Armchair GM IV: The Peanut Gallery

Steve Tambellini has some thinking to do

So, if you woke up this morning and you were Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini, what would your list of things-to-do look like? And, no, checking your bank statement doesn’t count.

From hiring a new coach to filling holes and addressing needs on the roster after a third straight season out of the playoffs, Tambellini’s got his work cut out, and there’s no shortage of opinions on what he should do.

Given Tambellini’s stated desire of icing a bigger, grittier team and a handful of obvious needs — a proven top-six forward, a defensive-minded centre who can win face-offs and kill penalties and a shutdown defenceman, not to mention hiring a bench boss who can pull it all together — let’s throw around some scenarios with you in the GM’s chair.

Like Tambellini, you’ll have to keep in mind salary cap space and the fact that no matter which way you go, people will piss and moan. The bottom line is you’d better please Daryl Katz, who signs the cheques, because he’s just sent you a text that reads: “Steve, if we miss the playoffs in 2009-10, I’m firing your ass. Got it? Regards, D.”

Let’s begin.

The back end

1. You’ve decided to shop Tom Gilbert in the hope of acquiring a top six forward. Coming off a 45-point season, Gilbert’s got some cachet and you’ve got the bases covered in terms of offensive depth with Sheldon Souray, Lubomir Visnovsky and Denis Grebeshkov, once he signs the fat RFA offer you’ve got sitting on your desk.

— The Buffalo Sabres offer Derek Roy.

— The Philadelphia Flyers offer Scott Hartnell.

— The Florida Panthers offer Nathan Horton.

Which deal do you take?

2. You’ve taken one of the above three players for Gilbert and you’re getting ready to present your offer to Grebeshkov. Before you do, you get a fax from head office that says Toronto GM Brian Burke has tendered on offer sheet on Grebeshkov that’s worth $16 million over four years.

After you change trousers and wipe your ass, do you match it? Do you send some guy named Bruno to see Burke?

3. The Los Angeles Kings offer a do-over on last summer’s trade: they’ll send you Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene for Visnovsky. Knowing what you know now, do you make that deal?

The Seven Dwarves

1. Unless Snow White has jumped to the top of the short-list of coaching candidates, the need to get bigger up front to complement Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner is the most pressing, so you’re listening to offers for Patrick O’Sullivan and Andrew Cogliano.

— Tampa Bay offers Ryan Malone for O’Sullivan.

— Chicago offers Dustin Byfuglien for O’Sullivan.

— Dallas offers Steve Ott for Cogliano.

Which deal do you take?

2. You’ve got $10 million to spend. Do you offer UFA Ales Kotalik a new deal for three years or do you send Darcy Regier into spasms by tendering an offer sheet on RFA Drew Stafford for four years at $10 million?

3. If not Stafford, would that offer sheet be better spent on Tuomo Ruutu of Carolina or Travis Zajac of New Jersey?

Money Talks

1. You’ve got some dollars for a UFA burning a hole in your pocket — we know how uncomfortable that can be — and you’ve decided to throw some of it around. Who’s the best target?

— Mike Komisarek.

— Francois Beauchemin

— Manny Malhotra

— Scott Clemmensen

2. Dwayne Roloson tells you he’ll re-sign for $4 million over two years. Do you give him the extra season he wants or do you say, “Thanks, and good luck in Philadelphia?”

3. Nashville wants more skill and you want more grit. The Predators offer you pugnacious and noted serial-charger Jordin Tootoo for sometimes-slacker Robert Nilsson. Do you make that trade?

Dazed and Confused

You fall down the stairs and hit your head. You decide that none of the above small potatoes matter unless you can land a BIG name player to throw on the marquee at Rexall Place. Money, at least to the cap limit, is no object. Which makes the most sense?

1. Buy out the final year of Jaromir Jagr’s contract with Omsk for $3 million and give the 38-year-old future hall-of-famer a two-year contract worth $10 million, for a total cost of $13 million.

2. Re-visit the Marian Hossa sweepstakes.

3. Trade one-third of the roster to free up enough cap space to acquire the inseparable UFA tandem of Daniel and Henrik Sedin to play with Hemsky.

4. Let your head clear.

— Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on TEAM 1260.

  • Archaeologuy

    Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

    Bonus points if you call Luke Schenn a terrible pick and then he has an amazing next season.

    yeah, calling Ryan a "questionable" pick was a pretty bold move from a guy who Drafted Pouliot and Niinimaki in the 1st rounds. Ugh.

