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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Leave the kids alone: say hello to my little friend

Robin Brownlee
July 01 2010 09:12AM

ST. PAUL, MN - DECEMBER 31:  Jody Shelley #45 of the San Jose Sharks and Derek Boogaard #24 of the Minnesota Wild square off to fight December 31, 2008 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

"If you even think of harming one hair on Taylor Hall's precious head, I'm going to beat you until you look like Jeff Odgers. Then, I'm going to do a couple of your sissy buddies, too. Got it?"

With free agency upon us, high, very high, on the list of things to do for Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is to acquire a tough guy. For me, the sentiment above -- along with the fistic prowess to back it up -- is the mission statement for whoever fills that role.

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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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FREE AGENCY ON THE NATION: LOWETIDE SIGNS 2 YR DEAL

Wanye
July 01 2010 12:12AM

Sequels Nation. It's loosely defined as something you could swear has happened before, but this time its slightly different and with way more Brady.

The Nation Bunch has a new addition that should prove an interesting new member of the family.

Proving that he is as big a threat in the imaginary internet boardroom as he is in the real world radio studio, Jason Gregor has single handedly delivered the first Free Agent signing at the OilersNation in the Summer of '10.

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DELICIOUS RUMOURS

Wanye
June 30 2010 12:26PM

Good afternoon to us all Nation. Things are heating up in the run up to free agency beginning and the Oilers are dropping pounds of dead weight faster than this dude. But unlike this chap who has to avoid eating much of anything we are free to feast on the abundant bounty of rumours and speculation currently running rampant in the NHL.

Get ready to throw another million on the pile Eklund. Your busy season is underway.

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