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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#151 Spydyr
April 15 2013, 12:02PM
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Lowe saying there are two types of fans the ones that pay and go to the games and the ones that don't go to the games. This shows how out of touch he is. Most Oiler fans are busy raising families paying for school for themselves or their children. Trying to make it through life. Not many families can afford season tickets. Most season tickets are now corporate.

There are maybe 17,000 in the stands any game night.Millions more watch at home or in pubs and bars.They are buying jerseys and other NHL products. They are the reason the team gets television and radio money.

Putting the same people who created the mess to fix the mess is insanity.

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#152 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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#153 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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#154 Dave Lumley
April 15 2013, 12:04PM
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So, the team goes on a win streak now? Shades of MacTavish in 2007, lets win a couple and get a poorer pick.

The wonder lingers, but shame remains.

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

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#156 Rocket
April 15 2013, 12:05PM
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Smokey wrote:

Probably working on a Carteresk trade with Howsen where they trade our first for a bad contract and a guy who won't probably return their phone calls.

Agreed.

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#157 Smokey
April 15 2013, 12:05PM
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The Soup Fascist wrote:

Right about a lot of the guys. Not sure if that is fair to say about yakupov and certainly you can't say Hall has been anything but a trooper.

Your right, I was speaking generally...

I give Yak credit, the kid cares...so they will probably bench his ass next game.

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#158 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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#159 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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#160 DSF
April 15 2013, 12:07PM
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Czar wrote:

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

It needs carbonation.

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#161 Rocket
April 15 2013, 12:07PM
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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.

Whoops double post sorry.

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#162 Fresh Mess
April 15 2013, 12:08PM
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Lack of accountability in this franchise starts at the top.

BTW- what is the point of calling Howson "Senior VP of hockey ops" -- is there a junior VP of hockey ops?

Why not just call him vice president? Oh I forgot, this is a team that has a gm AND a "President of Hockey operations"

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#163 Harlie
April 15 2013, 12:09PM
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May as well shutdown the food court at Kingsway now..

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_W56x_LP__rg/TNwGJ_TshJI/AAAAAAAABNU/aD6YbByIKr4/s1600/tambo.jpg

And the tie...the TIE!

http://chamberofcomics.blogspot.ca/2010/02/mikes-3-of-15.html

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#164 Czar
April 15 2013, 12:10PM
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DSF wrote:

It needs carbonation.

Yes but not as much vodka.

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#165 Will
April 15 2013, 12:10PM
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The day the Oilers got into 8th in the West, Tambillini called down to Kruger and said, "what the hell are you doing? How am I supposed to build a team if you're not going to get me high draft picks? "

To which Kruger replied, "well have you explored the trade or UFA markets?"

"Listen Kruger, you didn't get hired to think and win, you got hired to be my fall guy so I can keep my 8 year plan of rebuilding through the draft alive. With the way the lottery is this year, I can do something no other GM in the history of the NHl has ever done, draft 1st overall 4 times in a row. You are not going to take that from me. So start tanking now!"

So Kruger went over Tambi's head and promptly got him fired.

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#166 Smokey
April 15 2013, 12:11PM
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Can't decide whether to listen to the Oilers Information Minister Bob "the Iraqi" Stauffer spin this BS, or to listen to the new voice of the Nation, Spec, who in my books at least today gained some major props asking the right question today at the press conference, that an old school Bob would of asked 5 years ago.

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#167 Obiwan Eberle - Team Silver Fox
April 15 2013, 12:11PM
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At least we can be sure of one thing...the rebuild is over.

that and the fresh new classic flavor of koolaid will be AWESOME!

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#168 The Other Ron Burgundy
April 15 2013, 12:12PM
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Will wrote:

Any idea on what exposing ourselves to risk is going to entail?

I mean, I think the vast majority of ON readers and posters means 'risking' a return on Hemsky and Gagner. But it could also mean losing one of the wonder kids.

Or even worse it could mean losing our first round pick.

Our biggest gaping holes are size in the top six, a back up goalie, and of course a legit top 2 defender.

