Tambellini has his say... and, YES, Oilers pick first!!!

Robin Brownlee
April 13 2010 04:54PM

After taking two days to contemplate Sheldon Souray's public trade request and what can only be characterized as a scathing indictment of Edmonton Oilers management, GM Steve Tambellini had his say this afternoon.

Unavailable to media after Souray's inflammatory comments ran on Sportsnet.ca, Tambellini issued a statement via a news release at 4 p.m., saying very little and pre-empting his own availability with local media that's scheduled for Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Rexall Place.

As per the release:

“Sheldon’s comments are unfortunate and counterproductive, but we are going to manage through this in a responsible and professional manner.

"We understand Sheldon has had a tough year and he has a desire to play elsewhere. His additional comments regarding being 'forced to play' when injured are far more serious and my stance is that they are demonstrably untrue.”

Atta boy, Steve. You tell him.

THAT'S IT?

Given Souray's accusation the Oilers made him return from a shoulder injury before he was ready to play to start the 2007-08 season with a freshly inked $27-million contract in his hip pocket, you'd think that Tambellini might have fired back.

Considering Souray essentially called Tambellini a lousy communicator who never even bothered to talk to him while he was recovering from a broken hand this season, you'd think Tambellini might have served up something today that would disprove that. But no.

Perhaps a page from coach Pat Quinn, who offered this about Souray in his meeting with media this morning.

"It's been no secret here," Quinn said of Souray's discontent and desire to be traded. "He's made it clear for a long time.

"I'm one of those guys that if you don't want to play here, don't screw around. Get the hell out."

Added Quinn: "If you have one guy sitting over there who doesn't bloody well want to be here, how do you build trust? How do you have a team? You don't. Sheldon knows how I feel about that sort of thing."

UPDATE: OILERS PICK FIRST!!!!

As per Oilers news release:

The Oilers have been awarded the first overall selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, being held in Los Angeles June 25-26, 2010.

The Oilers received the right to pick first overall when they won the NHL’s Draft Lottery, held Tuesday night in New York City.

“This is a significant moment for the organization and its an important part of the process moving forward. We have the first overall pick in this year’s draft,” Tambellini said. “This is a very exciting time for our organization and our fans. Securing the first overall draft selection tonight provides a tremendous opportunity for the Oilers."

The 2010 NHL Entry Draft will mark the first time in franchise history the Oilers will select first overall.

The Draft Lottery is a weighted lottery system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the NHL Entry Draft. It gives the teams that finish with the fewest points during the regular season the greatest chance of winning the Draft Lottery.

Only the 14 teams that do not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired those clubs’ first-round draft picks, participate in the drawing.

Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, are placed in a lottery machine. The machine expels four balls, forming a series of numbers. The four-digit series resulting from the expulsion of the balls is matched against a probability chart that divides the possible combinations among the 14 participating clubs. The Lottery was incorporated in 1995 by the NHL.

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#101 jeanshorts
April 13 2010, 07:49PM
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AAAAAAAnnndd it's already started.

I blame Crash and his unwavering love for that "Hall" kid, whoever that is.

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#102 OilFan
April 13 2010, 07:51PM
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I think Souray is going to be interviewed on 630ched. Any one know if thats true ? HELP HELP

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#103 Crash
April 13 2010, 07:52PM
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MrCondor wrote:

1) Hall is 6-0, 185, great speed, great shot and plays in the tough areas. Nothing to complain about, but we already have a prospect in MPS that is 6-1, 200, great speed, great shot and plays in the tough areas

2) The 70%-30% in favor of Hall is from the 10 scouts that Bob Mackenzie talked to, not a poll of the entire league. ISS and NHL Central Scouting have Seguin at #1

3) Hall scored 0.70 goals per game. Seguin scored 0.76 on a much weaker team. In this past season, Seguin is a better goal scorer.

Oops almost forgot to mention, lol...

What we really have lots of on this team already is guys who play soft....I'm not saying is soft but I suspect he plays a lot softer than Hall does given what the scouts are saying about both of their games.

So using your line...we already have tons of players who play soft and don't battle for pucks...we could use some of the other kind, especially when they also bring the skill of Hall.