  • Drago

    The Back End:
    1. Gilbert for Roy
    2. Don't match the offer sheet for Grebeshkov, thank Burke for the picks
    3. Respectfully decline the Visnovsky do-over

    The Seven Dwarfs:
    1. Cogliano for Ott
    2. Re-sign Kotalik
    3. Don't offer any offer sheets

    Money Talks:
    1. Sign Mike Komisarek
    2. Decline Dwayne Roloson, if he doesn't accept a one year contract then let him walk. Snap up a cheap, veteranish back up to mentor JDD such as Brian Boucher.
    3. Nilsson for Tootoo in a heartbeat

    Dazed and Confused:
    4. Let your head clear

    Kotalik-Roy-Hemsky
    Penner-Gagner-O'Sullivan
    Moreau-Horcoff-Pisani
    Ott-Brodziak-Tootoo
    Reddox-MacIntyre

    Souray-Komisarek
    Visnovsky-Smid
    Staios-Peckham
    Strudwick

    JDD & Brian Boucher

    Thats a pretty solid team and 4 lines that can be rolled on a consistent basis. The 3rd line has the POTENTIAL to be one of the most effective checking lines in hockey and that 4th line would make many a team uncomfortable to play against. Hemsky has 2 scorers playing with him and the 2nd line hopefully can gel into an effective line.

  • ChiliChunk

    Back End

    1. Hartnell for Gilbert
    2. match Grebs offer since traded Gilbert
    3. keep Lubo

    Seven Dwarves

    1. Byfuglien for O'Sullivan (would prefer Malone but too much $)
    2. No Kotalik and no offersheet to Buffalo
    3. No offersheets

    Money Talks

    1. Malhotra
    2. bye bye Roli
    3. Tootoo for Nilsson

    Dazed and Confused

    1. Jagr

    Leaves me with the following.

    Cogliano Jagr Hemsky
    Hartnell Horcoff Gagner
    Byfuglien Malhotra Pisani
    Moreau Brodziak Tootoo

    Souray Grebs
    Smid Lubo
    Peckham Staios

    ???
    Deslauriers

    Then realizing I have a lot of extra forwards and no starting goaltender I trade Penner/Pouliot to ANA for Giguere.

    Now with my head spinning from the above whirlwind of activity I wonder why I didn't just go with my original can't miss, sure thing, guaranteed plan of calling up Shero in PITT after they got knocked out by WASH and showing him the light that he'll never win the cup with 2 guys eating so much of the payroll. And since he needs a more balanced lineup I generously offer up Gagner, Gilbert, O'Sullivan and Eberle for Malkin. I'm such a nice guy I would help him out like that. Heck I'd even throw in Schremp…

  • Bill Peters Bandwagon

    the back end

    1.hartnell….. his hair is more edmonton than gilbys
    2. send bruno….. its the right thing to do… no offer sheet needed
    3. no…. the oil only do the do over thing when the other team has exhausted the useful years of the ones they traded away

    the dwarves
    1. dustin alphabet… his skull looks capable of deflecting a studley bomblauncher riser
    2.no… no
    3. zajak

    money
    1. manny
    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S4nSzE4N-o&feature=related
    Bill Burr on Philly fans

    3.no…..

    Dazed and confused

    4. with bruno …… Fuente Opus X…. Aberlour Abunadh…. pondering what a freaking mess this is and decides to make the best of it.

    poor tambo…

    ~that sweden/czech game yesterday must have been enlightening~

  • Chris

    @ Robin Brownlee:

    I'm having problems with your game. If I were Tambellini I wouldn't take ANY of the above deals for Gilbert untill I had Grebs safely under contract… for two reasons:

    1)I do not want to replace more than one of my top four D-men

    2)I'm not exactly deep in right shooting d-men.

    Horton is an intreaging player, but he is not ready to be a number one center. (And my text from Katz makes it clear I have to win NOW) Gagner is my number two, and I want a more defensivly savey third line center who can win more than 45% of his draws.

    Hartnell, though usefull, is expensive and a bit of a stretch at first line L.W.

    Roy is too small, when you consider my stated goal is to get bigger/grittier up front.

    Do I HAVE to make one of those three deals?

