Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Jussi Jussi Jussi Jussi Jussi Jussi Jussi Jussi Jussi

He's Finntastic.
So, here's the deal.
We know the Oilers are going to hang around and hang around and hang around. Its their nature now. Always has been until last season and now that they've lost their 2006 swagger, which carried over into about twenty five games of this season before they returned to the BipOilers of old, we know that they will do a great job now that their backs are against the wall. They'll win a couple of big games (three of the last four now; also see their run when Smyth and Hemsky went down) and then just when we're dreaming of the playoffs they'll lose 8-2 to the Coyotes.
That's just who they are. May as well get used to it.
Come March it will be the usual mad dash to the finish and they will finish somewhere between 7th and 9th.
So there will be no collapse which means no easy answers for Lowe.
So the question is this. What to do about Jussi? If they are still in it they can't move him because if Roli goes down with ten games left and the Oil are two points out of a spot ... well, yeah.
I can think of a handful of teams that would take him as a little insurance based on last season including the Flames, Canucks, Wild (all not going to happen unless the Oilers collapse), Canes, Devils and maybe even the Sabres, who could then move Biron.
Likely moot anyway. But here is the bigger question. What to do about next season? Do you try and resign the little Finn for two years (would he go for it?) and have him hold down the fort until JDD is ready, if he is ever ready? Or do you let him walk and have an unproven guy back up your 38 year old keeper.
We have seen how MacT has almost run Roli into the ground already this season and that is with a pretty decent backup at hand. If JDD were the alternative might we see Roli play 82?
If JDD proves he is ready then you can likely move Jussi pretty easily anyhow. And its not like he's bringing a huge return anyhow.
I say sign him.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm torn on this one. Ideally I'd like to see an up and coming future number one goaltender backing up a veteran goaltender. The downside to that plan is that the Oiler's have been lousy at developing their own goaltenders in house. With their track record, odds are DesLauriers or Dubnyk won't develope into that number one.

Much as it pains me to say this, it might be better that the Oilers lose the next six or so games and kill this season. Missing by two or three points may be counterproductive and result in convincing management into thinking that only minor tweaks are necessary. Critically evaluate the roste. Retool over the summer and hope they get a good 7th to 10th draft pick.