Armchair GM III: Tambellini takes the wheel

Robin Brownlee
April 12 2009 11:06AM

If coaching is the only problem, everything will be just fine when Craig MacTavish hands Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz his resignation in coming days.

But it isn't so it won't be, and that's why there had better be some people following MacTavish out the door if the Oilers are serious about exiting the express lane to mediocrity the Boys on the Bus have been stuck on with the pedal to the metal for far too long.

With the Oilers packing up the dressing room Monday without a playoff date to keep for the third straight season, I expect it won't take long until we see GM Steve Tambellini handing out walking papers on a team that hit the ditch in the stretch on the way to an 11th-place finish.

Out of the playoffs five of the last seven seasons -- with the second-lowest point total in the eight seasons since Kevin Lowe took over from Glen Sather as GM in the summer of 2000 -- I can't see a reason why Tambellini would want to maintain the status quo.

It's time to take a different route.

Express to nowhere

While there's been a perception Tambellini hasn't been calling the shots this season without Lowe, in his new position as president of hockey operations, and Katz pulling the strings, that's not necessarily so. Rest assured, we'll see Tambellini make his mark on the organization in coming months.

A lot of fans, with reason, would look like to see changes start at the top with Lowe, but people wanting that pound of flesh likely won't get it because Lowe has already taken a step back with his new position.

Yes, Lowe is the architect of what fans see now. He built this team, and assembled the hockey operations staff. The failures and mediocrity -- as well as the unlikely run to the 2006 Stanley Cup final -- come back to him.

That said, Lowe isn't going anywhere. Piss and moan if you'd like, but that's the way I see the cards playing out. What fans can expect is to see Lowe further removed from hockey decisions and Tambellini given the latitude he needs to hire and fire as he sees fit.

Make no mistake, Tambellini will be steering this thing from now on. I wouldn't be surprised if Katz steps forward at Rexall Place Monday to make that clear -- just a hunch.

The Middle Men

Unless I've got the wrong read on things, the most significant changes will come in middle-management and the coaching staff.

MacTavish's decision to step aside will have the greatest impact, as that'll not only open up position to a list of candidates Tambellini had relationships with before he joined the Oilers, but prompt changes to the rest of the coaching staff.

No matter who takes over from MacTavish -- discussing candidates now is guess-work and nothing more -- it'll obviously impact the future of assistants Charlie Huddy, Bill Moores and Kelly Buchberger.

I'm told Buchberger will survive any purge, although he won't necessarily be back behind the bench. I expect Rob Daum, who took over the mess in Springfield this season, to be in the mix, but that'll be up to the new man. Moores? Huddy? That's less clear to me.

What is obvious is Tambellini has to take a look at Kevin Prendergast, the assistant GM and vice-president of hockey operations, which makes him the point man for the Cal Clutterbuck that's been the AHL farm.

Prendergast also oversees the professional and amateur scouting staff, a group that, from where I sit, needs a significant overhaul.

As for player moves, we'll be slicing and dicing that one to no end in coming days, and that's a whole other column or six.

I’m telling you

  • Rod Phillips is going to take some time at his off-season home in Arizona to decide whether he's going to retire after 36 seasons as the Oilers radio voice and he'll make an announcement in May. While Phillips, 67, isn't saying which way he's leaning, I suspect The Skipper, one of the best ever to pick up a microphone in the NHL, will decide it's time to kick back, leave the white-knuckle flying to somebody else and retire. After so many years travelling with Phillips, I can yell you this much: there isn't anybody on the face of the planet who loves this organization more than he does or who has been prouder to be a part of it.
  • If the Oilers are serious about overhauling the front office, they should make room in the mix for Ritch Winter, who is best known as a player agent and founder of the Sports Corporation in Edmonton, but has one of the sharper minds in the game.

-- Listen to Robin Brownlee every Thursday from 4 to 6pm on Just A Game with Jason Gregor on TEAM 1260.