  • Chris

    Well its probably against the rules but:

    The Back End.
    1) I keep Gilbert. (I only have two other legit right shooting D-men under contract)
    2) I let Grebs go and take the picks. I give myself a pat on the back for not dealing away Gilbert BEFORE having Grebs under contract. (It's not a mistake Tambellini will make) I'm deep on that left side anyway and could use the picks.
    3) I keep Lubo. He is key if I'm ever going to sort out the special teams.

    The Seven Dwarves
    1) I deal O'Sullivan for Bygfulin. Similar contracts and I like Bygfulin's size, grit, and versitility (He can play either L.W. or Defence)
    2) & 3) I go hard after Travis Zajac. He IS the answer as a third line center.

    *I'm not sure how the game works from here. Do I assume I get Zajak? If I don't it affects which UFA I target.*

    Money Talks
    1) I target Beauchemin. I need to replace Grebeshkov. Beauchemin has a great shot and can play top four minutes with Gilbert and on the second unit PP.
    2) I sign Roli; but only because the ONLY other option Robin made available was Clemmenson. (Clemmenson is a Dubnyk clone IMO)
    3) TOOTOO in a heartbeat. The guy is a little douche, but Nilsson has got to go… and I'm surprised at the high level of return.

    Dazed and Confused.

    I let my head clear. The owner wants to make a splash? Too bad. Hossa will probably sign with Detroit anyway… besides I want to see what a new coach can do with this group.

  • Chris

    I would challenge all of the above posters to look at your lineups and consider the cap implications. In my very conservative scenario, by which I wasn't even able to properly address the need for a legit top six forward; I STILL ran into cap problems.

    Assuming it would cost only $10 million to sign Zajak, Beauchemin, Smid, and Brodziak… my team complete with guys like Pouliot, MacIntyre, JF Jaques, etc who are still under contract: comes in at $62 million bucks. I'm not sure where some of you other guys find the money to sign Hartnell, Malone, or Jager…

  • Drago

    Chris wrote:

    I would challenge all of the above posters to look at your lineups and consider the cap implications.

    My total cap hit for my team is $57.412 mil assuming Kotalik signs for a $2.5mil cap hit, Brodziak for a $0.900mil cap hit, Reddox to a $0.600mil cap hit, Komisarek to a $5.0mil cap hit, Smid to a $2.0mil cap hit, Strudwick to a $0.650mil cap hit and Boucher to a $1.0mil cap hit.

    While the team would have question marks with the 5-7 defensemen and an unknown goaltending tandem, the stacked forward lines would be enough to offset the issues.

  • Chris

    @ Drago:
    My scenario would also work if I sign Clemmenson instead of Roli and was able to get Beauchemin for less than a 4.5 cap hit. I could have traded Gilbert for Hartnell and then matched the Grebs offer but then I would have 5 left shooting D-men under contract and only two right shooting d-men (Lubo and Staios)

  • spOILer

    THE BACK END

    1. You’ve decided to shop Tom Gilbert
    – The Buffalo Sabres offer Derek Roy.

    – The Philadelphia Flyers offer Scott Hartnell.

    – The Florida Panthers offer Nathan Horton.

    If we're going for grit AND size, Roy is eliminated. Hartnell is a LW, Horton a C/RW. We have no need for centres per se, but that flexibility is nice. All the incoming and the outgoing contracts are about the same and they're all long term. My inclination is to take the young guy because at 23 we likely haven't seen his peak yet, despite the deteriorating goal numbers. I like Hartnell though and wouldn't be upset to get him, but he'd have to play in the 1LW spot would be my guess. I gotta think Philly is shopping Lupul before Hartnell though. HORTON.

    2. Brian Burke has tendered on offer sheet on Grebeshkov that’s worth $16 million over four years

    I get TO's 1st, 2nd and 3rd this draft? DONE!!! I'd be on the phone to Snow and Lawton within minutes.

    3. The Los Angeles Kings offer a do-over on last summer’s trade

    Having just lost Gibby and Grebs, NO WAY!

    7 DWARVES

    1. You’re listening to offers for Patrick O’Sullivan and Andrew Cogliano:

    – Tampa Bay offers Ryan Malone for O’Sullivan.

    – Chicago offers Dustin Byfuglien for O’Sullivan.

    – Dallas offers Steve Ott for Cogliano.

    I'm a little confused here since we still have a Dustin Penner to deal with. Only Ott solves the problem of 3C checker, but I'm not trading Cogs for a player off that tree, not a chance. These kind of players are readily available too — Pahlsson, Madden, Maholtra, Peca, Marchant, Reasoner, Bonk, Laperriere — nope that's a crazy trade.

