Tuesday, October 02, 2007

New Look Oilers

The winds of change sure blew through Edmonton in the off-season, especially when you look at the 23-man roster that they announced on Tuesday. The emergence of Sam Gagner, Andrew Cogliano and Kyle Brodziak have really turned some heads and for good reason too. I know TSN was reporting more of a third line duty for Gagner and Cogliano, but I really doubt that the chemistry they saw with their linemates in the preseason was really going to be overlooked by the coaching staff heading in to their first game. They are certainly going to need a lot of scoring to offset their mediocre goaltending situation and scoring wasn't too difficult for the likes of the first two lines. It does seem like the real deal to me.

Ales HemskySam GagnerDustin Penner
Jarret StollAndrew CoglianoRaffi Torres
Geoff SandersonShawn HorcoffMarc-Andre Pouliot
Robert NilssonMarty ReasonerEthan Moreau
Jean-Francois JacquesKyle Brodziak
Sheldon SourayJoni Pitkanen
Steve StaiosMatt Greene
Dick TarnstromTom Gilbert
Denis Grebeshkov
Dwayne Roloson
Mathieu Garon

With only an estimation of Gagner's salary, the team should be sitting in and around the $45.8 million mark for their combined salary in the 23-man roster. Contracts like Souray, Penner, Hemsky and Roloson go a long way to help that out.

Technorati Tags
, , , ,


Anonymous said...

At the risk of sounding stupid, what does GTW mean in the pool standings?

opiatedsherpa said...

Games This Week... I'm counting all the skaters' games to be played in the week. It'll give a good idea of how many games your team will be playing.