of Devan Dubnyk to the Oilers' post-season hopes:
If Dubnyk is hurt, and goaltenders are more prone to groin issues, especially as they age, than any other position in professional sports, and Khabibulin ends the season with 30+ starts, study up on Seth Jones and Nathan MacKinnon.
And Ryan has pointed out Khabibulin's late season collapse:
The optimists out there will no doubt point to Khabibulin's 0.910 save percentage last season (20 points higher than the year before!) and conclude that he's not terrible. The problem is those numbers are nothing more than a house of cards built on a dozen good games at the start of the year.
Khabibulin should get a chance to play this week as the Oilers play 3 games in 4 nights on the road: Wednesday at Phoenix, Thursday at San Jose and Saturday at Colorado.