Dwayne Roloson Gets An Offer; Ales Kotalik Does Not

Jonathan Willis
June 29 2009 05:49PM

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With three significant players heading to free agency - including their number one goaltender - the Oilers have made decisions on each of them, and those decisions have been made public. Terry Jones reports that free agent goaltender Dwayne Roloson has been offered a one-year contract in the same range as his previous deal.  It also appears that Steve Tambellini has wisely chosen to make this his line in the sand:

In the event the 39-year-old Roloson decides to test the waters of free agency, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini told Sun Media, the Oilers will make replacing him their top priority at 10:01 a.m. Wednesday, when the free-agent action begins.

The outlook is even bleaker for winger Ales Kotalik, who Rob Tychowski reports has not recieved an offer from the Oilers.  Despite this, Assistant GM Rick Olczyk made concilliatory noises:

"Players have signed with their respective clubs after July 1.  Either the team steps up or the player realizes there's not as much interest out there as I thought, I want to talk again."

That's a funny comment given that the Oilers haven't made an offer; my take on it is that the team has decided that Kotalik isn't a good fit on the top line, but that they aren't opposed to talking to him later in the summer if a) their other options don't work out and b) Kotalik is still available.

Finally, in the same article Tychowski confirms something which has been pretty much common knowledge for a while - that the Oilers wish to retain Jason Strudwick.  He quotes Olczyk:

"He's definitely on the radar to get done.  If it gets done before July 1, great, if we don't, we'll make sure it gets done shortly thereafter."

I'm assuming that Strudwick isn't the priority, but he isn't going to be in demand everywhere either, so the Oilers should be able to sign him to a modest contract to play the 7th defenseman/14th forward role on the team.

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Jonathan Willis is a freelance writer. He currently works for Oilers Nation, the Edmonton Journal and Bleacher Report. He's co-written three books and worked for myriad websites, including Grantland, ESPN, The Score, and Hockey Prospectus. He was previously the founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue.
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#51 Ender the Dragon
June 29 2009, 10:33PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

Depending on your standards. . .

Marginally higher. Not Wanye Gretz higher or anything, but higher.

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#52 416oil
June 29 2009, 10:41PM
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what do you guys think about cody mccormick from avs for 4th line option? can fight, skate decently well and don cherry loves him!! not to mention will prob look for league min

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#53 RossCreek
June 29 2009, 10:54PM
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Sedins to Toronto or Montreal Hossa to LA

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#54 Garett
June 29 2009, 10:59PM
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Have you been concussed more times than Gagne? Would have to be to pick him outta that list of players!

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#55 RossCreek
June 29 2009, 11:10PM
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Garett wrote:

Have you been concussed more times than Gagne? Would have to be to pick him outta that list of players!

Specific to the Oil. Seems to be best fit (position, cap #, trade value), easiest target IMO. If I had to pick one to start a team for scratch, then no, I go in a different direction.

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#56 Archaeologuy
June 29 2009, 11:12PM
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I dont know why so many people expected Kotalik to get an offer. Between the Kids, Penner, O'Sullivan, and the possibilty of some rookie having a crazy wicked camp I always assumed that Kotalik would be the odd man out. Not to mention there is also the possibility that hell could freeze over and the Oil could land another forward via free agency (more likely through a trade though). Roli can play another year, he was mostly very good this year, but any attempt to strong arm a 2 yr deal ought to be met with an indignant laugh. It should feel like when the chunky kid in highschool asked out the most popular girl in the 12th grade. I like Roli, although i did think that Garon was going to have a good year last year (blew that one), but he needs to recognize that the Oilers already gave him a longer contract that anyone was going to 3 years ago. Its time for a little reality check.

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#57 rindog
June 29 2009, 11:13PM
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@ Ender the Dragon: Ender the Dragon wrote:

Why are people unhappy with this? I figure that Roli will see the writing on the wall and accept this offer fairly soon. For anyone who thinks this is a mistake, your memories are all very short. For one season, there is no reason to think Roli cannot deliver the same performance as last year, and Roli earned his cheque last year.