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#104 Crash
April 13 2010, 07:53PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

AAAAAAAnnndd it's already started.

I blame Crash and his unwavering love for that "Hall" kid, whoever that is.

LOL, actually this started awhile ago...just ask Arch :)

But I'll accept the blame ;)

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#105 MrCondor
April 13 2010, 07:54PM
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Crash wrote:

Hall had more goals this season in one less game and he's going to add to the total I suspect before this season ends.

OHL.com - 09/10 Regular Season Stats

Hall: 57GP 40G 66A 106P 56PIM Seguin: 63GP 48G 58A 106P 54PIM

Hall has higher Points per game, but Seguin has higher Goals per game.

The regular season in the OHL is over, Hall will not be adding to those totals.

EDIT: It should also be noted that Hall has been playing on an excellent team since the beginning of his OHL career. Seguin has not been as fortunate. I'm not sure if points are the best way to judge their relative skill level.

I will admit though that Hall has proven to be a big game player on multiple occasions. Seguin is still unproven that way.

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#106 Pajamah
April 13 2010, 07:58PM
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I'm going against the grain

go with Hall because he's from Calgary

the Flamers have had 4-5 of their best players from here for how long, and how much has it pissed me off (oh right, lots)

let's just do it to spite those sister-loving freaks

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#107 Archaeologuy
April 13 2010, 07:59PM
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Crash wrote:

LOL, actually this started awhile ago...just ask Arch :)

But I'll accept the blame ;)

If the rumblings from RB and Stauffer are correct, I'd start warming up to Seguin if I were you.

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#108 Archaeologuy
April 13 2010, 08:02PM
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@Pajamah

I'd re-evaluate emulating the "success" of the Flames. Last I checked they've won next to nothing. Their model is uglier than Taylor Hall.

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#109 MrCondor
April 13 2010, 08:07PM
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To borrow from gretzky of the HockeyBuzz forums, our future lines are looking like this:

Penner Seguin Hemsky / Paajarvi Gagner Eberle

or

Hall Gagner Hemsky / Penner Brule Eberle

*Engage fist pump*

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#110 Pajamah
April 13 2010, 08:10PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I'd re-evaluate emulating the "success" of the Flames. Last I checked they've won next to nothing. Their model is uglier than Taylor Hall.

Hahahha, yeah, he's a walking allergic reaction

But for me, it's less about team success, more about pissing off Calgarians. If our best player is from Calgary, we can start to forget about the traitors playing down south

typing that does make me realize that it is flawed logic, but short of burning down the Saddledome, it's all I got

*looks around, all shifty like*

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#111 Crash
April 13 2010, 08:12PM
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MrCondor wrote:

OHL.com - 09/10 Regular Season Stats

Hall: 57GP 40G 66A 106P 56PIM Seguin: 63GP 48G 58A 106P 54PIM

Hall has higher Points per game, but Seguin has higher Goals per game.

The regular season in the OHL is over, Hall will not be adding to those totals.

EDIT: It should also be noted that Hall has been playing on an excellent team since the beginning of his OHL career. Seguin has not been as fortunate. I'm not sure if points are the best way to judge their relative skill level.

I will admit though that Hall has proven to be a big game player on multiple occasions. Seguin is still unproven that way.

I didn't say regular season, I said the whole hockey season...

You didn't factor in the 6 games Hall played at the world juniors or the 8 games he has played in the OHL playoffs and the 9 games that Tyler Seguin has played in the OHL playoffs. So yes Hall will likely be adding to his total for this season.

But for kicks here's some for you:

Hall: 3 OHL seasons Regular season 183GP 123G 280P - Playoffs 33GP so far 27G 58P

Seguin: 2 OHL seasons Regular season 124GP 69G 173P - Playoffs 20GP 10G 26P

Hall has both a higher goals and points per game and a longer history of consistency.

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#113 Archaeologuy
April 13 2010, 08:15PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Rumblings?

I'd suggest that unless Seguin runs away to join the circus as the bearded lady or slips in the shower and dislocates his spine between now and draft day, he's the guy.

I think RB is trying to tell us something, but I cant tell what it is...

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#114 Crash
April 13 2010, 08:18PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Rumblings?

