Edmonton Oilers fire Steve Tambellini, Craig MacTavish to replace him

Jonathan Willis
April 15 2013 10:02AM

As broken by TSN's Ryan Rishaug, general manager Steve Tambellini has been fired by the Edmonton Oilers.

Who replaces Tambellini? Both TSN's Bob McKenzie and CBC's Elliotte Friedman report that Craig MacTavish will be the Oilers' new general manager and that former Columbus G.M. Scott Howson will be taking over MacTavish's role with the team.

Club president Kevin Lowe will hold a press conference at 9:30 MT, at which point it is expected the team will officially confirm the reported changes. Update: Oilers confirm all of the above.

Initial Reaction

  • The decision to replace Tambellini was necessary and long overdue. For that alone, this was a positive move.
  • The Oilers are being pilloried on Twitter for the decision to replace Tambellini with an internal candidate, but while Craig MacTavish is seen by some as more of the same, that's likely not entirely fair. He was a strong head coach, and he only returned to the Oilers last summer. His CV is pretty strong and while nobody knows how well he'll do in the top job he's a bright hockey man and a legitimate candidate.
  • Also worth noting: the last time the Oilers went outside the organization, they ended up with Steve Tambellini. Sometimes the grass isn't greener.
  • Scott Howson previously worked as the assistant general manager in Edmonton before taking the top job in Columbus, and was obviously fairly successful in the role. The perception of him has changed markedly since then, but like other former G.M.'s - Don Waddell in Pittsburgh, John Ferguson, Jr. in San Jose - he may be better suited to a depth role. Certainly the Oilers wouldn't be expanding his role if they weren't impressed with his work in a similar role previously. 
  • Why not wait until summer? The obvious answer is that the team felt they had their guy in MacTavish. With that said, I'd have preferred seeing a full search in the summer that included external candidates. It's not like the Oilers have a bunch of trades and moves to make over the next few weeks.
  • This is a plum job. Is there a team in the league - outside of the current Stanley Cup contenders - that has more raw material to work with than the Oilers over the next few seasons? 
  • The perception that Steve Tambellini was just a puppet and that nothing will change until Kevin Lowe goes is not one that I buy into. The Oilers were a better team under Lowe than they were Tambellini, and when Tambellini came in there were significant changes in how the team was run - most notably in the head coaching department, where a pair of ex-Vancouver bench bosses were hired. 

To sum up: replacing Tambellini was a necessary move, and while I would have preferred a full search over the summer for a new general manager, MacTavish would have been a legitimate candidate in such a search. This isn't an ideal decision, but the Oilers are better in the hockey operations department today than they were yesterday.  

Comments from the Press Conference

  • Kevin Lowe thanks Tambellini and his family for their service to the Oilers, says he released him of his duties yesterday,
  • Lowe: "Despite showing areas of improvement... the fact of the matter is we are not where we want to be right now nore where we should be."
  • Lowe says that Craig MacTavish "played the lead role" in acquiring Justin Schultz last summer.
  • Lowe has lots of praise for other areas of the organization - the AHL, the WHL - but sharply critical of where the Oilers are now.
  • MacTavish: "I have great faith in Scott [Howson]."
  • MacTavish: "I'm an impatient guy, and I bring that impatience to this situation, and I think we're at the stage... where we have to do some bold things. We have to expose ourselves to some semblance of risk."
  • MacTavish: "I know every time I turn my alarm off there are 29 teams trying to beat my brains in."
  • MacTavish is on fire, hammering away on the need for the team to make immediate changes, to take some risks to get to the next level, to add depth to the organization. 
  • MacTavish: "It makes very little difference what I say today. What really, truly matters is.. what we do tomorrow."
  • Lowe, asked by Mark Spector how this represents meaningful change, says the team has much more ammunition now if what he means is that they aren't capable as a group. 
  • Lowe: "The timing didn't have anything to do with an article that was written."
  • Steve Tambellini had one year left on his deal.
  • Lowe on the 8-2 win over Calgary: "Even our biggest critics thought that we had arrived." Uh, no. 
  • MacTavish references the Oilers' five Stanley Cups when asked about how the group that made the mess that Tambellini couldn't clean up is going to do a better job than Tambellini did. That was a long time ago.
  • MacTavish says he doesn't know that he's ever failed the organization in any of his previous positions. 
  • Lowe: "You're talking about the team that came within one period of winning the Stanley Cup. Someone in the crowd: "Seven years ago."
  • Lowe: "Are you saying to me you're getting impatient after three years?"
  • Lowe says there's only one general manager in hockey who has won more Stanley cups than him, so he knows al ittle bit about winning.
  • Lowe: "The general manager makes the decisions in hockey, my position... is similar to the chairman... I'm a liaison to our owner Daryl Katz."
  • Lowe: I don't think there was ever a time when Tambellini wasn't able to do something he wanted to do, or I asked him to do something he didn't want to do.
  • MacTavish, asked about grit in the top-six: "Grit without skill, as I mentioned, is not something that's going to move the dial of our team forward."
  • MacTavish talks about acquiring "Milan Lucic-type" players, told "I don't know if you're allowed to say that." 
  • MacTavish, smiling, "Just happy times" when asked about this being the anniversary of his departure from the Oilers.
  • MacTavish: 'If you can't do the difficult things that this job requires, how can you ask your players to do them.' 
  • Lowe: "For the record, Craig stepped down four years ago... Tambi didn't fire him."
  • MacTavish: "If you're referring to the young core that we paid an exceptionally high price to acquire, we would part with those assets very begrudgingly."
  • Good news for Ralph Krueger; MacTavish says that the team's burned through four coaches and that it's very remote that coaching is the problem. "I give Ralph a lot of credit."
  • MacTavish: "My physical health is good," jokes that his mental health is open to discussion.