And what about the 2 seasons before that? Haven't we learned our lesson about rewarding guys for one good season?

For every argument for Roli to stay - there is an argument for him to go.

What about the people that will argue that he took the money and put it on glide until his contract year? That might have some merit?

Is there anything wrong with letting him go UFA and then making him an offer if no one wants him? Do you really think we can not find an equal replacement for Roloson's 78-82-24 record as an Oiler? I mean if Jussi Markkanen's record of 35-35-14 was better (on lesser teams), there must be a few better options??

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#58 oilerzz
June 29 2009, 11:28PM
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SkinnyD wrote:

Roli pretty much handed us our winning record last year (discounting OTL). Plus? The dude has style. Who else will do those crazy one-handed bats to center ice or flip off his lid to get a whistle so smoothly? Hopefully he comes to his senses, signs for the year, and brings JDD along into the Ken Dryden I know he can be - then we WON’T be in this spot next year and our starter will be known before the season begins. Roli…Roli…Roli… Kotalik was a great fit on the right side with Gagner. I for one am sorry to see him go…but in Tambi I trust.

yeah if it wasn't for him the oil would of had a top 5 pick .. nice rolli ...another good reason to let him walk .. easy to say now

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#59 Jonathan Willis
June 29 2009, 11:30PM
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The question was raised earlier about which restricted free agents are being let go - Guy Flaming has the list here.

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#60 equinox
June 30 2009, 12:03AM
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Look at Guerin's contract today. 1 yr and $2 million. Perhaps a bit of that is a stay where I am type discount, but 2nd and 3rd line forwards are going to take the biggest hit this off-season and will have to settle for less on years and pay.

I like Kotalik, but not at $3 million which is what was the rumoured asking price.

Doing that now really restricts Edmonton's ability to go after anyone that can play 1st line forward. It's no surprise at all that he hasn't been tabled with an offer yet.

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#61 NW UK Oiler
June 30 2009, 01:51AM
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I for one am not that bothered about Kotalik; if the price is around the 3 million mark, as I do not believe his compete level provides value at that price.

Roloson on a 1 year was what we all expected Tambo to offer, and at around the same money. Although a team may offer him a longer term, I don't think that a huge amount of teams will enter any kind of bidding war for him, and he should be satisfied with the terms offered (if it is around 3 million).

I am most annoyed however with this piece on the official website from Tencer, with regard to Grebeshkov:

""Denis is in our plans and we'll get moving on that soon," Tambellini says. He admitted that the delay in negotiation so far was due to the Oilers wanting to see what was available on the trade market."

Grebeshkov needs to be signed pronto! He provides options on the blueline that I do not believe we have in abundance. He is the best puck mover, save Vis and is a better overall player than Gilbert, in my opinion. If we need to move a contract from the blueline (which I believe we will have to), then at least having Grebber allows you to move either Vis or Gilbert.

As for the Brodziak trade! I have vented enough frustration about Grebs, and will just say that I believe it was a bad move.

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#62 DanMan
June 30 2009, 02:33AM
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There's no way Roli is signing a one year.

If the Mpale leafs can't sign the Swedish monster Gustavsson I guarantee he signs a 2-year in tonto

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#63 NW UK Oiler
June 30 2009, 04:19AM
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I agree that he may look elsewhere, but it is all about whether a team feels he can still perform at the same level in the second or third year of his contract.

Predicting the future is hard enough anyway with any player, but with a goalie in his 40's, you would be foolish to believe there would be any guarantees that he can still handle the heavy workload that he has been getting in Edmonton.

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#64 Chester Copperpot
June 30 2009, 06:26AM
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Bets on which on statement will come true?

