Building A Tandem

Jonathan Willis
July 23 2009 01:10PM

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Garth Snow’s rather surprising signing of Martin Biron drew a wide variety of opinion yesterday, with the consensus opinion being that Rick DiPietro is still a long way from being ready to play again.

Islanders fans have for the most part agreed with that conclusion, except for the small segment who hilariously (gullibly?) still believe DiPietro will be ready for training camp.

It seems pretty clear to me that Garth Snow entered July knowing that he needed a number one goaltender for at least the first half of the season, and he moved quickly but without wasting money, signing Dwayne Roloson to a two-year, five million dollar contract.

It seems safe to say that he was open to various options at the backup position, but with Martin Biron desperately looking for an NHL job, signing him was an obvious move. Not only does Biron provide the Islanders with likely the best backup goaltender in the league (or Roloson, if things go that way)) but if DiPietro recovers in time to play midseason, Snow will have the option of trading him to whichever team watches their starter get hurt or implode performance-wise.

Snow, in short, built a completely new tandem for a cap hit of 3.9 million dollars. If either goaltender falters, he has an experienced and successful number one to replace him with.

This is a different approach than the Oilers have chosen to take. Despite the total lack of value of even a decent backup goaltender (Alex Auld, who started and did well in Ottawa last season, was traded earlier this summer for a 6th round pick – despite a reasonable salary), they’ve elected to hold on to untested 25-year old Jeff Deslauriers. They also elected to grab the man who was, in their opinion, the best goaltender on the market in Nikolai Khabibulin – signing the 36-year old to a four year, 15 million dollar contract.

My question is a simple one – which approach is better? Which tandem would you, as an NHL G.M., rather run with next season:

  • Biron/Roloson: 3.9 million dollars
  • Khabibulin/Deslauriers: 4.375 million dollars

I think that the Islanders have more effective tandem; if either goaltender slumps they have a legitimate starter to step into his role. Edmonton, in contrast, will be relying on a goaltender that has yet to prove he can be a reliable NHL backup if Khabibulin suffers more injuries like the ones that have nagged him since the lockout. I think (and I realize this isn’t something everyone will agree with me on) the Islanders got the best goaltender on the market in Biron – a younger player than Khabibulin who has posted better numbers in three of four seasons post-lockout.

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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 Tyler
July 23 2009, 03:17PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

Despite the fact that many people (including JW) pointed out that there were more starting goalies this year than available roster spots, that doesn’t change the fact that no one could have foreseen Biron or anyone of his calibre signing anywhere at $1.4M.

Several people foresaw exactly that situation developing.

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#52 ShaunDoe
July 23 2009, 03:20PM
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I don't know about this whole topic, it just seems to be a lot of lamenting over hindsight being what it is. Now that would be an interesting topic to write about, wouldn't it?!... oh

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#53 scorecoff hemmercules
July 23 2009, 03:22PM
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bingofuel wrote:

scorecoff hemmercules wrote: @ bingofuel: Hh, nc. “dsmvwlng” snds knd vlnt vn thgh ‘m sre ts nt…..r s t??? I don’t know, you tell me

I like it, easy to pick out who's being jerky. I had a funny comment but there are girls here. Can I have my vowels back now???

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#54 bingofuel
July 23 2009, 03:23PM
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@ scorecoff hemmercules:

No, you cannot have your vowels back... Wanye stole them and told me he was going to feed them to his pigeons.

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#55 ronaldo
July 23 2009, 03:29PM
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@ scorecoff hemmercules: II haavee eextraa, wiilliing too neegootiiaattee gooood priicee.

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#56 smiliegirl15
July 23 2009, 03:29PM
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scorecoff hemmercules wrote:

I had a funny comment but there are girls here.

~ my apologies for cramping your style on the boards! ~

For the record, I am very hard to offend and honestly, if you're going to post here, regardless of whether you're male or female, you better have a thick skin and/or the ability to take a joke.

