UPDATED: LOWE-DOWN ON BRADY SPECULATION

Robin Brownlee
October 04 2011 10:22PM

For now, file this one under unsubstantiated speculation, but there's a suggestion circulating out in the Twitter-verse that Kevin Lowe could at some point return as GM of the Edmonton Oilers.

A person listed on Twitter as Greg Brady -- @bradyfan590Toronto -- who has in excess of 7,600 followers, has put the possibility of a return to the GM's chair by Lowe -- with the blessing and backing of owner Daryl Katz -- out there in several tweets tonight.

Here's what Brady -- the link is here twitter.com/#!/bradyfan590 -- has offered via Twitter in seven different tweets over the last couple of hours (as of 10 p.m.):

THE BUZZ

-- "Would I bet it happens, yes? Could it take upwards of 24 months? Oh yeah. Lowe's only 52. He'll be back."

-- "I think he still has a daughter he wants to see thru finishing HS...after that, empty nest..back at it!"

-- "Also totally logical...he wanted to see his kid, Keegan, play a lot more..now he's been drafted."

-- "who's the blogger? Whoever is Katz's buddy/henchman is talking a lot with KEvin about a timeframe."

-- "Hugely so....Lowe moved upstairs because he was working himself bonkers, & kids needed him around more. STRONG source."

-- "Katz pushing Lowe behind the scenes...not sure Lowe will commit. HIS decisions weren't best, either."

-- "Well, they cannot be 30th again. Kevin Lowe's getting pressed by Katz to come back as GM. For now, no."

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED?

Corey Graham of TEAM 1260 in Edmonton mentioned this on the air tonight, so it's out there in this market, aside from circulating in the Twitter community. I've got no information at this point to substantiate or disprove anything Brady is suggesting, but it's likely worth sniffing around on.

Might Lowe, now Edmonton's president of hockey operations, be interested in a return to his old job after a respite from the glare of the spotlight? Maybe, especially if the boss is pushing it. Is it possible Steve Tambellini's future as GM is in doubt if the Oilers don't show substantial improvement this season? Absolutely. This might shape up as a case of, as Lowe likes to say, "Expect the unexpected."

Stay tuned.

UPDATE

Greg Brady took the time write about his tweets regarding Lowe and reaction to it in his blog at FAN 590 today. You can find that here: blog.rogersbroadcasting.com/fan590_gregbrady/2011/10/05/nothing-pending-with-oils/

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#1 Word
October 04 2011, 11:21PM
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I'm gonna catch hell for this, but here goes:

Lowe was far superior to Tambo as a GM. Granted, Lowe made some real boneheaded moves in his day, but at least he made a couple of good (and sometimes great) moves. I think you would be hard pressed to name more than 3 things that Tambelinni has even done well (not counting things that fell into his lap). The one exception to this is promoting SMB to head of amatuer scouting.

I mean, I guess that one time he uh.... well, he signed khabibu.... hmmmm... well, he did trade cogliano after trading cogliano, but not trading cogliano. And then there was the time that he didn't trade Smid after trading Smid but not trading Smid.

Plus he brought POS in and then bought POS out, but that're more like wiping your bottom after sh*tting your pants; not really doing "well".

I miss Lowe.

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#2 Archaeologuy
October 05 2011, 08:32AM
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Visnovsky, Spacek, Pitkanen, Pronger, Tarnstrom, Gilbert, and Roloson.

The players on the backend and Goal that Kevin Lowe brought to the Oilers.

His problem: Kevin Lowe teams were too good to bottom out and get lottery picks. The only time he came close was when the EIG forced his hand to trade Smyth and the club went into an absolute tailspin. They selected 6th that season.

Yeah, he made bad moves. He overpaid guys that he shouldnt have.

Fresh slate, new parameters, a stable of young and ultra talented forwards. The team needs someone who can rebuild their defense.

Kevin, if anything, can help rebuild a defense.

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#3 Douche Nietzsche
October 05 2011, 12:01AM
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This story holds as much weight as Gagner along the boards or Gilbert in front of the net.

Dude Greg is throwing dirt on his familys name with this $h!t talking. Makes me wonder, is Wanye Brady gonna have to choke a b!?ch?

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#4 The Real Scuba Steve
October 04 2011, 10:43PM
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Why?

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#5 Cranky young guy
October 04 2011, 11:05PM
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Dithers or the Stormtrooper (shoots at everything that moves,can't hit anything)...Interesting...

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#6 David S
October 04 2011, 11:29PM
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"Tambellini isn't going anywhere!"

