So, thanks to the girlfriend (Oilrsgrl77 for those that know her here or from the Oilers Message Board), I got to go to a special event for seasons ticket holders at Rexall today. The first part was a “meet and greet” where you could go around taking pictures with all the players. The 2nd part (which I enjoyed the most) was a Q&A between Jack Michaels and Steve Tambellini and Patrick LaForge. The two Oil brass were asked fan submitted questions.
Much to my surprise, the questions weren’t too bad. I submitted one (or OG77 did on my behalf) and it got asked/answered (I asked what ST and the Oilers can do to ensure that the Barons thrive while still making hockey in Edmonton interesting). To be honest, the answered seemed a bit roundabout, but I wasn’t expecting anything too mind blowing. Basically he stressed that Continue reading 'Oilers Meet and Greet for Season Ticket Holders'»
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?'»
The great debate.. Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall?
One of my favorite blogs out there is Coming Down The Pipe, hosted by Guy Flaming and Dean Millard. These two are very knowledgeable when it comes to young prospects. Recently, they interviewed Oilers GM Steve Tambellini and Director of NHL Central Scouting E.J. McGuire on their show and asked some pretty good draft related questions such as the great Taylor Hall vs. Tyler Seguin debate.
The full audio of the interview can be downloaded from their site here. But read on for a summary of the interview if you can not download/listen…. Continue reading 'Coming Down The Pipe interview – E.J. McGuire and Steve Tambellini'»
The more things change, the more they stay the same..
I don’t normally create posts these days based solely on posts on other blogs, however David Staples has been doing some good write ups lately that I have an easy time agreeing with.
If the Oilers don’t make the playoffs, Kevin Lowe and Steve Tambellini will have to resign.
The Oilers need to blow up this team and trade for expiring contracts and draft picks.
If Jim Rutherford can do it in Carolina, why not Kevin Lowe in Edmonton?
They echo a lot of sentiments heard around here. They’re unforgiving and honest articles. Often, I find that journalists are a bit too afraid to tell it like it is, but Staples pulls no punches in his criticisms towards management. Continue reading 'Some good reading for Friday, courtesy of David Staples…'»
Liam Reddox placed on waivers - St. Louis bound?
Opening Night Lines
To kick things off, here are today’s practice lines.. these are expected to be the opening night lines. However, Quinn says that they are not set in stone (although I think he meant more long term):
JFJ Horcoff Hemsky
Stone Comrie O’Sullivan
Penner Brule Cogliano
Moreau Gagner Stortini
St. Louis Interested in Liam Reddox?
As noted earlier today, Liam Reddox has been put on waivers with intention to be re-assigned to Springfield. The Edmonton Journal suggests that the St. Louis Blues might put in a claim for Liam Reddox, as apparently Assistant GM Doug Armstrong likes the forward. Continue reading 'A bit of reading to get you through hump day'»