Discussion in 'Edmonton Oilers' started by The Nuge, Feb 4, 2019.
Terrible contract and Koskinen has only boosted that idea since this was announced.
Theres some holy hot takes there, a 10 game stretch where NEITHER of the goalies have not looked good due to issues on team defense is evidence that Koskinen is not worth even his current contract.. So far this season Koskinen has been worth every penny of his current contract, and only time will tell if he will be worth his next years contract. This season goalie play has been fluctuating in the league as a whole, with examples like Rinne being 91.4%, Murray 91.0%, Hellebuyck 91.0%, Dubnyk 91.4%, Varlamox 90.5%, Quick 90.4%, Bobrovsky 90.1% and Jones at 89.6%. Those are some big names with big contracts playing behind way better teams and their numbers are pretty comparable to Edmonton duo when taking team quality to account.
People who say it is a bad contract based on a few games are wrong. But I suggested it was a bad contract not based on a few games but his entire career. He has never played in the NHL and never played more than 40 games in a season. nothing he did before this year suggests he can be an NHL starter, yet we gave him that kind of a contract and money. Makes no sense.
Last few games are a small sample size, but it fits with the bigger picture which is not good.
Uh, no just no. Anyone knowing anything about goalie mechanics knows this guy is flawed. There's a reason he hasn't been in the nhl for years
He's had like 10 good games.
Silver lining: this helps clarify that nobody in this org who may have been responsible for this supposedly 'collective' decision should now be elevated to GM.
Hasek says he doesn't care. The guy only needs to stop the puck. Granted he's not doing it right now, but to Jonu's implicit point, nobody could with our team playing such shoddy defense presently.
Just a brutal contract to give out, only made worse by the completely non-sensical timing. Like even if he plays well for the duration of the contract, the time that it was signed will still make zero sense.
While I agree that the decision was based on precious few games to know what we had... I'd like to point out:
1) $4.5M is not bonafide starter money in this league. It's tandem money, just like we gave Talbot.
2) Talbot is still a good goalie going through a crisis of confidence on a team that gives him no confidence. Yes guys, sometimes the play of 25 guys matters more than of one guy... how a team plays in front of a goalie also affects they way the goalie will play and affects his confidence... its not rocket science but it seems to not be something well known to the Oilers. Here's what we objectively know about Talbot:
a) he can make a bad team into a good one for 70 plus games of a season
b) he can't do it every year
c) that doesn't mean he wouldnt be a good starter on a good team
d) we don't yet know, and may never know whether he can be a 1A starter playing 50 games a year... we'll only find out if he sticks around next year and washes his brain with Tequila and beer this summer (since that's what it takes to recover from losing your starting role)
3) Koskinen ALSO isn't capable of making a bad team into a good one... but that doesn't mean he can't earn his $4.5M in a 1A/1B scenario.
If you complainers want a goalie who can work with our mad cap defense, season in, season out AND play "team shrink" since our guys wilt at the first sign of adversity, we're going to have to pay >$7M + backup... and even then we'll still have 2017-2018 Carey Price type seasons.
Easy explanation. Literally everyone involved in decision making on the Oilers is unintelligent.
No other explanation.
He's had like 2 quality starts in the past 2 months after a hot start in November. Still confused how he got a raise.
Hasek is in the NHL hall of fame. He was unorthodox, not bad mechanics. There is a difference.
I believe the biggest issue is the small NHL sample size before giving out the contract. Waiting would have given us a better indication if he can even be a decent tandem bet. We have no choice now, but to hope he can somehow learn to make himself bigger in net, and grow a new catching mitt.
Exactly. Plus Hasek was fast, athletic, anticipated well. Koski just looks stupid on a lot of plays. If you freeze framed some of the cross ice stuff going on he would look like Gump Worsley diving on his belly trying to stop pucks.
But man, Koski's stats are just plummeting along with his form. In 30 GP we haven't even had a look at how Koskinen handles adversity, tough schedule, many games, or what he does after playing for the Oilers breaks his spirit.
This is going to be another really bad Chiarelli contract. Its my suspicion that this is what we have paid Koskinen to be a backup. Either that or we are a non entity as a team for the next 3 seasons.
Talbot was good enough to drag a team not much better than this one to the playoffs just two years ago. I've seen no indication Koskinen is the type of goalie that can do that.
This goalie is pure garbage
Except Hasek actually stopped pucks. Koskinen stopped pucks for 10 games. Now he's allowing 3 a game
Lets face it, the goalies aren't the problem here, the goalie coaches are. That's going to be even more obvious once Talbot moves on to another team and becomes a legit starting goalie again. Until they're turfed and replaced by competent people it doesn't matter what the name on the back of the jersey says.
I do appreciate Nicholson making sure we know it was a collaborative decision to give Koskinen this contract.
I hope the guy can live up to the deal, I really do. Just won't be at all surprised if he doesn't. The list of goalies in NHL history that had a good run of around 1.5 months is a crazy long list full of guys that amounted to nothing.
Hasek was able to get himself in front of the puck. Koskinen can’t. Just look at Domi’s goal. It’s an absolute joke that a goalie playing in the NHL could allow that.
That goal cost them the game. That was a multi level screw up by Koskinen.
Such a shame considering how well they played in the 3rd period.
I can name many goalies who are flawed and still had/have a decent career at NHL. The reason he wasn't in NHL for years is because he waited for the right chance. Why come to NA to play AHL when you can play KHL for good dollars?
Anyways, some of you might want to check the Oilers games this season to see that there is a trend where the goalie has to stand on his head with this team in order to get a W. Talbot is doing even worse than Koski but I see no *****ing about him because it seems that having good technique and mechanics is so so important. Fact is that both goalies are suffering because of teamplay / quality of D.
As I've said before it's fairly obvious that so many of you goalie critics have never actually played goalie, Domi wrap-around goal is entirely on D letting Domi be free on the corner and the Larsson just standing there watching him wrap-around like that. Koski is forced to go out of his net to stop the initial redirection from Domi who is FREE because of bad defensive play. Of course he struggles to dive on the otherside of the goal when all his momentum is the other way.
3rd goal is Koskis fault for initially failing to hang up the puck at the side of the net, but after that where the goal shot comes from it's the D's fault AGAIN leaving a man open at the corner of the net. Koski is busy tracking the puck behind the net and as a goalie you just have to trust your D-men to actually keep their men to buy you time to position yourself properly if the puck quickly gets moved to the other side of the net.
It's also strange that mr Drivesaitl keeps ignoring my post now that I gave him substance in my previous one after he so longingly asked for it, still keeping the narrative about Koski's bad career stats after 30 games when it is both goalies suffering of the same disease.
He’s getting low end starter money. We could actually run a tandem with what Koskinen signed for. You look around the league and I think there’s 20 goalies who make more. And the ones that make less are probably on RFA deals.
Koskinen is over .900 in 10 of his last 21 appearances while Talbot is over .900 with 9 of his last 21 appearances, judging by Koski's next contract both are being paid aprox the same amount and are giving same kinds of results if you blindly follow the save %. Which again is inherently wrong because if both goaltenders struggle so much and they more or less pass the eye-test, then the problem is in teamplay and quality of defense. It's not like Koski or Talbot are being a James Reimer out there.
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