Return to glory: sticking it to the little guy

Robin Brownlee
April 23 2010 04:56PM

Ken Lowe sounded every bit the company man I expected he would when I talked to him today, even though, after 21 seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, he's no longer with the firm.

The official line from the Edmonton Oilers today is that Lowe, the team's head athletic therapist and the older brother of president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, resigned.

By coincidence, pure happenstance, it turns out Lowe "resigned" on the same day the Oilers fired equipment men Barrie Stafford, who'd been with the Oilers for 29 seasons, and Sparky Kulchisky, who'd been loading and unloading equipment for 34 seasons.

"If that's what they're saying, then that's what I'm going to stand by," said Lowe. "The Oilers have been good to me."

Less-than convincing was Lowe in denying he got sacked as part of the April housecleaning by GM Steve Tambellini that claimed assistant GM Kevin Prendergast earlier this week.

What's he supposed to say?

DO SOMETHING

With the Oilers out of the playoffs for four straight seasons and people demanding Tambellini do something, anything, to back up the pulpit-pounding he's treated us to these past two Aprils, nobody can accuse him of sitting on his thumb.

But firing Stafford, who sharpens the skates, mends the equipment and has an eye for the knock-off Rolex watches sold on Time Square in New York? Yes, perhaps the angle-cut on Patrick O'Sullivan's skates was the problem. "Hey, Staffy. These things don't throw enough snow when I go into the corners. Jeezuz."

Kulchisky, who lugs the gear of the Oilers and their opponents to and from the airport, hangs it in the dressing room and knows every cheat area for smoking in every NHL arena? The guy who has been a second father to Joey Moss? What, he was putting the wrong bricks in the gloves of Shawn Horcoff?

And Lowe? Oooh, but all those man games the Oilers have lost to injuries in recent seasons. Maybe there's something there, the speculation goes. I mean, Fernando Pisani got colitis on Lowe's watch. Sheldon Souray busted his hand on Jarome Iginla's big coconut on Lowe's watch. Maybe he gave Mike Comrie mononucleosis. Gimme a break.

Who's next? Moss? Maybe he's filling out the white board in the dressing room wrong. Has his anthem singing slipped a bit, or is it just me? I'm told Moss is safe. I'm told he has a lifetime contract, just like Kevin Lowe. Thanks goodness for that much.

BABY WITH THE BATHWATER

I get the need for change. I get the move to fire Prendergast, who made mistakes at the draft table as chief scout and saw the farm system go to seed on his watch.

When the move to sack Prendergast was made, as ham-handed as it was, I thought maybe Tambellini's next volley might be directed at the scouting staff -- don't be surprised if there's a personnel change or two coming there. What about contract man Rick Olczyk, the other assistant GM? Fans, of course, might suggest, rather strongly, Tambellini aim higher.

Instead, we got Lowe, Stafford and Kulchisky today. It reminds me of six or eight years ago when the Phoenix Coyotes were brutal and instead of turning hockey operations upside down, they fired media man Richie Nairn, who was one of the best in the business.

I'm told there might be jobs waiting for Kulchisky and Stafford within the organization -- likely in helping set up the AHL farm in Oklahoma City -- down the line. Maybe even Lowe, too. They'll meet with the brass next week. In my mind, that doesn't really mitigate these firings in the name of changing the team culture.

How do the moves Tambellini made today make this team better moving forward? They don't. Change for the sake of change? Looks like it to me. Maybe to send a message? If so, then what's the message?

I don't get it.

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#51 David S
April 23 2010, 08:53PM
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Maybe its a signaling move. Like it or not alot of the problems on the roster are under contract and might still be here next year. The training group takes a bullet and get re-assigned while Tambellini establishes precedent that nobody is above the law from now on.

Its a cold-hearted strategy a businessman would execute. A very successful businessman.

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#52 SkinnyD
April 23 2010, 09:13PM
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David S wrote:

Maybe its a signaling move. Like it or not alot of the problems on the roster are under contract and might still be here next year. The training group takes a bullet and get re-assigned while Tambellini establishes precedent that nobody is above the law from now on.

Its a cold-hearted strategy a businessman would execute. A very successful businessman.

Hear, hear...

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#54 SkinnyD
April 23 2010, 09:31PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Spoken like somebody, I'm guessing, who is under 40 and hasn't invested 20-30 years with the same company and is now facing finding a new gig in their 50s.

