TIES THAT BIND

Robin Brownlee
April 15 2013 05:29PM

If there's anybody who is actually surprised Craig MacTavish was named the new GM of the Edmonton Oilers today after Steve Tambellini was fired and made the fall guy, they haven't been paying attention.

That doesn't make Kevin Lowe's end-around of anything remotely resembling due diligence and process in terms of scouring the NHL for other candidates – a fact that's been bemoaned at great length in the aftermath, and a criticism that certainly has merit – right, and it doesn't mean critics shouldn’t be hacked off about it, but it should surprise nobody.

This is a shot that could have been called, and was, the second MacTavish returned to the organization as vice-president of hockey operations under Lowe. The only real question about when – not if – what happened today would come was tied to the health of MacTavish, who has had non-Hodgkins Lymphoma for a couple of years now.

No matter what happened with the Oilers this season, Lowe was not going to be blown out by owner Daryl Katz because they’re friends. Again, you don’t have to like it, but that doesn’t make it less true. That remains so today and it isn’t going to change. That's a pound of flesh fans aren't going to get.

Likewise, if things went sideways, as they have, Tambellini was positioned as the fall guy. The first guy who'd be offered the job was MacTavish because he and Lowe go back more than 25 years – hell, they were teammates in New York with the Rangers in 1994 when they first discussed what it might be like one day to jump into coaching and the front office as a tandem. They like each other. They respect each other. They have history. Ties that bind.

No surprise. None.

SETS UP NICELY

Process (no small matter for debate) or lack of same aside, the bottom line for long-suffering Oilers fans facing a seventh straight season out of the playoffs has to be this: will the organization be more competently guided and better built for success under MacTavish than under Tambellini?

My best guess is the answer is yes, and there's plenty of reasons for that – not the least of which is that I believe, lack of experience aside, MacTavish has a better grasp of what it takes to build a team than Tambellini does (or at least a better grasp than the often indecisive Tambellini displayed).

I could be mistaken, of course, but my opinion of MacTavish was formed over many years of picking his brain about hockey – from the time he was captain here to his brief tenure as an assistant coach in New York to his return to Edmonton. We spent a lot of time in airports, hotels and hockey rinks across the continent.

Fact is, I think MacTavish's approach to the game and team building will see him more successful as the GM of this team than he was as head coach. And, as he said today (and I've seen first-hand), MacT's got an impatient streak – that in itself is a welcome change for fans frustrated by Tambellini's guarded approach to getting things done.

ALL IN THE TIMING

MacTavish is sharp. He's aggressive. He has very strong opinions about the kind of players he wants and what it takes to build a team. Those traits aside, MacTavish is taking over the big chair at the perfect time and it would take a face-plant of biblical proportions for him not to be more successful than was Tambellini, who, like departed coach Tom Renney, stepped into the breach with the team at its lowest point.

As disappointing as the last five games have been and as much as the weaknesses in the roster have been exposed during that stretch, this isn't a team that is hopelessly far off returning to contention in terms of the number of players needed and how much the mix must be tweaked. The core is going to continue to get better – no matter who is GM.

The trick, one Tambellini never did grasp or at least never did act on, is to plug in the right forward here, a defenseman or two there and veterans in support positions who can bring the kids along. MacTavish, rest assured, will move on that. Will he make the right moves? We'll see soon, which was never the case with Tambellini.

Bottom line is MacTavish, like returning Scott Howson, is stepping back into the Oilers fold at exactly the right time. From where I sit, they're set up to enjoy infinitely more success than Tambellini ever was. That, of course, has yet to be played out, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a year or two from now the Oilers are right where fans want them to be.

If that happens, I'm guessing results will trump process, no?

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#51 One Cold Canadian
April 15 2013, 07:23PM
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301 wins and 308 losses as a head coach.(can you do better turd?)

3rd or 4th in the NW every season but his first when they finished 2nd. It was all down hill from there.(economics play a part and does reflect on the G.M)

Made the playoffs 3 times in 8 years as head coach going out in the first round twice.(with no horses)

Games played as a player and an MBA have nothing to do with knowing how to build a winning team. (But a useless troll does. right turd?)

Yes DSF why don't you tell us all what you know about hockey? Tell us all what a great hockey mind you possess!

What, if anything, have you ever accomplished?

I'm willing to bet that Lowe, MacT and Howson have FORGOTTEN more about hockey then you will EVER know.

