It’s been obvious for weeks that the Edmonton Oilers have extended the contract of general manager Steve Tambellini. Today, the team made it official by way of its Twitter feed:

Edmonton [email protected]_Oilers

"President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe announces the #Oilers have agreed to terms on a new contract for GM Steve Tambellini"

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Still waiting on a news release from the team. Stay tuned.



"President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on a new contract for General Manager Steve Tambellini.

Kevin Lowe says, "Three years ago we asked Steve to begin a rebuild which we all know hasn’t been easy.  However, Oilers fans can take some consolation in the fact that Steve and his staff have acquired some amazing talent which will most definitely be the cornerstone to future sustained success for the Edmonton Oilers."

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This past season saw Tambellini and the management team make Edmonton’s second number one overall draft pick with the selection of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

After winning the 2012 Draft Lottery, the Oilers will have the opportunity to select first overall for the third consecutive time. Two years ago they chose Taylor Hall with their first ever number one pick.

Tambellini joined the Oilers on July 31, 2008, after 17 seasons as a member of the Vancouver Canucks management team. The 54-year-old native of Trail, British Columbia, served as the Canucks’ Vice President and Assistant General Manager for three seasons (2005-06 to 2007-08). In his role with the Canucks, Tambellini was involved in all aspects of the team’s hockey operations including contract negotiations, scouting and minor league affiliates.

Tambellini and Lowe have previously worked together as members of Team Canada’s management team, helping lead Canada to success on the international stage. As Director of Player Personnel, Tambellini helped put together the roster that won the gold medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was also a member of the management team for Team Canada’s gold medal triumph at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He also served as the General Manager of Team Canada at the 2003 and 2005 IIHF World Hockey Championships, winning the gold medal in Finland in 2003 and silver in 2005.

Inducted into the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004, Tambellini played 10 seasons in the NHL after being selected 15th overall in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft by the New York Islanders. A member of New York’s 1980 Stanley Cup championship team, the centre played 553 career NHL games with five NHL teams between 1978-79 and 1987-88. After scoring his first NHL goal with the Islanders in 1979-80, he went on to score 160 goals and 150 assists for 310 career points with 105 penalty minutes with New York, the Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks.

Tambellini’s hockey roots run deep with Team Canada. Prior to working as a member of the management staff for Team Canada, he represented his country three times in international play. He won a bronze medal with the 1978 Canadian National Junior Team and finished fourth at both the 1981 IIHF World Hockey Championship and the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta."

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  • DieHard

    Katz, Lowe and Tambellini put together a re-build plan which included more than improvement in the standings. It’s everything from drafting to proper player development to who gets contracts to cap issues and a lot of other things that are unseen by the casual fan. That’s the infrastructure that must be in place before the “Open for Business” sign can be put up. They saw the FACT that UFA’s are not coming just for the money. They had to do something else. It’s a long term plan with the goal of being a top-shelf organization for many many years to come with a continuous stream of top prospects (even with late 1st round picks) and willing UFA’s. The plan must continue. Solid players are here and more are coming. We just have to have patience. And if I’m wrong, I’ll eat my comment at center ice.

  • Quicksilver ballet

    Bhah, why are we getting so worked up about this. Steve isn’t in charge here, he’s just the cardboard cutout the Oilers throw out there in front of the media a couple times a year. Nothing gets done around here till it passes through the Oilers tribal council meetings they hold. Steve gets only one of possibly a dozen votes, hardly controlling interest as far as decisions go. This signing is much ado about nothing.

  • vetinari

    Worst kept secret in hockey. We all knew that he had an extension. It’s a shame that Renney lost his job while Tambi continues on (I think that they needed to be treated as a pair and either kept or released on the same basis).

    I disagree on the use of the phrase “[A]fter winning the 2012 Draft Lottery…” because, although it is technically true, we were the 29th best team in a 30 team league last year and never actually “won” anything (not points, not wins and certainly not any respect from around the league).

    Let me help Tambi out for a minute… when January comes along and we are either mathematically eliminated from the playoff race or just simply “underperforming” in the standings, he can dust off one of these convenient excuses to explain our performance:

    1. injuries to key players (the “go to” chestnut);

    2. underperforming star players, including the kids (there is always a convenient slump or two to blame team perfomance on);

    3. underperforming veterans (reserved for Belanger, Eager, Horcoff, Whitney, Khabibulin and Hemsky); and,

    4. players getting adjusted to the new coach and vice versa (a guarantee at some point).

    Certainly, none of this is the GM’s fault for failing to sign, trade or develop players to meet team needs.

    My question is: what will Tambi’s performance in 2012-13 be measured against? Is the goal a 10-15 point increase in the standings? Is the goal a playoff spot? What is the real benchmark for 2012-13?

  • CaptainLander

    Not really to upset about it, he is a bit of a Dark Knight, being the GM the Oilers need not the one the fans want. The key to what Lowe said is “sustainable success” Personally I will bite my tongue for 2 more years if it provides a Detroit like playoff longevity. Using previous teams as a model you can see how his do nothing approach can work. Now at the end to 2014 if we do not see 10 years of consistency with having a solid winning team. Even 2 cups would be a huge success, well get out the tar and feathers. But for people 3 years ago to say “yes burn it all down and start from scratch”, then turn around 3 years later and say it was “3 years of failure because we did not make the playoffs, and were at the bottom” Well now you just sounds like a fan of a professional sports team. 2 years ST, 2 year to be my Dark Night.

  • The Soup Fascist

    Doesn’t matter how long he gets (3 years most liely) if he doesn’t get this team close or into the playoffs he’s done simple as that. He has this year to prove he can do the job if not i expect he’ll get shown the door.

  • Brownlee loves the word meow

    don’t agree that he’s lowes puppet. When Lowe was GM he didn’t sit on his hands he made deals some good ie2006 some bad ie 2007 but he didn’t just watch on the sidelines if he was still pulling the strings i think we would see a more proactive

  • Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate




    *that’s how pissed I am at the unknown # of years extension that this MORON got. Never should have had one in the FIRST PLACE.

  • Reg Dunlop

    who exactly is tambo suppose to trade?you can rule out whitney and hemsky because they were hurt and untradeable,and horcoff’s contract makes him untradable.you don’t want to trade your young tallent,hall ,nug eberle,mps,smid,petry when you are rebuilding.so who can you trade ?keep it real!

  • OutDoorRink

    Remember what he took over, folks.

    Nothing to trade, nothing to develop.

    Now we’ve seen some success with our farm teams. That kind of success takes longer to blossom at the NHL level but I think that the Oilers management team, Tambellini included, have done a good job of creating a solid foundation for the franchise into the future.