The Edmonton Oilers have fired Steve Tambellini as General Manager. In an ironic twist of fate, a man Tambellini once fired, has been named his replacement – Craig MacTavish.
My thoughts here:
1) Happy that Tambellini is gone. He did a terrible job. I think the “apologist” types would say that he was a puppet for Lowe and company. Maybe.. but if that’s the case, he’s really useless anyways.
2) I think Lowe should be gone too. Clearly he’s a part of the mess and isn’t doing anything to help. He won’t be gone, however.
3) I like Craig MacTavish. Smart guy. He brings a coaching perspective to this. He knows what made life difficult for him as a coach and will likely work a lot closer with Krueger.
4) I hate that we stuck with the same ol’ same ol’. OBC forever, folks.
Minute improvement, like much of what we’ve seen around here. But I’ll give it a chance.
Scott Howson will also replace Craig MacTavish as Head Senior in Charge of Waiting Around for Someone To Get Fired… or Sr. Vice President of Hockey Operations, for short.
Talk is cheap, but MacTavish said all the right stuff I hoped to hear.. much of it is in this big quote of his I put together from the presser (Read on):
I’m an impatient guy. I bring that impatience to this situation. And I think that we’re at the stage in terms of the cycle of our hockey club right now that we have to do some bold things. We have to expose ourselves to some semblance of risk to try and move the team forward in a rapid fashion.
My sense, my analysis in watching this team over the last number of months is much the same as a lot of peoples’ analysis of our team – we need greater depth; we’ve got a lot of great primary pieces. This has a little bit of a wake feeling to it, walking in here and I want to put that all behind us from this point forward. I think that the future is extremely bright with these young players, but we’ve got to add some depth. We’ve got primary pieces here, but we’ve got to add some depth to help these young players and help this team grow. We’ve got to add competitiveness. I think that we lack a true understanding, in watching our team, just how difficult it is to have success at this level. It’s an incredibly difficult league to win in. It’s as highly competitive of a league as there is anywhere.
Any time I ring the alarm, I know there’s 29 teams trying to beat my brains in. And we have to do a better job in arming the coaches, and arming the core group in that dressing room with a group of players that is going to go forward and going to compete to the level that – we all know that we’re going to get there.
It may not sound like it where we are right now, but make no mistake, we’re going to do bold things and competitive things to get us to a level where we’re not only highly competitive but we’re challenging to win a Stanley Cup.
I think it’s fair to say that there’s a very remote chance, that where we are today has anything to do with coaching. I think the situation that we’re in right now has to do… what we need to do is give the coaches better tools for which to compete at the NHL level, and that’s our objective. We’ve gone through 4 in the last number of years (Racki: 5, but who’s counting), so for me to say it’s Ralph Krueger’s fault right now would be extremely short sighted on my part.
I give Ralph a lot of credit for the way he’s maintained the positive atmosphere. I know as a coach that the one thing that you need is that you need energy in that room. And these situations, especially the recent situations, have a way of draining that energy that the coach becomes so negative that the team can’t respond. So I give Ralph a lot of credit for the way he’s held his head up high and kept a positive atmosphere. And I think, for coaching, when I look at Ralph, the first thing he does is start with a very realistic expectation of what everyone is capable of. And I think he’s done a great job with our young players. And if that’s a vote of confidence… that’s a vote of confidence.
Kind of a bit of a defense to himself there, as coach, but I think it was warranted. I think his experience of being a coach here is going to really help Krueger out. He should be able to bridge that gap between coach and manager that always existed.