Now, hold your breath and stomp your feet like the little girl you are. Flail your arms and muss up your petticoat until we all agree with YOUR assessment of the situation

You. Are. A. Turd.

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#52 Curcro
April 15 2013, 07:24PM
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DSF wrote:

You have no idea what I've accomplished and calling someone who has clearly more intelligence than you do "stupid" is really ironic.

Would you like me to correct your spelling mistakes or can you handle that on your own?

Watch out for those dangling participles.

And never, ever begin a sentence with "And".

It's a conjunction.

It makes you look stupid.

Go ahead correct my spelling mistakes(if I am wrong I will admit it). But as for your conjunction problem, from a writing website. "professional writers have started sentences with coordinating conjunctions throughout history."

Yawn!

So as for which one of us was smarter is not the issue.

The issue was whether or not MacTavish had sufficient accomplishments, and whether they exceeded yours. I am sorry if you could not discern the point of my reply.

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#53 TDSM31
April 15 2013, 07:24PM
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outdoorzguy wrote:

I never saw any of the loss to Calgary on Saturday night. Tonight on the news I saw a clip of the end of the game and despite losing 4-1, what really struck me was the fact the seats were still full at the end of the game. Amazing you put up with this!

I understand the fans love for their hockey team, but until such time they start to stand up, leave games like this, don't attend games and leave seats empty, stop buying Oiler items, this is what you'll get.

Make no mistake about it, despite what Loser Lowe said today, public pressure did have a role in Timid Tambellini's firing. Take a stand and hopefully sooner than later, Loser Lowe will be going out the door as well.

Everyone stuck around til the end of the Calgary game to make sure the Oilers got a good dose of the boo's on their way off the ice.

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#54 TigerUnderGlass
April 15 2013, 07:24PM
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DSF wrote:

Actually, the hard part is still to come.

Losing and acquiring high draft picks is the easy part.

Making the astute trades and free agent signings to fill out the roster with quality is the hard part.

This is indisputable.

I'm working on the theory that Lowe saw this day coming from the moment he hired Tambo.

He wanted scorched earth and brought in a GM to take the blame - meanwhile MacT gets to "step down" and conveniently return later with relatively clean hands to take over in the aftermath.

They get a bunch of high picks AND stick around to try and win later.

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#55 TigerUnderGlass
April 15 2013, 07:26PM
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DSF wrote:

Cinderella had to go home after the ball.

How did MacT do after Pronger left?

You mean Pronger and most of the rest of the team's defense? How would anybody do?

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#56 DSF
April 15 2013, 07:29PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

This is indisputable.

I'm working on the theory that Lowe saw this day coming from the moment he hired Tambo.

He wanted scorched earth and brought in a GM to take the blame - meanwhile MacT gets to "step down" and conveniently return later with relatively clean hands to take over in the aftermath.

They get a bunch of high picks AND stick around to try and win later.

Yes, I think this is accurate.

That Katz would allow him to effect this slight of hand is perplexing.

Given all that preceded the Tambellini hiring, I would think Lowe is now on double secret probation.

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#57 morgie99
April 15 2013, 07:30PM
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Spydyr wrote:

You can't leave those who created the problem in charge of the solution.

Tyree Scott

impressive quote spyder, and educational

Tyree Scott, who knew, obviously you, props

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#58 DSF
April 15 2013, 07:33PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

You mean Pronger and most of the rest of the team's defense? How would anybody do?

Not the point.

MacT has never been a winner since his playing days ended.

There are those including the Iraqi Information Minister (LT) who think MacT was responsible for the playoff run the only time he had a "balanced roster" but I'm of the opinion it was Pronger who took the team on his back and carried the team to the finals.

Now that MacT is responsible for building a "balanced roster" we'll see how that works out.

I would wager the team will spend another 3 years twisting in the wind and Katz will clean house just as the new arena is about to open.

He should have done that housecleaning today and Lowe's sad, sad performance today is exactly why that should have occurred.

We wait.

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#59 Harlie
April 15 2013, 07:33PM
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Wow, Gregor and his damn ESP

"The team is underachieving, despite a high payroll and almost no financial flexibility in the future. Season number one as the new owner has not gone the way Katz or anyone in the Oiler organization hoped it would.

His text message just fuels the fire that new GM, Steve Tambellini, doesn’t have much say in how the organization is run. And there is no evidence that shows Tambellini has the ability to be a true GM under this regime.

Or maybe Katz just gave his coach the proverbial kiss of death. He wouldn’t be the first owner or GM to come out and proclaim the coach’s job was save, only to give him a pink slip a month later.