Are they not being re-assigned?

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#55 Hemmertime
April 23 2010, 09:35PM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

Nope. We'd probably run that.

It was Milhouse, no doubt in response to me correcting him on his characterization that a Journal columnist had "leaked" a story -- I pointed out that's what reporters and columnists do -- on Gregor's show yesterday.

Ahh, that's the problem when you work as in-house media. Printing something that could upset someone is considered "leaking". Need to get that rubber approval stamp on articles before going to print.

Damn that Bob Woodward and his leaking of the Watergate Scandal. Can't keep his trap shut with good info.

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#56 DoubleJ
April 23 2010, 09:38PM
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The fact that injuries have been a huge part of the Oilers the last few years leaves questions to be answered. Why wouldn't they look at the training staff?

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#57 Hemmertime
April 23 2010, 09:44PM
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@DoubleJ

Training staff? Fine, but equipment manager? Ummm... that one isn't an ability firing I don't think.

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#58 OilFan
April 23 2010, 09:44PM
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Good for Tambo. Lets move on with this team. Sure they were all great guys and put in time with the Oilers, but in with the new. Is it really going to be that hard to find people for those positions ? Just because you work for a company for a long time doesn't mean your in the company plans for life. It might suck to have been a friend or known them through business and see them go but for me not at all.

Let's think about it, your in your late 50's , worked a dream job making good coin and to top it off you get a nice severence package before you retire. Sounds shitty to me ????

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#59 JohnQPublic
April 23 2010, 09:54PM
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When the winds of change blow through an organization, the fallout is often unpredictable.

The winds of change always create unfair personnel changes. Always.

All the blogs, media and ranting fans are getting what they've been on about for years. Change is here and it's messy and sometimes unfair. If you think these things are handled fair and equitably, you simply haven't lived through many of these raise the village culture changes.

You wanted a blow-up, it's here. And it's not done yet.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

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#60 DoubleJ
April 23 2010, 09:58PM
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No offense, but I work with guys who have been doing the same job for over 20 years and they don't have the effort, care, or pride in the job. Most of them are bitter expect the world and are just their for the pay check. Hoping to be bought out instead of retiring.

I don't know these guys and how good they were at their jobs, but I know my work place would be better off with out all the useless old guys who have "put their time in, so they don't need to work as hard".

New blood means guys who will work their asses off trying to make names for themselves come in happy to be here and appreciate everything given to them.

It can't hurt to move on.

It sure seems you're taking it personally.

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#61 OilFan
April 23 2010, 10:03PM
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@JohnQPublic

I 100% agree

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#62 RossCreekNation
April 23 2010, 10:16PM
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Interesting (read: disrespectful) tweets coming from Milhouse...

-Quit tweeting me about Brownlee. I'm not going to get into a pissing match with him. He was way more time on his hands than me, so he'd win.

-He can write whatever he wants on the web site where he spends all his time or say whatever he wants during his part-time radio gig.

-On a show, by the way, that never came close to beating mine in ratings when we went head to head at night. I used the wrong word. So what?

-I am glad to know, however, that what I'm doing is apparently of such great importance to him/them. Flattered.

-Debating one word in one tweet out of a thousand from a host on a competing station. Geez, wish I woulda caught that radio. Sounds riveting.

Sounds like Dan's throwing down, dragging J-Greg into it, too. Laughable! Can't stand his pompous, holier-than-thou attitude.

Currently engaged in the riveting task of sitting in on the inspection for the house I just bought. Necessary evil, I suppose.

Thanks for that, by the way... nice to see him flaunt the fact he just bought a house. My, what a bigshot... (*rolls eyes*)

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#63 vishcosity
April 23 2010, 10:30PM
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@Robin Brownlee

Dude that is just scary. We were just talking about exactly that last week.

Ever read "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair?

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#64 RossCreekNation
April 23 2010, 10:32PM
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By-the-by, 'Mighty Mouth' Bryn Griffiths has a take - Something is rotten in the State of Confusion

http://brynster-mightymouth.blogspot.com/?zx=5edd588a3ce15d5f

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#65 nye
April 23 2010, 10:35PM
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I'm still wondering how this was a 'PR spin move' when the Oilers have said next to nothing about the events with Pendergast or these three.

Silence is the new spin?