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#57 Travis Dakin
July 23 2009, 03:32PM
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Tyler wrote:

Several people foresaw exactly that situation developing

Yes you did. It's been infuriating. I want to believe that there is some deep unknown reason that Tambellini rushed to overpay. He must have had Heatley complaining about the lack of a goalie here as a concern. Much like Hossa raising the same questions last year. One surely must believe that or this organization is completely screwed. It's not even the dollars that are that bad, it's the years and dollars combined that seem crazy and are only amplified when compared to the Biron deal.

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#58 cm
July 23 2009, 03:43PM
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one thing that has been overlooked in this debate is that Bulin vs Calgary 29gp 22W 5L 2T 0OTL 3SOL 2.06GAA 0.931SVP

He's got more wins against the godless flames than an other team in the NHL and he's looking forward to adding to that total.

if Bulin can win 18 of the 24 games we play against the flames in the next 4 years this will be money well spent.

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#59 scorecoff hemmercules
July 23 2009, 03:59PM
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@ smiliegirl15:

Thanks, note taken.

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#60 JM
July 23 2009, 04:05PM
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You're all complaining too much. We have what we have, what's done is done. Not to mention Biron's salary would not be that low if it weren't for every team already satisfied with their goalies.

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#61 hack the bone
July 23 2009, 04:12PM
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I agree NYI has the best tandem now, but remember on July first it was...

Roloson+DiPietro= $7 million (2.5+4.5) vs. Bulin+JDD = $4.375 million

And what happens when DiPietro returns? Three-headed monster and Biron will be sent away for a prospect, since they aren't dealing from a position of power. Well, less so.

I agree the NYI have done a great job of accounting for DiPietro's injury and taking advantage of the current market, but the situation was much different on July 1st and the Oil acted accordingly

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#62 Victoria
July 23 2009, 04:29PM
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cm wrote:

one thing that has been overlooked in this debate is that Bulin vs Calgary 29gp 22W 5L 2T 0OTL 3SOL 2.06GAA 0.931SVP He’s got more wins against the godless flames than an other team in the NHL and he’s looking forward to adding to that total. if Bulin can win 18 of the 24 games we play against the flames in the next 4 years this will be money well spent.

That's pretty low standards.

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#63 Luc
July 23 2009, 04:43PM
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Reasons to play for the Islanders over Edmonton: - It's New York - Less travel (didn't they have the least travel in the league in the upcoming season?) - No accountability - Less Tax (significantly for top bracket guys like hockey players) - It's New York - It's not -40 in the winter - Annonymity - Doug Weight is probably more fun to be around than Ethan Moreau - The team isn't going to run you into the ground like the Oilers would - The owner is certifiably insane and could potentially end up making you the general manager - Steve Staios isn't pushing every winger that rushes on top of you to slow them down, potentially ending your career twice a game - Lastly, IT'S NEW YORK!

Reasons to play for the Oilers over the Islanders: - Hypothetically your team is closer to competing (we ALMOST made the playoffs two years in a row)

To make the argument that Biron signed for 1.5 million in New York and the Oilers could have got him for that same 1.5 million is shortsighted. If I remember correctly Nylander took less to play in Washington (before they were a playoff team), Dany Heatley won't play here, Chris Pronger wouldn't play here, hell its questionable whether half the current squad wants to play here...

At this point, isn't the notion that the Oilers have overpaid ANYONE a moot point?

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#64 Ccubed82
July 23 2009, 04:44PM
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@ Victoria: Low standards or not, who cares. So long as we hand the flickers there @sses on a platter.

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#65 Ender the Dragon
July 23 2009, 05:16PM
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Ccubed82 wrote:

Low standards or not, who cares. So long as we hand the flickers there @sses on a platter.

Um, . . . well I care a little bit. 6-76-0 would be a little hard to take for me, even if we pounded the Flamers 15-0 every time out. That's a lot of craptacular teams beating us every game. Just saying.

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#66 oilersseasonticketholdersince99
July 23 2009, 05:24PM
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@ Luc: Do you think Katz is having second thoughts about buying the team?

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#67 Ccubed82
July 23 2009, 05:35PM
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@ Ender the Dragon: True enough, cant argue with that.

