Saturday, December 16, 2006

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?)


Blogger SweatyO said...

Must be cold outside today...the Oilogosphere is alive and kickin'!

Yep, Roloson makes Lowe look brilliant right now. If not for 35, the Pronger trade would look just awful. And even with him, it doesn't look great, especially right now.

But that's another discussion altogether....

12/16/2006 2:11 pm  
Blogger mudcrutch79 said...

Fuck Cam Ward. After the Finals, my nightmare was that he would turn out to not really be anything special. So far, exactly what I feared.

12/16/2006 3:09 pm  
Blogger Black Dog said...

That one turned out alright for sure. Let's hope signing him for three years works out well also.

12/16/2006 6:04 pm  
Blogger Asiaoil said...

I think he's fine next year and hopefully we can start to work one of the kids (DD or JDD) into the lineup next season so that they can play a significant role in 08-09

12/16/2006 7:11 pm  
Blogger Vic Ferrari said...

I see that Conklin got some ice last night. Norenna's hot streak finally ended so he came into the CHI game late. I didn't know that LeClaire was injured.

12/17/2006 9:49 am  

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