So, with baited breath, I hope the bold solution to one of these problems is not to trade our first rounder.

THoughts?

Tambo, is that you?

The problem is the things you say we need are things that take 3-5 years to develop if you draft them (other than a backup goalie where we should be focussing all efforts on signing Anton Khudobin or Thomas Greiss in the offseason). Size in the top 6 = "power forward", = a minimum 4 years from drafting to dominating. See, Pacioretty, Max for a recent example. Top-2 defenders are even more rare and delicate (see e.g. Johnson, Erik, and probably Hedman, Victor for recent examples of how this can go wrong).

If we are at long-last in "win-now" mode (please, God/Vishnu/Buddha let it be so) then they should absolutely consider giving up first round picks if that is part of the asking price for established players that fit the needs.

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#169 Smokey
April 15 2013, 12:13PM
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@Eddie Shore

I would of been happier if they fired Lowe and Howsen, at least it would of been 2 for 1. Tambo was a puppet, the patsy, the fall guy, he'll be back in 3 years.

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#170 Fresh Mess
April 15 2013, 12:18PM
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So the organisation that claims it is losing money can afford to create a redundant position for an ex player to act as "a liaison" between the owner and GM? And they can afford to pay him well over a million dollars per year for this part time job?

And this organisation has no problem insulting non ticket buying fans while at the same time demanding the citizens of Edmonton, and perhaps Alberta, buy them a new building?

Unreal.

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#171 Tambo's downfall
April 15 2013, 12:19PM
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This video pretty much sums up Tambo's downfall: http://captiongenerator.com/3730/Problems-with-the-Oilers-Lineup

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#172 15w40
April 15 2013, 12:21PM
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So is discussing a "Lucic" type player considered tampering??

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#173 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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#174 Will
April 15 2013, 12:24PM
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The Other Ron Burgundy wrote:

Tambo, is that you?

The problem is the things you say we need are things that take 3-5 years to develop if you draft them (other than a backup goalie where we should be focussing all efforts on signing Anton Khudobin or Thomas Greiss in the offseason). Size in the top 6 = "power forward", = a minimum 4 years from drafting to dominating. See, Pacioretty, Max for a recent example. Top-2 defenders are even more rare and delicate (see e.g. Johnson, Erik, and probably Hedman, Victor for recent examples of how this can go wrong).

If we are at long-last in "win-now" mode (please, God/Vishnu/Buddha let it be so) then they should absolutely consider giving up first round picks if that is part of the asking price for established players that fit the needs.

Fair point, but don't we have other assets that could be traded for some of these things? I mean, a LW power forward with a bit less skill but a lot more size and grit, is not the most difficult player to acquire in the NHL. One with size and skill is hard to find mind you. But I think it's reasonable to think that if Semin is getting paid 7 mill per year, then why couldn't Hemsky be shipped in a hockey trade fro someone with a bit more size, but a bit less skill?

The reason I don't want our first round traded is because of all the high end large centre men that could potentially replace Gagner, thus making him tradable for some legitimate defensive help.

Or, if our sacrifice of Tambillini to the hockey Gods is favoured, perhaps we win the lottery and grab Seth Jones. Maybe he's not a number one guy right away, but he will be. I mean, imagine our future with Jones, Schultz, and Klefbomb on our blue, and Hall, Nuge, Ebs, and Yak on forward?

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#175 Fred
April 15 2013, 12:24PM
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Great Lowe is still the president.

His 25year rebuild is looking somewhat positive.

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#176 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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#177 Zamboni Driver
April 15 2013, 12:26PM
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Dear Batman & Kevie,

I am not a season's ticket holder (I'm not a glutton for punishment with more dollars than sense).

I am, however a tax payer in both the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta.

I understand you want a sh*tpile of my money to build an 'office' for you to bring us your below-average performance into the future.

But it turns out you don't really care about me.

Guess what?

It's mutual.

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#178 The Soup Fascist
April 15 2013, 12:27PM
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jason wrote:

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.

