The Edmonton Oilers announced Friday night that they had placed goalie Mike Smith’s name on the long-term injured list. Consequently, the Alberta team recalled the Quebec goalkeeper Olivier Rodrigue.
Smith was scheduled to defend the Oilers’ cage Thursday night against the Vancouver Canucks, but it was Mikko Koskinen who finally got the start. Coach Dave Tippett mentioned at the time that the 38-year-old veteran was unfit to play.
Young Stuart Skinner had been recalled from the reserve squad to make up for the loss of Smith.
Rodrigue, 20, was loaned by the Oilers to the club in the city of Graz, in the Austrian National League. This season, the former Drummondville Voltigeurs and Moncton Wildcats posted a 10-10-0 record, a .908 save rate and a 3.11 goals-against average.
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The native of Chicoutimi will join the reservists once he has completed his period of quarantine.
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