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Bachman agrees on contract to stay with Oilers

Wednesday, 07.09.2014 / 8:01 PM / News

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Bachman agrees on contract to stay with Oilers
Goaltender Richard Bachman signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Financial terms were not released.

Goaltender Richard Bachman agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Financial terms were not released.

Bachman, 26, played primarily with the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate last season, the Oklahoma City Barons, and had a 2.99 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in 52 games. He went 0-2-1 with a 3.02 GAA and .916 save percentage in three games with the Oilers.

"The main goal is to get up with the Oilers and to play in the NHL but being here (in Oklahoma City) is a great fit for me and my wife," Bachman told Oilers Now. "I've got a twin brother here. He’s in med school here so he’s close by, so I have a family connection. It's also close to Colorado where my family is from, so it works out really well for me."

A 2006 fourth-round pick (No. 120) of the Dallas Stars, Bachman has 14 wins, a 2.95 GAA and .903 save percentage in 35 NHL games with the Stars and Oilers.

"I think it's ultimately about playing in the NHL," Bachman said. "I've already had a little bit of taste of it and have some experience. I really feel I can play at that level. Until I feel I can't do that or it's not going to be a good fit for me or my family, I want to stick it out over here and be with Edmonton. I think it's a great place to get a good opportunity. For me this is a great fit and I'm happy to be back."

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