Steve Tambellini… bumbling idiot, or man with a plan?

By , February 15, 2011 10:30 am

Bumbling idiot, or man with a plan?

Bumbling idiot, or man with a plan?


The Oilers are en-route to their worst season record in Oilers history. The pressure is on from the media, and even fans, to secure that top pick. Tambellini recognized that and delivered a speech to the team yesterday in which he encouraged the players just to win and forget about the pressure on them to hang on to that potential #1 pick (lottery aside). I’ve given Tambellini my share of licks, but I also think that there is an unfounded opinion that the guy is a bumbling idiot. I’m going to play devil’s advocate here and just say that I personally think that the guy has a plan.

The tough thing for us to understand is that GMs have 3-5 year plans. They’re thinking way ahead, while most of us are thinking of just right now. Almost all of us want the team to win now and be in the playoffs now… and if it can’t be now “then it better be next year!”. Unfortunately these things really do take time.

It’s hard to visualize Tambellini’s plan. He’s made his mistakes (like signing Nikolai Khabibulin to a ridiculous contract for a 35+ player), but I think the right intention was definitely there. Kurtis Foster was brought in to help with our defensive woes, and turned out to be a dud. Ditto with Colin Fraser. He has also made some good moves, such as Continue reading 'Steve Tambellini… bumbling idiot, or man with a plan?'»

GDT Oilers 4, Stars 1 – Game 57 – 2011-02-15 @ 7:00 PM MST – SNETW

By , February 15, 2011 10:19 am
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GDT - Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas Stars
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31-19-6 Record 16-32-8
Location: Rexall Place
Date: February 15, 2011 @ 7:00 PM MST
TV: SNETW

PRE-GAME RANT

The Oilers have been playing some pretty poor hockey lately, which triggered a meeting between the team and General Manager Steve Tambellini. Look for a post on that shortly. I think it will work tonight.. I hope they dress MacIntyre, as I think he has a score to settle, if what I caught in the last Oil Change was any indication. Kreuger was holding him back like a pit bull on a leash, saying that “we play them again soon”. As luck (or lack of) would have it, MacIntyre did not get dressed for the follow up game.

Prediction: a fight for MacIntyre (please be dressed) and a spirited 4-3 win for the home team.

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