Reddox is off to the Elitserien. Photo courtesy oilers.nhl.com

The Final Countdown


First, the easy part.

The Oilers were shutout last night at the Saddledome, 1-0.  The good news is that the goaltending was solid enough to allow just one goal.  It was a bad goal allowed by Devan Dubnyk that found Alex Tanguay at the tip of the crease.    The makeshift Oiler lineup wasn’t able to pump any goals behind Calgary goaltender Mikka Kiprusoff (although Jordan Eberle came close), but that’s not shocking news in itself.  Oilers end the preseason at 4-2 with opening night just three days away.

We learned what a bright future this organisation has, and how it’s already in Oklahoma City.

We learned a lot about Hall, Eberle and Paajarvi, and how we wish them much success this year.  They made it to the big club.  What happened with some of the other roster moves is a little surprising.  Take the jump,  It’ll be great.

I assume it must be a difficult job to the the head honcho of a business.  Prime Minister, President, CEO have all got to be difficult jobs to some degree.  Fortunately for most of those jobs, there are people around you that will come to your aid during a difficult decision making process.

Steve Tambellini can’t be much different.  He’s got to have at least a couple of advisors, confidantes, beer drinkin’ buddies… people whose advice he can trust, put faith in.  Anybody.

Save two exceptions, I’m not surprised how the final roster looks.  Let’s roll the list.  First, the forwards.

FORWARDS (13, plus one injured)

Aye. Photo courtesy wikipedia.org

Dustin Penner

Sam Gagner

Ales Hemsky

Shawn Horcoff

Taylor Hall

Magnus Paajarvi

Jordan Eberle

Andrew Cogliano

Ryan Jones

Gilbert Brule

Colin Fraser

Zack Stortini

Steve MacIntyre

JF Jacques (injured)

Liam Reddox

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Really?  No Reddox?  That’s a bit of  a surprise.  I talked up Reddox a bit, saying he was looking like he’d fit into the fourth line after a pretty good preseason.  No dice, kid.

I’d have bet a dollar that he would’ve started in place of Steve MacIntyre.   I get why MacIntyre’s on the big club, though.  If Reddox clears waivers, he’ll start the season in OKC.  Emphasis on the if.

DEFENCE (7)

Ryan Whitney

Tom Gilbert

Ladislav Smid

Kurtis Foster

Jim Vandermeer

Jason Strudwick

Theo Peckham

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Wreckum’ Peckham makes the final cut and will start the season on the big club.  Good for him.  No huge surprises here, but as I’ve said before, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Petiot should anyone get injured. Again, nothing really surprising, and I can live with this

GOAL (3)

Nikolai Khabibulin

Devan Dubnyk

Jeff Deslauriers

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This drives me nuts.  How long has it been since April?  You’ve got time to evaluate, diversify, contemplate, think, discover, reinvent, and roll over all your ideas.  There’s no way three goaltenders will start the season, I said a while ago. Wrong, bucko.

I understand that the Khabibulin scene still could go haywire at any given time, but it still doesn’t quite make sense to be carrying three netminders on the big club.  Put the one you don’t want on the farm.  Is anyone going to take Jeff Deslauriers at $1.05M off the waiver wicket?  Minnesota picked up Jose Theodore a couple of days ago.  I think the coast is clear for now.

This isn’t the first time the team has been suitcased with three goaltenders.  It’s as if the team has an uneasy feeling about one of their netminders, and is packing extras just in case something happens.  And that’s not a far stretch.  Who knows what could happen?  But until then, it makes more sense to open another spot for a skater.  How many games in a row will Dubnyk or Deslauriers get scratched until “something” happens?

How is it at all productive to the goaltenders, much less the rest of the squad to have three goaltenders on the current roster?

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