Are the Oilers done yet?

Edmonton has had a busy offseason this summer but they still have some some work to do..

The Oilers have had a busy summer so far but I think they sill have a bit of work to do. The Oilers are very close to the salary cap and definetly need to lose some of it.

Well first of all there goaltending with Garon and Roloson is IMO very good stability. Garon is a great goalie, very flexible and amazing in the shootout, also comes very cheap at 1.1 salary. In the 2006 cup run Roli was amazing but in Game 1 of the cup final he was taken out by Marc Andre Bergeron and Andrew Ladd in a devistating collision that would end the miracle run for him. He has never been the same and has even been taken over by Mathieu Garon for the starting position. He has stated before that he wants to be a starter somewhere else if not here.. i wouldnt be suprised if he requested a trade. His trade value would be very low though because of his 3.6 cap hit. Also as a 39 year old only has one year left on his contract. Some teams that might be interested are: Los Angelous, Atlanta, Boston. I would’nt be suprised if Atlanta offered RFA goalie Kari Lehtonen up for him.

Second, our defence is very weak right now. After losing Matty Greene and Jarret Stoll for Lubomir Vishnovsky we have lost alot of toughness and grit in Matt Greene. The Oilers need to get someone to bring grit back on the defence. Some names Edmonton may be interested in are: Brent Seabrook,Garnet Exelby,Colin White,and Kyle Mclaren.

Third, Edmonton needs another top 6 forward that will really fit well with Hemsky. Erik Cole was just brought in but is usually at best a second line player. Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky did not have good chemistry last season and Penner will likely play on the third line thanks to “the kid line” taking the second. That leaves a spot on the top line at left wing. Some names that Edmonton may be interested in are: Antoinne Vermette,Martin Havlat, Jonathon Cheechoo,Brian Gionta,and Marian Gaborik.


13 Responses to Are the Oilers done yet?

  1. habsrock99 says:

    The Oilers are pretty much done this year in terms of transactions. They're sitting with a decent amount of Cap Space(3.087 million) and the players they have that are worth trading(Hemsky, Cogliano, Gagner) are currently on Kevin Lowe's No Trade List and rightfully so. Dwayne Roloson has no control as to what his future is over the next year, the starter's job is Garon's to lose. He has no trade value and what you proposed with Atlanta is rediculous. Lehtonen is Atlanta's Franchise goalie and until Pavelec is NHL ready(which won't be for 2 more years at least) the Thrashers will keep Lehtonen.

    Also, Dwayne Roloson was never been all that good of a goalie to begin with. He's had just 2 very good seasons and 1 good Play-Off run. Other then that, he's been average at best and his record speaks for that. These are his Career Stats

    His 1996-97 to 2001-02 and 2005-06 to 2007-08 record:
    97-140-23-16  2.83  .902  13 shutouts

    His 2002-03 and 2003-04 record:
    42-34-19-0   1.94   .934   9 shutouts

  2. oilcountry88 says:

    i thought Lehtonen had a terrible year last year and was no longer wanted by Atlanta? He is an RFA too and has not been re-signed. I never new they wanted him still?  well if hes a franchise goalie im sorry i didnt mean that. no body would give a franchise goalie for Roli.

  3. habsrock99 says:

    He's not a ffranchise goalie on a lot of teams but because Atlanta has no other goalie, he's there franchise goalie. He's still an RFA yes but he's also going to arbitration and was given a Qualifying Offer(if he hadn't been given one he'd be a UFA now). He's till just 24 and if recent goalies have shown us anything it's that some tend to not become very good until after they're 25(Marty Turco and Mike Smith to name 2)

  4. max_fisher says:

    The problem with most fans , me included, is that we too easily fall in love with our teams.  I can recall looking at our roster in the disastrous 2006 and thinking that Ethan Moreau and Raffi Torres were each going to score 30 goals.  And that a defence without Chris Pronger was gonna be okay.  When i look at the roster now i'm optimistic, but cautious.  The Goaltending of Garon and Roli is solid.  I think Roli will be a great mentor and backup, because he has to realize that his starting goalie days are behind him.  The Defence is upgraded from last year with Lubo in For Pitkanen, and theres a couple of high end defensive prospects in the system(Chorney, Petry). Gilbert and Smid have another year under there belts.   What worries me about the forwards is the sophmore slump.  Gagner, Cogliano , and Nillson all had great years for us and we need them to improve on them this year. As long as Hemsky and Horcoff stay healthy , i believe they'll rack up points with Cole on the left wing. The checking lines with brodziak , Pisani, Moreau and perhaps Penner will chip in.  It all comes down to the kids…….if they can continue to develop and score consistently we're a shoe-in for the playoffs.  If not  could be a long summer, another plus is the weakening of some of the other teams in our division.  Colorado is going to dip bigtime as is vancouver.  Calgary and Minnesota have both made some major changes that only time will tell if are for the better.