    O'Sullivan is a useful player and young and developing, but obviously these are two deals we'd need to consider. If I pick up Malone, Penner must be the 2LW with Gagner and Horton, and at $4.5M he's a better cap hit than UFA options like Havlat, Hossa, D.Sedin, etc. and he actually plays LW. We keep Rowbert and field the Sons of Guns Line… LOL. Malone is a horrible passer, but can handle the toughs defensively.

    Byfuglien is damn interesting too, can play D, and is having a great play-offs. Toughest of the bunch. But he may never be the goal-scorer Malone is. POS seems a lot to give up for Buffy, although at 24 now, POS looks like he's never going to be a 25+ goals a yr guy either.

    MALONE would be the best value back of the options available. But I'm iffy on the deal. I'd likely wait to see what July 1 brings and use this as my backup option to failing there.

    2. You’ve got $10 million to spend. Do you offer UFA Ales Kotalik a new deal for three years or do you send an offer sheet on RFA Drew Stafford for four years at $10 million?

    3. If not Stafford, would that offer sheet be better spent on Tuomo Ruutu of Carolina or Travis Zajac of New Jersey?

    I'm not sure I have $10M to spend on forwards since I'm missing a 3D and 4D with the loss of Gilbert and Grebs. Nor do I think $2.5M a year would bring any of these players, esp Zajac since NJD has no cap issues next year and will match easily for their 1C and thank you all the way to the bank (if you could even get that player to sign that low of a sheet).

    I don't really need another forward if I have Horton, Malone (or UFA), and Penner is still on the team, so Kotalik walks.

    Money Talks

    1. Who’s the best target?

    – Mike Komisarek.

    – Francois Beauchemin

    – Manny Malhotra

    – Scott Clemmensen

    Komisarek definitely if I can sign him to a reasonable deal. I'm no longer paying Gilbert or Grebs, so if I can get him for $4M I'm a happy camper. Considering that's in line with contrcts like Phillips, Volchenkov etc, could be do-able.

    Malhotra I am definitely interested in for 3C. Cheaper and less headaches than Steve Ott. Good wheels, good FOs, kills penalties, depth scoring.

    Clemmenson… I think we can do better, see Roli comment below.

    2. Dwayne Roloson tells you he’ll re-sign for $4 million over two years. Do you give him the extra season he wants or do you say, “Thanks, and good luck in Philadelphia?”

    Plenty of goalie options available. I'd likely say sayonara if it's a two year deal.

    3. Nashville wants more skill and you want more grit. The Predators offer you pugnacious and noted serial-charger Jordin Tootoo for sometimes-slacker Robert Nilsson. Do you make that trade?

    I now have too many top 6 LWs, and don't need either Nilsson or Tootoo.

    Dazed and Confused

    1. Buy out Jagr’s contract with Omsk and give him a two-year contract worth $10 million

    2. Re-visit the Marian Hossa sweepstakes.

    3. Trade one-third of the roster to free up enough cap space to acquire Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

    4. Let your head clear.

    Not a big fan of any of these options. Hossa and Jagr prefer RW… do we move Hemsky to LW or C? Jagr I don't believe wants to leave Omsk, he'd prefer to play out his deal. Wings have no room for Hossa so he's moving, and I'd love to have him, but not for 1LW, I'd want him on RW. Still the cost and length of contract it would take would be an albatross for years. As for the Sedins, I see no need to have playmakers Henrik and Hemmer playing on the same line. If I get the Sedins, Hemmer would have to move to 2RW or learn to score more goals. And I'd need to find takers for Horcoff, Penner, Nilsson, and Cogs.

    And I don't want to pick Door #4 as I'd still be kicking tires on Gaborik, Havlat, JBo, Cammalleri, Tanguay, etc.

    My assets:

    MALONE HORCOFF HEMSKY
    PENNER GAGNER HORTON
    MOREAU MALHOTRA PISANI
    JACQUES BRODZ STORTINI
    NILSSON
    COGLIANO

    SOURAY VISH
    KOMI SMID
    STAIOS PECK
    STRUD

    JDD
    LEAFS 1ST (6TH) 2ND AND 3RD
    OILER 1ST (10TH)

    OK. So excluding Cogs and Nilsson's contracts I'm at about $49M, need to improve the D and find goaltending. I'm a helluva lot bigger, but slower too. If I can dump Cogs for Halak, Nilsson for bag of pucks, and sign Hal Gill, I'm okay with it, but offense on the back end is real thin and Halak aint proved nothing yet. In light of that, I'd scrap the Horton deal, play Cogs at 2RW, keep Gilbert, forget about JBo and Gill and go find me a goalie.

