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

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

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#4 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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#5 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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#6 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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#7 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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#8 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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#9 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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#10 McCreeper
October 04 2011, 11:01PM
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Do not want

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#11 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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#12 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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#13 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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#15 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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#16 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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#17 Mike
October 04 2011, 11:12PM
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Oh great thats all we need again......

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#18 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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#19 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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#20 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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#21 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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#22 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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#23 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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#24 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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#25 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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#26 David S
October 04 2011, 11:29PM
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"Tambellini isn't going anywhere!"

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

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#28 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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#29 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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#30 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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#31 VK63
October 05 2011, 12:10AM
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..... at least its not a Pat Quinn rumor.

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#33 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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#34 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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#35 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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#36 bazmagoo
October 05 2011, 12:54AM
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I think I'd weep little girl tears if Lowe became GM again.

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#37 shiva
October 05 2011, 12:59AM
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I feel that tamby should have been fired by now. The success of the organization can be pointed to someone else, his bad contracts are pretty bad, he has never won a trade other than this year, which had Ryan Smyth fall into his lap and just given to him.

But the main reason is his inability to recognize very apparent flaws with in this team, despite even the most uninformed fan screaming for years that there were major problems and correctly pointed them out. Though we finally got a 3rd line center, the mess we are in with our defense is purely on his shoulders.

Our defense was not adequate even if everyone was healthy, even a blind man could see that, yet his inability to provide help for not just the last summer, but the last few seasons is just stunning considering all the examples we have been forced to watch.

In fact, he has only just now started to fix the problems that we all saw years ago, and as a fan, I wanted to see a lot better. Yet, I am pretty sure we will see only a minor improvement, and waste a second year of the talent we have for our future.

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#38 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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#39 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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#40 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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#41 Ambassador humantorch
October 05 2011, 02:59AM
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So we're going to swap out "We're in a period of assessment" with "Holy mackerel we've got a lot of defensemen here"?

How is that anything more than, at BEST, a lateral move?

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#42 Ambassador humantorch
October 05 2011, 03:00AM
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Copper & Blue wrote:

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!

Hey guys, I know what fake name Steve Tambellini is using to post here!

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#43 knobby
October 05 2011, 03:02AM
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The only thing worse than firing Tambellini would be re-installing Lowe in the GM slot. Tally up the Tambo transactions. Flops and bad signings versus successful steps to construct a solid organization. The organization has more depth throughout. Thanks Stu, 'you magnificent bastard.'

After MacGregor's minor draft moves Tambellini doesn't have much to show for the last four seasons. I'll say it again... I think we can now see why Vancouver passed him over for the 10-12 seasons they had him in their organization. He just seems to dither and do little to act. The current situation on 'D' is a prime example of failing to recognize the team needs on defense and he seems to have a stated intention to wait. What's he waiting for, January, when the Oil may be totally out of the running yet again?

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#44 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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#45 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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#46 Saytalk
October 05 2011, 04:44AM
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Lowe or Tambellini? Both terrible. Lowe created a long list of problems and Tambo has failed to solve most of them. ST may have stocked the team with "prospects" but that's an after-effect of finishing DEAD LAST 2 years in a row. Until this team starts winning, the Oilers are a western version of the gong show otherwise known as the New York Islanders. And by the way, who did ST play for during his career?

Tambo has no pride in this organization, which is why he has no trouble seeing the team finish dead last every year. As an Oilers fan I find a 30th place finish to be completely embarrassing!

Sure, you could argue that the lottery picks from these dismal seasons will one day lead to a Cup contender, but there are 2 problems with that theory. First, there are plenty of OTHER GM's that have built Cup contender without bottoming out every year. Why didn't Katz hire one of them? Second, the rebuild is not trending towards a contender when the future forward core is too small and one-dimensional, the defence is atrocious and the goaltending is based on an vastly overpaid sieve who spent his off-season in Tent City.

Fire them both. This is a gong show.

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#47 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
October 05 2011, 05:33AM
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K.Lowe back at the helm...in a word...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!

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#48 a lg dubl dubl
October 05 2011, 06:51AM
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book¡e wrote:

Yeah, because his talents translated so well as coach.

Well considering the lack of talent he had on his team with the 'yotes I think he did ok, sure he didn't light it up" but id like to see what gretzky could do as a gm and what better way to bring in the new arena with gretzky and HOPE leading the way for the Oilers.

at least he'd be better than ST

Now back to my kool aid.

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#49 German Titov
October 05 2011, 06:57AM
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Perfect. Just like home.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15045816

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has accepted a proposal to stand for president in March 2012.

Addressing the ruling United Russia party's annual congress, Mr Putin and current President Dmitry Medvedev backed one another to switch roles.

The announcements end speculation over which man should run for the top job.

United Russia, which Mr Putin leads, dominates the country's politics and observers say his return to the Kremlin is now all but guaranteed.

He had already served two terms as president before Mr Medvedev took over in 2008. Mr Putin was barred by the constitution from running for a third consecutive term.

News of Mr Putin's candidacy, which had been widely expected, was greeted with dismay by the country's small liberal opposition.

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#50 German Titov
October 05 2011, 06:58AM
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Perfect. Just like home.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15045816

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says he has accepted a proposal to stand for president in March 2012.

Addressing the ruling United Russia party's annual congress, Mr Putin and current President Dmitry Medvedev backed one another to switch roles.

The announcements end speculation over which man should run for the top job.

United Russia, which Mr Putin leads, dominates the country's politics and observers say his return to the Kremlin is now all but guaranteed.

He had already served two terms as president before Mr Medvedev took over in 2008. Mr Putin was barred by the constitution from running for a third consecutive term.

News of Mr Putin's candidacy, which had been widely expected, was greeted with dismay by the country's small liberal opposition.

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