Update On Khabibulin

Jonathan Willis
July 05 2010 06:23PM

EDMONTON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 23: Nikolai Khabibulin #35 of the Edmonton Oilers looks on during the game against the Calgary Flames on September 23, 2009 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)

I suppose this article could be taken as further proof that I hate Steve Tambellini. Or the Oilers. Or possibly just Mondays.

I wanted to pass along an update on Nikolai Khabibulin’s back problems, and unfortunately the news isn’t particularly good.

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A Dodged Bullet/I’m Suddenly Thrilled Tambellini Signed MacIntyre

Jonathan Willis
July 05 2010 02:27PM

ST. PAUL, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild eyes an attacker during the first period of a preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on September 18, 2009 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images)

During his time as General Manager of the Edmonton Oilers, Kevin Lowe had his share of dodged bullets. The failed pursuit of Michael Nylander stands out in that category, as does the decision by the Buffalo Sabres to match Thomas Vanek’s offer sheet (thus sparing the Oilers the loss of four consecutive first round draft choices).

We can now add a dodged bullet to Steve Tambellini’s resume.

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Tambelli Signs Kurtis Foster, Makes Two Other Good Decisions

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2010 02:35PM

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 13: Kurtis Foster #6 of the Tampa Bay Lightning warms up before playing against the New York Islanders on February 13, 2010 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Free agent day isn’t over yet, but the Oilers have made their first move, bringing in defenceman Kurtis Foster, and they’ve also made decisions on two other players. In all three cases, General Manager Steve Tambellini comes out looking pretty good.

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Decisions > Assessment

Jonathan Willis
July 01 2010 01:36AM

ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Ethan Moreau #18 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates after scoring a shorthanded goal in the second period against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center on February 10, 2010 in Anaheim, California. The Ducks defeated the Oilers 3-2. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

While I’m not euphoric over the recent moves made by Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini, they do show a certain willingness on his part to get his hands dirty and do what needs to be done, and as a result the Oilers approach July 1 in a better position than might have been expected only a few short weeks ago.

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Chiarelli Willing To Deal?

Jonathan Willis
May 27 2010 12:39PM

NHL Draft Lottery Drawing

Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin isn’t a discussion that’s been confined to fans of the Edmonton Oilers. The team with the second overall pick, Boston, has a big stake in the outcome, and it doesn’t sound like Bruins G.M. Peter Chiarelli is going to let Steve Tambellini make his decision without at least attempting to sway the outcome.

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