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#66 vishcosity
April 23 2010, 10:35PM
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Hang on. Yesterday I told you I had a 10 year old boy.

I take that back. I instead think you're very good at what you do.

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#67 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 23 2010, 11:03PM
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So does anyone know how often trainers/equipment staff are let go on other teams?

If it's roughly every 21 - 30, I don't really see what the big deal is.

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#68 Jasmine
April 23 2010, 11:09PM
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@OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F

Washington did when they had too a boatload of injuries. Montreal did it when they had a boatload of injuries. Los Angeles did when they had a boatload of injuries.

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#70 Watty
April 23 2010, 11:12PM
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Robin... A certain radio host on another station in town took a few jabs at you on his twitter account today. Any idea why?

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#71 RossCreekNation
April 23 2010, 11:30PM
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OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F wrote:

So does anyone know how often trainers/equipment staff are let go on other teams?

If it's roughly every 21 - 30, I don't really see what the big deal is.

Courtesy Arash Madani... #Oilers fire training staff and equip mgrs this yr. #Mapleleafs can trainers after last yr. KC Royals did same. End result? Ongoing losing

http://twitter.com/madani09/status/12728399845

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#72 David S
April 23 2010, 11:31PM
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Watty wrote:

Robin... A certain radio host on another station in town took a few jabs at you on his twitter account today. Any idea why?

He needs the listeners would be my guess.

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#73 RossCreekNation
April 23 2010, 11:40PM
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@Robin Brownlee

Sounds exactly like he was trying to start a pissing match to me. I often find him ironic. "I'm not going to get into a pissing match with him, but..." = "Not to offend anyone, but..."

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#74 RossCreekNation
April 23 2010, 11:48PM
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Interesting tidbits from Eric Duhatschek...

RE: Hall/Seguin The conundrum for the Oilers’ scouting staff: Hall is probably the more NHL ready of the two, but many believe Seguin’s long-term upside may be greater. As one NHL GM put it to me recently: It’s a hard thing to do to select the player that will mean more to you three years down the road, knowing that you’ll almost certainly be subject to a season of second guessing in their respective rookie years. But Seguin’s bonafides - plays centre and is a right-handed shot - make him attractive for a team that can think big-picture thoughts ...

RE: Prendergast Replacement If the Oilers replace Prendergast, one of the names they may consider is Johnny Misley, a former vice-president of Hockey Canada who resigned after the Olympics. Misley and Oilers’ GM Steve Tambellini worked together on a number of Hockey Canada projects, including the 2002 men’s Olympic hockey team, which won gold in Salt Lake City ...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/buyer-beware-on-kovalchuk/article1544252/

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#75 Benhur
April 24 2010, 01:43AM
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Robin, I can understand your sympathy for the training staff getting axed. I have the same issue because as you so elequently put it these are the small frys in the org. who probably had very little to do with the Oilers problems for the last 20 years.

BUT...Tambo has to make the changes he wants. He needs to build the organization from the ground up again to change the culture. So be it!

Whether we agree with his process is a mote point. Give him the rope to either hang himself or build a great organization. He has taken on the challenge and I am interested in seeing where he is going to take the Oilers. This is what he was hired to do....make tough decisions.

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#77 Dubai Guy
April 24 2010, 07:50AM
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@Robin:

I live in Dubai and haven't heard much Edmonton Sports Radio in a while, but if I am reading this blog correctly, it sounds as if Tencer has a problem with the you and Gregor.

If so, that's a shame.

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#78 SkinnyD
April 24 2010, 08:04AM
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Benhur wrote:

Robin, I can understand your sympathy for the training staff getting axed. I have the same issue because as you so elequently put it these are the small frys in the org. who probably had very little to do with the Oilers problems for the last 20 years.

BUT...Tambo has to make the changes he wants. He needs to build the organization from the ground up again to change the culture. So be it!

Whether we agree with his process is a mote point. Give him the rope to either hang himself or build a great organization. He has taken on the challenge and I am interested in seeing where he is going to take the Oilers. This is what he was hired to do....make tough decisions.

Although that's been questioned before, it would appear he has all the rope now... :)

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#79 chirp
April 24 2010, 08:07AM
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Th only thing I can think of is that this has something to do with the Souray claims that he was pressured to play....

