The Oilers have claimed another goaltender. Maybe this time it’ll work out.
Edmonton claimed Alex Stalock from the Minnesota Wild. A nine-year vet, Stalock was last seen in the play-in series this past August. He hasn’t yet played this season due to an upper body injury. Now that he’s recovered, it sure looked like the Wild tried to get him to AHL-Iowa to get him some reps before getting him back into the NHL.
The Oilers picked him up, and he will begin the quarantine process. This could make him available as soon as two weeks from today. Let’s hope the Oilers can find a spot for him on the active roster, so they don’t have to play the Anton Forsberg / Troy Grosenick game any more this year.
The pickup of Alex Stalock could be a savvy little move if the Oilers can hold on without letting him go via waivers. Stalock’s .910SV% last season isn’t too far from his career average of .909, he played a career high 38 games totalling 151 over his career. Stalock isn’t a bad backup, and he’s an excellent third goaltender who could turn into a backup next season. At age 33, Stalock’s got another year on his contract valued at a cool 785K.
I like these numbers, every one of them. It’s a good pickup for the Oilers, it’s a low risk deal that could play well this year (or next).