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#7 stevezie
October 05 2011, 01:37AM
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It cannot be denied that Lowe made some very, very savy moves. He also made some terrible ones (especially after Howson was no longer around to negotiate contracts, I think). He wasn't mediocre, he was both great and really bad. You could do worse, but that's a tough resume to get psyched about.

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#8 Quicksilver ballet
October 05 2011, 01:27PM
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Count Grishnack wrote:

Yeah no one says you are smart did they

Count, if i may share one thing with you this day. It is that grammar, punctuation and spelling are dear to many a heart on these forums. Please proof read before hitting the post comment button.

Your contribution here should have included - Yeah, no one said you were smart, did they?

Just sayin pardiner.

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#9 PaperDesigner
October 04 2011, 10:44PM
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If my choices are Lowe and Tambellini, then I take Lowe, no question. Lowe, at least, has had SOME success. His downfall has been being too aggressive, with no eye for balance. He identified young talent, puck-movers and such as areas of need, and got them... but simply forgot the rest. But I have more faith in his aggression than in Tambellini's passivity.

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#10 common sense
October 04 2011, 10:45PM
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Unsubstantiated or not the fact remains that Tambo has underperformed as GM and a managerial change is a no-brainer. I personally wouldn't rate KLO in the top echelons of hockey GMs but he's better than one of the worst.

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#11 Gazmort
October 04 2011, 10:57PM
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@common sense

Can you elaborate on how Tambo is one of the worst GMs? I appreciate your ten thousand foot statements, but can you expand at all?

I'm a Tambellini fan, but I respect others aren't. I'm honestly just curious as to how you'd place him in such dire company...

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#12 McCreeper
October 04 2011, 11:01PM
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Do not want

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#13 PaperDesigner
October 04 2011, 11:05PM
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Egads, man. TOM GILBERT IS NOT OVERPAID. Top four defensemen routinely get four million. You are free to argue that you don't particularly like his game, but he's not one of the bad contracts on this team.

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#14 Copper & Blue
October 04 2011, 11:47PM
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Tambellini has done an excellent job! He has acquired a tremendous group of talented, young players, has improved our depth, stocked the cupboard in OKC and even cleared some of our bad contracts. He has done a fantastic job during the toughest time this organization has ever seen! This is a REBUILD... results take time!

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#15 Clarence Oveur
October 05 2011, 12:14AM
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Douche Nietzsche wrote:

This story holds as much weight as Gagner along the boards or Gilbert in front of the net.

Dude Greg is throwing dirt on his familys name with this $h!t talking. Makes me wonder, is Wanye Brady gonna have to choke a b!?ch?

"White people love Wayne Brady because he makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X."

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#16 Jasmine
October 05 2011, 12:33AM
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@ButtermilkBiscuitsAKAoilers2k10

Rita and the Russian kids were Slats pick. I get fed up when Lowe gets blamed for Slats mistakes.

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#17 Jasmine
October 05 2011, 12:44AM
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@Word

Lowe Promoted Stu to the head of amateur scouting, not Tambellini. Stu was named head scout in Augst 2007. Tambellini became GM in August 2008 I believe. POS was traded to Phoenix, not bought out.

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#18 Pilgor09
October 05 2011, 01:46AM
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Who cares. We will be a bottom feeder for the next couple years regardless who is GM.

I guess that will open the doors for Klowe and he will inherit a good young team. Kind of like the Dale Tallon situation in Chicago.

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#19 Walter Sobchak
October 05 2011, 02:13AM
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I can’t see Lowe coming back to the GM position, why would he? He’s director of hockey operations so technically he has a say in every aspect of hockey operations without the head ache, seems pretty gravy to me.

I can see Tambellini getting fired/new assignment. I also see Olczyk becoming the Oilers next GM and not MacGregor. Olczyk is the brains behind these two guys anyways.

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#20 ed in mada
October 05 2011, 04:10AM
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Replacing ST with Lowe would be a huge mistake. One can argue how effective ST has been over his 3 yeasr as GM ( poor choices like Pat Quinn and Khabibulin are on him) but the Oil do have a stable of young talent they didn't have 3 years ago.

Lowe is the architect of the current Oil woes more than ST. Poor drafting, letting his emotions cloud his judgement on players are not traits that a succesfull GM can have.

If Katz is pushing for this change it will turn out as badly as his pushing for the long term contract for Horcoff.Katz needs to let the hockey people run the hockey team.