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#80 BigE91
April 24 2010, 08:14AM
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Change for the sake of change or Does Tambellini finally have the power to control everything that goes on below him? Hope it's the latter and this is just the beginning of a very busy summer. At any rate it's always sad to see long serving dedicated guys move on.

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#81 brocktw
April 24 2010, 08:33AM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

How did he "run this business into the ground"? Is game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals this "ground" that you speak of? He may not have been the best GM and he certainly signed some players to some ridiculous contracts but Mike Milbury/Garth Snow he is not.

The ground I speak of is last place...The team is not the same team that went to game 7 of the SCF. It is 2010, 2006 is gone. Long gone. It is a team that finished in the BOTTOM 10 for the last three years. Get over the Stanley cup run, it is gone. And if we are firing trainers and equipment guys to change the culture of our club, then say good bye to the finals for a long time.

I could go through all the mistakes made since 2006, but I think you are smart enough to get the point. We are in the ground and Kevin Lowe carries more of the responsibility than Ken Lowe. But there is no accountability and he remains as president.

Who goes next??? The zamboni driver? The ice guy with the funky specs? Is this what it takes to get to the SCF...

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#82 OilFan
April 24 2010, 08:39AM
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You all are making it such a big deal just because the way Robin wrote the article. LOL. Does any one have a mind of there own ?

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#83 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 24 2010, 08:44AM
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Jasmine wrote:

Washington did when they had too a boatload of injuries. Montreal did it when they had a boatload of injuries. Los Angeles did when they had a boatload of injuries.

So there you go, it's sucks for the guys involved but it sounds like common practice around the league.

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#84 OilFan
April 24 2010, 08:44AM
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@brocktw

So by letting go your equipment guys and trainers will make it so we don't make a finals run again ? Those guys were all there way to long. In with the new out with the old. It's funny Robin is taking this personal and your a follower. Just like half the others in here. It's not change just because it's change cause it's needed.

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#85 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
April 24 2010, 08:48AM
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Robin Brownlee wrote:

You're right. I'd probably be more accepting of these particular changes if they came after he'd taken a run at the on-ice product because that's the main issue.

If Tambellini is as aggressive in making moves with the roster -- that's obviously not as easy -- over the summer, then fine. If he's changing things up from top to bottom then I'll buy in. If he stops at punting the little guys, then I don't see the point.

Good point, he already has turned over 50% of last years top 6 defenders though (+ soon to be Souray). So I'm going under the assumption he's going to move at least 3-4 from last years starting top 12 forwards.

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#86 madjam
April 24 2010, 08:59AM
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Relocating or burying fired employees is almost always a bad idea - especially if their part of the toxicity in major club . Now it sounds as if most of that toxicity will be spread around still in the organization, tried to be buried , and probably firmly entrenched in our AHL developing squad . Now thats not exactly cleaning house by any standard - it just magnifies problems throughout system . I'm sensing there is a lot of staff that quite simply blame Tams and Lowe for the ills of club and it is having far reaching effects on the players as well . In other words , i don't think they have much respect for the decisions of Lowe and Tams to begin with (spoken or otherwise ) . So is Tams and Lowe the real problem and should be replaced first ? You see their dealings and how most of the on ice products and talents have taken a major hit downwards amids all their other failures and communicative flaws , and you wonder if Tams and Lowe should have been first to go before the new structuring takes place . I don't care for the job Tams and Lowe have done up till now ,and thus i doubt the new structuring will be any more successful under their care than the disasterous results that have plagued and followed the two of them the last 3 years !! I would have preferred someone else be in charge of restructuring to be honest ,that probably hasn't been such a huge part of Oilers demise and troubles - if you catch the drift ? I'm not applauding Tams or Lowe for burying fired staff still into system to ease the pain of firing them. If their that toxic then get them out of entire system .

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#87 Clarkenstein
April 24 2010, 09:41AM
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The reason... the "only" reason... they are offering them up for re-assignment is simply to avoid severance pay if they quit. I would suggest they contact a labor lawyer (and I hate labor lawyers) so they can turn old PussyKatz upside down and shake some gold out of his pockets. As for the "Weasel"... er, Tencer... Danny boy let's see you and Gregor switch stations and see how you fare. You ride the coattails of a huge network like Corus. It's like the 4th liner of a great team that never hits the ice but just sits there and chirps how great you are and how much you're contributing. People know better Dan... you're not fooling anybody... except maybe yourself!!