MacTavish came across pretty well, though as he says he's going to be judged on actions, not words. He repeatedly tossed Steve Tambellini under the bus during the press conference without mentioning his name, alluding to his impatience with the slow process of the rebuild, and talking about the need to take action, to take some risks to get ahead. The "if you can't do the difficult things line" was particularly noteworthy in that regard.

The low point was both Lowe and MacTavish referencing the Oilers' glory days victories at the press conference today. A Stanley Cup ring as a player (or five, for that matter) is a lot different than a Stanley Cup ring as a general manager - not that there isn't cross-over, but the skillset to build a team is completely different than the skillset to score a goal or block a shot. Neither man is doing a job on the ice today, and they shouldn't expect any forgiveness for a poor record in the front office based on their work on the ice. It's a different job. 

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Jonathan Willis is Managing Editor of the Nation Network. He also currently writes for the Edmonton Journal's Cult of Hockey, Grantland, and Hockey Prospectus. His work has appeared at theScore, ESPN and Puck Daddy. He was previously founder and managing editor of Copper & Blue. Contact him at jonathan (dot) willis (at) live (dot) ca.
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#51 HongKongHockeyFan
April 15 2013, 11:31AM
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Yes, Lowe has lost it. Once again bring up the fact he won 5 Stanley Cups. But obviously he doesn't want to highlight he won them as a player but not as a GM. Burke was right for calling Lowe 'gutless'. Just imagine where the Oil would be if Buffalo did not match the offer for Vanek.

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#52 Eddie Shore
April 15 2013, 11:32AM
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This is quality television. Lowe is fired up!!!

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#53 Tyler Fisher
April 15 2013, 11:32AM
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I hope we see the Mac T blender come out for the support staff. Things aren't working... Water bottle guy, you're head coach today, coach, you're on jersey duty, Joey, you're swing the gate for the D and drawing up a workable PK. Smith/Bucky, take over Play by Play up stairs. Stauffer, you're on PP duty. Let do this boys.

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#54 John Chambers
April 15 2013, 11:44AM
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This will make for an interesting draft + summer.

Let the trade rumors fly and the good times roll!

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#55 Rob...
April 15 2013, 11:53AM
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I can already hear Gary Bettman at the draft podium announcing: "We have a trade. The Edmonton Oilers have traded the rights to Linus Omark and the 3rd overall pick to the Dallas Stars for Toby Peterson and Ray Whitney."

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#56 Dave Lumley
April 15 2013, 11:56AM
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Well then, there it is. A good time to fire him now when you can't do anything till the draft anyways. At least it will give Craig some time to assess the situation.

Give me a F'in Break.

I was a supporter of Tambellini for sticking to the rebuild plan and not selling out for the quick fix. What is going to happen now that could not have happened a month ago? Same management team sans Tambellini.

If you are going to make a change then do it. This is a Chicken sh(i)t move.

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#57 outdoorzguy
April 15 2013, 11:57AM
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Did Lowe even read the script before he went to the podium? He could barely read it.

So, Lowe plays the "I've got 6 Stanley Cups" card and thinks that qualifies him to lead a team.

McTavish plays the "I've got an MBA now so that makes me qualified to run a team".

