Oilers inquired about Martin Jones, not the team’s first pick

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According to Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff, who was recently a guest on The Jeff Marek Show, the Edmonton Oilers should be on the lookout for a long-term solution in goal and he believes the team should inquire about a player like New York Rangers goaltender Alexandar Georgiev. Instead, it looks like the team looked at stopgap options like the Philadelphia Flyers’ Martin Jones.

The Flyers are inches away from major changes and among them Jones is likely on the move as a 32-year-old UFA waiting if the team finds a taker. He’s making $2 million this season as a replacement for Carter Hart and he’s playing half-decent hockey for a team that’s performed incredibly poorly. Carter Hart is clearly the Philadelphia guy and in 16 appearances, Jones has a 3.52 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. Considering the Flyers have the fifth-most goals this season, Jones’ numbers aren’t necessarily out of the ordinary.

Goals against are a concern, but the Oilers potentially see Jones as a short-term solution if Mikko Koskinen continues to struggle. Koskinen played exceptionally well on Saturday against the Calgary Flames, but those performances came far too infrequently for general manager Ken Holland to feel comfortable with Koskinen heading into the playoffs, should the Oilers get there. NHL insider Elliotte Friedman noted that Jones is one of the options the Oilers are considering, even though he’s not their first choice.

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