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#68 Hemmertime
July 23 2009, 05:46PM
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Roloson+DiPietro+Biron: $8.4 million (2.5+4.5+1.4) Khabibulin/Deslauriers: 4.375 million dollars

Changes the "cheap tandem" theory alot. That's Luongo money. Depends what they get for Biron when they trade him, 6th round pick anyone? It's a good idea, they can deal him, or even if he has a sh*tty season who cares, 1 year contract on a team used to having a goalie on over a decade contract, a blink of an eye.

And even if they waive Biron and someone picks him up, what did they lose? Security for a 40 year old goalie while your starter recovers. A great move. However, not the right one for the Oilers July 1st. If Roli and Bulin signed to different teams on July 1 where would we be? We would likely have Biron on a 2.5-3.5 multi year deal not no 1.4 one year

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#69 Chris
July 23 2009, 05:51PM
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@ Luc:

~But... But, But... True Canadians should WANT to play in Canada. They should want to drive on ice after spending all day on ice. They should want to have their every move scrutinized... to never eat a meal, or go to a movie in peace. They should want to pay out huge portions of their salaries in taxes to governments that let child molesters roam free~

At least Horcoff was willing to take the big dollars to freeze with the rest of us, and keep a wary eye on his kids... But he won't be able to shield them from hearing at school about how their Dad "sucks" and is way "overpayed".~

Don't get me wrong; I love Canada. I love Edmonton. There might not be a better place on earth to live and raise a family... FOR BLUE COLLAR WORKERS. These guys live in a differnt universe. Can a Ferrari survive Edmonton roads? Khabibulin, Souray, Smyth, and Horcoff are among a very small group of players willing to rub elbows with the proletariat... BUT only for ABOVE market term and pay. The growing power and freedom of established players to control their own movement is the single biggest challenge facing the Oilers today.

In the spirit of this new pessimism, I propose the term "no movement clause" should be renamed the "no Edmonton clause". The term "unrestricted free agent status" should also be changed to "free from Edmonton status".

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#70 Jonathan Willis
July 23 2009, 06:17PM
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cm wrote:

one thing that has been overlooked in this debate is that Bulin vs Calgary 29gp 22W 5L 2T 0OTL 3SOL 2.06GAA 0.931SVP

It hasn't, actually. Khabibulin's great against Calgary, but he stinks against the rest of the Northwest.

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#71 Word
July 23 2009, 06:19PM
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Ender the Dragon wrote:

Um, . . . well I care a little bit. 6-76-0 would be a little hard to take for me, even if we pounded the Flamers 15-0 every time out. That’s a lot of craptacular teams beating us every game. Just saying.

I just thought about that compared to last season, and have come to the realization that I would totally have preferred a 6-76-0 record if it was made of 6 victories over the flames that were 15-0.

Seriously - top 5 pick (very likely first or second) and the ability to say "you got beat by the WORST team in history, 15 - 0 EVERY TIME you played us".

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#72 Jonathan Willis
July 23 2009, 06:21PM
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dyckster wrote:

Would/could/will a cheap (relatively speaking) signing like the Biron signing piss off the players union, other tenders and their agents? Seems to me, if I was a still unsigned or soon to be free agent puck stopper I might be like, WTF Marty, you just squished my market value! I don’t recall if there were any negative rumblings when Kariya signed for pretty much nothing to play in San Jose (I think it was San Jose)?

Two things:

1) This summer, it's pretty much every-goalie-for-himself. Take whatever you can get.

2) If I'm a free agent and see someone sign cheap, I get excited. The teams are going to spend X amount of dollars anyway, so the less they spend on other guys the more there is left to spend on me.

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#73 ScubaSteve
July 23 2009, 06:27PM
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Victoria wrote:

People are concerned about him. It’s warranted. Get over it.

Be concerned, but stop throwing out that "Roli is a btter goalie b/c his sv % was higher" Khabi is a better goalie than Roloson. He's no Bobby Lou, but he is a step up.

I just hate everytime a player leaves here we put him on a pedestal and make him out to be better than he was. It happened with Smyth, Greene, J. Smith, and now Roli.

I don't see the point in rolling out sv % to prove who will help this team win more games. One guy had a much lower sv% than either of these 2, and he won 45 games. Who would you rather have on your team?

