Thursday, July 31, 2008
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.
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
Posted by Black Dog at 3:34 PM