I’ve stated for months that MacTavish won’t be fired, but that he would resign when he felt he wasn’t benefiting the team. After the loss to the Ducks, you got the feeling that MacTavish was begining to wonder if his departure behind the bench might be best for the team."

http://canucksarmy.com/2009/4/2/mact-going-nowhere/page/1#comments

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#60 Quicksilver ballet
April 15 2013, 07:33PM
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Curcro wrote:

Go ahead correct my spelling mistakes(if I am wrong I will admit it). But as for your conjunction problem, from a writing website. "professional writers have started sentences with coordinating conjunctions throughout history."

Yawn!

So as for which one of us was smarter is not the issue.

The issue was whether or not MacTavish had sufficient accomplishments, and whether they exceeded yours. I am sorry if you could not discern the point of my reply.

Man, please just stop. Enough of your B/S already. Are you Jasmines husband or sumfin?

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#61 Battered
April 15 2013, 07:34PM
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@DSF your one smart dude, too bad your not an Oiler fan

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#62 TigerUnderGlass
April 15 2013, 07:46PM
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DSF wrote:

Not the point.

MacT has never been a winner since his playing days ended.

There are those including the Iraqi Information Minister (LT) who think MacT was responsible for the playoff run the only time he had a "balanced roster" but I'm of the opinion it was Pronger who took the team on his back and carried the team to the finals.

Now that MacT is responsible for building a "balanced roster" we'll see how that works out.

I would wager the team will spend another 3 years twisting in the wind and Katz will clean house just as the new arena is about to open.

He should have done that housecleaning today and Lowe's sad, sad performance today is exactly why that should have occurred.

We wait.

Well I feel better about the GM today than I did yesterday.

You definitely have a point about what Katz should have done, but at least I believe MacTavish has a chance to prove me wrong. With Tambo I never, for even a second, believed he could do anything right.

Frankly I believe 10 minutes of conversation with Tambo should have been enough to convince anybody he was in over his head, which I why I believe he was a patsy all along.

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#63 DSF
April 15 2013, 07:51PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

Well I feel better about the GM today than I did yesterday.

You definitely have a point about what Katz should have done, but at least I believe MacTavish has a chance to prove me wrong. With Tambo I never, for even a second, believed he could do anything right.

Frankly I believe 10 minutes of conversation with Tambo should have been enough to convince anybody he was in over his head, which I why I believe he was a patsy all along.

With you all the way there.

MacT is at least intelligent but I'm still convinced Lowe won't be able to keep his fingers off the levers and, given their long relationship, I think it will be all but impossible for MacT to tell Lowe to perform his duties as "President of the Remembering the 80's" and leave hockey operations alone.

Listened to an interview with the venerable Doug Mclean today.

His view is that any organization that has a "President of Hockey Operations" doesn't have a GM but an assistant GM.

I expect he is right about that.

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#64 DSF
April 15 2013, 07:55PM
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In other news, after beating the Devils 2-0 tonight and after firing their GM and Coach, now have a 99.99% chance of making the playoffs.

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#65 The Soup Fascist
April 15 2013, 07:57PM
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TigerUnderGlass wrote:

Well I feel better about the GM today than I did yesterday.

You definitely have a point about what Katz should have done, but at least I believe MacTavish has a chance to prove me wrong. With Tambo I never, for even a second, believed he could do anything right.

Frankly I believe 10 minutes of conversation with Tambo should have been enough to convince anybody he was in over his head, which I why I believe he was a patsy all along.

Lee Harvey Tambellini?

Interesting theory - but not sure anyone who thinks it is smart to alienate 99% of his fan base and play the "do you know who the hell I am" card, has that kind of game.

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#66 TDSM31
April 15 2013, 07:59PM
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DSF wrote:

Not the point.

MacT has never been a winner since his playing days ended.

There are those including the Iraqi Information Minister (LT) who think MacT was responsible for the playoff run the only time he had a "balanced roster" but I'm of the opinion it was Pronger who took the team on his back and carried the team to the finals.

Now that MacT is responsible for building a "balanced roster" we'll see how that works out.

I would wager the team will spend another 3 years twisting in the wind and Katz will clean house just as the new arena is about to open.

He should have done that housecleaning today and Lowe's sad, sad performance today is exactly why that should have occurred.

We wait.

Yes, but the point is that MacT was instrumental in getting Pronger to Edmonton in the first place.