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#51 BarryS
April 12 2009, 10:34PM
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opps" the two, should be them too meaning journals in general

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#52 West Coast Oil
April 12 2009, 10:35PM
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@Robin

Regarding Tambellini being available to the media in Edmonton, I am wondering if he sets time aside to answer questions. If not do you feel this is an organizational attitude?

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#53 BarryS
April 12 2009, 10:37PM
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Game 52 means nothing, goal tending wise. given how everyone else played, its unlikely the team would have won even with a bricked up net.

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#54 Robin Brownlee
April 12 2009, 10:48PM
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West Coast Oil wrote:

@Robin Regarding Tambellini being available to the media in Edmonton, I am wondering if he sets time aside to answer questions. If not do you feel this is an organizational attitude?

He's accessible to those of us who've been around awhile, but he is very guarded in what he says.

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#55 West Coast Oil
April 12 2009, 11:09PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

West Coast Oil wrote: @Robin Regarding Tambellini being available to the media in Edmonton, I am wondering if he sets time aside to answer questions. If not do you feel this is an organizational attitude? He’s accessible to those of us who’ve been around awhile, but he is very guarded in what he says.

I am assuming this must be an Oiler mandate or could it just be he is new and really did not want to rock any boats this early on..

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#56 Mr P
April 12 2009, 11:53PM
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David S wrote:

Mr P wrote: How do we know the Oilers never had a reliable backup? Uhhh…game 82. JDD was a sieve.

Uhhh, I guess the games vs Jersey and New York were started by someone else.

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#57 elliot
April 13 2009, 12:23AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

@ elliot: Didn’t I say that? I’m not talking about players today, so when I talk about the assistant GMs, middle management and the coaching staff, who am I missing? If you’re looking for Lowe to pay for past mistakes, you’re not going to get it in terms of a firing, but he’s being moved away from from day-to-day decisions in favour of Tambellini. You want to sack Joey Moss?

I suppose I just react whenever I read that someone just might survive the impending 'purge' as you so aptly put it. The very idea that anybody might be above scrutiny will send the wrong message to the fans. If someone survives the scrutiny, then perhaps a stronger sense of public accountability would satisfy the natives.

I realize that no one is going to get a pound of flesh from Lowe. The best one could hope for is a very public removal of his direct day-to-day involvement with the Oilers. If Katz is so big on the guy, he'll have a place for him in his empire.

And, cold-blooded be damned - if Joey Moss were part of the problem then yes, I would want him sacked too. But I'm not cold-blooded, and I'm pretty sure Joey has nothing to do with the Oiler's systemic woes...

My point is simply what so many other vocal 'complainers' shout: Change is needed and necessary, right to very core of the organization. While many could argue that there haven't been problems until more recent times, I think that it's taken far too long for the unconditional love affair with the little guys on Gretzky drive to snap into reality (and the 21st century while they're at it). '06 was not anything more than serendipity mixed with massive opportunism.

Really, hasn't it only been since the "Beg for support" PR campaign that the team has finally begun to admit that maybe, just maybe there is something wrong in Oz?

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#58 Jasmine
April 13 2009, 01:32AM
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firemactandkloweallready wrote:

Jasmine wrote: firemactandkloweallready wrote: Robin do you really think katz will be anywhere near Rexal on Monday? If tambalini is the one in charge to clean up the mess that was created by Lowe and Prendergast then i think he should be the one at the press conference telling the media and fans as to which direction this organization will be heading. Since when are Prendergast and Lowe coaching. They didn’t tell MacT to put Reddox on the first line. In fact, Tambellini ripped into the coaching staff for Reddox playing on the first line. MacT and the coaching staff is at fault for 80% of the teams woes. Stop defending the coaching staff so you can bash Lowe and Predergast. What are you on?I never defended Mac T’s coaching,As far as K lowe and Prendergast they have made more mistakes with this organization than the coach,Prendergast handling of the farm team is a Joke he is also in charge of scouting,he has input on trades i am sure he could have advised K lowe on Penner before we went out and signed him as far as Lowe goes he was throwing money around like a sailor on leave in a brothel.How many bad signings has he done and look at his trade record yet he gets a free pass he should also be out of a job.The Horcoff signing 7.5 million over five years when he still had one year left on his contract give me a break he could have had him this summer for 3-4 million less.We have serious problems top to bottom in this organization, it is unfortunate that some people will lose there jobs when others get to keep them when they should also be shown the door.

