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December 16, 2012 | 10:12am ET
Dubnyk looking at option overseas

Oilers netminder Devan Dubnyk thought he'd be battling for the starting spot with Nikolai Khabibulin instead of fighting for ways to find ice time between the pipes during the NHL lockout.

The Edmonton Sun reports that the 26-year-old goalie could be looking for work overseas as the lockout drags on and his desire to get back in net grows stronger.

"I'll go somewhere to play even if it were just three games," Dubnyk told the Sun. "I would still go even if I knew it was going be for only 10 days. I still have my eyes and ears open, unfortunately it's tough to do, it's tough to find a spot as a goalie.

"Unfortunately teams that are looking for goalies are looking for guys to play the whole year."

Dubnyk, who has German roots, could seek citizenship to play there as other NHLers have done since the start of the work stoppage.

"Cory Schneider went over to Switzerland because he got his Swiss citizenship," Dubnyk said. "I've actually been looking to do that with the German citizenship. I'm still looking into it, but it's kind of a process and I don't really know how long it's going to be. I'm still going through with it and it's kind of worst-case scenario type of thing, that if it worked, that would be an option."

With the German Elite league featuring 14 teams, Dubnyk could become an interest for several clubs as he would not be taking up an import spot due to his potential citizenship.

Eleven locked out NHLers are already playing in the German Elite League, including Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier, Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny, Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn and Philadelphia Flyers forward Daniel Briere.

In 47 games with the Oilers last season, Dubnyk registered a .914 save percentage and 2.67 goals-against average.

In other news, Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid has returned to Edmonton after spending most of the lockout Bili Tygri Liberec in the Czech Republic Extraliga.

The 26-year old sustained a sprained knee and was seeking the advice of local doctors. The young blueliner could return to the Czech Republic after the league's break.

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