I'd suggest that unless Seguin runs away to join the circus as the bearded lady or slips in the shower and dislocates his spine between now and draft day, he's the guy.

So you're now saying that you believe it's pretty much a given the Oilers are going with Seguin? Earlier you had reported that from what you were summizing that you figured the Oilers were leaning towards Hall...

Now I'm so confused :)

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#115 Crash
April 13 2010, 08:23PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

If the rumblings from RB and Stauffer are correct, I'd start warming up to Seguin if I were you.

I'll warm up to Seguin when he arrives here until then I'm a Hall fan...

Just like RB has a feeling that Whitney will be a better d-man going forward than Visnovsky, I have the feeling that Hall will outshine Seguin...but if Seguin lands here I hope I'm wrong about it

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#116 MrCondor
April 13 2010, 08:24PM
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Crash wrote:

I didn't say regular season, I said the whole hockey season...

You didn't factor in the 6 games Hall played at the world juniors or the 8 games he has played in the OHL playoffs and the 9 games that Tyler Seguin has played in the OHL playoffs. So yes Hall will likely be adding to his total for this season.

But for kicks here's some for you:

Hall: 3 OHL seasons Regular season 183GP 123G 280P - Playoffs 33GP so far 27G 58P

Seguin: 2 OHL seasons Regular season 124GP 69G 173P - Playoffs 20GP 10G 26P

Hall has both a higher goals and points per game and a longer history of consistency.

I'll refer to my previous statement that points isn't the best way to judge these 2 due to the relative strength of their teams.

Interesting observation from the stats you posted though:

Hall's production increased from 1.53 Points per game in the regular season to 1.76 in the playoffs.

Seguin went from 1.39 in the regular season to 1.30 in the playoffs.

I'll give you this one. Hall can pick it up when the heat is on.

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#117 DangerMan
April 13 2010, 08:25PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Rumblings?

I'd suggest that unless Seguin runs away to join the circus as the bearded lady or slips in the shower and dislocates his spine between now and draft day, he's the guy.

With all due respect RB, I hope you are incorrect, otherwise I think I might go join the circus.

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#118 Reagan
April 13 2010, 08:25PM
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Trade Hemsky's and Souray's bag of bones for Bostons Second Pick!

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#119 dano
April 13 2010, 08:26PM
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it certainly is interesting. Looking at their strengths, Hall has the size, speed and shot we need.

But what gets my vote is that a way higher percentage of Seguins goals came at even strength on a worse team. I particularly like the argument about how a center can be more of an impact player then a winger.

The beauty of it is no pick is a bad pick as there are many holes that need filling on the team. In my opinion the higher priority would be to try to trade for a second first round pick.

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#120 Crash
April 13 2010, 08:29PM
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MrCondor wrote:

I'll refer to my previous statement that points isn't the best way to judge these 2 due to the relative strength of their teams.

Interesting observation from the stats you posted though:

Hall's production increased from 1.53 Points per game in the regular season to 1.76 in the playoffs.

Seguin went from 1.39 in the regular season to 1.30 in the playoffs.

I'll give you this one. Hall can pick it up when the heat is on.

Totally agree that it can't be measured in just points and numbers, there's so much more and maybe that has something to do with RB switching from figuring on Hall to figuring on Seguin now.

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#121 Shawner
April 13 2010, 08:33PM
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hey boys and girls either way they will get something for the future unless they fumble the pick and (dare i say it) trade it away, who knows what will happen on the 25th of june, and like i said either way they WILL get SOMETHING for the future

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#123 jake
April 13 2010, 08:35PM
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Just noticed the last canadian team to draft first overall was 1996 Ottawa. 13 straight picks to U.S. based clubs. Long time.

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#124 OilFan
April 13 2010, 08:41PM
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I think the Boston GM said they won't trade the 2nd pick and would only try to move up.

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#125 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 13 2010, 08:44PM
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Show yourself conspiricy theorists!

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#126 Bacon Nachos
April 13 2010, 08:46PM
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REMEMBER STEVE KELLY.

That is all I have to say. You never know with Oilers Management...

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#127 MrCondor
April 13 2010, 08:47PM
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Does anyone think we can move Sourey for a low first round or high second round pick?

I'm assume we'll have to receive some salary back, but as long as that new player is off the books in a couple of years, I say go for it.

