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

    im glad theres no offer to Kotalik. he's not worth getting into a term with. theres enough players to take on second/third line roles on this team. they need to get a legit top liner (if ever) to make the work load distribution more fluent down the "pecking order" of minutes.

    i wouldnt mind them getting Komisarek if they could dump one of the undersized puck movers. probably a pipe dream but he'd bring an big load of toughness to the top-4.

  • Hippy

    @ West Coast Oil:

    I'd like to see the issue addressed long-term, but I don't think the UFA guys are the answer (maybe Anderson, maybe Biron – although Brownlee's said that the latter is too pricey), so maybe trade is the route to go. Kari Lehtonen (if available) would be one option; others might be J-S Giguere or Cristobal Huet.

  • Hippy

    @JW
    I just reread my post and realised my point regarding Roli did not come across properly.
    What i was trying to say is, if we sign Roli to a 1 year contract for 09-10 we will be in this situation next year unless one if our young guys can take the reins.
    I dont know what is available next year for goalies so I am wondering if we are better off signing someone long term this year so we dont have an issue in 10-11

  • Hippy

    Copperflyer wrote:

    My question is why didn’t they try that hard to trade up for Carter Ashton? Nothing against Mr Moore but American boys really haven’t done that great here. This organzation is trying to build up it’s farm and they pass on a 6′3 200 pound western Canadian kid who was picked 29th. His skating and offensive creativity have improved and he is a goal scorer. The knock on him is the use of his size physically and compete level. Don’t label a 18 year old kid that easily. I feel that the bolts got a real steal with this kid and i will be following his career close.

    Carter Ashton gets knocked for not playing in all three zones and not playing consistently, but that's only part of it. The fact of the matter is that he only had fifty points in his draft year before he disappeared entirely in the playoffs.

    I don't mind the pick at 29, but his offensive production isn't that good and I've seen at least three scouting reports that say he can't generate offense on his own. From everything I've read and heard he sounds like a bottom-six guy in the NHL because he doesn't have the offense to play top-six, but given his consistency and defensive issues I have to wonder if he can adapt to being a bottom-six guy.

    As far as tough Canadian kids go, I'd have rather had Ethan Werek.

  • Hippy

    I can't believe there is still so many Roli haters in this town. The guy was arguably the best oiler on the ice last year and everyone wants to toss him aside just to replace him with someone who "may" be as good. And why? Just cause some morons think he's too old? Pfft… They said that last year too and that Garon was the future.

    Roli is the best goalie available, and unless Tambi dumps a ton of ton of contracts, we aren't seeing any massive roster changes next year. Maybe some, but far from an overhaul. Thats why I think we should stick with Roli, and if hes willing to sign a one year deal, be thankful that he's willing to stick around while we find a replacement for next year.

  • Hippy

    I know this doesn't have anything to do with your post but I'm just wondering your view.
    Hey Jonathon i listened and watched the draft like every other die hard oilers fan and i also did some reading up on the players being drafted but i just have a question. Understandably the oil tried to trade up to draft John Moore an extremely mobile d man with good size and skill. My question is why didn’t they try that hard to trade up for Carter Ashton? Nothing against Mr Moore but American boys really haven’t done that great here. This organzation is trying to build up it’s farm and they pass on a 6′3 200 pound western Canadian kid who was picked 29th. His skating and offensive creativity have improved and he is a goal scorer. The knock on him is the use of his size physically and compete level. Don’t label a 18 year old kid that easily. I feel that the bolts got a real steal with this kid and i will be following his career close. He may not turn out as well as i think he can but you never know. Look at my favorite player in Mike Richards. The oilers could have easily drafted him but missed out by taking BOOliot while the flyers have their captain for years to come, and they also had drafted Jeff Carter earlier. Sometimes i hate being an oilers fan.

  • Hippy

    Why is this big news now? Gregor has been saying it for weeks that the Oilers have offered a one year deal. To me it looks like the Oilers just want us to know they tried to sign Roloson. I'm with Scubasteve and JayGrey..Good luck Rollie, but we have to move in a different direction.

    What about Smid and Grebeshkov?

  • Hippy

    who would've thunk it that our number 1 pending UFA siging going into the 2009-2010 season would be a 34 year old utility player. I don't know if I should laugh out loud or cry out loud on that one!

  • Hippy

    I would assume what hurt Kotalik the most is our glut of top six players and the fact we need to shed some via trade first.
    I would also assume that Kotaliks agent threw a number out and the Oilers didn't find it a steal.
    The Roli situation bothers me because unless Dubnyk or Deslaurier are reafy to start next year we are in the same boat goaltender wise with potentially less FA options

  • Hippy

    I am counting down to 10:01 am then, please replace Roli!!! Let's move forward, not pay a 40 year old 3.6mil to be average. We can get average for far less than that.