  • Mr DeBakey

    “You’ve decided to shop Tom Gilbert”
    How many weeks in a row will Brownlee take a run at Gilbert? We should have a contest.

    “Which [Gilbert] deal do you take?”
    None of them, Move Souray.

    “Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene for Visnovsky. Knowing what you know now, do you make that deal?”
    That was a good trade, and you let Grebeshkov go at $4,000,000.

    “Which [Dwarve] deal do you take?”
    Ryan Malone for O’Sullivan, Horton would be better tho'.

    “Do you offer UFA Ales Kotalik a new deal for three years”
    2 years max.

    “You’ve got some dollars for a UFA..”
    Alex Tanguay, Karlis Skrastins

    Thanks, Dwayne, and good luck in Philadelphia!!

    Do you make [the Tootoo for Nillson] trade?
    Yes.

  • Robin Brownlee

    @ Mr DeBakey:
    Run at Gilbert? You obviously haven't seen me take a run at a player because when I do it doesn't sound anything like the sweet nothings I've been whispering at Gilbert.

    If you want to hold a contest, hold this one: pick the over and under in the timeline as to when Gilbert gets traded.

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Gilbert is a good player who has cachet and can get the Oilers a top six guy. He's movable because of the depth the Oilers have in puck-movers and point-producers on the back end.
    If I can get Grebeshkov inked for three years at $9-10 million — a lot more likely now with the KHL folding up like a house of cards — then I'm willing to trade Gilbert.

    What? Tambellini is supposed to package Laddy Smid with throwaways like Schremp or Pouliot and come up with a top-six guy? Asset management.

  • Chris

    @ Robin Brownlee:
    Do you think Staios has cache at 2.7 million? (Not to secure a top six… but maybe for some quality depth prospects while shedding salary?)

  • Robin Brownlee

    @ Chris:
    Yes. Staios is a workmanlike veteran who could fit in on a lot of defences around the league, particularly on teams with two or three young defencemen in the lineup.

  • Chris

    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    If you want to hold a contest, hold this one: pick the over and under in the timeline as to when Gilbert gets traded.

    I don't see how the team is deep enough to move out a top four D-man without bringing another one back.

  • surshot

    Robin What about the fact that Gilbert just bought a house in EDM last week? And since its no time to invest in real estate in the short term do you think he would go out and do that with out some assurances he would be on the team next year?

    I thought Gilbert was the guy to be traded too but since i heard about his buy i figured he would be some what safe.

  • Ogden Brother

    surshot wrote:

    Robin What about the fact that Gilbert just bought a house in EDM last week? And since its no time to invest in real estate in the short term do you think he would go out and do that with out some assurances he would be on the team next year?
    I thought Gilbert was the guy to be traded too but since i heard about his buy i figured he would be some what safe.

    I think most (or at least alot) of players are suprised when they are traded.

  • Robin Brownlee

    @ surshot:
    I wouldn't use buying a house as any kind of gauge as to a player being here long term or not.
    By the way, it's a great time to buy because prices are low. A guy making what Gilbert does can pay cash for a $500,000 house and, if he's traded, rent it out and sell it later when the market warms up.

    For the record, nobody with the Oilers has told me, "We can't wait to trade Gilbert. He's a goner." I'm drawing my conclusions based on circumtances, personnel and holes Tambellini has to fill moving forward.

  • swany

    Robin I trade Gilbert for Hartnell, he banks can score and skates very well. 2 I match ZBurkes offer because we just traded Gilbert and Grebs upside is HUGE, 3 I take that trade in a heartbeat Byfuglien for Nilsson take it and run before the Hawks wake up and 4 sign Komisarik for a shut down D-man and then sign Kotalik and save some money. I would go Kotalik (LW), Horc (centre) Hemmer (RW) 2 line of Hartnell Gags Byfuglien 3rd of Moreau, Cogs (if we didn't trade him for a shut down 3rd line centre) Pies 4th line of JFJ Brods and Storts D would be Souray-Vish 2nd Grebs Kommy 3rd Smid Stevie

  • swany

    Robin Brownlee wrote:

    @ swany:
    It’s Byfuglien for O’Sullivan not Nilsson. Big difference.

