Long-time Oiler fans know that the “pipeline” for off-season information begins at Jim Matheson’s PC. In his HOCKEY WORLD one-pager today he has some interesting items on Dwayne Roloson and Jeff Deslauriers:
- Roloson’s stock went up with his play at season’s end, and the Oilers are looking for a 2nd or 3rd in trade.
- If Lowe can’t deal Roloson, the team will “almost certainly start next year with 3 goaltenders” because JDD is waiver vulnerable.
Roloson’s cap hit is $3.667M for the upcoming season and the actual cost of his final year is $3M (source: nhlnumbers.com). If Edmonton can offload Roloson that money could be spent on a pure scorer to go with either Hemsky or Gagner.
As for Deslauriers being NHL ready and the strength of a Garon-JDD tandem, that seems at first blush to be a combination that would fall in the “suspect” category.