Lowe has been a terrible GM / puppet master. As well you can slag him for not taking responsibility today. I agree.

BUT, the guy was a warrior on the ice. He played three rounds of playoffs one year with broken ribs. I know this for sure. I hated that he played the "six cups" card today but make no mistake, he did earn them.

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#179 Shredder
April 15 2013, 12:27PM
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Let the rants of how MacT is doing a bad job with the Oilers start (or continue from years ago)...

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#180 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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#181 RDS
April 15 2013, 12:32PM
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jason wrote:

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.

Now tell us how you really feel...

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#182 LOIL99
April 15 2013, 12:37PM
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One thing that doesnt seem to be coming up is the fact that when the team of Lowe and MacT was in charge in the mid 2000's, that was the #1 reason why FA's were not signing here. Becuase that duo was a complete joke who always tried to lowball with salaries and throw players under the bus.

When Tambi came in and MacT was fired as coach there was a sigh of relief across Edmonton becaues finally we were seeing a move away from that "old boys club" that might change the way that prospective FA's viewed Edmonton.

Looks now like we are right back where we were 6 years ago as far as prospective FA's are concerned, RIGHT at the moment where we NEED FA's to sign here as we are done building through the draft.

Frustrating...

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#183 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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#184 MAC962
April 15 2013, 12:41PM
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Nice Kevin - you made me and my family feel like second rate fans because we cannot afford season tickets, yet many have said buy Jerseys- Hats- you name it, literally thousands of dollars of Oilers gear, but we don't really count. Kiss my arse Kevin Lowe I hope you sink. And so i am sure does every other hard working joe here who cannot afford your seasons tickets.

Classy all the way Lowe.

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#185 DigDeepNBleedBlue
April 15 2013, 12:50PM
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JW writes: 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."

Will Krueger be back next year? He might. But, there was more in that dialogue then a hardcore endorsement. I'd call it a more of a run around answer then anything. It just sounded like it was hard to endorse Krueger. JMO. The words almost didn't come out. A tell? Maybe. With 7 games to go there is no need to fire him now, but I wouldn't be surprised if he is given his walking papers next.

For arguments sake: Was Mac-T going to throw the coach under the bus?

Off-season looks ripe for movement. Just my word, yo.

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#186 Ducey
April 15 2013, 12:52PM
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Zamboni Driver wrote:

Dear Batman & Kevie,

I am not a season's ticket holder (I'm not a glutton for punishment with more dollars than sense).

I am, however a tax payer in both the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta.

I understand you want a sh*tpile of my money to build an 'office' for you to bring us your below-average performance into the future.

But it turns out you don't really care about me.

Guess what?

It's mutual.

Really. Are they posting about you?

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#187 Ducey
April 15 2013, 12:53PM
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RDS wrote:

Now tell us how you really feel...

And then get some treatment...

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#188 Spydyr
April 15 2013, 12:53PM
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Today Lowe said the coach is not the problem. Let us fast forward a year in time as the team looks at its 8th year outside the playoff.

We feel that we, the three amigos ,gave the coach the right players to make this team a playoff team. That did not happen so may we present Kelly Buchberger as the new coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

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#189 Spydyr
April 15 2013, 12:55PM
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Lowe "Hey I know what I'm doing I have the Cup rings to prove it. After all I hired all these guys. Huh. Oh wait......."

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#190 DigDeepNBleedBlue
April 15 2013, 12:57PM
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I just heard more love coming from Mac-T for Buchy and Smith then for Krueger.

Am I reading too much into it? We'll see.

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#191 Jason
April 15 2013, 12:58PM
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Lowe will retract what he said and say what I really meant was ……

I find it funny when public figures shy away from what they said the first time. Rule of thumb what they say the first time is the truth.

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#192 RSD
April 15 2013, 12:59PM
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@DSF

Whom would you have rather oilers hire, Mac T or Burke?

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#193 Light, Sweet, Crude
April 15 2013, 01:03PM
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@Fresh Mess

"And this organisation has no problem insulting non ticket buying fans while at the same time demanding the citizens of Edmonton, and perhaps Alberta, buy them a new building?"

