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In response to Larry Brooks column in the NY post on July 8th; Really Lowe

9 million dollars for Henrik Lundqvist....wow. Don't get me wrong, Henrik is an amazing goaltender, but 9 million dollars. I can think of about 4 million reasons why he is not worth 9 million dollars. And especially to the Oilers, where reason 4,000,001 is a guy named Dwayne Roloson. Sure Roli the Goalie is in his late thirties, but he also didn't get started in the league really until he was around 30. That's just a tad bit later than most guys his age. He has plenty left in his tank.

So why did the Oilers sign Vanek to an offer sheet rather than Lundqvist? Well other than what I just stated, Thomas Vanek is EXACTLY the player the Oilers need. A young scorer, who can play on the other side with Hemsky, and tear it up. He is the guy who could get most Oiler fans convinced that the team is not in a complete downward spiral. Anybody who thinks that Vanek is not a future franchise player is out to lunch in my opinion. The guy scored 43 goals in his second season in the league. Sidney Crosby only scored 36 goals last year. And I know Crosby is still 3 years younger, and did tally 84 assists as well, but that is besides the point. Vanek is a phenomenal young player, and the Sabres are lucky that their ownership was willing to pay the big bucks to keep him around.

So for Mr. Brooks to say that this was not a business decision by Kevin Lowe is just asinine. The Edmonton Oilers have a top flight goaltender, and are severely lacking a top flight scorer. Thomas Vanek is that scorer, and even if he was on the NY Rangers, the offer sheet would have been the same, except for if that was the case, he would now be an Oiler. Yes, Lowe and Sather are friends, but in the hockey world, like Lowe said, "It's a business."

So again Mr. Brooks, go back to sleep.
Filed Under:   Oilers   Vanek   Sabres   Rangers  
July 9, 2007 1:24 AM ET | Delete
Well said!
July 9, 2007 2:19 AM ET | Delete
It starts from the nets on out. Lundquist is twice the player Vanek is, and five times the goalie Roloson is. If you had been able to beat the Rangers to the punch on him, you'd be back in the playoffs.
July 9, 2007 8:52 AM ET | Delete
I remember Rolo, He is about as good as Biron. Lundy is the pillar on which you can build a team. Vanek could be as well, as long as you have a great netmenider, which Edmonton does not
July 9, 2007 10:04 AM ET | Delete
Brooks puts the Home in Homer. Excellent blog Deke. However, Rolo is 38 years old and EDM does need to get a goalie of the future in-house, and to unseat him...not pay thru the nose for a 9 million man, as Larry pulls from his rear in his article.
July 9, 2007 12:04 PM ET | Delete
Thanks B.D. I can agree that the Oilers do need a goalie for the future. However; Roloson showed what he can do in the 06 playoffs, and he will be able to keep playing at a high level for at least a couple more years. He played quite well last year on a team with terrible defense. The fact remains however, that while Lundqvist would be a better goaltender to have right now obviously, not at 9 million, that is just crazy. A guy like Vanek would fill a huge hole that the Oilers have up front right now, which at this point is definitely the biggest hole.
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