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#74 Hemmertime
July 23 2009, 06:43PM
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Jonathan Willis wrote:

Khabibulin’s great against Calgary, but he stinks against the rest of the Northwest.

Ya, but now Colorado is crap. Minny remains to be seen, so against the top 2 Van and Calgary who would you want to kick more ass of? Yup, me too. Besides, Vancouver games are high scoring between us anyway, and rough - some of the best HNIC games of the year.

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#75 Heazues
July 23 2009, 07:07PM
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ScubaSteve wrote:

Victoria wrote: People are concerned about him. It’s warranted. Get over it. Be concerned, but stop throwing out that “Roli is a btter goalie b/c his sv % was higher” Khabi is a better goalie than Roloson. He’s no Bobby Lou, but he is a step up. I just hate everytime a player leaves here we put him on a pedestal and make him out to be better than he was. It happened with Smyth, Greene, J. Smith, and now Roli. I don’t see the point in rolling out sv % to prove who will help this team win more games. One guy had a much lower sv% than either of these 2, and he won 45 games. Who would you rather have on your team?

actually i think i would rather the guy with the better save %. if a goalie has a bad save% on a team that STILL wins. it means he is on a great team and is probably even crappier than his stats say.

as an example. Conklin had the 28th best SV% in the league (.909) but he only faced 939 shots. bad goalie, great team. a good goalie will carry a higher % when facing alot of shots, even on a bad team. like Tomas Vokoun, 2nd best with .926% and faced 1717 shots. the team lost alot, and his W/L record is crap. but who would you rather have?

so how exactly does a goalie help the team win if they arent saving the puck? just because a goalie has a good win/lose record, doesnt mean they are a better goalie. it just means the team is good.

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#76 dunciano
July 23 2009, 07:16PM
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I love Tambellini's trades so far.

Get a 4th! for Garon, a 4th! for Brodziak, trade a 7th for a 6th.

Brodziak signs for 1.15/year - too much.

Good trade Mr. Tambellini

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#77 Ogden Brother
July 23 2009, 07:27PM
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Chris wrote:

@ Luc: ~But… But, But… True Canadians should WANT to play in Canada. They should want to drive on ice after spending all day on ice. They should want to have their every move scrutinized… to never eat a meal, or go to a movie in peace. They should want to pay out huge portions of their salaries in taxes to governments that let child molesters roam free~ At least Horcoff was willing to take the big dollars to freeze with the rest of us, and keep a wary eye on his kids… But he won’t be able to shield them from hearing at school about how their Dad “sucks” and is way “overpayed”.~ Don’t get me wrong; I love Canada. I love Edmonton. There might not be a better place on earth to live and raise a family… FOR BLUE COLLAR WORKERS. These guys live in a differnt universe. Can a Ferrari survive Edmonton roads? Khabibulin, Souray, Smyth, and Horcoff are among a very small group of players willing to rub elbows with the proletariat… BUT only for ABOVE market term and pay. The growing power and freedom of established players to control their own movement is the single biggest challenge facing the Oilers today. In the spirit of this new pessimism, I propose the term “no movement clause” should be renamed the “no Edmonton clause”. The term “unrestricted free agent status” should also be changed to “free from Edmonton status”.

Haha, sadly I agree. The fact that Tambs signed Bulin to a contract that rivals anything Lowe did for an "overpay" should make it pretty clear that Edmonton pays a premium.

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#78 kingsblade
July 23 2009, 08:05PM
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Luc wrote:

To make the argument that Biron signed for 1.5 million in New York and the Oilers could have got him for that same 1.5 million is shortsighted.

except for the fact that in Edmonton he would have been certain of number one status. In New York he will have to fight for his minutes.

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#79 Jason Gregor
July 23 2009, 08:07PM
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Luc wrote:

- Less Tax (significantly for top bracket guys like hockey players) - It’s New York

Curious who told you that.

In Edmonton, they pay 39% tax...in New York with state tax and such, a player told me it is between 48-51% tax. That is a big difference when you are making a million+.