Right? That's one of the more twisted things to come out of the press conference. I did not know that they only want 16 839 fans at a time.

What a dick thing to say.

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#194 The Other Ron Burgundy
April 15 2013, 01:04PM
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Fair point, but don't we have other assets that could be traded for some of these things? I mean, a LW power forward with a bit less skill but a lot more size and grit, is not the most difficult player to acquire in the NHL. One with size and skill is hard to find mind you. But I think it's reasonable to think that if Semin is getting paid 7 mill per year, then why couldn't Hemsky be shipped in a hockey trade fro someone with a bit more size, but a bit less skill?

The reason I don't want our first round traded is because of all the high end large centre men that could potentially replace Gagner, thus making him tradable for some legitimate defensive help.

Or, if our sacrifice of Tambillini to the hockey Gods is favoured, perhaps we win the lottery and grab Seth Jones. Maybe he's not a number one guy right away, but he will be. I mean, imagine our future with Jones, Schultz, and Klefbomb on our blue, and Hall, Nuge, Ebs, and Yak on forward?

Also a fair point as Jones will (probably) be great, but even so that is unlikely to happen for several years. Since we'll likely be picking around 6 or 7, here are the D-men selected in that range for 2008-2011 (there were several selected in that range last year, exactly zero of whom played in the NHL this year):

2011 - Larsson 2010 - Gudbranson 2009 - Hedman, Ekman-Larsson 2008 - Doughty, Bogosian, Pietrangelo, Schenn

The first 2 are still very much up in the air as to how they will turn out, and while OEL and Pietrangelo have come into their own the last couple of years, Hedman is still a project, Doughty's early success has diminished, Schenn = Smid and Bogosian seems like he might be a bust. Even if we do win the lotto, if that pick helps us get a "Lucic-type" player or an existing top-pair D I would still go that route.

Hemsky and the pick you would think would fetch a pretty fair return. As would Gagner and the pick. Hemsky/pick/Marincin for Byfuglien I would do in a heartbeat for example, and that is the kind of price it will take to get someone of that caliber (if not more). The great part is however that we can pay that price - Yak takes Hemsky's spot (so we automatically have 50% less offsides per game) and Big Buff walks on to our top pair (after the burger weight comes off of course - Edmonton restuarant owners will also be helped by such a deal).

Or we wait another 2-3 years for Marincin and whoever we pick to maybe crack the roster. Me, I'm done waiting.

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#195 Jan
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Kevin Lowe = Hubris

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#196 Dave
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I didn't sense that Craig felt that coaching was the issue -maybe after Christmas next year.

Kevin came off really bad ... he should have foreseen the questions that would be asked.

He said that they talk with the fans - that attend the games. Where ? How ? not to me at any rate.

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#197 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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#198 Lochenzo
April 15 2013, 01:09PM
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Competitiveness. We discussed this on a recent review of Kevin's tenure as coach and GM of the Oilers. And those of you promoting Brian Burke for the job definitely understand it. I didn't feel that from Tambi, granted that tanking to collect 1st overall picks means being patient, but this was the year where we could have used a little more competitiveness from the front office and maybe that would have translated onto the ice. Organizations are run from the top-down.

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#199 outdoorzguy
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We had an opportunity to put a new face on this organization.

Instead, the "Wizard of Oil" just pulled the curtain tighter around the controls.

All of pro sports and hockey fans everywhere realized today just what a true disgrace the Edmonton Oilers are and have been for some time.

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#200 madjam
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A new era being bought forth with MacT.. Should be a huge upgrade from slow underachieving Tams . Get over it ON we have lots to look forward to , as Mact. revamps lineup for next season . I'm looking forward to this .

Going outside the boys club bought us nothing but pain and anguish in the tenure of castawys such as Quinn and Tams . Wonder if Quinn will comment on this move ? Souray is probably having a good laugh .

MacT. will probably surprise most of us as hye transform team nto a contender in short order . Timing was right i might add - should shock the players into performing well the last 7 games !

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