A goalie is paid to shut everything out and focus on the shooters on the other side, but away from the rink, they can have hearing as acute as their 20/20 vision. So, yes, Devan Dubnyk has heard all the rumours about another netminder, Roberto Luongo, coming to the Edmonton Oilers. He probably doesn't like it, but what can he do? Dubnyk has been annointed the No. 1 guy in Edmonton, as Cory Schneider has in Vancouver, where Luongo is still awaiting a ticket out of town in a trade, but the 26-year-old Oiler hasn't proven he's a starter. As a matter of fact, neither has Schneider, but that's a story for the folks in the Lower Mainland. At what point does Dubnyk, who was very good in a 3-2 shootout win over the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday but who was pulled after letting in six goals on 17 San Jose Sharks shots Tuesday, think he'll have solidified himself as a No. 1 goalie in the NHL? "Maybe when I'm 39 or 40 and I'm about to hang them up. I'm sure there'll probably be some trade rumours and questions about the games I've played," he said with a laugh. "Everybody likes things to talk about and I'm sure it'll be that way for years to come. It's certainly frustrating at times, but I've always said I'm confident I can do this job. I feel like my teammates feel the same way and so does the organization." Has general manager Steve Tambellini told Dubnyk the Luongo rumours are false? "I think Tamby knows me well enough he doesn't have to pull me aside to tell me not to worry about it," said Dubnyk. So, Tambellini hasn't done it? "No, he hasn't," Dubnyk said with a broad grin. "That's OK. It's not my spot to worry about." The stories say the Oilers are the mystery team in the running for Luongo, even though it makes little sense to bring in a 33-year-old with nine years left on his contract, especially when Edmonton hasn't given a goalie it's invested 8-1/2 years on a chance to be a No. 1 yet. The Oilers are a playoff contender, but are years from being a Stanley Cup contender.
Dubnyk focuses on stopping pucks amid Luongo rumours
Edmonton Journal | Jan 24