If ST isn't doing the job (and I am not advocating that he isn't) find a qualified replacement, not a person who has proven incapable of doing the job.

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#21 pelhem grenville
October 05 2011, 04:43AM
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...our GM still needs to be extended for at least three years at some stupid a$$ money thrown his way before he gets the golden hand shake...

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#22 michael
October 05 2011, 07:12AM
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October Fools day? I put no substance in Twitter. I respectfully submit that I think Twitter has a tendancy to create inflated egos and wannabe's. What do you always say "quote the source". Till then its hearsay and fantasy.

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#23 mayorpoop
October 05 2011, 07:34AM
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the last decade (aside from one glorious year) has been abysmal with these 2 at the helm.

lowe mandate was to win thru buy/trade, whatever all we ever got was SCF 2006.

tambellini mandate was to sh!t the bed and he succeeded.

choosing one over the other is kinda like deciding whether or not to eat cat sh!t or dog sh!t. i will have neither thanks.

get me a GM who has a winning record.

final point i'm about sick of Katz and his sh!t as well.

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#24 Archaeologuy
October 05 2011, 07:57AM
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http://blogs.edmontonjournal.com/2011/10/04/no-panic-to-get-a-puck-moving-defenceman/

Tambellini still thinks this team has depth on defense.

Yes. Fire Tambellini, Lowe is an improvement.

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#25 OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM
October 05 2011, 08:29AM
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If that is the case, something tells me Tambellini will get promoted just like Pat Quinn.

As David S said... "Tambellini is not going anywhere"

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#26 Travis Dakin
October 05 2011, 10:10AM
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OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM wrote:

Well Dreger just squashed this rumour on twitter.

"Mac T isn't going anywhere!"

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#27 Rob...
October 05 2011, 10:13AM
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After watching the latest Shanahan video I'd like to applaud Brendan for making it abundantly clear that attacks to the head are OK as long as the target is an Edmonton Oiler player. How else do you explain that the two illegal attacks from Saturday weren't even worth commenting on in an official capacity.

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#28 Archaeologuy
October 05 2011, 10:14AM
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OvenChicken8 - Team JSBM wrote:

Well Dreger just squashed this rumour on twitter.

He also apparently said Tambellini is doing a great job.

Kiss of death? Let's hope so.

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#29 Milli
October 05 2011, 11:00AM
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It is hard to realy evaluate Tambo without knowing his mandate.That said, it seems to me he has done some excellent things and some terible things. The farm is way better, but would Klo not have done the same if he had the financial means? Remember, Klo did not have rich owner to float the boat. I for one would love to have Klo back, the guy is ultra competitive, bleeds copper and blue and we always competed, never finished last...twice

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#30 Count Grishnack
October 05 2011, 01:41PM
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@Count Grishnack

Crap, did not what quick silver told me to do?

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#31 Chris.
October 05 2011, 02:07PM
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Maybe Lowe doesn't agree with Tambellini's assesment of the backend. It seems a shame to burn another year of the ELC's on so many good young forwards in an already doomed season.

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#32 Rob...
October 04 2011, 10:26PM
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Well, we are due for another silly contract... maybe on an as yet to be acquired d-man? Who better than Lowe to getter done?

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#33 oilbaron
October 04 2011, 10:35PM
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oh god.......

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#34 Tyler
October 04 2011, 10:52PM
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I can confirm that that's Greg Brady from the Fan 590 in Toronto, if you're wondering.

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#35 VK63
October 04 2011, 10:59PM
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Well its certainly possible (and probable) that Steves job is in jeopardy if the kids show no progress this season.

However.... I dont see a dramatic difference in them as GMs, If anything they are remarkably similar in philosophy and batting average and even disposition. The difference would be that Klowe has bled for this franchise and Katz is a glory day leftover who happens to own the team.

Klowe kinda redefines the peter principle when it comes to the oilers, Im sure if he wants it......... its his.

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#36 ButtermilkBiscuitsAKAoilers2k10
October 04 2011, 10:59PM
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Wow, I always had faith in lowe, that was until he waaaay overpaid gilbert, horcoff, the whole comrie fiasco, that almost zero return for weight, his hissy fit with smyth, his first round greats (rita, niinimaki, some russian kid, schremp, etc etc) oh yeah..the pissy fit with burkie..