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#88 Zamboni Driver
April 24 2010, 09:48AM
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I am thinking "Tambo" (again, why a less-than-average GM who was a less-than-average-player gets a nickname, I have no clue) was the kid in junior high who, upon getting threatened by someone tough, went and kicked the crap out of some kid named Scooter.

This was no b@lls whatsoever.

K-Lowe signs Mr. 3rd Line Plugger to Seven mil...gets promoted, his brother, who broke a bone rushing to help a fallen player...gets canned.

Makes perfect sense.

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#89 Zamboni Driver
April 24 2010, 09:50AM
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Btw....Cory Graham is my new fave radio guy. Stauffer can go away.

AT LAST someone mentioned the gong show being run at the Oilers head office by the psychotic that is Laforge.

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#90 wangtaco
April 24 2010, 10:08AM
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@Clarkenstein

Just curious as to why you hate labour lawyers? Did they make your life difficult after you tried pulling off a no-no? Labour lawyers exist to defend the little guy from unfair practices by the big bad employer, not to kick and stomp their feet about hurt feelings. The ones who take those cases just like taking runs at big companies to shake loose some money and a bit of publicity, but they are the guys running their practice out of strip malls.

BTW, company owners are usually clever enough to insulate themselves from liability arising from business-related lawsuits. P-Katz's gold is safe in his pockets I'd think.

Firing these three gentlemen was sad news. My sense from ON, Journal and Sun articles was that they were quality individuals, and on a moral level, these guys didn't deserve to be cut loose. However, my annoyance right now (aside from your expansive and confusing hatred of labour lawyers) is the fact that nobody put themselves in front of a camera or mic to back up their trigger-pulling. Weak balls. Does anyone know what the heck Terry Jones was trying to write at the end of his column? It was a bit of a mish-mash regarding a Lowe comment and insitence for Tambo to say something....I dunno. It wasn't clear what the heck Jones was talking about. Anyone?

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#91 Deep Oil
April 24 2010, 10:20AM
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Clarkenstein wrote:

The reason... the "only" reason... they are offering them up for re-assignment is simply to avoid severance pay if they quit. I would suggest they contact a labor lawyer (and I hate labor lawyers) so they can turn old PussyKatz upside down and shake some gold out of his pockets. As for the "Weasel"... er, Tencer... Danny boy let's see you and Gregor switch stations and see how you fare. You ride the coattails of a huge network like Corus. It's like the 4th liner of a great team that never hits the ice but just sits there and chirps how great you are and how much you're contributing. People know better Dan... you're not fooling anybody... except maybe yourself!!

From a demographic point of view, the people listening to Tencer are typically over 50, some don't have televisions, the one's that have televisions may not have cable (LOL) and are not considered in the active advertising market.

After watching the game, a younger demographic may listen to the Team 1260, listening to Ched is too structured with commercials, bumpers, and brought to you by.......

I was told that Corus loses money on the Oil Franchise to build their overall numbers prior and post. This investment is recaptured with higher BBM points throughout the day.

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#92 Deep Oil
April 24 2010, 10:28AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Btw....Cory Graham is my new fave radio guy. Stauffer can go away.

AT LAST someone mentioned the gong show being run at the Oilers head office by the psychotic that is Laforge.

Ignorant, Arrogant and Intimidating (the oiler pin on his suit has secret powers).

When I brought up the issue of LaForge being unprofessional with a Oiler Broadcast Person, his response was that LaForge hangs up on a lot of people.

Didn't the Roman Empire decline then fall take 320 years..... that is how long it might be until the Oilers make the playoffs again.

I think some of the copperjackets LaForge screwed over today are smiling at their inability to manage players, employees and results.

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#93 VK63
April 24 2010, 10:39AM
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@wangtaco

As good as they are or were at their jobs, they were old on a team that is young, perhaps its as simple as that. Bridge the gap a bit so that a current language is spoken. Im sure these guys were cool dudes but they put in a good shift and it had to end sometime. Now might not have been the best time but in instances of long serving individuals, when is?

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#94 quicksilver ballet
April 24 2010, 10:49AM
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Maybe this is Steve's way of giving Joey no other option but to quit, this would be one of the more interesting divorces that may occur. After 25'ish years maybe the Oilers have done their part to support Joeys cause.

