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Edmonton Oilers Claim Alex Stalock

Long time Minnesota goaltender Alex Stalock was placed on waivers on February 28. He was quickly picked up by the Edmonton Oilers. The Talbot/Kahkonen duo had been manning the crease for all 18 games.

Stalock would likely have been backing up Talbot but due to an upper body injury suffered during the off season, he has missed the entire season. On top of his injury, Stalock tested positive for COVID-19 and had to postpone his rehab.

With the impressive play of Khakonen and Talbot, there was some concern that Stalock might not have that backup position waiting for him upon his return. Stalock had been skating with the team for the past couple weeks now and his return looked imminent.

It is unclear why he was placed on waivers but it is likely they were either sending him to the taxi squad to continue his recovery, or to send him down to the AHL for a conditioning stint. 

Now that Stalock is with Edmonton, he will have to quarantine for two weeks before he can cross the Canadien border. It remains unclear when he will make his first start of the season.

As for who is currently in Edmonton, Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen are both healthy and Smith has won four of his last five starts. The Oilers will add to their depth in the crease and will be prepared who now have six goaltenders on their main roster, taxi squad, and AHL roster combined.

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