Tyler Bunz is in town for a short visit, and he expects to be back for a longer one in September.

However, his playing days as a goaltender with the Medicine Hat Tigers are close to 100 per cent done. Bunz, who has an NHL entry-level contract signed with the Edmonton Oilers, is pretty much cemented to play for one of the Oilers minor league affiliates in the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League or the Stockton Thunder of the East Coast Hockey League.

“I am just waiting to see, if there is a lockout or not, whether I go to camp with the Oilers,” said Bunz, who skated with the Tigers veterans on Friday at The Arena. “Then from there, I would go down to the AHL camp, which is at the end of September.

“I have a little bit of waiting around to see what is going on with the league. Really, it doesn’t affect me too much if there is a lockout, because both (Oilers) goalies are on a one-way contracts. They won’t be getting sent down.”

Whenever the NHL season starts the duo of Deven Dubnyk and Nikolai Khabibulin will tend goal for the Oilers barring any transactions.

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