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Oilers sign goalie Jeff Deslauriers

Saturday, 07.31.2010 / 9:37 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

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Oilers sign goalie Jeff Deslauriers
The Edmonton Oilers avoided going to arbitration with Jeff Deslauriers by signing the 26-year-old goaltender to a one-year contract.

Deslauriers played in his second NHL season in 2009-10, compiling a 16-28-4 record with a 3.26 GAA and .901 save percentage in 47 games.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder was given the starting job after veteran Nikolai Khabibulin went down with a back injury. Deslauriers put together a season-best five-game winning streak in December when he backstopped the Oilers to five consecutive road wins.

Deslauriers, a native of St-Jean-Richelieu, Que., played 10 games for Edmonton in 2008-09 with a 4-3-0 record, a 3.34 GAA and .901 save percentage. He also played in five games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL and was 1-4-0.

Deslauriers played junior hockey with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL from 2001-04. In that span he had a 67-64-8 record. He was drafted by Edmonton in the 2nd round (No. 31) in the 2002 Entry Draft.

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