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Edmonton Oilers officially extend contract with backup goalie Calvin Pickard


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June 28, 2024  (4:56 PM)
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Edmonton Oilers backup goalie Calvin Pickard
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After a clear presence in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs, the Edmonton Oilers have officially extended their contract with backup goaltender Calvin Pickard.

The Edmonton Oilers had a fascinating run in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Outside of top players like Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl nursing injuries, much of this can be attributed to starting goaltender Stuart Skinner's volatility.
"Stuart Skinner allows a goal on his first shot on goal faced for the 11th time this season (7 in regular season, 4 in the playoffs)"

Though Stuart Skinner came back with a vengeance, particularly in the finals against the Florida Panthers, Calvin Pickard's place on the ice during the playoffs cannot be completely overlooked. He filled in for Skinner in three playoff games against the Vancouver Canucks, shutting down multiple tough shots on goal.
"J.T. Miller makes a great move at the net front on the power play but can't beat Calvin Pickard"

Though he only played in these three playoff games and 23 regular season games, he did enough to prove himself to Edmonton. The Oilers have now officially extended their contract with Pickard for 2 years at $1 million.
"Cal Pickard's two-year extension with #Oilers: 2 years x $1 million.

He came up big in Round 2 against Vancouver when needed most."

With another two years guaranteed, we can expect a bigger presence from Pickard in the upcoming seasons. Hopefully for the Oilers, this former 2nd-round draft pick can provide enough value for what they paid. If not, it could be another unpredictable year of goaltending in Edmonton.
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Edmonton Oilers officially extend contract with backup goalie Calvin Pickard

Is this a good deal between Calvin Pickard and the Edmonton Oilers?

Yes, for both14484.7 %
No, bad for Edmonton137.6 %
No, bad for Pickard137.6 %
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