Get your facts straight on Horcoff. It's a cap hit of $5.5M per year over six years. Horcoff would have left if they would have waited and you'd be on here demanding KLowe's head. He didn't want the same thing happening that happened with the Smyth fiasco. $3M-$4M. Give me a break. He could very easily have gotten more. Your hatred for Lowe really shows. You're probably the ones the wanted KLowe fired for the Hamrlik trade. MacT is the biggest culprit and you're the biggest Lowe hater.

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#59 firemactandkloweallready
April 13 2009, 09:10AM
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Jasmine wrote:

Jasmine wrote: firemactandkloweallready wrote: What are you on?I never defended Mac T’s coaching,As far as K lowe and Prendergast they have made more mistakes with this organization than the coach,Prendergast handling of the farm team is a Joke he is also in charge of scouting,he has input on trades i am sure he could have advised K lowe on Penner before we went out and signed him as far as Lowe goes he was throwing money around like a sailor on leave in a brothel.How many bad signings has he done and look at his trade record yet he gets a free pass he should also be out of a job.The Horcoff signing 7.5 million over five years when he still had one year left on his contract give me a break he could have had him this summer for 3-4 million less.We have serious problems top to bottom in this organization, it is unfortunate that some people will lose there jobs when others get to keep them when they should also be shown the door. Get your facts straight on Horcoff. It’s a cap hit of $5.5M per year over six years. Horcoff would have left if they would have waited and you’d be on here demanding KLowe’s head. He didn’t want the same thing happening that happened with the Smyth fiasco. $3M-$4M. Give me a break. He could very easily have gotten more. Your hatred for Lowe really shows. You’re probably the ones the wanted KLowe fired for the Hamrlik trade. MacT is the biggest culprit and you’re the biggest Lowe hater.

Jasmine take your rose color sunglasses off,Horcoffs contract is 7.5 million a year and yes it is a cap hit of 5.5 million basically making him untradeable,like I have said Lowe,Prendergast and Mac T are to blame for most of the Oilers problems, why do you not read the article before shooting off your mouth, it basically says that it is not as simple as changing our coach we have other problems with this Oilers team,Your love affair with k Lowe shows your lack of knowledge when it comes to this team,for you to defend Horcoffs contract makes no sense whatsoever there isnt a GM in the league who would have signed him to that contract and do not put words in my mouth I could care less about Hamrlik, there have been numerous mistakes with this team top to bottom and it will be up to Tamballini to clean up the mess created by Lowe,Prendergast and Mac T so pull your head out of you arse and read the article before responding like you did it makes you out to be a idiot.

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#60 Nickler
April 13 2009, 10:11AM
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My understanding of the Horcoff contract is approx. 7.5 million in year one and drops over the 5 years to somewhere in the 3's in the last year. This averages to 5.5 million per year and therefore the cap hit. Do I think it is a good contract for the Oilers? NO but it is what it is. Lets put our energies into fixing the situation and not dwelling on things we can not change.

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#61 BarryS
April 13 2009, 10:25AM
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Not sure where all your heads are, we're not going to fix anything. This is not a video game of some sort. D. Katz will fix his business as he sees fit, or not, and all we can do is watch, like we do the games. A little reality in these posts would help a great deal. It is one thing to have an opinion about the problems and their causes, but any expectation of being part of the solution is pure delusion. Also, it would help to have the odd reality dose present here on this site as it is supposed to be for fans (I thought) not those with chronic self esteeme issues. One can only take so much I know the problem and the solution type posts which are basically look at me posts.

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#62 Nickler
April 13 2009, 10:43AM
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@ BarryS: Ofcourse we can't fix anything.....but we can post potential options, in our opinion. All I am saying is why dwell on the negative. I think you are reading a bit too much into some of the posts. Maybe it is time you took a step back... "self esteeme issues" "look at me posts" You appear to be wound tighter that an 8 day clock, chill man......