What a bunch of arrogant asses!!

These are the same idiots who put the team in this position in the first place. Loser Lowe just walked down the hall and said "hey guys, new jobs for everyone". There is zero creativity in this organization. Zero leadership. And I really think there is a zero plan.

Like I said before "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss". This organization has no integrity (we've seen that from the owner and arena negotiations), their arrogance is symptomatic and all they do is give the fans lip service.

How did Loser Lowe ever keep his job in all this??

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#58 Harlie
April 15 2013, 12:02PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

Did Lowe even read the script before he went to the podium? He could barely read it.

So, Lowe plays the "I've got 6 Stanley Cups" card and thinks that qualifies him to lead a team.

McTavish plays the "I've got an MBA now so that makes me qualified to run a team".

What a bunch of arrogant asses!!

These are the same idiots who put the team in this position in the first place. Loser Lowe just walked down the hall and said "hey guys, new jobs for everyone". There is zero creativity in this organization. Zero leadership. And I really think there is a zero plan.

Like I said before "Meet the new boss, same as the old boss". This organization has no integrity (we've seen that from the owner and arena negotiations), their arrogance is symptomatic and all they do is give the fans lip service.

How did Loser Lowe ever keep his job in all this??

Ahh...because he is the Chairman of the board or something. Kinda like a liaison between the team and Katz. Or something like that anyways...

* Runs away yelling 6 cups, 6 cups...THAT'S WHAT!"

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#59 Czar
April 15 2013, 12:02PM
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@DSF

I think the change of koolaid from grape to cherry will be both refreshing and satisfying.

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#60 Eddie Shore
April 15 2013, 12:04PM
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Silver lining, no more Tambellini smirk.

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#61 michael
April 15 2013, 12:06PM
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Lowe has 6 cups including 5 from the Oilers and one from the Rangers. To the poster who apparently hasn't a clue.

MacT has never,ever been the GM of the Oilers.Neither has Scott Howson. We brought in an outsider in ST and look where that brought us. MacT will be given an opportunity to turn his experience as a coach and player into a GM. he'll learn as he goes but with Scott Howson as his assistant he'll have a capable right hand man to give him solid advice and insight.

ST was given the rope and he hung himself. Mr Dithers needed to be bold. He was just the opposite. Good riddance.

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#62 Rocket
April 15 2013, 12:06PM
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Czar wrote:

I think the change of koolaid from grape to cherry will be both refreshing and satisfying.

I LOVE cherry koolaid. Grape is so yesterday.

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#63 jason
April 15 2013, 12:21PM
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wow, that was the most gutless and cowardly performance i've ever seen. i'm no fan of tambo but for lowe and mact to get up their and act as though they had notning to do with this failure and let tambo take the fall for it all, was shameful. who the hell do you think you are lowe, without that group of guys (messsier,gretz etc) you wouldn't have won squat, if i was on that team i'd have five stanly cup ring to you clown, you were a mediocre coach and a terrible gm and president. your at best a mediocre man who rose to great heights on the backs of others and by letting other MEN take the fall for your mistakes, you gutless, cowardly insignificant excuss for a man.

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#64 TDSM31
April 15 2013, 12:25PM
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Dictionary.com says:

'to rest on one's laurels' to be satisfied with your own achievements that you make no effort to imporove. See also: Kevin Lowe.

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#65 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2013, 12:31PM
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@ Harlie and Soupy

Thanks for your well wishes guys. Eventually we're all faced with a few hurdles in life, they come in many forms. So much progress has been made over these last 25 yrs, there's plenty of hope with the advances that have been realized.

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#66 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2013, 12:38PM
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@DSF

Looks to me like Lowes ego is still very much a problem. He still appears to feel he's more important than the people contributing on the ice. Thought it would've changed by now, but obviously not. Good on MacKinnon for rattling that ever present ego.

The is hope that MacTavish appears to be on ice/player focused. Craig comes across like the product on ice is his paramount concern. It's good to finally see someone in this organization admit, outside of the fab 5, the rest of this lineup is worth diddly squat.

Lowes 6 rings obviously did not equipe him to run a hockey organization. The man hasn't learned a darn thing these last 10 yrs. Dissing the remaining 95% of Oiler fans watching at home says alot about Kevin Lowe.

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#67 Jan
April 15 2013, 01:04PM
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Kevin Lowe = Hubris

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#68 VK63
April 15 2013, 01:07PM
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Interesting.