How ironic that the 2006 run is one of the worst things that has ever happened to this franchise. Anyone employed during that run automatically got a lifetime 'stamp of approval'.

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#67 TDSM31
April 15 2013, 08:02PM
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DSF wrote:

In other news, after beating the Devils 2-0 tonight and after firing their GM and Coach, now have a 99.99% chance of making the playoffs.

Now Jersey...there's a prime trading partner. Zero offence.

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#68 DSF
April 15 2013, 08:06PM
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TDSM31 wrote:

Yes, but the point is that MacT was instrumental in getting Pronger to Edmonton in the first place.

How ironic that the 2006 run is one of the worst things that has ever happened to this franchise. Anyone employed during that run automatically got a lifetime 'stamp of approval'.

Was he?

I've never heard that before.

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#69 DSF
April 15 2013, 08:08PM
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Now Jersey...there's a prime trading partner. Zero offence.

Could be.

What offence do the Oilers have to offer?

New Jersey and Edmonton both have 115 goals scored this season.

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#70 Harlie
April 15 2013, 08:11PM
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DSF wrote:

Yes, I think this is accurate.

That Katz would allow him to effect this slight of hand is perplexing.

Given all that preceded the Tambellini hiring, I would think Lowe is now on double secret probation.

More than a few of us saw the game plan...funny thing is how Tambo either never saw what was coming, or he saw it all along and cashed his checks accordingly.

http://oilersnation.com/2012/1/31/stay-the-course/page/3#comments

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#71 Butters
April 15 2013, 08:13PM
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I wonder how this is going to work. Pro scouting is suspect with this organization. Is MacT going to make changes there? I would think it would be difficult to be an effective GM without adequate scouting.

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#72 Lochenzo
April 15 2013, 08:14PM
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The last time the Oilers conducted their due diligence and hired the best person available, they hired Tambi, who at the time, was considered the best person not currently in a GM position. Be like George Constanza and do the opposite!

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#73 DSF
April 15 2013, 08:17PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

The last time the Oilers conducted their due diligence and hired the best person available, they hired Tambi, who at the time, was considered the best person not currently in a GM position. Be like George Constanza and do the opposite!

Tambellini was NOT the best person available.

The GM's in Florida, Montreal and Toronto, among others, would disagree.

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#74 TDSM31
April 15 2013, 08:17PM
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Could be.

What offence do the Oilers have to offer?

New Jersey and Edmonton both have 115 goals scored this season.

We have offensive players...just no size and grit to create the space they needed. There has to be a compliment of both for the whole team to be productive. I don't think anyone would argue that the Oilers don't have a decent amount of skill up front.

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#75 Eddie Shore
April 15 2013, 08:24PM
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DSF wrote:

With you all the way there.

MacT is at least intelligent but I'm still convinced Lowe won't be able to keep his fingers off the levers and, given their long relationship, I think it will be all but impossible for MacT to tell Lowe to perform his duties as "President of the Remembering the 80's" and leave hockey operations alone.

Listened to an interview with the venerable Doug Mclean today.

His view is that any organization that has a "President of Hockey Operations" doesn't have a GM but an assistant GM.

I expect he is right about that.

Besides the fact that Doug Mclean is a moron, how the hell would he have any idea of the inner workings of the Edmonton Oilers front office? Also, do you honestly think MacT would assume this role if he was not granted the same autonomy other GM's receive across the league?

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#76 Gerald R. Ford
April 15 2013, 08:25PM
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MacT was partially correct about that "paying for the glory years" in one respect, at least. The megastar status of that team, combined with the later departure of 99 to a big U.S. market, helped to spawn nine more teams that the Oil have to compete with for players now. Another expansion down the road, and that means 31(!) competitors every time a prized free agent or available star comes on the market. Pray for contraction and for Mike Milbury to get another job somewhere soon.

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#77 DSF
April 15 2013, 08:27PM
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Eddie Shore wrote:

Besides the fact that Doug Mclean is a moron, how the hell would he have any idea of the inner workings of the Edmonton Oilers front office? Also, do you honestly think MacT would assume this role if he was not granted the same autonomy other GM's receive across the league?

You answered your own question.

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#78 Harlie
April 15 2013, 08:27PM
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Wonder if Lowe wanted to give McKinnon and Spec the Shawinigan handshake today?

http://www.poetv.com/video.php?vid=70667

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#79 DSF
April 15 2013, 08:28PM
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TDSM31 wrote:

We have offensive players...just no size and grit to create the space they needed. There has to be a compliment of both for the whole team to be productive. I don't think anyone would argue that the Oilers don't have a decent amount of skill up front.

