Theo Peckham has signed in the ECHL with San Francisco. This is a great move by him, a solid decision. He will get to play a ton of minutes in many different situations. It is just what he needs.
When the season starts – yes, I believe we will have hockey – he needs to be ready to go. It will be a sprint and those who can’t handle it will be left in the dust. A short training camp will be a challenge for players sitting idle, especially younger ones.
He has gotten himself into better shape since the end of last year. This could be a sign of maturity as a person and player. As the Oilers start to improve he can ride the wave as part of the group or get spit out the back. I believe the rebuild mentality is now over for this organization, they are looking for solutions, not projects. The time for excuses and giving underachieving players many chances is over.
It is up to Peckham to decide which he is. His signing down in San Fran is a step in the right direction to ride the wave.
So Edmonton, which way do you want your General Managers?
The former general manager of the Edmonton Eskimos, Eric Tillman, couldn’t have been more different than current Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini. Over the last few years when it came to the way they handled the media and sharing their vision for their respective teams, they were complete opposites!
Eric Tillman loves the media. He is a guy who wants to share his perspective on his sport and his team. He was a regular on many sports talk shows. Many times he defended moves he made and discussed very publicly the plans he had for the Eskimos.
I was floored when he publicly discussed which quarterbacks were on his team’s negotiation list! It rubbed many people within his organization the wrong way and it has been suggested it was one reason he was released on the weekend. Since his firing, fans have also voiced their displeasure with his loose lips. They feel it may have compromised the teams internal secrets.
But hold on….how many of you have been screaming for Tambellini and the Oilers to be more open with their fans?
Which way do you want it because you can’t have it both ways!
Tambellini is not cut from the Tillman mold. He doesn’t seek out the media to discuss his teams plan. Why would he? Should he publicly state, like Tillman ,which free agents he is targeting or potential trading partners? Are you kidding me? That would be crazy!
I want the Edmonton managers to keep their plans to themselves and build winners. That is it. I do not care where their families live (outside Edmonton in Tillman’s case), or whether they are a regular quote machine for the media (something Tambellini isn’t).
DJ Suitcase World Tour 2012
Thanks to everyone who came out to the pint last Friday to a great event. We raised over 20k and we all
had a great time. Thanks to Gregor for spear heading the event. You are the best! The ICCP is very grateful!
I was a little nervous about the dj part but after blowing the roof off the place, I know my skills are there. When I dropped the needle on ‘ Jump Around’ I honestly thought the place was going to burn! Thanks to Harman B and DJ Quake for big time help!
Previously by Jason Strudwick
- A chat with Mitch Moroz
- Islanders and Oilers… still tied at the hip?
- A little bit too Eager
- AHL development
- Hungarian hockey league hijinx!
- Are the Oil Kings hungry enough to repeat?