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Oilers sign Bachman to 1-year deal

Published: July 9, 2014, 6:12 pm, by Joe Paisley

Bachman edmontonThe Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Richard Bachman on a one-year contract.

Bachman, 26, appeared in 52 games for the AHL Oklahoma City Barons last season, posting a record of 26-19-6. He also recorded a .908 save percentage, a 2.99 goals-against average and two shutouts.

The five-foot-10, 176 pound goaltender played in three games with the Oilers last season, registering a .916 save percentage and 3.02 goals against average. The Salt Lake City native has accumulated a 14-12-2 record in 35 career NHL games, including a .903 save percentage, a 2.95 goals against average and one shutout.

The former Tigers All-American was selected by Dallas in the fourth round, 120th overall, in the 2006 draft.

The 26-year-old American goaltender saw an opportunity with the Oilers to compete at training camp for a spot in the NHL or return to Oklahoma City, where he and his wife are comfortable and have family support.

“The main goal is to get up with the Oilers and to play in the NHL but being here (in Oklahoma City) is a great fit for me and my wife,” Bachman told Oilers Now’s Bob Stauffer. “I’ve got a twin brother here. He’s in med school here so he’s close by so I have a family connection. It’s also close to Colorado where my family is from so it works out really well for me.”

Bachman has played in 35 career NHL games (Edmonton and Dallas) and has a record of 14-12-2. He feels like he can be a full-time NHL goaltender and that’s why he re-signed with Edmonton instead of testing the market or heading to Europe.

“I think it’s ultimately about playing in the NHL,” he said. “I’ve already had a little bit of taste of it and have some experience. I really feel I can play at that level. Until I feel I can’t do that or it’s not going to be a good fit for me or my family I want to stick it out over here and be with Edmonton. I think it’s a great place to get a good opportunity. For me this is a great fit and I’m happy to be back.”

Bachman made 47 saves in his Oilers debut on October 27, 2013 against Los Angeles. He is currently training in Oklahoma City.