~perhaps the season seat holder survey was more honest and revealing than the organization anticipated~

ie: take your renewal and stick it up your a**

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#69 The Soup Fascist
April 15 2013, 01:40PM
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bazmagoo wrote:

First order of business is buying out Horcoff, he just doesn't have it anymore and we can't have 5.5 million in cap space tied up in a player who is an above average 4th line centre. Captain or not, he needs to go.

No chance. While Horcoff's contract stinks, it won't affect the Oilers ability to sign people during it's tenure and Horcoff's play is not the biggest problem the Oilers have - not even close.

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#70 The Soup Fascist
April 15 2013, 01:59PM
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jason wrote:

shut up you chirpy little boy, if i want any lip from you i'll unzip my fly! i stand by my statement because it's true, and would have problem saying it to lowe's face or yours. piss off.

... Surprisingly, Kevin Lowe's "I won six cups and only season ticket holders opinions matter" comment finishes a distant second in the "Most Irrational / Ignorant Response Contest" held in Edmonton today ....

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#71 pelhem grenville
April 15 2013, 02:45PM
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on this momentous day...always liked Howson, MacT IS the solution @ GM...Kevin'll win all the time...it's his team "vicious forever"

...our resident elite troll is wrong ...Katz can't do this without Kevin...

don't be so bitter sir...

maybe even wait and see what happens

Good Luck&Congratulations

Craig MacTavish

p.s. God Bless those at the Boston Marathon

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#72 michael
April 15 2013, 03:47PM
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To all the season tickets holder who are angry at Lowe please give up your seats. Don't renew. It will help me move up on the list and I'll be laughing my ass off when I am sitting in my seat in new Rexall and watching Hall et al rip this league to shreds. Stay home please. Keep playing the KLOWE quote over and over till you give up your seats. Because you all know that its his fault. Everything. He is the puppet master. He is the Dark Lord. He influences how the players play on the ice with his mind manipulation. It his fault that HALL,Nuge and Ebs have not scored in 5 games. It his fault that the gold price going down 148 bucks today is a KLOWE plot. Gregor's hair style is KLOWE plot to get everyone to use more Rogaine. Its all his fault. Where are the conspiracy theorist today when we need a good laugh.

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#73 Throttlehead
April 15 2013, 10:12PM
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This is getting about as silly as you can get, no wonder players don't want to go to Edmonton. The common denominator with failure is Lowe, Horcoff, and Ales Hemsky, and I'm pretty sure Tambi never had a chance to trade Horcoff, thanks to Lowe and MacT. This firing is fail on so many levels that it is actually embarrassing, not that it was Tambi going, but the fact that Lowe still has a job and that MacT is brought back.

They seem to think they can relive the 80's just by bringing in ex oilers. It can't be done! RNH is not Gretzky, Hall is not Messier, Eberle is not Kurri, Schultz is not Coffee, they are all great in their own right. What successful team in the NHL does this nonsense with management, in fact what teams do this period?

Lowe says it was MacT who was responsible for getting Schultz (bull****) Schultz himself has said MANY times that it was Kreuger and Hall that had the impact on his decision. Why is Lowe lying? Why does he feel the need to sell a line to the fans? The next immediate reason Lowe should be fired is from what he said today about the fans, separating ticket buying, and non ticket buying fans. Has this guy lost his mind? Isn't every fan and non fan from Edmonton paying for the new arena? When ticket buying fans stop being ticket buying fans, who fills the next seat? This is the most ignorant, arrogant statement I have heard from management in pro sports. In other words, I will say and do what ever I want and you will fill the rink that you bought for us. MIND BOGGLING!

It is completely obvious who the leader on the Oilers is and its not Horcoff (bless his 7 million dollar soul), its Taylor Hall, the move today should have been switching captains, not hiring retreads. Has Horcoff dominated ONE shift (never mind a game) since he has been captain, I mean ONE shift? The talk is we need more grit (agreed) but our captain is the softest 6'1" 215lb leader in the league, for the last 3 years he has forced new players to play out of their spots, he is a 3rd line centre and has been for years. Unless we move Horcoff, Hemsky and Lowe, we will have this unremovable weight attached to us. Its time for the kids to own this team, and they will if given the chance.

Brodziak gone for nothing, Glencross for nothing, Green & Stoll major mistake, Pronger for Smid and a "home town boy" when we could have had Getzlaf. Where did the grit go? ENOUGH of the home town crap! Thank goodness players didn't want to come to Edmonton when Lowe was offering 7-9 million dollar contracts over long contract terms, we would be Horcoffed forever.

