Conkanen One Year Later
A year ago we were deep into the Conkanen debate - and opinions on what to do were all over the place. I started out with high hopes for Jussi and zero hope for Conklin - but by Christmas 05 even the biggest Jussi optimist had to admit he wasn't cutting it. There were a number of options open to Lowe last Christmas - and here's how the most talked about candidates are doing now - yes hindsight is a beautiful thing.
Roloson 28 games .921
Denis 20 games .878
Biron .9 games .889
Gerber 16 games .896
Theodore 19 games .903
Fernandez 26 games .906
Luongo 31 games .911
Could Lowe have made a better call for last spring or this year? Probably not. I honestly think Lowe and MacT don't really have a clue about goalies and basically just want a vet who knows what he's doing so they can leave him to his job - and no one has ever been able to explain to me how Peter Peeters helps anyone. This approach clearly didn't work last year with Conkanen and it's hopeless with the young tenders who need actual coaching (ya think?).
So with this mgmt team and number of young players this year (especially on defense) Roloson was a stellar choice. He's a no bullshit take charge guy who does his job and doesn't need his hand held. Plus he's a big game guy on top of it. Props where due - Lowe made a Grade A call here and anyone who was pimping Biron or Denis to be our savior should in the words of the immortal Denis Lemieux "feel shame".
...and just for shits and giggles that little prick Cam Ward is a stunning .893 in 24 games this season which is pretty much just as bad as he was in his first regular season (what is it with the Oilers making rookie goalies look like Johnny Bower?)