Thursday, July 31, 2008

"Expect The Unexpected" - Kevin Lowe


Wow. I was just working on my Robbie Keane post detailing the odd parallels between the Oilers and Tottenham Hotspur when I happened to learn about an interesting little change in Edmonton.
Wow.
Tambellini has been noted as a bright up and comer in management ranks for years now. No guarantees but I think he is a good hire. The hockey world seems to think highly of him.
And I think its a good idea to move away from the Boys on the Bus having their hands in every facet of this club.
An interesting time for Lowe to move on, considering how he seems to have regained his mojo this summer after a couple of years where his moves ranged from puzzling (Hejda) to outright stinky (Souray). He appears to have the Oilers back on the right track.
I'm at work and when I get home it will be baby time but hopefully more thoughts later. A quick recap of Lowe as GM.
- did a decent job when he had the prelockout financial constraints, as his Oiler teams were competitive, if not very successful
- rebuilt player procurement after an awful awful run to the point where the Oilers have a nice pipeline of kids in the lineup and on the way
- the year after the lockout was wonderful, everything he touched turned to gold and the team he built came within a break or two of winning the Cup
- the aftermath was his lowest point as he struggled to get value for Pronger, failed to address glaring needs on the blueline in 2006/2007, traded franchise icon Ryan Smyth, overpaid Sheldon Souray and let high value low cost Jan Hejda walk for nothing - the result was two years in the wilderness
- having said that this is a young quality club now and while Lowe deserves scorn (imo) for some of his mistakes in the past two years, he also deserves a lot of credit for putting this team together; I don't think the rebuild had to be so ugly but at least the Oilers don't look like they are going to be the Islanders, another decade in the wilderness
Interesting summer.

18 comments:

andy grabia said...

Well said, Pat. Even I can't disagree with your assessment. Well, I can a bit. He did get lucky in avoiding the Nylander signing, as well as the Hossa one. I think we'd end up slamming him for both of those. But he did extend Horcoff, too. And I love him for that.

Black Dog said...

Love him? You're such a fairweather fan! I had sex with him after that signing.

I think its Ty, among others, who described the NHL GM job as making a series of bets.

For the most part I would say he came out on top. The last two years pissed me off a lot but I have to give him credit for the club he has put together now as well as the years up to 2006. And of course for that terrific run.

Anonymous said...

What have you done for me lately. Lowe is a moron with no credibilty with NHL players. The way he ran the Oilers over the last years is the reason any marginally talented free-agent refuses to sign with the Oilers. Lowe had to go, and with Tambeliini runnin the ship, just maybe Edmonton might become a place where players want to play.

Just some thoughts, although as a final dig. Steve Tambelini was passed over twice in search for a GM in Vancouver. Something to mull over...

HBomb said...

What have you done for me lately. Lowe is a moron with no credibilty with NHL players. The way he ran the Oilers over the last years is the reason any marginally talented free-agent refuses to sign with the Oilers. Lowe had to go, and with Tambeliini runnin the ship, just maybe Edmonton might become a place where players want to play.

Gotta love moron Canuck/Flame fans who can't even spell Tambellini and don't have the guts to post even a screen name.

Last time I checked, the UFA's aren't banging the doors down in Vancouver or Calgary either, dumbass.

Anonymous said...

Hbomb

I'm a Habs fan. Nuff said

andy grabia said...

I didn't know Brian Burke was a Habs fan.

HBomb said...


I'm a Habs fan. Nuff said


Kind of shocking. Most Habs fans have a clue

And I don't see UFA's banging down the door to sign in Montreal either. The "issues" that Edmonton has had the past few years with attracting players appear to be a problem common to all six Canadian teams, methinks.

If you want to look at teams that are having issues because of zero organizational direction, look at Atlanta or the Islanders, not Edmonton.

Anonymous said...

Sundin hasnt said no to us, and we got Tanguay who wanted to play here.
Your just mad cause you have Sheldon now :)

And I would take Atlantas team over the Oilers this season if I was picking one to surprise. And you are the Islanders, once great and now a joke.

Black Dog said...

I grew up surrounded by Habs fans. Yeesh.

Every single argument ended with "How many Cups? How many Cups?"

But anon - Atlanta? Surely you jest.

As for Tambellini, not a bad choice I think. I wouldn't worry too much about the Canucks passing him over. What have they ever done right?

Steve said...

The "issues" that Edmonton has had the past few years with attracting players appear to be a problem common to all six Canadian teams, methinks.

Not Toronto. I think Maclean's claimed a while ago that free agents' willingness to sign there basically enabled continued mismanagement of the team, didn't they?

Every single argument ended with "How many Cups? How many Cups?"

While I can see how that would be irritating, can you honestly say that you've never used that argument with Canucks or Flames fans? Not even while drunk?

(Of course, how many cups do the Habs have since the Oilers entered the league?)

Black Dog said...

not me Steve - the Oilers haven't won a Cup since I have been a fan

wait a second!

Yeah, since the Oilers have been in the league 5 Cups to 2 plus 1 appearance in the final each.

Last Habs win was 3 years after the Oilers last one and the Oilers of course were in the final in 2006

Habs are just another team now, which kind of sucks really.

Oh yeah, how many Cups?!

PDO said...

Let the Habs feel dominant.

I mean, they had exclusive access to what... half the available players?

If anything, it's how is it only that many cups?

Bruce said...

Yeah, since the Oilers have been in the league 5 Cups to 2 plus 1 appearance in the final each.

That would be 2 "appearances" in the SCF for the Oil and 1 for the Habs, or put another way, 7 pennants to 3 since 1979. There's a rumour the Habs had a pretty decent team sometime before then, but in my advancing years I just don't remember. But it stands to reason it must have been a way easier league for other teams to win before the Oilers were in it.

:-D

Black Dog said...

Forgot about 83 Bruce, you're right.

Robert said...

Hey, where is the post on Keane? Being a Spurs and Oil fan at the same time, I was thinking along the same lines as you likely were.

Black Dog said...

Robert - coming, new plus two otheres under five so its a case of finding some time.

Having said that, it will be up by Tuesday night.

Vancouver Franchise Consultants said...

"GM Kevin Lowe (who has sincle been bumped up to be replaced by Steve Tambellini) started off early and strong with the backing of new, improved owner, Daryl Katz (honest to god billionaire Drug Lord). Shooting off players who have promising careers, but didn’t fit with Edmonton plans anymore, Matt Greene and Jarrett Stoll (Mr. Rachel Hunter) found themselves down in the land of flesh and plastic, new pieces of the LA Kings, and in return we got Lubomir Visnovsky, a smallish, but excellent Dman to play on a top PP line with a rehabbed Sheldon Souray. Together, with skilled feeds from Ales Hemsky, squirrely moves from a young Sam (The Hobbit) Gagner, and smart decision maker Shawn Horcoff, " Thought you might find this interesting

-GT

Vancouver Franchise Consultants said...

"GM Kevin Lowe (who has sincle been bumped up to be replaced by Steve Tambellini) started off early and strong with the backing of new, improved owner, Daryl Katz (honest to god billionaire Drug Lord). Shooting off players who have promising careers, but didn’t fit with Edmonton plans anymore, Matt Greene and Jarrett Stoll (Mr. Rachel Hunter) found themselves down in the land of flesh and plastic, new pieces of the LA Kings, and in return we got Lubomir Visnovsky, a smallish, but excellent Dman to play on a top PP line with a rehabbed Sheldon Souray. Together, with skilled feeds from Ales Hemsky, squirrely moves from a young Sam (The Hobbit) Gagner, and smart decision maker Shawn Horcoff, " Thought you might find this interesting

-GT