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#63 topshelf
April 13 2009, 10:51AM
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Has Mac T resigned yet? What's he waiting for?

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#64 bingofuel
April 13 2009, 10:56AM
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@ topshelf There's a press conference scheduled in five mins... http://oilers.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?catid=616&id=39588

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#65 humantorch
April 13 2009, 11:07AM
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Oh god, Narnia found her way over here from HFBoards.

Please kill me.

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#66 David S
April 13 2009, 11:15AM
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MacT's presser on right now - oilers.com

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#67 Sandra
April 13 2009, 11:19AM
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Someone tell Gregor to move, that glare is blinding

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#68 bingofuel
April 13 2009, 11:32AM
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MacT won't comment on his future with the Oilers today. The press conference is just him talking about how the year went. Apparently he'll decide his future in a day or two.

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#69 Sandra
April 13 2009, 11:35AM
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MacT has used "just for Men" thanks Rexal

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#70 topshelf
April 13 2009, 11:37AM
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@ bingofuel: Well, that's disappointing. I was hopeful to hear some "good" news today.

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#71 Sandra
April 13 2009, 11:39AM
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Waited an hour for nothing

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#72 bingofuel
April 13 2009, 11:40AM
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I was surprised MacT said he doesn't have a lot of regrets in terms of how he handled the team.

ORLY? You don't think you could have done, oh, a slightly better job? Unreal.

FMNF

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#73 topshelf
April 13 2009, 11:42AM
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That was a waste of time.

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#74 David S
April 13 2009, 11:49AM
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Sandra wrote:

Waited an hour for nothing

Not exactly.

• The lack of total committment stymied the coaching staff • Refused comment about Penner • MacT tried everything he could think of to win • Admitted that maybe he tried too many things to often • We're a small team - probably too small • If you're small, you gotta have heart - which was missing more often than not • Columbus (where Hemsky scored 2 highlight reel goals) was the "indicator" that we were hooped • Changes are on the way

No doubt MacT is devastated by the season (probably more than half the team). But he's smart enough to know you don't make a major decision when you're emotionally unbalanced. He's talking with Steve about it in the next day or so - which kind of indicates to me that Robin's article is on the mark (when is he not?). Tambellini is the guy running the team now.

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#75 David S
April 13 2009, 11:57AM
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bingofuel wrote:

I was surprised MacT said he doesn’t have a lot of regrets in terms of how he handled the team. ORLY? You don’t think you could have done, oh, a slightly better job? Unreal. FMNF

It's always amazing to me that some fans think they have a better handle on what's going on with the team than the guys actually running it. MacT's presser was full of regret. He couldn't figure out how to put something together that would get this team to win. Given that he's one of the better hockey guys in the NHL (despite what fans think), that might be an indication that there were huge deficiencies in the team makeup that could not be fixed by simply implementing a system. I think alot of it is that they didn't have an old-school captain like Messier who would tune guys in with his "special ways". A player like Messier would have helped alot on the ice too. But what do I know. I'm just a fan.

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#76 topshelf
April 13 2009, 11:59AM
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David S wrote:

MacT tried everything he could think of to win

That comment in itself should be enough reason to let him go. At times, it appeared that he refused to do the obvious and instead tried the improbable and left us all scratching our heads.

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#77 bingofuel
April 13 2009, 12:03PM
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@ David S

Far from trying to say I know what's going on behind the scenes more than any other fan, a presser in which MacT states mistakes were made and then goes on to say he has no regrets with how he handled the team just sounds to me like he's talking out of both sides of his mouth. Perhaps that's the way he has to speak given what's going to go down over the next few days. In that case, I'm certain we'll get a great deal more detail when he announces he's moving on.

I should state that I like MacT. But he's grown far too long in the tooth for this organization. Fresh blood is needed. I wish him all the best, but it's time for this relationship to end.