I've never looked at it, but that is what a player told me who played in both places. I would hope he knows what he is talking about, but when you see cases like Federov where a guy swindled him out of $43 million it makes you wonder.

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#80 heavyd
July 23 2009, 08:17PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

Luc wrote: - Less Tax (significantly for top bracket guys like hockey players) - It’s New York Curious who told you that. In Edmonton, they pay 39% tax…in New York with state tax and such, a player told me it is between 48-51% tax. That is a big difference when you are making a million+. I’ve never looked at it, but that is what a player told me who played in both places. I would hope he knows what he is talking about, but when you see cases like Federov where a guy swindled him out of $43 million it makes you wonder.

I missed the last part of your show today, and you said something about a threeway, would this be an oilers trade? Or something else?

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#81 Hemmertime
July 23 2009, 08:53PM
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kingsblade wrote:

except for the fact that in Edmonton he would have been certain of number one status. In New York he will have to fight for his minutes.

Biron wasnt aiming for 1.5 mil on July 1st. Thats a 3 week later salary

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#82 Hemmertime
July 23 2009, 08:55PM
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Question for the nation: Would you want Marleau for the same Package? If that is the 3 way I would have to say I'd be disappointed.

Heatley is great due to 4 year contract. I dont want to see 3 players (besides Nilsson) going for anyone with only 1 year till UFA... unless his name rhymes with Movalchuk

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#83 kingsblade
July 23 2009, 08:57PM
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Hemmertime wrote:

kingsblade wrote: except for the fact that in Edmonton he would have been certain of number one status. In New York he will have to fight for his minutes. Biron wasnt aiming for 1.5 mil on July 1st. Thats a 3 week later salary

Oh I agree, I was just responding to his post about the benefits of signing in one city over the other.

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#84 flyricky
July 23 2009, 09:17PM
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Why are we reading about the Islander management??? Is this a desperate attempt to keep all eyes off of the pathetic Lowe/Tambellini duo. I call it smoke and mirrors and you can draw up your own conclusions. Why don't you write an article about how pathetic the Oilers organization is after the Heatley embarassment instead of bashing another team that have a star franchise player in John Tavares.

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#85 ScubaSteve
July 23 2009, 09:22PM
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Heazues wrote:

Tomas Vokoun, 2nd best with .926% and faced 1717 shots. the team lost alot, and his W/L record is crap. but who would you rather have?

So by that logic, you would rather have Vokoun than Brodeur, Lundqvist, or Luongo? Doubt it. While sv% is a good indicator, I would rather have a guy on my team that wins.

If my goalie stops all the shots he should stop, and lets in all but 1 breakaway/2 on 1/ ect. I would go to war with that guy.

Save % does not indicate compete level, when he raises his game, or makes the big save with the game on the line. It also doesn't show a goalie who lets in soft goals that kill the team's momentum, but stops the other 29/30.

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#86 freeze
July 23 2009, 09:26PM
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scorecoff hemmercules wrote:

@ bingofuel: Hh, nc. “dsmvwlng” snds knd vlnt vn thgh ‘m sre ts nt…..r s t???

lol, I love that.

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#87 99thoilerfan
July 23 2009, 09:36PM
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bingofuel wrote:

@ scorecoff hemmercules: @ FS: I HATE when people post “first.” I hate it on message boards, I hate it on blogs…

Er.. Bingo ?

Hey, it is me.. 99thoilerfan...

It seems to me I got caught as 1st a few weeks ago..

I Explained how the "joy" of being 1st, is like sticking your tongue on a frosty fence post...

Anyways, I think the cat is out of bag.. Being any number on this site...is a blast !

And of course, I will continue to respect your request. ( Come on 69! )

Hugs

99thbingofan

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#88 Roz
July 23 2009, 09:37PM
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The sky is falling, the sky is falling.

Is it possible?

There are way too many people over analyzing this team. Let the PROFESSIONALS do their job. I don't think you would like to see Lowe or Tambo tell you how to wipe your ass?

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#89 Anti-guy
July 23 2009, 10:05PM
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Hey, think of it like water cooler talk.. Smoke break or coffee time..whatever.. You have to consider the source..