July 2nd, 2009 - Tambo is a bum for not using some of Edmonton's young assets to acquire a high end UFA.

or

April 6th, 2010 - Tambo is a bum for wasting young assets on an overpaid bum like (_Insert UFA_) last summer. He should be building through the draft. Look at the Islanders!

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#65 Lofty
June 30 2009, 06:29AM
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What does everyone think of the oil coming in last minute tonight and low balling the sens?

A) you either trade with us now, for players X's shitty contract and Gilbert and we pay the 4 million.

or

B) the sens keep Heatley as a disgruntled forward for the rest of next season.

Wouldnt be suprised if Tambo and Katz sat down a few weeks ago and bet that heater would not get picked up before the deadline... and planned their attack for the night before what could be an oilers xmas.

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#66 Oilers icon
June 30 2009, 07:27AM
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@ Chester Copperpot: "Tambo picks up third line plug, other than that teams looks the same as last season"

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#67 Chester Copperpot
June 30 2009, 07:43AM
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@ Oilers icon:

I am perfectly ok with that.

My hope for Tambo's Offseason - Re-sign Roli & Strudwick - Sign a 3rd line C who can win draws - Trade Nilson or O'Sullivan, Staios - See what we could get for Souray (sell high)

The boys are a year older and since we were in a playoff spot up until the last month of the season, I don't see why we can't be in the same place next season. Infact if Sammy doesn't suck for until the allstar break, and if the PK improves to average, this team could make it to the playoffs.

- Best case: The Oilers make the playoffs. Hurrah!

- Worst case: The Oilers miss the playoffs and get a good draft pick again. Not "winning" the UFA race this summer gives Edmonton some cap room next summer with the predicted cap cruch. This allows money for Cogs & Gagner to be re-signed, puts Edmonton in a good place to trade for players, gives Tambo money to attrack UFAs and RFAs. (From what I've read, the 2011 draft is a week one so RFA offersheets may be a way to pick up some young players next summer.)

Unless someone UFA wants to sign in Edmonton on a discount, I hope Tambo stands pat.

I was told all year long by Oiler fans that the team had the talent and that MacT was the issue. If this is true, then why the rush to blow it up?

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#68 Malc
June 30 2009, 07:50AM
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Oilers ought to consider making an offer to Joel Ward in Nashville, and I hope they do. He can bring a lot of grit and determination to our bottom six, which is sorely needed - and at a reasonable price.

And I for one am not upset that Kotalik has not been offered a deal. He had his moments, don't get me wrong, but he seemed to float around a lot too in my opinion. And the Roloson offer seems reasonable to me. I will be very surprised if he gets more on the market. Hopefully Tambo can make it happen.

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#69 Hemmertime
June 30 2009, 07:50AM
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Chester Copperpot wrote:

He should be building through the draft. Look at the Islanders!

... I am assuming that to be sarcasm. God I hope that is sarcasm. Anyone who legitimately wants us to pattern ourselves after the Islanders would be retarded. They got Tavares because they suck, he is not turning them into a playoff team next year, or even alone. If you want to follow in their footsteps lets table a 15 year deal for Harding and trade Gilbert and Cogs for Teemu Selanne.

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#70 Chaz
June 30 2009, 08:01AM
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Did they put a clause in Roli's offer stating that he can't do those goofy Baseball swings at the puck while surrounded by the opposing players? Quinn has a sense of humor right? I'm sure he'll find those amusing (~).

Seriously though, I hope Roli signs. This team has enough concerns going into next year without worrying about who's in net. A one-year deal means he'll be playing for a job the following year, so I feel he'll be great. I'm no GM, but signing the previous year's MVP seems like a no-brainer to me.

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#71 dbo
June 30 2009, 08:02AM
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here's who i want from the rfa not tendered list. They all fill roles we lack, gives us depth and will cost us less then $1.25 mill each.

