Dwayne Roloson Gets An Offer; Ales Kotalik Does Not

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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.

  • Hippy

    Wanye Gretz wrote:

    @ Librarian Mike:
    See THIS statement I agree with completely. There is an absolute vacuum of goaltending prospects in the system behind Roloson – who will not be an option as a starter in a couple of years simply due to his age and the physical demands of being a starting goalie 55 games + per year. If you look at the players currently in the system and ask “how is goaltending in 4 years” the answer is “probably crappy.”
    If someone wants to say this is a real problem for the team in the goaltending department I can see this. But all this Roloson criticism of his current play is absolute garbage.
    We don’t have to sit here and argue that he is Vezina material year after year – fine. But to say that Roloson is in some way responsible for the problems on the ice these past three years is nonsense.
    If I was Roloson and I knew how I had performed as an Oiler and I saw how fickle the fans here are – alternating between standing ROLI chants and demanding he be sent out of town on the next thing smoking – I would tell my agent to send me to a better team with a more stable fan base where I could play out my career in peace with an outside chance of winning the Cup.
    But no, instead Roloson actually wants to remain here despite the shabby treatment from the Coaching Staff and large sections of the fan base.
    Yeah, he is the problem. It’s clear to me now.

    Exacly!

  • Hippy

    Wanye Gretz wrote:

    This weather has me going crazy. Anyone else?

    Ditto, but I'd also probably be complaining if we were in a 10 straight day run of 30 degree plus days. Guess I'm your typical fickle Oiler fan. Nothing is ever good enough. 🙂

  • Hippy

    Librarian Mike wrote:

    Hahaha. “And I remember back in the 80s, it was sunny every day!”
    Sound familiar?

    Definately, only difference was, in the 80's I was a Wpg Jet fan dying for something good to happen. We had our sunny moments, but more often then not it was cloudy with showers. DOH.

  • Hippy

    Jorge wrote:

    Why does TSN figure calgary can get both heatley AND Bouwmeister and we aren’t in for getting either?

    Well they may figure they can do it, BUT only if they trade Phaneuf for Heatley. At this point in time, Ottawa takes that trade in a heartbeat. From a Flames perspective, if the get Bouwmeester signed, some feel they should move Dion for a scoring forward to replace Cammalleri. Not sure what that would mean for a Olli Jokinen (who should be able to replace a chunk of Cammalleri's goals) or Daymond Langkow, but it could mean 1 of them also gets moved.

  • Hippy

    Alon wrote:

    @ Wanye Gretz:
    Ah now it makes sense. Sorry Wanye we had a missunderstanding. By no means do I think Roli was our problem last year. I thought he was in 07-08, but that’s not the question. What I am trying to say is that Roli’s inconsistencies might present a very big potential problem in the upcomming season.

    +1

    I agree that Roli wasn't the problem the last couple years, but now we have an opportunity to possibly upgrade, which I would look at in every position on the team. I don't dislike Roli, but if there is a better option, we should explore it.

  • Hippy

    ScubaSteve wrote:

    I agree that Roli wasn’t the problem the last couple years, but now we have an opportunity to possibly upgrade, which I would look at in every position on the team. I don’t dislike Roli, but if there is a better option, we should explore it.

    IMO the upgrade needs to be on the offensive side of the line-up. The Oil need to spend more time on the attack and less time on the defensive.

  • Hippy

    on a side note,

    hxxp://www.hockeyoutsiders.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104:calgary-set-to-play-with-16-man-roster&catid=47:northwest-division&Itemid=70

    heres to watching calgary get screwed over by injuries if this is true

  • Hippy

    @ RossCreek:

    I loved seeing Jamie Foxx roll out that old character again. It used to slay me on in living color. Mind you I was about 11 when I used to watch that show and I was excited to see all 48 Wayans Brothers working together and I was even more excited just to be awake at 11 PM.

  • Hippy

    Lofty wrote:

    IMO the upgrade needs to be on the offensive side of the line-up. The Oil need to spend more time on the attack and less time on the defensive.

    I agree, but still feel that a defenseman will have to be moved in order to to upgrade the offense with quality.

    Also, on a side note, I find it somewhat worrying that Roli has been moved off the Roster Page on the official site! Suppose it could be nothing though 😉

  • Hippy

    NW UK OIler wrote:

    Also, on a side note, I find it somewhat worrying that Roli has been moved off the Roster Page on the official site! Suppose it could be nothing though

    I noticed that too. Kotalik isn't on there either. But Smid is, though he is an RFA….

    HMMMMM

    *insert dramatic music here*

  • Hippy

    NW UK OIler wrote:

    Also, on a side note, I find it somewhat worrying that Roli has been moved off the Roster Page on the official site! Suppose it could be nothing though

    Wanye Gretz wrote:

    noticed that too. Kotalik isn’t on there either. But Smid is, though he is an RFA….
    HMMMMM
    *insert dramatic music here*

    Well the question is, is Jason Strudwick still there?

  • Hippy

    Ducey wrote:

    ScubaSteve wrote:
    ….
    Save percentage is the proper way to seperate goalies. GAA has to include the team defence. …

    TOUCHE' It's about time someone, other than me, got off the GAA bandwagon.

    Your are sooo correct that GAA is a TEAM stat!

    When Dustin Schwartz was pulling down sub 1.2 GAA's, do you think his defence had anything to do with it? Hell, he was only getting 12 shots a game!!

    Meanwhile Jamie McCaig was getting 40 or 50 a game at Lethbridge.