I like lowe where he is now, would love to see him part of the org for life..just not so sure about gm status.. I like what tambellini has done with the farm, the scouting department overhaul, the focus on player development, the youth movement in general.. He hasn't blown any one of us away with trades..but then again lowe didn't give him too many options to start with, Tambellini handled the souray situation much more professionally than lowe did with comrie.. Tambellini has been patient..patient enough to land us paajarvi, eberle, hall, and hopkins(yeah eberle was a very lucky pick..but still) Yeah I know "stu mg" is responsible for most of the solid prospects in the system, but hey, who put him in that position?

Lets wait and see how tambellini handles the d situation this season..

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#37 a lg dubl dubl
October 04 2011, 11:05PM
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How bout Gretzky as GM Im sure Katz could offer him somethin to come back where he had his most sucsess...just sayin.

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#39 Westcoastoil
October 04 2011, 11:08PM
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Is this like Putin and Medvedev agreeing to switch places every 4 years.

It seems highly improbable that Tambi's approach and philosophy goes against what Lowe would be doing in his shoes. I thought they more or less operated as team.

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#40 psycloud
October 04 2011, 11:09PM
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I'll just be jumping off of a bridge now, thanks. I can see changing things if they don't go well(ish) this (or next) season, but I don't understand beating our head against the same wall all over again.

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#41 Mike
October 04 2011, 11:12PM
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Oh great thats all we need again......

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#42 Tyler
October 04 2011, 11:12PM
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@Robin Brownlee

Lowetide - the blogger I was referring to in my exchange with Greg - has hinted at this a number of times. I've always suspected he hears the odd thing in his mother's basement. That said, I figure you do too, and if you've never heard any of it, it seems odd.

Greg's story as to why Lowe left seems to check out though. The whole thing was sort of weird, with him saying he was still going to be the decision maker and then a year later Tambo announced that he was in control and really ran the thing into the ground.

Tough to know what to make of it all. Staples, who probably has more sources than me, figures Katz was driving some of the really stupid stuff, like Khabibulin. Not a lot of GMs get to sit on that stage with Bill Daly a third year in a row though.

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#43 book¡e
October 04 2011, 11:13PM
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a lg dubl dubl wrote:

How bout Gretzky as GM Im sure Katz could offer him somethin to come back where he had his most sucsess...just sayin.

Yeah, because his talents translated so well as coach.

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#44 Tyler
October 04 2011, 11:14PM
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Just to add, as far as Greg's story making sense - I'm pretty sure I specifically recall Lowe saying that Tambo would take some of the pain in the ass stuff off his back, like travel. This would seem to fit with wanting to see his kids more.

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#45 Bleak Winter
October 04 2011, 11:15PM
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Wow. I think it was Quicksilver Bullet who I saw advance this theory a few days ago in between Gagner rants... At the time it kinda read like it was the Unibomber's manifesto or something.

Still if you wanted to clear the air of the stink from the last time Lowe was GM, a few seasons of Tambellini would be adequate. It's starting to make some sort of (tragic) sense.

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#46 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
October 04 2011, 11:15PM
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Gazmort wrote:

Can you elaborate on how Tambo is one of the worst GMs? I appreciate your ten thousand foot statements, but can you expand at all?

I'm a Tambellini fan, but I respect others aren't. I'm honestly just curious as to how you'd place him in such dire company...

His track record as GM is: 21/30/30. I haven't checked, but if the team is bottom 2-3 this year I'd bet the last three years would be close to the worst 3 consecutive years a GM has ever survived.

If he isn't the worst, he's damn close.

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#47 book¡e
October 04 2011, 11:17PM
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Unless we know what Katz and Tambellini have discussed as the goal for the season ( playoffs vs 25th overall while focusing on development and one more season of good drafting) we don't know if his job will be in jeopardy due to the season outcome.

Lowe could return - I don't think the blogger has any inside information as I could speculate everything he has said from Lowe's previous interviews (the stuff about family, etc.).

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#48 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
October 04 2011, 11:17PM
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I'd welcome the move, I'd take Lowe over Tambillini any day.

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#49 Word
October 04 2011, 11:35PM
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Nice.

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#50 Bleak Winter
October 04 2011, 11:48PM
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If this is true, then Lowe keeping a position within the organization means this really was likely the plan all along. I'm not sure how I'd feel about a franchise that actually employed a hatchet man to burn itself to the ground for three years, with the sole intention of reinstating the guy who nearly ruined the whole thing in the first place once the smoke cleared.

Judging by the number of us jumping on the Lowe bandwagon, it could work very easily, with just a minor sell-job. I'd just caution us being too happy with the prospect of Lowe, who was middling at best. We should be demanding a better option, not just happy to replace a failed GM with our old slightly less failed GM.

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