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.

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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

    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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    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!

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    @ 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?

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    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 😉

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    @ 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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    @ 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!

  • Hippy

    @ 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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    @ 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.

  • Hippy

    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

  • Hippy

    @ 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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    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.

  • Hippy

    @ 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.