It's decent but it might not be as good as you think it is.

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#80 Lochenzo
April 15 2013, 08:29PM
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DSF wrote:

Tambellini was NOT the best person available.

The GM's in Florida, Montreal and Toronto, among others, would disagree.

It was speculated as such. There were a lot of stories about Tambi at the time, biding his time in Van until the next GM job opened up.

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#81 DSF
April 15 2013, 08:32PM
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Lochenzo wrote:

It was speculated as such. There were a lot of stories about Tambi at the time, biding his time in Van until the next GM job opened up.

He was passed over twice in Vancouver.

That should have been a tell.

And it WAS Lowe who hired him.

You just can't erase those fingerprints.

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#82 Gaz
April 15 2013, 08:35PM
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@DSF

Really? Because you've said many times on other articles that role-players are easily available "off the scrap heap" all the time. Quick, backtrack!

I'm no fan of Lowe, but your statement earlier that MacT rode Pronger to the final, and that was it, clearly illustrates your prejudice. I'll trust greater hockey minds that yourself on that one.

Again, your inability to reasonably comment on anything Oilers makes you look foolish.

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#83 Walter Sobchak
April 15 2013, 08:36PM
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I think Tambellini was way over his head.

I like a lot of what MacTavish was saying at the press conference, I like how he took accountability and spoke of his credibility, to put yourself out there means he won't piss around, I like that, shows balls.

I'm giving him this summer to make some changes, that's it.

If this roster isn't over hauled by training camp then all this was just good old fashion Oiler rhetoric.

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#84 Lochenzo
April 15 2013, 08:36PM
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DSF wrote:

He was passed over twice in Vancouver.

That should have been a tell.

And it WAS Lowe who hired him.

You just can't erase those fingerprints.

I'm talking about that summer when the Oil were looking for Kevin's replacement. Not when Nonis took the job in Van.

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#85 Gaz
April 15 2013, 08:38PM
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@TigerUnderGlass

Agreed. We can all (myself included) question Lowe's ability to run a hockey club, but he's a master at placing human shields for protection.

In the end, he's got a long career in management, making great coin, and a number of shiny rings to look at in his massive house. He wins.

Cue DSF.

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#86 DSF
April 15 2013, 08:39PM
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Gaz wrote:

Really? Because you've said many times on other articles that role-players are easily available "off the scrap heap" all the time. Quick, backtrack!

I'm no fan of Lowe, but your statement earlier that MacT rode Pronger to the final, and that was it, clearly illustrates your prejudice. I'll trust greater hockey minds that yourself on that one.

Again, your inability to reasonably comment on anything Oilers makes you look foolish.

Trust whomever you like.

The results speak for themselves.

The Oilers have missed the playoffs for 7 years in a row and Kevin Lowe had been driving the bus all along.

Do you really think he got up this morning and was all that much much smarter?

Do you really think his playing buddy from 20+ years ago is the answer?

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#87 DSF
April 15 2013, 08:43PM
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Gaz wrote:

Agreed. We can all (myself included) question Lowe's ability to run a hockey club, but he's a master at placing human shields for protection.

In the end, he's got a long career in management, making great coin, and a number of shiny rings to look at in his massive house. He wins.

Cue DSF.

Exactly how it played out for Bob Pulford in Chicago.

Years of incompetence were lavishly rewarded by Bill Wirtz until he died.

It wasn't until his son took over and cleaned house that the Hawks returned to respectability.

If you want a lesson in a lack of respectability, go back and watch Lowe's performance today.

If I were Katz, Lowe would have been fired before he got back to his office.

Shameful.

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#88 Gaz
April 15 2013, 08:45PM
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@DSF

I really dislike defending Lowe, but I like taking you to task. So:

Why is he involved with Team Canada if he's such a useless tit? Don't tell me that "anyone can put together a Team Canada" because my phone never rings, and I'd do it for free!

Old boy's club? Houdini-like hypno ability? Reversing the earth's rotation? How does that evil Lowe-down magician do it!?

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#89 DSF
April 15 2013, 08:47PM
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Gaz wrote:

I really dislike defending Lowe, but I like taking you to task. So:

Why is he involved with Team Canada if he's such a useless tit? Don't tell me that "anyone can put together a Team Canada" because my phone never rings, and I'd do it for free!

Old boy's club? Houdini-like hypno ability? Reversing the earth's rotation? How does that evil Lowe-down magician do it!?

