TAMBELLINI TIME: BALLS OUT OR BAIL OUT?

Robin Brownlee
June 25 2010 12:09AM

LOS ANGELES -- Does Steve Tambellini have the moxy and the brass to make something happen, to make a deal that matters, before he walks to the podium with the first pick in the 2010 Entry Draft at the Staples Center Friday? We'll find out soon enough.

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UPDATED 11:58PM Tinseltown diary: if I have to wait another minute for my coffee, one of these Twilight nerds might go missing

Robin Brownlee
June 24 2010 01:02PM

Robin Brownlee's diary

LOS ANGELES -- I'm going to keep a running diary of what I hear, who I bump into, what's happening and random thoughts through Friday's first round of the draft. Will update three or four times today...

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THE 31ST PICK: WHO'S IN THE CARDS?

Robin Brownlee
June 24 2010 10:51AM

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 23:  Tyler Seguin, Emerson Etem, Taylor Hall, Cam Fowler and Brett Connolly attend the Top NHL Draft Prospects At The Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 23, 2010 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for NHL)

We've heard enough about these guys... what about the rest?

LOS ANGELES -- It goes without saying the spotlight will be on GM Steve Tambellini and the Edmonton Oilers when the first pick of the 2010 Entry Draft is announced Friday.

That selection is a no-brainer in that it will come down to either Plymouth pivot Tyler Seguin or two-time Memorial Cup MVP Taylor Hall of Windsor -- I know, thanks for the news bulletin.

But what about the second time Tambellini and chief scout Stu MacGregor the podium to make the 31st pick?

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UPDATED! TAMBELLINI GETS BUSY: OILERS ACQUIRE COLIN FRASER

Robin Brownlee
June 24 2010 12:56AM

LOS ANGELES -- Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini jumped in on the wheeling and dealing that's expected to unfold over the next 72 hours by acquiring centre Colin Fraser from the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night.

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Going all-in: the Oilers should draft Taylor Hall

Robin Brownlee
June 23 2010 12:57PM

PHILADELPHIA - JUNE 04: NHL top prospect Taylor Hall visits the Philadelphia Flyers locker game before Game Four of the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Wachovia Center on June 4, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES -- If the Edmonton Oilers covet Tyler Seguin and want the Boston Bruins to pay for the right to get Taylor Hall, there's only one thing for GM Steve Tambellini to do at the Staples Center Friday.

Tambellini has to step to the podium and announce, "With the first pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers are proud to select from the Windsor Spitfires, Taylor Hall."

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