Stewart: 6'2, 239 lbs. 1st rd pick in 2003. 59 games, 2 goals, 5 assists, 77 hits. Goc: 6'1, 200 lbs. 1st rd in 2001. 51 games, 2G, 9A, 83 hits, 58.2% faceoff. Eminger: 6'2, 212 lbs. 1st rd in 2002. 71 games, 5 goals, 21 assists, 77 hits, 119 blocked shots.

Stewart is a banger who needs a change of scenary and could get better, Goc is a perfect 3/4 line centre who can win a faceoff, and Eminger is a great 5/6 dman who can bring some offense and brings some solid two way play while not being afraid of the physical game.

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#72 Librarian Mike
June 30 2009, 08:15AM
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@ Hemmertime:

Further to the Islanders comparisons; let's get Heatley and sign him for 10 years/$100 million, and pay it all up front.

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#73 Chester Copperpot
June 30 2009, 08:28AM
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@ Hemmertime: Yeah, that was sarcasm.

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#74 Chester Copperpot
June 30 2009, 08:41AM
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From Mark Spector at Sportsnet.ca says he's hearing Sheldon Souray to Los Angeles for Jack Johnson, and a forward with some grit, like a Wayne Simmonds

That would be almost perfect as long as Johnson's salary demands aren't as crazy as speculated AND JJ's father's not as crazy as rumoured.

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#75 RossCreek
June 30 2009, 08:47AM
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Chester Copperpot wrote:

From Mark Spector at Sportsnet.ca says he’s hearing Sheldon Souray to Los Angeles for Jack Johnson, and a forward with some grit, like a Wayne Simmonds That would be almost perfect as long as Johnson’s salary demands aren’t as crazy as speculated AND JJ’s father’s not as crazy as rumoured.

#37 RossCreek June 29 2009, 9:25 pm. wrote:

Mark Spector wrote: “… rumours persist that Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini is shopping one of his four offensive defenceman in an attempt to kickstart the rebuild in Edmonton. We’re hearing Sheldon Souray to Los Angeles — where his children live with his ex-wife, a long distance relationship that Souray has found taxing through two seasons in Northern Alberta. The package coming back would include defenceman Jack Johnson, and we’re guessing a forward with some grit, like a Wayne Simmonds. The Oilers trade of Kyle Brodziak to Minnesota for a couple of later round draft picks was a clear message by Tambellini. The younger players in that Oilers dressing room have a sense of entitlement that is unhealthy, and a big fourth-liner like Brodziak who constantly passed up hits and lacked energy was the first one to be moved.” sportsnet.ca/hockey/blogs/2009/06/29/spector_heatley_phaneuf/

Old news pal ;-)

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#76 Ogden Brother
June 30 2009, 08:52AM
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Hemmertime wrote:

Chester Copperpot wrote: He should be building through the draft. Look at the Islanders! … I am assuming that to be sarcasm. God I hope that is sarcasm. Anyone who legitimately wants us to pattern ourselves after the Islanders would be retarded. They got Tavares because they suck, he is not turning them into a playoff team next year, or even alone. If you want to follow in their footsteps lets table a 15 year deal for Harding and trade Gilbert and Cogs for Teemu Selanne.

Lots of people want to pattern the team after the Pens/Caps/Hawks etc.... which were basically the NYI 5 years ago.

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#77 scorecoff hemmercules
June 30 2009, 09:31AM
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Steady Steve graces the month of July on my Oiler calender this year (bought for me by a flames fan I might add!). He looks ancient in the picture, all used up. Hopefully a sign of things to come.

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#78 Hemmertime
June 30 2009, 09:35AM
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@ Ogden Brother: The Oilers have never had a first overall pick, or even a top 3. I will be content if we never do. I do not see the attractiveness to being the worst in the league. Sure the pick would be good, but the season ticket holders that season wouldnt be pleased with that idea. We are a 11th-5th in conference team and Ill take it that way (5th, Im being generous, thats in future) rather than blow for 5 years then have a team for 2-3 before cant afford. There is no guarantee of the cup, Pittsburgh won sure, but Chicago has not. Atl did not. Never mind the fact one of the people reading this could die in a car accident the year we become good, and the last of my/your life could be 3 years of bottom feeding Oilers? C'mon!