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#78 topshelf
April 13 2009, 12:06PM
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David S wrote:

Given that he’s one of the better hockey guys in the NHL (despite what fans think)

Not that I completely disagree, but can you clarify what this statement is based on? What has he accomplished to state this?

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#79 Ogden Brother
April 13 2009, 12:10PM
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Hopefully the next guy will be smart and consult with the fan base on decision making.

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#80 David S
April 13 2009, 12:13PM
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Winners in anything, be it sports or business or life don't waste their time second guessing themselves. They have the confidence to make the best decisions they can and move on because they know the results of those actions will be the ultimate judge. MacT is a former player in the world's elite league. His philosophy is very much in line with how elite athletes think. Live in the present, plan for the future and let the past go. It's the only one of the three you can't do anything about.

I think he'll quit, but on his own terms. And that's how it should be. As much as they'd like to believe they have a say, hard core fans don't "run" any sports organization when places like RX1 are sold out in season's seat tickets with waiting lists.

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#81 topshelf
April 13 2009, 12:17PM
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@ Ogden Brother: That's not exactly what I meant.

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#82 David S
April 13 2009, 12:17PM
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topshelf wrote:

David S wrote: Given that he’s one of the better hockey guys in the NHL (despite what fans think) Not that I completely disagree, but can you clarify what this statement is based on? What has he accomplished to state this?

The 06 run was a beauty example. Yeah, we had Pronger, but MacT executed a surgical dissection of the best teams in the league (again, with the right player mix) using coaching savvy.

However, this is just something that I've read time after time. He may not be one of the very best, but he's well respected as a pretty decent NHL coach. That's why everybody figures he'll be working again right away (vs Crawford et al).

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#83 AlBundy
April 13 2009, 12:31PM
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MacT is a good guy but he said the team was too small and did not have the commitment on and OFF the ice. I suspect he was talking about the guys that go to the Oil Can and maybe stay a bit too long.

KLOWE for next coach fans. It's put up or shut up time for KLOWE>

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#84 topshelf
April 13 2009, 12:33PM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Hopefully the next guy will be smart and consult with the fan base on decision making.

Maybe the fans should just smile and nod with whatever the next coach says and does because God forbid the fans have an opinion.

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#85 Jasmine
April 13 2009, 12:37PM
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firemactandkloweallready wrote:

Jasmine wrote: Jasmine wrote: firemactandkloweallready wrote: What are you on?I never defended Mac T’s coaching,As far as K lowe and Prendergast they have made more mistakes with this organization than the coach,Prendergast handling of the farm team is a Joke he is also in charge of scouting,he has input on trades i am sure he could have advised K lowe on Penner before we went out and signed him as far as Lowe goes he was throwing money around like a sailor on leave in a brothel.How many bad signings has he done and look at his trade record yet he gets a free pass he should also be out of a job.The Horcoff signing 7.5 million over five years when he still had one year left on his contract give me a break he could have had him this summer for 3-4 million less.We have serious problems top to bottom in this organization, it is unfortunate that some people will lose there jobs when others get to keep them when they should also be shown the door. Get your facts straight on Horcoff. It’s a cap hit of $5.5M per year over six years. Horcoff would have left if they would have waited and you’d be on here demanding KLowe’s head. He didn’t want the same thing happening that happened with the Smyth fiasco. $3M-$4M. Give me a break. He could very easily have gotten more. Your hatred for Lowe really shows. You’re probably the ones the wanted KLowe fired for the Hamrlik trade. MacT is the biggest culprit and you’re the biggest Lowe hater. Jasmine take your rose color sunglasses off,Horcoffs contract is 7.5 million a year and yes it is a cap hit of 5.5 million basically making him untradeable,like I have said Lowe,Prendergast and Mac T are to blame for most of the Oilers problems, why do you not read the article before shooting off your mouth, it basically says that it is not as simple as changing our coach we have other problems with this Oilers team,Your love affair with k Lowe shows your lack of knowledge when it comes to this team,for you to defend Horcoffs contract makes no sense whatsoever there isnt a GM in the league who would have signed him to that contract and do not put words in my mouth I could care less about Hamrlik, there have been numerous mistakes with this team top to bottom and it will be up to Tamballini to clean up the mess created by Lowe,Prendergast and Mac T so pull your head out of you arse and read the article before responding like you did it makes you out to be a idiot.

