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Oilers Sign Goaltender Mikko Koskinen To One Year Deal

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6’6” puckstopper had a huge season in KHL

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After a short internet freak out that took place about a week ago, the Oilers make it official. They’ve signed a large man from Finland to backup Cam Talbot in 2018-19.

WHAT WE KNOW

Koskinen has killed it in the KHL. That’s good! Over his last five seasons, he’s finished with no worse than a .915 SV%. That’s impressive. He’s coming off a season finishing .931. That’s great. Koskinen split time with Russia native Igor Shestyorkin who finished with an impressive .933 on the season. Koskinen is an Olympian for Finland and a two timer representative for Finland at the IIHF.

A second round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 2009, Koskinen played just four games with the Islanders in 2010-11. Koskinen has a very good chance to end up on the opening night roster in 2018-19 behind Cam Talbot. It certainly turns up the heat on Al Montoya.

IT’S A LITTLE PRICEY

2.5MM is about 1MM more than I would’ve liked for this deal. The Oilers can bury Montoya and 95% of his salary in Bakersfield, so there’s no trouble there. Oilers will need to be very careful with every dime going forward. No doubt, they’re pulling for the salary cap to go up as much as it possibly can.

If Koskinen can play a steady 30 games in 2018-19, it will surely take a load off of Cam Talbot’s back.