Fantasy Impact: The Edmonton Oilers have fired their general manager Steve Tambellini and have (rumor has it) replaced him with former head coach Craig MacTavish. Former Columbus GM Scott Howson becomes the team's Senior Vice President.



The old: Tambellini was a patient GM and although the strategy of trying to get the first overall pick is a brilliant one if your team is clearly not a contender...the strategy becomes far less brilliant the third time it happens and when a fourth summer hits with the team looking at a Top 8 pick, well, things move quickly into the 'stupid' column.


His main weakness, in my opinion (and I'm sure Oilers fans have hundreds of their own), was the fact that he sat on his hands. We all have a guy like that in our fantasy league. Builds a stockpile of great young talent through the draft, but is content to just do that forever. He'll never trade one of his kids for fear of losing the deal. So even though every successful

team has a nice mix of V, W, X, Y and Z-type players and the Oilers have 10 X's...he didn't trade one of those X's to bring in a 'V' or a 'Z'.


The new: MacTavish is a rookie GM. He's never done this before. But the general consensus is that he will make a few moves in the summer. He'll take the step that Tambellini feared to take. And looking at the stacked cards that are in MacTavish's deck, some of the moves will be pretty huge. First on the docket, in my opinion, is Sam Gagner. The quality of return from that move alone would help this team tremendously.


With the talent already on the roster, gaining experience as a team - it is entirely possible that MacTavish will look like a genius one year from now. Entirely by accident.






Write comment
Comments (5)add comment

Luigi said:

Islanders=Oilers NYIslanders have been doing this same thing, frustrating over the last few years to see them miss playoffs with the talent. They're coming around now, and can maybe make the 2nd round. Frustrating for Oiler fans, but they are stacking up for serious future runs, goalie position needs to be addressed for next year. If the Oilers can deal for a top 10 goalie, they will rock. An experienced D-man to settle down the young pups. But don't forget, this is Tambellini's team, maybe he was too patient but the Oilers are one of the Canadian future teams to rock. Vancouver is waning, Calgary is in total rebuild, Winnipeg is on the bubble, and we won't go east to crazy Leaf nation and beyond!
April 15, 2013
Votes: +0

Rollie1967 said:

... I cant fathom how any sane person would think that MacT and Howson is what this organization was missing. A bad GM, and a rookie GM, doesnt sound like a recipe for success. was McSorley and Melrose not avialable?
Was Tambellini fired for not securing the #1 overall pick? or not making a move to secure a playoff spot...im not sure what the goal was in Edmonton anymore.
Tambs may have done ok at the draft,but how many offensive stars do you need? Getting Schultz for nothing was a huge win, but not moving Whitney, not improving the defense or goaltending were mistakes. MacT inherits a lot chips, but has zero track record on building a team.
April 15, 2013
Votes: +1

BlackGold said:

... We need:
1) An agitator
2) A big hard nosed gritty top 6 forward
3) A d-man that can do what Mac T did for the Oilers in the 80s.
April 15, 2013
Votes: -1

germant said:

Does not inspire confidence This move, much like SeaDawg says, doesn't seem like much of an improvement. The Howson/Columbus experiment was largely a failure and I can't see him doing much better in Edmonton.

MacT holds some promise but seeing as how things will have to go through Howson, I worry his hands will be tied.

Here's hoping I'm wrong though. I'd like to see the Oilers take a serious step forward next year.
April 15, 2013
Votes: +1

SeaDawg said:

... As long as MacTavish actually makes some moves, he can't be any worse than Tambellini. That said, this seems like a lateral move to me and I worry we will see the same old situation. MacTavish and Howson are not new to the organization and with Lowe still around, I'm not hopeful for change. I seriously worry that this is simply a PR move and the Oilers will stick to their same strategy. I sure hope I'm wrong, though.
April 15, 2013
Votes: +1
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.