Then go back to making copies or coffees, or whatever you do to get your freak on.

Me? Now I am worried about the need to over pay, to land a strong free agent...

Ogden Brother wrote:

The fact that Tambs signed Bulin to a contract that rivals anything Lowe did for an “overpay” should make it pretty clear that Edmonton pays a premium.

Overpay in Dollars AND Years!

The term of the deal, is what caught his eye.. Will the length of the deals, be our "selling" point?

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#90 Jason Gregor
July 23 2009, 10:22PM
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heavyd wrote:

I missed the last part of your show today, and you said something about a threeway, would this be an oilers trade? Or something else?

There has been speculation between a three-way involving Sharks, Oilers and Heatley, but Marleau has one-year left and has a no-trade clause. Why would he go from a first place team, to a team battling for the playoffs.

Plus the Oilers won't take him in exchange for Cogliano, Penner and Smid. That is an awful trade for the Oilers...giving up youth for a guy that is a UFA after one season.

The Sharks are sniffing around Heatley, but right now they have nothing that matches the Oilers' offer.

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#91 Archaeologuy
July 23 2009, 10:30PM
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Roz wrote:

I don’t think you would like to see Lowe or Tambo tell you how to wipe your ass?

Knowing Lowe, he will just cause an Over-Wipe and then blab on about when he wipes he has 5 cup rings to wash after while Brian Burke only has one. And nobody will even notice Tambi until the Wipe is done and I'm washing my hands when he has a fiery speech explaining why the wipe was terrible and how he planned on getting bigger fingers for the next wipe.

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#92 Archaeologuy
July 23 2009, 10:34PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

when he wipes he has 5 cup rings to wash after

obviously he has 6 rings, but unless he double hands it or wears multiple rings on 1 finger I think its safe to say that 5 is the most that stand in the line of fire.

That is all.

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#93 flyricky
July 23 2009, 10:35PM
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I wonder if the Isles sent Biron a promo video like the Oilers did to Heatley. I wonder what Cogliano, Penner and Smid think about that.

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#94 Archaeologuy
July 23 2009, 10:36PM
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@ flyricky: I wonder if the video had highlights that included Penner, Cogs, and Smid. Imagine the ineptitude.

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#95 oilersinsider
July 23 2009, 10:37PM
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Jason Gregor wrote:

The Sharks are sniffing around Heatley, but right now they have nothing that matches the Oilers’ offer.

They also have to clear about $9 million in cap space to bring Heatley in. Right now they sit $200,000 shy of the cap with only 10 forwards. If they plan to ice a full team, they'll need to do more than replace one guy going out with one guy coming in. (ie. Marleau out, Heatley in.)

San Jose is in crazy cap space trouble with not enough room to even sign 3 minor leaguers at league minimum. Any trade involving them is going to complicated to say the least.

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#96 ronaldo
July 23 2009, 10:54PM
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@ Archy I like to imagine the video is just Katz and Melnyk sitting in front of the camera flipping Heatley the bird. And Heatley coming to the slow realization he's sitting in the press box the next few years.

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#97 Hemmertime
July 23 2009, 10:59PM
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@ Archaeologuy: I think it was more a "selling of the city" video. Like when we hired our concierge for the Oilers. A few things about the team and direction in mind.

Or a montage of all the girls Flashing on Whyte Ave when we made the playoffs.

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#98 Dallas
July 24 2009, 12:33AM
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Overpay in Dollars AND Years! The term of the deal, is what caught his eye.. Will the length of the deals, be our “selling” point?

LMAO you mean we will have to be like the islanders and start handing out 30 year terms to unproven players boy were in trouble

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#99 Sandra
July 24 2009, 12:43AM
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Thats Lowe begging. He's still pulling strings. Tried Hossa and Jags to.

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#100 Dominoiler
July 24 2009, 01:53AM
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C'mon... if Biron wasnt going to come to the Oil for 1.4 than we should all be happy that the isles signed him...

'IF' Khabibulin is broken down mid season and 'IF' the AHL goalie has played like an AHL goalie, then the Oil can simply acquire Biron, forcing him to come to edmonton... thats still a win right!?

If not - good...

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