All I see is a cover up by Lowe for HIS failures, now his top supporter is hired into the GM position, Katz won't speak up unless he is asking for public money. This franchise became a joke and was on the road of healing, today just set it back to being the biggest joke in the league again, I'm sure players around the league are trying their best to sign no trade contracts so they don't have to go to Edmonton (the worst managed team in the NHL).

Lowe, MacT, Smith, Buchberger, seriously folks enough is enough. I fully expect Kreuger to be fired one day after last game, which ex Oiler is available? Waiting for that one.

Remember MacT on TSN "Horcoff should be considered for Team Canada", that exudes GM qualities.

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#74 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 15 2013, 10:04AM
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long overdue.

who is really running the ship?

I guess we'll find out.

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#75 Kent Wilson
April 15 2013, 10:06AM
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Sounds like MacT is the new GM.

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#76 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2013, 10:10AM
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MacTavish in as GM and Howson to take over MacT's duties. Now we'll find out how long Tambellinis contract was for. He'll probably be on the payroll for two more years i'm sure. Contract length was to be determined upon his firing.

Not enough changes made upstairs. Hope we aren't doomed to much of the same with Kevin Lowe still in charge.

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#77 MarcusBillius
April 15 2013, 10:10AM
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This is absurd! The cancer starts with Lowe. He was GM when we started sucking. He hired Tambellini. He meddled with management behind tambo's back. How is Lowe not gone?!

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#78 Romulus' Apotheosis
April 15 2013, 10:11AM
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Quicksilver ballet wrote:

MacTavish in as GM and Howson to take over MacT's duties. Now we'll find out how long Tambellinis contract was for. He'll probably be on the payroll for two more years i'm sure. Contract length was to be determined upon his firing.

Not enough changes made upstairs. Hope we aren't doomed to much of the same with Kevin Lowe still in charge.

are you suggesting they give ST the Pat Quinn special?

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#79 michael
April 15 2013, 10:11AM
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The descisions he made at the deadline killed him. He did nothing to address the long term needs of this team. Keeping Whitney,Jones,Hemsky and not cashing those assets for players that this team needs desperately to compete long term. I am in with the rebuild.He took a short term view on a long term plan.Needed to step up.Dithered and did nothing ti improve this team. Need absolutely need someone who has the balls to move this team forward.

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#80 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2013, 10:12AM
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Mike Krushelnyski wrote:

Brb, running through the streets George Bailey styles wishing everyone merry Christmas

Why, nothings changed, Lowes still in charge.

May still want to jump off that bridge Mikey.

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#81 719
April 15 2013, 10:13AM
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The right move in firing Tambellini. Still I feel bad for the guy, didn't seem like he was ever actually given a chance to do what he wanted to with the team. He always had Lowe approving or denying all his decisions.

I am excited to see what MacTavish can do, hopefully he can shore up the 3rd and 4th lines.

Tambo did a lot of good for this team at the draft and with the minor league system. I wish him luck!

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#82 Spydyr
April 15 2013, 10:13AM
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Titanic meet deck chairs, deck chairs meet Titanic.

So Tobey will be re-acquired forthright.

The ship is still sinking.

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#83 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2013, 10:14AM
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Romulus' Apotheosis wrote:

are you suggesting they give ST the Pat Quinn special?

Yes sir, they do take care of their own in those circles. We should soon find out.

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#84 gcw_rocks
April 15 2013, 10:14AM
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Well, if we were wondering if Katz was an idiot, this move at this time confirms it completely.

A competent owner would have waited to end of season and at least thought about cleaning house.

Instead, the old boys club continues to rule. Can't find the words to say how disappointed I am.

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#85 Shifty203
April 15 2013, 10:15AM
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Based on this move, I'm guessing Katz is just happy with keeping the seats full in Rexall, and doesn't actually care about ice'ing a winning team.

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#86 Mike Krushelnyski
April 15 2013, 10:15AM
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@Quicksilver ballet

Yeah, to be fair when I posted that I had only seen the part about Tambo getting fired. Maybe we can get Ron Low back to coach too.

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#87 The Soup Fascist
April 15 2013, 10:17AM
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This just in ..... Oilers have given up their 1st round pick in 2013 in order to ammend the NHL trade / acquisition deadline and have acquired Toby Pederson, Marty "Don't call me Harry" Reasoner and Liam Reddox.

Now we are getting somewhere!

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#88 Harlie
April 15 2013, 10:17AM
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Wow, it looks like Lowe was reading Gregor's ON blog yesterday, the first point on my list was FIRE Tambo and replace him with MacT.

