The Sharks needed a replacement goaltender as James Reimer was found injured in the matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights, Tuesday night. Reimer made it through one period and was diagnosed with a lower-body injury.
Stalock has not played a game for the Oilers since his move a year ago, as he had a heart condition that sidelined him for months. The netminder played a handful of games for the Bakersfield Condors, the Oilers AHL affiliate, and recorded a 3-1-0 record.
The Sharks are the team who drafted the 34-year-old goalie back in 2005, in the fourth round. He will make his return as he is told to be a fan favorite in San Jose. Stalock participated in five seasons with the Sharks and recorded one of his best seasons with the club.
On behalf of the Oilers organization, they will receive future considerations for the goaltender. In other words, they acquire draft picks. The rank of the draft pick is to be determined in the future, but future considerations are the bare minimum for a trade.
The trade doesn’t so much benefit the Oilers, other than the fact goaltender Stuart Skinner will likely play more games in Bakersfield as he continues to stay hot.
Stalock, a goaltender who has always recorded solid save percentages, should give Shark fans something to be excited about for a temporary replacement.
Oilers General Manager Ken Holland remains confident in his current goalie tandem of Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen, as he announced Tuesday, he is comfortable with the duo, according to Cam Lewis. The expectation to see Smith moved at the deadline may not be as likely as Holland continues to be stubborn on creating a goaltending system that functions consistently come playoff time.
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