SCORCHED EARTH

Lowetide
April 20 2014 06:37AM

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I believe this sentiment drives much of the discontent in Oilers Nation these days. Why can't we have nice things? Colorado sucked for LESS time and are in the playoffs looking like the Oilers team we were promised!!!! What the hell? Where are the answers? After the break.

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Steve Tambellini authored a devastating period in Oilers history and left a roster filled with forgettable. Tambellini never met an NHL player he couldn't rid himself of, he was quite impressive at the discipline.

  • Sheldon Souray said a few things? OFF to Chocolate City with him!!!
  • Dustin Penner has size, but won't use it? Kick him down the road for a pick that might turn out years from now.
  • His ‘stand and deliver’ July 1st 2011 series of transactions (bought out Souray, signs Cam Barker, Ben Eager, Darcy Hordichuk, Eric Belanger, Corey Potter and trades for Andy Sutton) serves as his nadir.

It's easy to forget just how many useful people were sent away after Steve Tambellini arrived in late summer 2008.

  • Erik Cole, Edmonton gets Patrick O'Sullivan
  • Kyle Brodziak, Edmonton gets two picks (Bigos and Roy). Minnesota also gets a late pick they turn into Darcy Kuemper—who played for them last night.
  • Denis Grebeshkov.  Edmonton gets the pick that turned into Curtis Hamilton.
  • Lubomir Visnovsky. Edmonton gets Ryan Whitney and the Brandon Davidson pick.
  • Steve Staios. Edmonton gets Aaron Johnson and the pick that turns into Travis Ewanyk.
  • Riley Nash. Edmonton gets the Martin Marincin pick.
  • Dustin Penner. Edmonton acquires Colten Teubert and the Oscar Klefbom pick.
  • Andrew Cogliano. Edmonton acquires the Marco Roy pick.
  • Tom Gilbert. Edmonton acquires Nick Schultz.
  • Tobias Rieder. Edmonton acquires Kale Kessy.

RECOVERY

When Craig MacTavish took over this hockey team, they were very weak up the middle. Improvements last summer (Boyd Gordon, Andrew Ference) added to mid-season fixes (Scrivens, Fasth) have Edmonton looking a little better at C, D and G.

There's a long way to go.

However, the scorched earth policy—which involved things like sending a capable defenseman to the minors as punishment for a moment of frustration—delivered an empty cupboard and made certain the early years of Taylor Hall were bleak. 

Steve Tambellini dealt Dustin Penner at the 2010-11 deadline, and the Oilers did not replace him until summer 2013 (David Perron).

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

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When looking at a picture, it's vital to identify the real tragedy.

I understand the frustration that Michael Parkatti and all Oiler fans have today. This is draining, especially when Colorado makes it look so easy. But if you look at where they were in 2010 (they had 95 points and made the playoffs) and since then (seasons of 68, 88, lockout 39 and now 112 points), it doesn't compare with the scorched earth Oilers.

The one season that showed promise (2011-12 under Renney) Tambellini fired the coach and brought back Lennart Petrell. !!!!!!.

I know this is a difficult period, but if we're laying blame here let's have the conversation. It's hard to rebuild an empire from rubble overnight.

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#151 GCW
April 21 2014, 10:12AM
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Lowetide wrote:

Thanks for your kinds word, appreciated. I can't write those words, because I don't believe them to be true.

Craig MacTavish is, in my opinion, the de facto GM of the Edmonton Oilers. I don't believe he would have come back if the job involved being a glorified assistant.

I also believe the transactions have improved since MacT arrived (Perron, etc) so would suggest he'd had a positive (although not perfect) impact.

In regard to Tambellini's time as GM, we don't have any proof to show Kevin Lowe was piloting the ship during Tambellini's time here.

If we go back and look at the final moves by Tambellini (acquiring Smithson for a good pick, trading Tobias Rieder for Kale Kessy) the lack of creativity in those deals screams Tambellini.

Now, you say it's Lowe, and I say there's no proof.

Bottom line: it doesn't matter. Kevin Lowe's job was to find a suitable GM to replace him and he did not deliver.

After that, we're just arguing specifics. If you're asking me 'did Kevin Lowe fail in his role after 2005 trade deadline'? the answer is a clear yes.

I don't have evidence to stick his name on the Tambellini moves. If I did, or anyone can provide proof, I'd be delighted to write that story.

Same goes for MacTavish. If he's a puppet, that's one of the saddest stories in sports history. A guy survives the Oilers post-Pronger, leaves, overcomes Cancer, gets his degree, and cashes all of that for the right to run down the hall and ask for permission to take a leak.

THAT would be a story.

That's a black and white answer when reality in management is filled with shades of grey. Frankly, I am disappointed you continue to advocate that view.

There are undoubtedly decisions that MacT has 100% delegated authority to make.

There are equally undoubtedly decisions for which he does not have full autonomy, like any general manager in any industry. In those cases the role of the GM is to gather the relevant data, identify options, and being the recommended course of action to the president for validation.

This does not diminish the GM role or the person in the role. It is not equivalent to asking permission to use the washroom. Rather, it reflects the importance of the decisions to the success of the organization.

Undoubtedly you have some corporate presidents and some general managers in industry among your readership. I encourage you to discuss with some of them how the relationship between a GM and a president of operations (or equivalent) works in practice.

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#152 Oiler Al
April 21 2014, 11:29AM
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I question how is it, that whenever MacT is spotted in an opposition rink ,obviously scouting a game, that almost always you see Lowe next to him. Its not Howson, or a scout. Lets face it these guys are joined at the hip.

To a degree, thats fine, as I believe MacT would not make unilateral calls on most of deals, either out of courtesy or level of authority. Its that way with most organizations in the business world. It goes down the line, even with Lowe he would have to go to Katz for sign offs on a lot of these deals.

You can pass the buck nine different ways, but at the end of the day, this hockey club is so far in the ditch,year after year with no turn around in sight.

I blame the total cave in on KATZ! It matters not who the president is, the G M is ,the call comes from the guy hiding out in Vancouver. He is not picking up to many good pointers in that town at the moment either.If the owner wasnt involved deeply with hockey ops, he would have fired most of these guys a long time ago, based on the results here.

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#153 Ed in Edmonton
April 21 2014, 12:36PM
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GCW wrote:

That's a black and white answer when reality in management is filled with shades of grey. Frankly, I am disappointed you continue to advocate that view.

There are undoubtedly decisions that MacT has 100% delegated authority to make.

There are equally undoubtedly decisions for which he does not have full autonomy, like any general manager in any industry. In those cases the role of the GM is to gather the relevant data, identify options, and being the recommended course of action to the president for validation.

This does not diminish the GM role or the person in the role. It is not equivalent to asking permission to use the washroom. Rather, it reflects the importance of the decisions to the success of the organization.

Undoubtedly you have some corporate presidents and some general managers in industry among your readership. I encourage you to discuss with some of them how the relationship between a GM and a president of operations (or equivalent) works in practice.

Well stated.

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