TAMBELLINI: TIME TO STEP UP

Jason Gregor
June 24 2011 11:29AM

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota. -- The honeymoon, if there even was one, is over for Steve Tambellini. The Oilers' GM will celebrate his 3rd year as GM on July 8th, and while he was a quiet observer for the first nine months, he has been the decision maker since he announced Craig MacTavish wasn't going to return as head coach on April 15th, 2009.

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IS TRADING UP WORTH IT?

Jason Gregor
June 23 2011 11:55AM

Let's be honest, every guy and girl has thought about trading up!

You think your wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend's expiry date is past due and  the hot guy/girl at the bar is going to make your life instantly better and hotter. Don't lie, you've all thought that at some point. Most of you have realized that it was a ridiculous thought and made the right choice to go home,  but some of you have given in to the allure of lust, ecstacy and instant gratification.

Will some GMs be seduced into overpaying to move up a few spots on Friday?

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QUICK HITS

Jason Gregor
June 21 2011 09:20PM

The rumour mill has kicked into high gear and the Oilers are front and centre in many of them. Players from Sheldon Souray, Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and either of their first rounders have been thrown around, but right now it seems more fiction than fact.

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RYAN SMYTH BACK IN EDMONTON?

Jason Gregor
June 20 2011 02:35PM

Bob McKenzie just put an interesting twist in draft week regarding the Edmonton Oilers. Today McKenzie wrote that Ryan Smyth would like to return to Edmonton. Read HERE.

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DRAFTING NOT ONLY WAY TO WIN

Jason Gregor
June 17 2011 11:45AM

In a week Steve Tambellini will walk up to the microphone and announce Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. Oiler fans will rejoice with the notion they finally have a true number one centre on their team, and you'll wait patiently for him to showcase his talents in the near future. Nugent-Hopkins combined with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi will have many of you believing the Oil is finally on the road to credibility.

You are probably right, however, in the past four years Stu MacGregor and his scouts have deservingly earned your praise, but after Friday, it will be up to Steve Tambellini to build this team into a contender.

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