Getty ImagesLet us pour one out for Devan Dubnyk, the much maligned Oilers goaltender and near constant presence in our weekly least-valuable players’ column. He certainly appears there again this week but his reign of terror may finally be over as there is a new sheriff in town, Ilya Bryzgalov.
Bryzgalov signed with the Oilers this past week and figures to steal enough starts from Dubnyk to shut him out of the LVP rankings entirely. Of course, if you think this is a net loss (no pun intended) then you have clearly forgotten the absolute train wreck that is Bryzgalov. Rest assured he will be terrible between the pipes, which means he will be equally hilarious during post-game interviews. I literally cannot wait to see what he comes up with next. He may single-handedly change the course of this column over the next several weeks. I could not be more excited.
The shenanigans are on hold as Bryzgalov will begin his run with Edmonton’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City but once he shakes off the rust, you know he’s getting the call.
Until then you’ll have plenty of time to complain about how Bryzgalov has not been added to the Yahoo database and argue with your league-mates about your waiver process, as you try to align yourself for his services, if only for the way he could alter the shape of your team name this season.
Rest assured, you don’t actually want to have him play games for you this season. After all, you can’t be as desperate for goaltending as the Oilers are, right? If you are, I am so (SO!) sorry. But when the reward for winning your waiver claim is a cornucopia of branding options to run with, you have to at least take a run at him. While we all wait for Yahoo to get its butt in gear here are the Week Six MVPs and LVPs.
Robin Lehner – 28% Owned
With all due respect to that old fart Martin Brodeur, who made two starts this week and let in zero goals, Robin Lehner was the goalie I was most impressed with this week. Brodeur only had to make 37 saves across both of his games, which is pretty much the average Lehner start. Lehner has been pummelled with pucks all season and has looked magnificent stopping them.
These two actually offer a great contrast of situation beyond just degree of difficulty. Brodeur is the veteran incumbent being pushed out in New Jersey with the more talented Cory Schneider vying to take his job. Lehner is the more talented young goaltender in Ottawa trying to push out the incumbent Craig Anderson.
I’ve no idea whether Lehner will be successful with his takeover just as I’ve no idea if Brodeur can sustain his defense of his crease. What I do know is Lehner deserves to start more and Brodeur should probably start less and if given the choice I’d take the 28% owned Lehner over the 60% owned Brodeur any day of the week.
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