    Robin I still think I make that trade Byfuglien is a monster look at the way he plays good hands can skate really good for such a big man and he hits, can protect the puck (what Penner should be) on that note to I just noticed that I don't have Penner anywhere in my lineup do you think with what I suggested for a lineup Penner could be traded that's another 4 mil off the books. I like the lines I have out there, Kotalik was starting to show something with Hemmer and adding Byfuglien and Hartnell to Gags line that's alot of size up front and if you have a shot at Kommy take it he is one of the best shut down guys out there. Kotalik is 225ibs (dosen't hit much but doesn't get pushed of the puck either, and the second line will hit you into the ground plus give Gags alot more space with 2 guys that can shoot, do you think it's a stretch to sau Byfuglien could get 20-30 goals? Hartnell will get 25-35 goals I think gags would love the extra space and time his points will go up.

  • Robin Brownlee

    swany wrote:

    do you think it’s a stretch to sau Byfuglien could get 20-30 goals?

    I see him as an 18-25 goal player who brings other obvious dimensions — physicality and grit.
    He doesn't have Penner's hands, but he's got more of a nose for the net and is more effective in traffic, which is all that matters.
    Like Penner, if he's playing on my team, I tell Byfuglien and the trainers that he plays at not one pound over 235. That's still a load, but well down from his real playing weight of 250.

  • Robin Brownlee

    oilersseasonticketholdersince99 wrote:

    Hey Robin thanks for the complement my name is Bruno and I will gladly pay a visit to Burke if he tries to mess with our team.You know what I mean?

    A guy could slip and fall. It happens . . .

  • TV

    spOILer wrote:

    I get TO’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd this draft? DONE!!!

    LEAFS 1ST (6TH) 2ND AND 3RD

    I don't mean to be the spolier for you on this spOILer, but the Oilers would not be getting the Buds 6th pick over-all in this June's Draft. The compensation would be in the 2010' Draft only, & the Leafs picks could be anywhere on the draft board by that point.

    In reality, the Leafs would also have to make a trade to get their 2nd rounder in 2010' back from the Habs, (or the Hawks via the Lang trade) because as it stands, the Leafs are in no position to even give out an offer sheet that includes their 2010' 2nd round pick.

    BTW… Great Thread Idea R.B.

    x6

  • MrOiler

    Robin,
    It's great to see you respond to the comments here. It keeps some of the fanboys in line.

    As many do, I see too many small, skilled players in the organization. I originally was willing to go with the KLo plan to build a small man team, but even with the rule changes I now believe that grit and size still trump. It was an aggressive plan, but ultimately it didn't work.

    Of the following smaller guys in the system, who do you think are gone: Cogliano, Gagner, Schremp, O'Sullivan, Nilsson, Brule, Gilbert, Omark?

    p.s. – What are your thoughts on Dwayne Roloson? Sign him or let him walk away? You have to admire his mental toughness. I'm not sure he fits the Oilers' plans, but he impressed me this year. What a battler.

  • Robin Brownlee

    @ MrOiler:
    How can Omark, yet another YouTube creation, be gone without ever having arrived? Same for Schremp. And Gilbert isn't one of the smaller guys, he just plays that way.

    I offer Roloson one year, nothing more.

  • Patrick

    With all of this talk about whether to sign Roloson, I think the Oilers should think about mending things with Burke's old team, the Ducks.

    Roloson is only likely going to give the Oilers one more decent year. I think the Oilers need a goalie who is looking to re-establish himself as a #1 goalie, and I believe J-S Giguere is a perfect fit. As far as I can remember, he had a lot of personal problems (the death of his father) this season, and is likely looking for something of a fresh start. His contract isn't great from the Ducks standpoint, and it makes no sense to pay a backup over $6 million when Jonas Hiller is better anyway.

    I propose the Oilers offer the Ducks a package that includes Dustin Penner (a player the Ducks are familiar with) and one of the fringe guys like Robert Nilsson for Giguere. It's a swap for two bad contracts – although the Ducks would be gaining to player who could play on a nightly basis. This would also allow the Ducks to split Bobby Ryan from Getzlaf and Perry, and reunite the Perry/Getzlaf/Penner line from the '07 season that was particularly potent. Ryan could be slotted into the 2nd line with Teemu Selanne and one of Anaheim's up and coming centers.

    Thoughts? Too much of a stretch?