Take off you blinders. This comment makes you look like an idiot. It's $7M, the first season. Time to grow up and stop acting like an idiot.

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#86 Ogden Brother
April 13 2009, 12:41PM
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David S wrote:

Winners in anything, be it sports or business or life don’t waste their time second guessing themselves. They have the confidence to make the best decisions they can and move on because they know the results of those actions will be the ultimate judge. MacT is a former player in the world’s elite league. His philosophy is very much in line with how elite athletes think. Live in the present, plan for the future and let the past go. It’s the only one of the three you can’t do anything about. I think he’ll quit, but on his own terms. And that’s how it should be. As much as they’d like to believe they have a say, hard core fans don’t “run” any sports organization when places like RX1 are sold out in season’s seat tickets with waiting lists.

Bingo

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#87 Jasmine
April 13 2009, 12:42PM
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firemactandkloweallready wrote:

Jasmine wrote: Jasmine wrote: firemactandkloweallready wrote: What are you on?I never defended Mac T’s coaching,As far as K lowe and Prendergast they have made more mistakes with this organization than the coach,Prendergast handling of the farm team is a Joke he is also in charge of scouting,he has input on trades i am sure he could have advised K lowe on Penner before we went out and signed him as far as Lowe goes he was throwing money around like a sailor on leave in a brothel.How many bad signings has he done and look at his trade record yet he gets a free pass he should also be out of a job.The Horcoff signing 7.5 million over five years when he still had one year left on his contract give me a break he could have had him this summer for 3-4 million less.We have serious problems top to bottom in this organization, it is unfortunate that some people will lose there jobs when others get to keep them when they should also be shown the door. Get your facts straight on Horcoff. It’s a cap hit of $5.5M per year over six years. Horcoff would have left if they would have waited and you’d be on here demanding KLowe’s head. He didn’t want the same thing happening that happened with the Smyth fiasco. $3M-$4M. Give me a break. He could very easily have gotten more. Your hatred for Lowe really shows. You’re probably the ones the wanted KLowe fired for the Hamrlik trade. MacT is the biggest culprit and you’re the biggest Lowe hater. Jasmine take your rose color sunglasses off,Horcoffs contract is 7.5 million a year and yes it is a cap hit of 5.5 million basically making him untradeable,like I have said Lowe,Prendergast and Mac T are to blame for most of the Oilers problems, why do you not read the article before shooting off your mouth, it basically says that it is not as simple as changing our coach we have other problems with this Oilers team,Your love affair with k Lowe shows your lack of knowledge when it comes to this team,for you to defend Horcoffs contract makes no sense whatsoever there isnt a GM in the league who would have signed him to that contract and do not put words in my mouth I could care less about Hamrlik, there have been numerous mistakes with this team top to bottom and it will be up to Tamballini to clean up the mess created by Lowe,Prendergast and Mac T so pull your head out of you arse and read the article before responding like you did it makes you out to be a idiot.

Your username makes you look like an idiot. You hate everything Edmonton and I know this by your constant bashing of anything the Oilers do.

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#88 Chris
April 13 2009, 12:43PM
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I was impressed with MacT's candor and the accuracy of his seasonal assessment. As fans, we all respond to honesty and hate being BS'ed. Problem is: it's impossible for the coach to be completely honest with the fans during the season... Sometimes, like in a poker game, you need to bluff a bit when you aren't delt the best hand.

Could you imagine how it would of gone down, if around Christmas MacT just said, "The guys just aren't big enough, or physically committed enough to successfully play the dump and chase... and Damn it; I may have overestimated the overall skill level of this group; because they just can't seem to move the puck well enough to execute an effective puck possession game. I have no idea what we can do to win the expected amount of games... Things just aren't working."