Sorry...but successful GM's are kinda busy at that time of the year.

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#90 Gaz
April 15 2013, 08:52PM
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@DSF

Talkin' Olympics, but alright.

Burke?

Yzerman? (for the WCs)

Babcock to coach?

Come on.

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#91 DSF
April 15 2013, 08:56PM
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Everyone who has a modicum of intelligence needs to read this analysis of today's events by a smart guy who doesn't have a dog in this fight:

http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/23413/oilers-dont-need-another-buddy-system-promotion

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#92 TDSM31
April 15 2013, 08:58PM
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DSF wrote:

It's decent but it might not be as good as you think it is.

Yeah, well the jerk store called and....ah, nevermind.

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#93 Chris.
April 15 2013, 08:59PM
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I just edited my handle.

I'm sick of hearing Kevin reference his athletic success to legitimize his incomprehensible/reprehensible managerial tenure.

WAKE UP KATZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#94 The Real Scuba Steve
April 15 2013, 09:10PM
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Gaz wrote:

Agreed. We can all (myself included) question Lowe's ability to run a hockey club, but he's a master at placing human shields for protection.

In the end, he's got a long career in management, making great coin, and a number of shiny rings to look at in his massive house. He wins.

Cue DSF.

Yeah, how many shiny rings as a G.M? Better yet how many times have we missed the playoffs under his watch.

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#95 Gaz
April 15 2013, 09:14PM
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@DSF

It's a good article.

Well, except for that part about Howson - he assembled the team that is now pushing for a playoff spot, with the exception of the pickup of Gaborik. They were in the conversation before that trade happened.

Otherwise, it's a fine opinion. One that I agree with.

Can't help but think that if Tallon or Bowman added a MacT/Howson combo to their clubs you'd be humping their leg, though.

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#96 reaperfunkss (2nd tier fan)
April 15 2013, 09:14PM
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So today I see the press Conference and have to hear Kevin Lowe tell me that there are 2 levels of fans and how coming within 1 period of winning the cup means that he is a top flight hockey exec.

It was a legit question asked by the journal writer and Lowe showed his derision of having anything he does questioned. He is a bad manager and needs to be nuetered with the organization. He has handled most adversity very poorly and has a long track record of bad decisions and ZERO Cups as an exec but demands to be treated as a hockey genius?

As a fan who can't afford season tickets or to be honest go to a single game due to the expense. Apparently i am foolish to spend it on kids and food and not the Oilers. So i am a second class fan now. Maybe the Blackhawks or Canadiens would appreciate another fan since I am 2nd tier for the Oilers in Lowes view.

Sorry for the length and rambling but I have never been so insuilted or dissapointed by Oilers management as i am today. That Counts suffering Pocklington stupidity and greed.

Vented thanx

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#97 Gaz
April 15 2013, 09:17PM
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@The Real Scuba Steve

That wasn't the crux of my point. Good job.

I put the disclaimer in almost every post tonight - I'm not saying he's a good GM or hockey ops man. I'm just calling DSF on his typically myopic anti-Oilers agenda.

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#98 DSF
April 15 2013, 09:22PM
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Gaz wrote:

It's a good article.

Well, except for that part about Howson - he assembled the team that is now pushing for a playoff spot, with the exception of the pickup of Gaborik. They were in the conversation before that trade happened.

Otherwise, it's a fine opinion. One that I agree with.

Can't help but think that if Tallon or Bowman added a MacT/Howson combo to their clubs you'd be humping their leg, though.

The only reason Columbus is still in it is Bobrovsky and his .932 save percentage.

While Howson should get credit for recruiting him that has to be tempered by his .899 save percentage last season.

If recruiting a goalie with an unsustainable percentage trumps 5 years of failure, fill your boots.

I won't be humping anyone's leg for recruiting a couple of long term losers.

Sorry.

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#99 Harlie
April 15 2013, 09:23PM
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Lowe: So uh, I'm gonna give Tambo the green wiener and install you as Gm. Is that coo?

MacT: Thanks tips, I already got the memo

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#100 Gaz
April 15 2013, 09:31PM
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Five years, eight months, actually - but who's counting? Picking out a strong performer doesn't mean that the team is being carried. Good grief. Would you assert that Anaheim is being carried by Souray?

Why did Vancouver hire MacT? Gillis seems to fill your boots just fine. How could someone so smart do something so foolish?

How weird is it going to be when Fletcher hires Tambellini in Minny?

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