Saturday, January 17, 2009
A short post as my wife is abed with a flu so I'm making supper plus a vat of chili for an annual football do I am holding tomorrow, all while carrying around a cranky six month old.
Mathieu Garon got sent to the Pens for Dany Sabourin, a prospect named Ryan Stone and a fourth round pick.
Its a good trade. It really is. A borderline starter for a backup, a prospect and a pick. Consider what LA got for LaBarbera.
Roloson's goaltending has been fine and there is a glut of goaltending out there. I'd rather not go with Roli/JDD as my tandem but if Roli goes down or JDD proves wanting a replacement can be had for cheap.
I believe so, anyways.
Of course as it always seems to go with this club there's a bad taste to go along with this. The sudden leak that Garon refused an extension last summer is standard Oiler protocol as is the freezeout that began almost immediately this season, including the questioning of his toughness and the month between starts.
The management and staff of this team are almost pathalogically unprofessional.
And of course there is Lowe's ridiculous crowing about the value of the trade insomuch that it resolves a situation that management created.
Insert your equally absurd comparison here.
Even with the extra roster spot available the club is awash in young forwards, most of whom have to clear waivers, and with Hemsky, Pisani, Stortini and Nilsson all coming back at some point and a crying need for at least one more veteran player it is likely that another move is coming, probably involving Nilsson and another tweener forward or Smid going to a rebuilding club in exchange for a vet or two.
The Oilers are hanging around and are in a decent spot to make the playoffs so I suspect the next move will aim to meet that goal.
Posted by Black Dog at 4:48 PM