I prefer to pattern after the Red Wings, draft smart and lucky, or very European orientated. I loved this years draft, go with the boom/bust players in drafting in later rounds - get your role players from Free Agency.

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#79 Hemmertime
June 30 2009, 09:36AM
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Oh ya, and Tambellini makes the trade July 1st for Heatley and Ill be angry - it will only mean Katz didnt want to pony up 4 mil and risked us losing the deal and not putting his money where is mouth is. Do the deal today.

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#80 Chester Copperpot
June 30 2009, 09:37AM
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@ RossCreek:

You posted that almost 12 hours before I posted mine. With the ADHD and the amount of websites I'm cruzin' do you really expect me to.... ....5 dollars!, get outta here!

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#81 Chester Copperpot
June 30 2009, 09:49AM
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@ Hemmertime:

Yeah but the red wings did suck for a long long time and through the sucking got the picks to acquired HOF assets. Over the last 20 years they have the money to keep their teams together. This gave them the luxury not rushing their young talent and attracking UFAs to a winning tradition.

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#82 Ogden Brother
June 30 2009, 09:53AM
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Chester Copperpot wrote:

@ Hemmertime: Yeah but the red wings did suck for a long long time and through the sucking got the picks to acquired HOF assets. Over the last 20 years they have the money to keep their teams together. This gave them the luxury not rushing their young talent and attracking UFAs to a winning tradition.

And to top it off the Wings have now likely peaked, they've gotten to a point where they will now have to shed, rather then add quality in the offseason, and most of their $$ is locked up in (very) long term deals to guys within 2-3 years of a sharp decline.

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#83 ScubaSteve
June 30 2009, 09:59AM
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Victoria wrote:

The bitterness directed at Roli is amusing.

Ender the Dragon wrote:

Why are people unhappy with this? I figure that Roli will see the writing on the wall and accept this offer fairly soon. For anyone who thinks this is a mistake, your memories are all very short. For one season, there is no reason to think Roli cannot deliver the same performance as last year

It's not bitterness, it's business, if we can get the same caliber tender for less, who is younger, and may have a higher potential, why would we not do it? Because of some misplaced loyalty for a player that has been her for 3 seasons? You see what that has gotten us in the past, bad contracts for Staois and Pisani just to name a couple.

My memory is just fine, and I remember not only last season, but also the season before when Roli was the worst starting goaltender in the league, and there is no reason to think that he won't repeat THAT performance.

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#84 Chester Copperpot
June 30 2009, 10:00AM
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@ Ogden Brother:

The Wings were predicted to peak when Yzerman left, when Shannahan left but they just keep roling. I think they will be a top team until Lidstrom retires.

It's amazing what losing a stud D-man can do to a good team.

- Edmonton* (not a good team) without Pronger = Sucked - Anahiem while Nieds held out = sucked - Pittsburg without Gonchar = Sucked - Dallas with Zubov on the IR = Sucked. - Detroit with Lidstrom on the IR = Average.

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#85 Chester Copperpot
June 30 2009, 10:01AM
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@ ScubaSteve:

Who are these younger yet same quality goalies looking for less?

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#86 Hemmertime
June 30 2009, 10:10AM
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Chester Copperpot wrote:

Who are these younger yet same quality goalies looking for less?

Harding, Clemmenson ... as for younger that means any goalie in the NHL, for less, 4/5 of the goalies that are RFA/UFA

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#87 ScubaSteve
June 30 2009, 10:14AM
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@ Chester Copperpot:

Craig Anderson, Halak, Nittymaki, just to name 3. Roli was 18th in sv%, 28th in GAA, and had only 1 SO. All these put him in the bottom half of the league.