Sourey to Colorado for Liles and a 2nd? Or at least something along those lines?

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#128 Archaeologuy
April 13 2010, 08:56PM
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Bacon Nachos wrote:

REMEMBER STEVE KELLY.

That is all I have to say. You never know with Oilers Management...

Even the Fans at the Draft that year were more competent than our Head Scout at the time. We have a much better group these days.

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#129 BarryS
April 13 2010, 09:06PM
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I suppose part of the choice will be made on how true the rumours and inferences that Mr. Hall's dad might be the second coming of Mr. Lindros, Eric's dad. I recall hearing an interview when Mr. Hall senior stated he hoped toronto (boston) would get the first pick and take his son. Just how serious he was, or how true his supposed attempts at influencing his son's current team, I do not know. Hopefully the Oilers do.

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#130 jake
April 13 2010, 09:09PM
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BarryS wrote:

I suppose part of the choice will be made on how true the rumours and inferences that Mr. Hall's dad might be the second coming of Mr. Lindros, Eric's dad. I recall hearing an interview when Mr. Hall senior stated he hoped toronto (boston) would get the first pick and take his son. Just how serious he was, or how true his supposed attempts at influencing his son's current team, I do not know. Hopefully the Oilers do.

From what many learned tonight, that (hope for Boston to pick his son) may have been because of Bobby Orr (Hall is #4) and not necessarily anti-Oiler comment, just speculation however.

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#131 Reagan
April 13 2010, 09:11PM
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Maybe his dad needs a little over inflated herbal magic to clear that big head of his.

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#132 DangerMan
April 13 2010, 09:13PM
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MrCondor wrote:

Does anyone think we can move Sourey for a low first round or high second round pick?

I'm assume we'll have to receive some salary back, but as long as that new player is off the books in a couple of years, I say go for it.

Sourey to Colorado for Liles and a 2nd? Or at least something along those lines?

I'd do Souray for Liles straight across. It might have a chance, I'm not entirely sure how much Colorado covets Liles these days. I think the Oilers could use a Dman like Liles going into next season.

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#133 SpotTheLoon
April 13 2010, 09:17PM
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jeanshorts wrote:

Everyone please take a long, hard look at Taylor Hall. Is that really the face we want to be forever immortalized in bronze statue form outside of Daryl Katz's Super Arena®?

At least Seguin looks like an actual human being.

I swear that Hall reminds me of that little person you used to see running around on Monster Garage.

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#134 Jodes
April 13 2010, 09:21PM
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MrCondor wrote:

Does anyone think we can move Sourey for a low first round or high second round pick?

I'm assume we'll have to receive some salary back, but as long as that new player is off the books in a couple of years, I say go for it.

Sourey to Colorado for Liles and a 2nd? Or at least something along those lines?

You honestly think that a injury prone 34 year old D man who's a defensive liability most nights and is a 5.4 million dollar cap hit next season is going to get us anywhere near the 1st or 2nd rounds?

I thought maybe a 4-5 Dman, a 3rd or 4th rounder and another bad contract.. Now that Souray's been a flapping though, we'll be lucky to get anything for him.

Yet people still think we can trade him to Boston for their 2nd overall.. Man I'd like to see what colour the sky in their world is, because thats not going to happen, EVER.

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#135 Rusty Duggan
April 13 2010, 09:35PM
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Hey ROBIN, do you think the Oilers could move some players/anything to acquire the second pick from Boston? What do you think the Oilers are gonna do on draft day? Also, can Hall be converted to a center?

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#136 OilFan
April 13 2010, 09:36PM
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@Jodes

I agree. We will be lucky to trade him. Getting anything would almost be a bonus. I'm guessing a bad contact swap we may have to give up picks to get the trade to work. If we find a trade at all.

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#137 Rusty Duggan
April 13 2010, 09:36PM
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Hey ROBIN, do you think the Oilers could move some players/anything to acquire the second pick from Boston? What do you think the Oilers are gonna do on draft day, besides Seguin in the first round? Also, can Hall be converted to a center?

