So today Steve-O mentioned something to me that sent me in a bit of a panic. It was something along the lines of “Tambellini said that he isn’t going to be a player in free agency”. Our first thought was along the lines of “oh great, another year of abysmal failure.” But I dug up the interview (which I’m sure many of you have read now) and it’s actually a lot better than it sounds….
Tambellini actually said that he is not going to persue the big “$10 Million agent”. This is absolutely the correct thing for him to think. However, I would have to think that at this point, you’d have to be a complete moron (sorry to anyone out there that disagrees) to think that we should be pursuing a big name free agent anyways, at this stage. So, no bonus marks for Tambellini here.. just a simple check mark in the “isn’t being a dipshit for thinking we need a big money free agent” box.
So what else good did he have to say?
“Will we be looking for people to complement through free agency or player movement through a trade? Yes.” Check mark in that box…
“Would we like to increase our ability to win a faceoff? Yes.” Check mark in that box…
“Do we need some help on defence? Do we need some help at some of our forward positions? Yes, we do.” Check mark there too.
Now, I don’t think that they will address all those holes via trade or free agency. They’ll likely look within first for an immediate help, and then do what they can via free agency next, then trade if need be.
Really the one thing that Tambellini hasn’t acknowledged (and Renney disappointingly supports Tambellini on) is the need for a goaltender. Right now I can say that we’re probably right f—ed… stuck with Khabibulin because he and his large bag of money are going nowhere. Dubnyk has shown a lot of potential this year, much to my pleasure and even more to my surprise. But the combination of the two doesn’t get much done. And what I alluded to before with Renney was that Renney actually stated that the starter position next year belongs to Khabibulin. Yes, that is correct. Huge X mark on that one. There’s no spinning that one positively. Renney stated that Khabibulin has had bounce back years before, and that is why he is getting the nod to start next year. Ridiculous, if you ask me, when you have a guy like Dubnyk who has shown a lot of promise.
So, just when you think Tambellini has his head up his ass, he says some good things to get you thinking “great, this guy really does know what he’s doing.” But before you get too exited, you realize that there still are some glaring problems that he has no intention on fixing. I just don’t get this guy…
That said, it neither makes any sense to crown him a hero until he actually fixes the problems, or put the dunce cap on him for another year until he’s had a(nother) chance to fix things in the off-season. So I’ll see what he does before I completely judge… but 2010-11 gets a big fail mark, if he was actually attempting to pull this team out of the fire.