He was and is an average goalie, no need to keep him at this point in his career.

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#88 Ogden Brother
June 30 2009, 10:22AM
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ScubaSteve wrote:

Victoria wrote: The bitterness directed at Roli is amusing. Ender the Dragon wrote: Why are people unhappy with this? I figure that Roli will see the writing on the wall and accept this offer fairly soon. For anyone who thinks this is a mistake, your memories are all very short. For one season, there is no reason to think Roli cannot deliver the same performance as last year It’s not bitterness, it’s business, if we can get the same caliber tender for less, who is younger, and may have a higher potential, why would we not do it? Because of some misplaced loyalty for a player that has been her for 3 seasons? You see what that has gotten us in the past, bad contracts for Staois and Pisani just to name a couple. My memory is just fine, and I remember not only last season, but also the season before when Roli was the worst starting goaltender in the league, and there is no reason to think that he won’t repeat THAT performance.

Because the only proven tender of the same caliber available is Biron, and it sounds like he wants more.

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#89 oil_fan_forever
June 30 2009, 10:35AM
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I would like to see Roli back for one more year, but if we can get Biron at a decent price, i think we should go in that direction. Unless all the oil fans can give up the grudge and take a chance on Belfour...

I hate to see Kotalik go, he has great potential playing on the top line with Hemmer because he can actually find the back of the net with his one-timer. He had some great years in Buffalo and didnt quite hit his stride last year. That being said, $3M is probably too much to pay for just potential.

As for signing a high profile UFA, unless we can get a Heatley discount at the last second, we should just stay put. We don't need a Hossa or Heatley to make the playoffs. With our new coaching staff, hopefully things will work out a little better. We could also improve by bringing in Betts, which would probably help the PK a lot.

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#90 Chaz
June 30 2009, 10:35AM
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@ ScubaSteve: You must have been watching a different team this year than I did. Rollie was our best player most nights, absolutely stole games away from other teams, and kept us in games we didn't deserve to be in. His save percentage and GAA weren't great, but that's more a reflection of the team's play than his IMO.

Even if he is "average" as you say, he's a step or two up on what we have now and what's out there in the market IMO.

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#91 Mike Krushelnyski
June 30 2009, 10:44AM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

You mentioned Giguere as a possible replacement in goal who could be had through trade. What's his contract status like, and would it take a lot to pry him out of Anaheim (I'm kinda thinking it wouldn't)? I think a lot of people have forgotten just how good JSG can be and I would love to see him in Edmonton.

I'm with the don't-bring-back-Roli camp. It would be nice to see someone come in who can be a quality starter for 5-6 years and Roli obviously doesn't offer that. It's a gamble to rely on Roli to play like he did last year, he put on a lot of miles last year and if he goes down an injury I doubt he'd be coming back.

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#92 ScubaSteve
June 30 2009, 10:48AM
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@ Chaz:

If you can name 3 games he stole for us, I can name 3 more he lost, it's a moot point. Maybe Roli was our best player some nights, but why would we not try to grab a younger, better goalie with a higher ceiling? Just b/c we "like" Roli. That's bad business.

Even if I really "liked" a player, and had the kind of man-crushed we've seen on this team before, we still need to look at what gives us the best chance to win.

IMO it's not Roli next year that gives us the best chance to win. I'll be happy if he does sign and I'm wrong, but I'm fairly confident that given his playing time, many other goalies could replicate what he did here last year.

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#93 Jonathan Willis
June 30 2009, 10:51AM
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@ Mike Krushelnyski:

2 years left at 6MM/season. I've heard speculation that Giguere will end up in Toronto for Toskala, but not much else.

From an Edmonton perspective, salary would need to go the other way - I'm thinking Penner or Nilsson+Staios as the core of a package. I don't think it would take that much; Anaheim has to be looking to get out from under that contract given how Hiller has performed for 1.3MM.