I wonder if the Oilers were to do the dressing room renovation thing again if they would re-think having all the yester generation crap immortalized in the dressing room. I'm sure the players have had it up to here with all this city of memories stuff, being reminded you don't hold a candle to these guys everyday must be tiresome to some of those guys. They should have put all that stuff in the pub in showcases outside the dressing room for all the fans to google over.

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#95 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
April 24 2010, 10:52AM
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quicksilver ballet wrote:

Maybe this is Steve's way of giving Joey no other option but to quit, this would be one of the more interesting divorces that may occur. After 25'ish years maybe the Oilers have done their part to support Joeys cause.

I wonder if the Oilers were to do the dressing room renovation thing again if they would re-think having all the yester generation crap immortalized in the dressing room. I'm sure the players have had it up to here with all this city of memories stuff, being reminded you don't hold a candle to these guys everyday must be tiresome to some of those guys. They should have put all that stuff in the pub in showcases outside the dressing room for all the fans to google over.

Is that the problem with the Habs and the Wings?

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#96 BigE91
April 24 2010, 11:01AM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

I am thinking "Tambo" (again, why a less-than-average GM who was a less-than-average-player gets a nickname, I have no clue) was the kid in junior high who, upon getting threatened by someone tough, went and kicked the crap out of some kid named Scooter.

This was no b@lls whatsoever.

K-Lowe signs Mr. 3rd Line Plugger to Seven mil...gets promoted, his brother, who broke a bone rushing to help a fallen player...gets canned.

Makes perfect sense.

How much copy, print, publicity should a firing/release of support staff actually receive? These guys all had a great reputation and were well respected throughout the league but someone obviously felt that their time was up in their respective roles. This does make sense in the bigger picture that Tambellini is the guy running the team now not Kevin Lowe who is responsible for the 7 million dollar debacle.

Good publicity or not I'm interested to see how this all plays out. A couple of trades and a couple of buyouts and a can't miss number one overall draft pick will go a long way in helping to rebuild this franchise.

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#97 Chris.
April 24 2010, 11:49AM
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Management cannot even clearly communicate with the fans and media regarding basic personnel changes... make you wonder how well they communicate with the coaches, farm club, scouts, and players...

Souray may have been out of line; but there are some seeds of truth in what he said.

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#98 madjam
April 24 2010, 12:13PM
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Chris. wrote:

Management cannot even clearly communicate with the fans and media regarding basic personnel changes... make you wonder how well they communicate with the coaches, farm club, scouts, and players...

Souray may have been out of line; but there are some seeds of truth in what he said.

Exactly , and the main reason i feel the restructuring process should be done top down,not bottom up . Should have evaluated Tams and Lowe firstly , then the coaching staff that got these results !! If their not the major problem then who lead them to this fate ? Lines of communication seem to imply a one way street with little to no compensation for anything else even if it be constructive and earned criticizm ?

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#99 brocktw
April 24 2010, 12:19PM
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OilFan wrote:

So by letting go your equipment guys and trainers will make it so we don't make a finals run again ? Those guys were all there way to long. In with the new out with the old. It's funny Robin is taking this personal and your a follower. Just like half the others in here. It's not change just because it's change cause it's needed.

I agree with his point of view on this topic and a lot of other topics. I am not a follower, I just hold the same point of view. Maybe the trainers had to go and maybe they didn't, but to roll it out as a move to change the culture around the dressing room is BS. But the hardest thing to stomach for me is that the guy who sunk this ship is now in a better job with the same company...

As for following Robin Brownlee not likely, I form my own conclusions based on what I read & see. Robin is an intelligent guy and I find I agree with his point of view most of the time. You on the other hand argue for the sake of arguing. If the article said that Steve Tambellini made a great move, guys like you would be on here saying it was an injustice.

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#100 Mike
April 24 2010, 12:30PM
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Dubai Guy wrote:

@Robin:

I live in Dubai and haven't heard much Edmonton Sports Radio in a while, but if I am reading this blog correctly, it sounds as if Tencer has a problem with the you and Gregor.

If so, that's a shame.

Tencer isn't close to Gregor in talent and anyone who listens to radio knows this. Gregor has never acknowledged him which makes me think he doesn't worry about lesser lights.

And considering Gregor has the best show in the BEST time slot and right now it is the more influential sports show in Edmonton I doubt he cares about what, to use Robin's words, Millhouse the fart catcher has to say.

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