Found April 16, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
Today the Edmonton Oilers fired their general manager Steve Tambellini today.  I'm not sure how much power he actually held as a general manager.  Tambellini was hired as the Oiler GM in 2008 but he served as somewhat of a frontman for Kevin Lowe, their previous GM who had been promoted to president.  Lowe had run the Oilers into the ground and would not have survived as general manager much longer.  Instead he found somebody else to use as a shield while he and his cohort ran the team.  Tambellini never really showed much of a plan as Oiler GM other than collecting top draft picks and it isn't clear how much of the plan was actually his. The new general manager Craig MacTavish is a former Oiler head coach.  He was fired in 2009 but remained in Kevin Lowe's braintrust.  I think his major qualification is being a longtime friend and teammate of Kevin Lowe.  MacTavish is the new shield for Lowe's run of the Oilers.  Perhaps he will take more control of the team than ...

Struggling Oilers fire GM Tambellini

Steve Tambellini is out as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe announced Monday that the team has fired Tambellini. Tambellini was in his fifth season with Edmonton and was named the club's fourth general manager July 31 2008. The 54-year-old succeeded Lowe as Oilers' GM following Lowe's promotion. Edmonton is the...

Will Edmonton Trade One Of Their Young Guns?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, New Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said Monday he’s up for a bold move (trade), which to me would mean dealing of one of their kids: Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz or Nail Yakupov but not, say, Sam Gagner, even if Gagner is almost a point-a-game player this season. But I would say Hall, RNH...

Edmonton Oilers keep GM hire within the family

Congratulations, Craig MacTavish. You are the new general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, replacing Steve Tambellini.So what are you going to do now? And you have much autonomy in your decision making?After all, Kevin Lowe remains team president. Some critics see this GM move as simply shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic. “Maybe there are some skeptics out there,” MacTavish...

“Another One Bites the Dust: Tambellini Gets The Axe in Oil Country”

Former Oilers GM Steve Tambellini joins the ranks of the Unemployed. The Oilers fired him on Monday After 5 years of trying to take the once proud Edmonton Oilers back to the Promise Land, Steve Tambellini has been fired as General Manager. Tambellini, who was hired in 2008, leaves Edmonton after being named to the position following the promotion of Kevin Lowe to President of Hockey...

Edmonton Oilers fire general manager Steve Tambellini with seven games to go

   It appears it was time for an oil change and tune up in Edmonton, and that’s why the NHL club fired general manager Steve Tambellini on April 15 and replaced him with former player and head coach Craig MacTavish. The club also announced that Scott Howson, who is a former general manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, will take over MacTavish's current role as the team...

Oilers Holding A News Conference Today

An email from the Edmonton Oilers... Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe, will host a news conference today, Monday, April 15th at 10:30 a.m.MDT at Rexall Place.  WHO: Kevin Lowe - President of Hockey Operations WHAT: Hockey Operations News Conference

Late Season Change Bring Offseason Hope

Out with the old, in with the… older? The Edmonton Oilers clearly needed to see and make some changes in their head office, as evidenced by the fact that they aren’t pulling off changes for their on ice product. True, there have been multiple 4th line and bottom 6 player changes, there have even been a few defencemen moved in and out of the lineup, but the 4th line isn’t...

Time For A GM Change In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, Tentative Tambellini has to take the fall for the failure of the Edmonton Oilers to rise. Steve Tambellini can’t keep firing the coach. It’s his turn to take the bullet. Seven games remain for the Oilers as they mop up a seventh straight season out of the playoffs and one thing has become more than obvious. It’s been tracking...
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