Then again, I am just guessing.

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#94 Mike Krushelnyski
June 30 2009, 10:58AM
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@ Jonathan Willis:

Ouch. That doesn't really sound doable. Too bad.

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#95 Alon
June 30 2009, 11:05AM
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@ Chaz:

Roli isn't a step up from the goalies on the market.

Arguably he's better than Fernandez. He also has a leg up on guys like Clemmenson, Anderson, Harding, and Halak. But this is only because they are unproven (Clemmenson will likely remain unproven)but Harding, Halak, and probably even Anderson are all better investments then Roli (and probably JDD too).

We could ask JW to do a massive break down of stats but there are only a few things that need to be considered when signing Roli, and numbers aren't neccesarily one: 1) Rolis notorious inconsistencty. Someone said whose to say he doesn't perform like last year, but do you remember 07-08? I guess you guys are the ones with a short memory?

2)His age. Players get worse with age, its a fact. You can't hold on to players for some weird, obscure loyalty, reasons or reward them for one good season. Like rindog pointed out we all know how rewarding players for one good season has turned out.

We moved on after Ryan Smyth, it's time to get used to life after Roli now.

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#96 risto
June 30 2009, 11:17AM
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Unless we can trade for a franchise tender, Roli will do for a year. He wasn't the problem last year, indifferent play ahead of him and erratic coaching sealed the deal.

Kotalik is a great talent who would be a good 2nd liner on a solid team, which the Oil are not. We need more Patty Hughes and fewer Petr Klimas right now.

The management of this team still gives me the heebie jeebies. I can't believe the exec who signed Penner still has a job, let alone named a 3rd/4th line grinder captain.

They just can't seem to force the issue, and are always kinda waving their sticks in the air to see what pretty butterflies they can catch. if it's youth and growing pains, a la Pittsburgh and Chicago (build thru draft), or spend for show a la Rangers, I can't tell what the strategy is!

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#97 Chaz
June 30 2009, 11:18AM
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@ Alon: I'm not saying Roli is God's gift to Oiler Fans, but I just feel that having him back for a year is a good option. He's a fierce competitor and played great last year. Perhaps other options are out there, but I would hate to see Roli leave and then have someone not as good / proven take over.

I'm not a stats guy and to tell you the truth I don't know much about the other keepers out there. I do know however, as I mentioned earlier, that Roli was our MVP last year and I think it's good business to have someone in place before allowing him to walk away (I assume Tambo has a plan if Roli signs or not, so we'll see what happens).

All of this to me shows what poor management it was not to have a farm team a few years ago. Had JDD had proper development in those vital years, then we might not even be in this precarious position. Another strike against Lowe IMO.

* Realizes his over-use of "IMO" and goes looking for a suitable replacement.

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#98 Wanye Gretz
June 30 2009, 11:22AM
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Alon wrote:

1) Rolis notorious inconsistencty. Someone said whose to say he doesn’t perform like last year, but do you remember 07-08? I guess you guys are the ones with a short memory?

Please explain this. I would love to hear how Roloson can be described as anything other than "one of the few Oilers that has given it his all in the three years since the SCF"

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#99 Chester Copperpot
June 30 2009, 11:24AM
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@ Hemmertime: @ ScubaSteve: Craig Anderson, Halak, Nittymaki, Harding

Younger - Yes Cheaper - No Better - Maybe.

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#100 Alon
June 30 2009, 11:26AM
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@ Wanye Gretz: Wanye Gretz wrote:

Please explain this. I would love to hear how Roloson can be described as anything other than “one of the few Oilers that has given it his all in the three years since the SCF”

So I guess effort level is directly related to skill level? That's why we constantly see 7th rounders with heart make the NHL, and have an impact, over 1st rounders with skill.

Roli gave it all, and we should thank him for that. But sometimes someone elses all is better, especially when you are 40 years old, inconsistent (in performance, not effort), and asking for too much money and time.

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