Edmonton signs Jussi Markkanen and Igor Ulanov

TSN.CA is reporting that The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on contracts with goaltender Jussi Markkanen and defenceman Igor Ulanov. Markkanen has agreed to a two-year contract with the Oilers, while Ulanov has come to terms on a one-year deal.

9 Responses to Edmonton signs Jussi Markkanen and Igor Ulanov

  1. Pilgrim says:

    I hope Edmonton lets Jussi split time with Conklin. I can see him being the starter by playoff time or next season at the latest. Of course if Conklin plays awesome in the playoff this year and they win the cup, as is looking very likely. Then Markkanen may not get the chance. He will be a starting goalie for some team though before to long.

  2. kid_natas says:

    easy on the oil winning the cup there……they’ve only added 2 players to a team that didn’t make the playoffs last time the NHL was in full swing. And what they have in nets is far from cup calibur goaltending.

  3. headpushslap says:

    Juicy could be a big surprise for the haters out there. I dug around and found his RSL stats from the lockout year. I keep hearing that the RSL is second only to the NHL in talent, and that the RSL had most of the worthwhile NHLers last year, I’d say that the following synopsis of Juicy’s talent say it all:

    “Markkanen, posted an outstanding 1.83 goals-against average and .934 save percentage in seven games with the Oil in 2003-04. This past season, he went 31-9-9 with a whopping 11 shutouts for Lada–which is probably why the Russian club desperately wants him back.” The Hockey News http://www.thn.com/en/headlines/detail.asp?id=27905

    So Juicy might end up being number one, and he does have the skills to backstop a playoff team. I would still not award the Cup quite yet, though.

  4. wingerxxx says:

    Ulanov is a funny guy. It seems like he plays terribly for every other team except Edmonton. Then he automatically turns into a 21-23 minute a night horse. Maybe that’s going a bit overboard, but he has some good history there with the oil. And you can’t go wrong with the juice. I’m still a bit miffed that Sather couldn’t find a way to hang onto him when he was a Ranger.

  5. Lint07 says:

    I always liked Ulanov… He wasn’t that bad in MontrĂ©al.

  6. Pilgrim says:

    don’t forget they’ve also had an unseen year of development for all their young players! We haven’t seen hockey for so long there’s no telling what we’re gonna see in October. The old guys may be rejuvenated and the someone never before heard of could be leading the scoring.

  7. Kamakaze says:

    Yeah, I don’t usually quote or anything, but I remember reading someone in the Oil organization, either their Head Coach, or Goalie Coach, someone like that, saying they were very impressed with his shape and that he vastly improved his game and form from last season. I expect him to be the starter, and probably split time with Conklin around 35-65 to 45-55, something like that, and they will probably go with whoever gets on a good streak, similar to how Minnesota works it.

  8. CechmanekForVezina says:

    The Road Runners weren’t that great last year.

  9. Pilgrim says:

    hhhmmmm, ever heard of Ales Hemsky? Watch out Calgary the Oilers are gonna be a conterder again. And nothing would be sweeter than to have the Oil sweep Dallas in the first round of the playoffs!!

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