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#138 JaroslavPouzar
April 13 2010, 09:38PM
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Hall... More proven on a bigger stage... True Star potential, more marketable, a sit on the edge of your seat player. Maybe not the prettiest face, either was Messier. You don't have tyo be pretty to be the face of a franchise... Ask Ovechkin Who cares if he was a Flame fan... Ask, Jarome who he would rather have played for when he was drafted... Allegiences change with who signs your cheques. Seguin will probably be a big player but he's had one full great year in Jr.... Hall has excelled EVERY year and is more NHL ready. Watch the Oilers fleece everyone by selecting Thomas Tynan...

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#139 JaroslavPouzar
April 13 2010, 09:42PM
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BTW- trade Sour(grapes)ay to Dallas straight up for Ribeiro a legit 1st line center, then draft Hall.

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#141 OilFan
April 13 2010, 09:51PM
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@JaroslavPouzar

i don't care for players that dive so much like Riberio but he did had some sick highlight goals

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#142 Hamburgler
April 13 2010, 09:58PM
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@JaroslavPouzar

We have character problems and would want Mike Ribeiro? I wouldn't touch him with a twenty foot pole for this team.

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#143 GSC
April 13 2010, 10:08PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

I think RB is trying to tell us something, but I cant tell what it is...

I think the answer is "Tacos".

I would love some tacos right about now...

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#144 JaroslavPouzar
April 13 2010, 10:08PM
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true enough Oilfan.... but he's a similar pricetag, and Oiler needing center and he's never publically blasted Oil management for bad communication... thats good enough for me. :)

And that reminds me, by NO means are the Oil management just the victims here... it is THEIR job to stroke ego's and make sure everyone is doing ok. Its the players job to play. Souray should have just said "no" if he wasn't healthy.. nobody to blame but him. Suck it up Sheldon. YOU chose to play, end of story. Having said that, if Sourays comments are true, that he hasn't talked tyo Tambi since January... thats pretty weak. What the %&^% else are you doing all the time. There are far too many compalints of fans and now players that Tambellini doesn't communicate well enough.

IMO, call up Stevie Y., and offer him the job of President and GM of the Oilers....heck throw any position it takes to get him. There is NO better respected guy in the world of hockey than Steve. Too bad it stands as much a chance of happening as the Oilers travelling back in time to draft Shane Doan instead of Steve Kelly...

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#145 Bombay
April 13 2010, 10:14PM
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It's interesting to note that Seguin did not have a single goal in the first fifteen games of the 08-09 season. Then there was a coaching change and he was moved to the first line. After that, he took off. Especially in the last twenty games when it would appear that he became very comfortable in the role. During that twenty game span, he had 15 goals and 22 assists. This year, he continued to dominate.

Don't get me wrong, Hall looks to be a superstar in the making, but Seguin has shown real growth as well, and I do believe he has more upside. I can easily envision Seguin gettin up to 200 pounds in a couple years, not to mention that he's a right-handed shot that could also help us in the faceoff dot somewhere down the line. Not to mention that Hall has linemates that both made the Canada junior team this year. Seguin played with...

So if the Oil pick Seguin, I will be pleased. And if Brownlee and Stauffer are leaning that way, I would say it's the best bet.

Eat that Crash!!!

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#146 OilFan
April 13 2010, 10:15PM
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@Hamburgler

I'd have to agree, but I'd take him over a bunch of the guys on the oilers right now

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#147 Mitch
April 13 2010, 10:42PM
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Both players a going to be great, I think to much is made of the winger, center position. Hall has played center before. If it was my pick I take Hall, I love his ability to score goals, Hall carries a major presence on the ice. I feel he could be a major advantage on the pk and pp, this is where he excelled at in the WJC. If you dont take Hall, what do you do when he is a MEGA STAR and you passed on him? I perdict a 70+ point season.

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#148 Muji 狗
April 13 2010, 10:45PM
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Either Seguin and Hall are fine by me. Anybody that says otherwise isn't saying with 100% certainty anyway. They're both great.

If the Oilers do pick Seguin, they should trade down and get something for free from Boston though (as Boston probably prefers Hall...)

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#149 third string plumber
April 13 2010, 11:10PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

Show yourself conspiricy theorists!

buttman has a cruel ending for this... just wait..

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#150 RossCreekNation
April 13 2010, 11:16PM
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YAOWA!

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