Keep going Lowe and MacT...more changes needed!!

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#89 Jason
April 15 2013, 10:18AM
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I dunno. When I watched oilchange, it didn't look like Tambo made any moves by himself yet he is taking the fall. Such is life.

My real dissapointment still lies in the effort of the players. Wether it is Horcoff, Hemsky or Smyth's fault or not - they need to go for next year.

p.s. if anyone suggests we hire Burke one more time I am going to throw up.

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#90 morgie99
April 15 2013, 10:18AM
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the old boys club is still alive and intact, too bad, hopefully the results are better but i doubt it

with Klowe still around, hard to expect anything truly to be different

at least Jasmine will be happy LOL

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#91 Eddie Shore
April 15 2013, 10:20AM
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Jason wrote:

I dunno. When I watched oilchange, it didn't look like Tambo made any moves by himself yet he is taking the fall. Such is life.

My real dissapointment still lies in the effort of the players. Wether it is Horcoff, Hemsky or Smyth's fault or not - they need to go for next year.

p.s. if anyone suggests we hire Burke one more time I am going to throw up.

Maybe that is part of the problem? The guy appeared to be afraid to make a decision on is own.

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#92 Harlie
April 15 2013, 10:20AM
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P.S - anyone catch the Oil Change this weekend? I was shaking my head in disbelief when they showed Tambo on the phone trying to make trades and he didn't seem to have a clue on his own assets. Then he called over Stu and said he traded a pick for Smithson and asked Stu if that was OK and Stu said something like..."yeah, I already told you a couple times that a 3rd round, 4th round pick is nothing so get what you can for them.." It seemed like Tambo was just lost.

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#93 DigDeepNBleedBlue
April 15 2013, 10:22AM
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Wow!Here we go. lol Lose five in a row after winning five and you don't need to fall on your own sword. They'll do it for you.

Didn't see that coming at this time. But, what can you say? It IS a results oriented business.

Are there more dominos to fall?

Mac-T should pick his own coach. Sutter, Ruff and possibly Tippet are FAs this summer. Experience.

On a positive note for the former GM: I'll give Tambellini credit for the draft, OKC Barons and for not doing anything stupid to the point where this thing got F'd up real good.

The pieces are in place. Mac-T, you have my attention.

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#94 Eddie Shore
April 15 2013, 10:23AM
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Also, I'm interested to see if MacT states a specific type of team he envisions the Oilers being moving forward and how he intends to make his mark on this team.

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#95 Czar
April 15 2013, 10:24AM
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Now that was some timely reporting JW! Is the press conference being televised?

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#96 The Soup Fascist
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Jonathan, This may be totally off base and a question that maybe should not come up in a public forum. So if you decide to steer clear of it, I totally understand. But I think given this announcement, it is valid.

Are there any concerns with MacTavish's health situation? My sincere hope is that his illness is behind him, but there are rumblings that he could still have some concerns in this regard.

To be clear, I hope this is not the case, but if there is a hint that his health is not optimum - why would he or his family want him to be in what is certainly a stressful, demanding position? Geez, you could see him age daily when he was coaching.

Just throwing it out there. If anyone thinks this question is offside, I apologize in advance.

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#97 Jason
April 15 2013, 10:27AM
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Maybe that is part of the problem? The guy appeared to be afraid to make a decision on is own.

Agreed. Hard to do a good job if big brother is always watching. Tambo may have been doomed from the start.

I do feel MacT has a big enough set to tell Lowe and Katz to "let me do my job" We shall see!

Looking forward to all the valuable insight coming up in the comment section ~

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#98 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2013, 10:29AM
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Somewhere in Anaheim, Sheldon Souray chuckles under his breath, thinking they fired only half of the problem.

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#99 Phixieus666
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I dunno. When I watched oilchange, it didn't look like Tambo made any moves by himself yet he is taking the fall. Such is life.

My real dissapointment still lies in the effort of the players. Wether it is Horcoff, Hemsky or Smyth's fault or not - they need to go for next year.

p.s. if anyone suggests we hire Burke one more time I am going to throw up.

Ya that would be the day that Burkie would like Lowe be his boss. ahahahahahahah

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#100 Oilers21
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Scott Howson? Really? The same Scott Howson who "led" the Blue Jackets to exactly 1 playoff series and then 3 consecutive last-place finishes in the division? What are we thinking? Is it because of his history as assistant GM? I don't understand

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