Posts Tagged ‘Steve Tambellini’

What’s the point of MacIntyre?

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m sure Steve MacIntyre is a nice guy but, nice guy or not, I just don’t understand why he’s employed by the Oilers. I didn’t understand it when Tambellini signed him as a free agent in the off season and I don’t understand it now. Presumably his presence is intended to deter the opposition from taking liberties with our young and/or small forwards, but does that really happen? He’s only skated in 11 of the Oilers 41 games this season. Is he really that intimidating in the press box? When he is in the lineup he averages on 3:51 of ice time, which doesn’t seem like much time to accomplish much of anything. But even if MacIntyre was played more frequently would it really impact how other teams play against the Oilers?

I don’t know why it would because he doesn’t fight the average player, only other heavyweights (in MacIntyre’s defense he isn’t alone here, all heavyweights do this). So in the event that a player did take a run at an Oiler or threw a borderline hit they, in all likelihood, wouldn’t have to answer to MacIntyre for it. His fight card this season doesn’t dispute this. His four fights have been with Ivanas, Boogaard (twice), and Orr – not a group of guys known for their hockey skills. So why would any player change their game for fear of MacIntyre if they wouldn’t have to fight MacIntyre? Read more…


Horcoff Is Named The Oilers 16th (Not 13th) Captain

October 6, 2010 Leave a comment

It seems oddly appropriate to me that a team that is still unclear on how many goalies should be on an NHL roster – if you’re reading this Mr. Tambellini the answer isn’t three – also can’t count properly when it comes to their history. The Oilers franchise started playing hockey in 1972 as one of the initial teams in the WHA. After seven seasons, in 1979, the team was one of four WHA teams that were merged into the NHL. If not for those seven seasons there would be no NHL team in Edmonton today and yet those years are completely removed from the Oilers history.

Two years ago the Oilers proudly celebrated their thirtieth season; sadly their thirtieth season was played in 2001 not 2008. Today the Oilers named Shawn Horcoff their thirteenth captain which is only the case if you ignore the fact that Al Hamilton, Glen Sather, and Paul Schmyr were Oiler captains before the club joined the NHL. Hamilton’s #3 hangs retired in the rafters of Rexall Place even though he played just 31 games in the NHL as an Oiler and all Sather ever did is the architect the Oilers dynasty in the 1980s but yeah lets forget all about them. Read more…

The Oilers Are Down To 24 – Just One Move Left

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

News of the Oilers more cuts from training camp was released this morning. The group that just missed the cut included Belle, Giroux, O’Marra, Omark, Ondrus, Petiot, Reddox, and Vande Velde. By placing Jacques on the IR the Oilers will be down to a 24 man roster. The final decision will be to assign Souray to the AHL or keep him here until a trade can be made and send one of Deslauriers or Dubnyk down instead.

My gut says that the Oiler will send Deslauriers down and keep Souray around (in name only) for now and keep working on a deal. If they assign him they are all but accepting that they will have to take on half of Souray’s contract for the next two years. Despite all the evidence to the contrary it seems like Tambellini still believes there is a market for Souray. The only downside to this course of action would be if a team made a waiver claim on Deslauriers. Or Dubnyk if that’s the case. I almost can’t imagine a team claiming either one but stranger things have happened. Read more…

Comrie Is Heading To The Penguins

September 3, 2010 Leave a comment

Comrie’s second stint in Edmonton has officially come to an end. Mike Comrie’s agent Rich Winter broke the news on the Team 1260 this morning that his client, Mike Comrie, will be playing in Pittsburgh next season. Winters didn’t give a dollar amount but did say it was a very cheap one year deal. Comrie missed some significant time with mono last season but still posted 13-8-21 in 43 games for the Oilers.

I would have liked the Oilers to bring Comrie back this season on a one year deal comparable to the $1.125M the Oilers paid him last season. Once upon a time, in the not so distant past, Comrie was a top six NHL forward. He has scored at least 20 goals in three of the five post lockout seasons and scored at a 20 goal pace last season too but was derailed by mono. He is most certainly small but he plays tougher than you might expect at first. In fact his style of play is something some many of the Oilers small forwards could benefit from watching. Read more…

The Khabibulin Aftermath – Where Do We Go From Here?

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the Khabibulin sentence is… the minimum jail sentence and the minimum fine.  Those minimums are 30 days and a $250 fine. I think that if Khabibulin completes counseling that the court can suspend 20 of those 30 days in jail but that isn’t a certainty.

If he does spends all 30 days in jail then at the very minimum he’s going to miss the starting of training camp on September 17 and four of the Oilers six preseason games. Assuming he goes to jail right away and doesn’t appeal or drag his feet on going to jail (that would be a public relations nightmare wouldn’t it) he would be released on September 30  so theoretically he could play in Oilers last two preseason games (October 1 and October 3) but travel issues could result in him missing one, or both, of those games as well. Even is Khabibulin available to play his conditioning might keep him from seeing any game action; remember he hasn’t played since November 16 of last season. Read more…

Oilers Sign Gagner

August 30, 2010 Leave a comment

The Oilers and Sam Gagner have reached an agreement on a two year deal worth an average of $2.275 M. The first thought in my head when I heard of the signing was “finally”. Well actually it was “what the hell took so damn long”. September is nearly here and the Oilers and yet there were still contracts to be hammered out with both Gagner and Cogliano. Crossing off “Contract with Sam Gagner” now leaves a new contract with Cogliano alone at the top of Steve Tambellini’s to do list. Trade Souray should be up there too but I would bet that it’s on the back burner right now when compared to getting these deals finished.

The biggest hurdle with the Gagner and Cogliano deals is the term; Tambellini said as much in an interview he did on Oilers Lunch on Wednesday. The players are looking for longer terms and the team is looking to keep the term shorter, I would assume to reduce the risk of signing a deal that looks ugly a couple of years from now. Gagner and Cogliano are both young and there seems to be a good upside to both but the team still hasn’t figured out what type of pros these guys are going to be. Read more…

Could Hartnell Have Been An Oiler?

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Last night Dan Tencer tweeted that the Flyers Scott Hartnell had agreed to waive his no trade clause to come to Edmonton; Souray was the player the Oilers would have been sending the other way but Tambellini pulled out of the deal.


I dig Scott Hartnell. He’s a big body who is good for 20ish goals and 45-50 points a year (60 on a great year like he had the year before). He’d instantly be the grittiest player on the Oilers roster. He’s got a contract for another three season with a $4.2 M cap hit, which isn’t a steal but is certainly reasonable. And at 28 he’s got some pretty good seasons coming up. Imagine a powerplay with him planted right in front of the oppositions goalie; not too bad if you ask me. Read more…