Setting free the Falcons

Mathieu Roy is an RFA this summer, and there’s a chance he won’t return to the Oilers organization. Roy signed a one-way deal a couple of years ago and despite getting a big league salary both seasons he didn’t play much in the show (13 games). Roy was placed on waivers last fall before playing the season in the minors. At that time he said “I’ve been hoping to get picked up every time I go on waivers. I just want a chance to get some playing time and to stay healthy. Who knows? If I end up going down, I’ll play hard and see what happens after that.”

He may return to the fold this fall, but one suspects his agent will try to get him into a situation where NHL play is more likely (there are teams who could use him as a 7D or insurance in the minors). While Roy’s future is somewhat up in the air, I think we can be more sure about some other Falcons. In an article last week Jim Matheson of the EJ said the Oilers would cut loose about 10 of their farmhands go over the summer. I’d guess that list might look like this:

  1. David Rohlfs: He played 2 games in the AHL after signing as a pro. Stockton was his home for two seasons and he’s the most likely player to be set free this summer.
  2. Stephane Goulet: Another no-brainer despite good size and a 50-goal season in junior. I kind of hope someone will take a chance on him ala Troy Bodie.
  3. Robbie Bina: I think he’s too small, and he’s certainly not in the top group of “young puck movers with coverage issues” on the Falcons/Thunder.
  4. Ryan O’Marra: I know he has one season left on the entry level deal, but why on earth would they keep him around? Time to cut him loose and let him get started on his post-hockey career.
  5. Sebastien Bisaillon: I still think he has enough good things to retain, but the Oilers handling of Bisaillon and the fact that his skills are duplicated all over the lineup means he’s probably down the road.
  6. Glenn Fisher: He played so poorly the Oilers loaned him out to Las Vegas, where he proceeded to catch fire and have a nice run into the spring. He’s 26, though.
  7. Bryan Lerg: Although signed to a two-year deal last spring, Lerg disappointed and could be sent away during the summer.
  8. Bryan Pitton: He’s still got two seasons left on a three-year entry deal, but Pitton was outplayed by Andrew Perugini in Stockton and may not return.
  9. Bryan Young: Certainly a chance he returns, but based on Jonathan’s work on the Falcons it appears he was playing softer opposition than some of the flat out rookies. Damning evidence.
  10. Dany Sabourin: With Dubnyk as the front half of the Springfield tandem Sabourin would be nice insurance. However, he’s played in the NHL 4 straight seasons so his preference would probably be a team with more question marks in goal. Wait a minute!

The Oilers are already signing replacements. Johan Motin, Alex Plante and Milan Kytnar are already in the fold with more to come.

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