It's possible a different coaching staff may have gotten this group into the post-season... But let's face it: NOBODY on planet earth, either past or present, was going to take this edition of the Oilers deep into the playoffs. I spent much of the season nitpicking and second guessing the coach

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#89 Ogden Brother
April 13 2009, 12:43PM
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topshelf wrote:

Ogden Brother wrote: Hopefully the next guy will be smart and consult with the fan base on decision making. Maybe the fans should just smile and nod with whatever the next coach says and does because God forbid the fans have an opinion.

Opinions are fine, but to actually think your ideas are superior to a proffesionals are laughable at best.

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#90 Chris
April 13 2009, 12:47PM
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cont'd

(accidently bumped the post)

I spent much of the season second guessing MacT due to personal frustration... the frustration of a regular fan....(For this I'm sorry) This franchise has many, many problems, but terrible coaching isn't one of them. I hope Tambellini finds an upgrade for sure, but there are bigger issues with this team.

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#91 topshelf
April 13 2009, 12:49PM
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@ Ogden Brother: So because I've never played in the NHL means I don't know the game of hockey? If that's the case, there are more than a few coaches in the NHL who shouldn't be there.

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#92 Ogden Brother
April 13 2009, 12:50PM
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@ topshelf:

Who said anything about playing?

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#93 topshelf
April 13 2009, 12:51PM
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Ogden Brother wrote:

Opinions are fine, but to actually think your ideas are superior to a proffesionals are laughable at best.

Liam Reddox was a good idea on the first line.

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#94 Ogden Brother
April 13 2009, 01:06PM
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topshelf wrote:

Ogden Brother wrote: Opinions are fine, but to actually think your ideas are superior to a proffesionals are laughable at best. Liam Reddox was a good idea on the first line.

For the most (or all) part he was their when Hemsky was out, meaning we didn't really have a first line. Also, he rarely (if ever) spent the whole game there)

Interestingly enough Reasoner spent time centering Kovalchuk this year and Toby Peterson spent time on the PP in the PO on a team that went to the WCF.

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#95 Scott
April 13 2009, 01:07PM
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What does FMNF mean? Pardon my ignorance.

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#96 David S
April 13 2009, 01:12PM
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Chris wrote:

I was impressed with MacT’s candor and the accuracy of his seasonal assessment. As fans, we all respond to honesty and hate being BS’ed. Problem is: it’s impossible for the coach to be completely honest with the fans during the season… Sometimes, like in a poker game, you need to bluff a bit when you aren’t delt the best hand. Could you imagine how it would of gone down, if around Christmas MacT just said, “The guys just aren’t big enough, or physically committed enough to successfully play the dump and chase… and Damn it; I may have overestimated the overall skill level of this group; because they just can’t seem to move the puck well enough to execute an effective puck possession game. I have no idea what we can do to win the expected amount of games… Things just aren’t working.” It’s possible a different coaching staff may have gotten this group into the post-season… But let’s face it: NOBODY on planet earth, either past or present, was going to take this edition of the Oilers deep into the playoffs.

Very nicely put Chris.

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April 13 2009, 01:14PM
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[...] where they end up exactly. The rumours of a massive shakeup in the front office are everywhere, and Robin Brownlee has as good a take as anybody on them in the post below this [...]

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#98 topshelf
April 13 2009, 01:14PM
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@ Ogden Brother: Oh, so when our best point producer is out we fill that hole with a defensive forward with 12 career points and have a ~great~ checking line instead. I suppose every move MacT made this year was a good one then. My bad.

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Ogden Brother wrote:

Opinions are fine, but to actually think your ideas are superior to a professionals are laughable at best.

Don't let that get out to the HF guys. They'll have to go back to playing World of Warcraft.

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#100 David S
April 13 2009, 01:18PM
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@ Ogden Brother: Oh, so when our best point producer is out we fill that hole with a defensive forward with 12 career points and have a ~great~ checking line instead. I suppose every move MacT made this year was a good one then. My bad.

Maybe it was judged less detrimental not to mess up the other lines than to put a filler guy in place of Hemsky. That's more telling of how thin our depth was. Again, coach makes the call and lives with the results.

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