  5. turdfergusson says:

     Yeah, the Oilers will only go as far as their second line takes them…The first line should have no problems producing and their D should be pretty slick .
       
     This team's toughness  is underrated and they're far from small but with no clear heavy weight it would be nice to see them add another middle weight …someone like Chris Neil (maybe for Scremp?) to lessen Stortini's load. Hmmm , maybe J.F. Jaques will get his role translated to him  so Kevin Lowe can hang on to Schremp. ( No offense to our French brothers ) 

        Thought Big Gearges was gonna make a return but he can't skate backwards and that's bad.

        Everyone knows that up the middle no team is faster and the left side is lookn' pretty good this year ( finally)  so scoring shouldn't be a problem.

    ….enter Garon. More of the same please.

     I liked your article but IMO, players like Cole and especially Vishnovski already add a new dynamic and need time to gel with a pretty tight room. Another top 6 forward could spell disaster when Mac.T is filling out his lineup card , ice time etc… Lowe will need that three million bucks for February when he adds that final piece of the puzzle !  LOL 

  6. mmamolo says:

    ALthough the intent of this article was good there were some ridiculous statments made.  Boston does not need a goalie.  I'm not a huge fan of Fernandez, Thomas and co but they are content with what they have.  Plus, if you think for one second that you are going to get Lehtonen for Roloson you're dreaming.  Lehtonen isn't going anywhere, and certainly not for a washed up average goaltender.  Edmonton made the mistake of overpaying Roloson after his one and only playoff run.  Granted, their hands were kind of tied as his contract ended at the right time for him. 

    In all honesty, not to be mean, but I don't understand why everyone thnks suddenly Edmonton is a shoe in for the playoffs.  Granted Colorado got worse (in net especially) but I don't think it's fair to say that we'll have to see where the transactions that Minnesota and Calgary made will take them.  I don't see any of the changes those teams made as major.  Both of those teams were extremely solid last year and in a lot ways deserved better playoffs results than they got. 

    Of the teams that made the playoffs last year I really only see Nashville having a tough time getting back in.  Although, i certainly don't think Anaheim will end up as high as they did this past year in the rankings.  I can see Nashville missing and Colorado potentially missing.  I would imagine Anaheim in 6th with Colorado, Nashville, Chicago, Edmonton, Phoenix and potentially St. Louis fighting for the last spots.  Personally I think Phoenix will get in at 7th.  Then it's a toss up.  I think Chicago and Edmonton are one more year away each.  Who knows though, maybe Columbus can miraculously sneak in.  Edmonton is no where near a shoe in though.

  7. jonnygf40 says:

    How about…

    To Van: Cogliano

    To Edm: Schneider

    Works for both teams.

  8. oilcountry88 says:

    you arent getting Cogliano.. O'marra,Dubnyk for Schneider i would do though

  9. oilcountry88 says:

    Edmotnon was just a few points back of the playoffs last year! This is their year Hensky will be better with Cole beside him and especially if Horcoff can stay healthy. We have made our team much better than last year and Colorado and Vancouver as you said will drop this year. Which opens more aof a chance at the playofss this year. Also edmontonstill has interest in Jay Bouwmeester. If they can get him into the mix without losing any of our young guys i think we will be fine. BTW Staios,Pisani,Shremp MUST GO!

    This is how i think the standings will look next year as of now:

    1.Detroit
    2.Dallas
    3.Edmonton
    4.San Jose
    5.Anaheim
    6.Calgary
    7.Chicago
    8.Phoenix
    ——————————-
    9.Columbus
    10.Colorado
    11.Vancouver
    12.Minnesota
    13.Nashville
    14.Los Angelous
    15.St.Louis

    Im not saying edmonton wiill win the division this year because im an oilers fan but i truely believe we are going to do some big damage this year. We have Moreau or Penner on the last line because our lineup is so good this year!

  10. oilcountry88 says:

    i have heard About Schneider but never seen him play.. can you tell me about him and who he is compared too?

  11. jonnygf40 says:

    This kid is the next Price, he put up huge numbers in the AHL in the second half of the year.  Schneider is going to be a super star.  Straight up for Coglianao would be a great trade for both teams.

  12. oilcountry88 says:

    Oilers will not let Cogs go hes the next Brad Richards i think.. Would you do Dubnyk and O;marra? O'marra is a big body he can hit score and has great hands. And Dubnyk would be a great backup goalie for Roberto. He is NHL ready right now and even could possibly be a starter for you guys.

    Would you do that?

  13. jonnygf40 says:

    I can't see that happening.  Schneider is going to be a star.  I don't think anyone can question that.  The Canucks know that, and they want someone who is going to be a star in return.  O'marra and Dubnyk have mediocraty written all over them.  They are never going to dominate the game, or have the amount of impact Schneider is going to have.  With the addition of Brule, and already having Gagner, I don't see why the Oils couldn't part ways with Cogliano.  They still have loads of depth at center, and with very promising players.  Yes Cogliano is going to be a great player, but it would be a pretty even trade.

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