Category Archives: Edmonton Oilers

Oilers’ Tambellini faces growing expectations


Steve Tambellini welcomes the challenge.

Having been put in place to clean up the mess made when new ownership took over of the club and bad contracts were awarded based on an unlikely playoff run, the Edmonton Oilers general manager is ready for the next stage in the team’s evolution.

It’s one that comes with expectations of winning, something the Oilers have not done since Tambellini took over the reins prior to the 2008 season.

“There’s a couple of years now that our young players – with the exception of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – have in experience,” said Tambellini. “Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle have had a couple of years in the league. Jeff Petry is getting more comfortable. Ales Hemsky is probably the healthiest he’s been in some time. He’s a key component. Devan Dubnyk looks like he’s taken a step and we’ve acquired some help on the blue line with Nick Schultz and we look to add to that if possible.”

Until now, there really haven’t been any expectations on Tambellini, other than getting the team out of those bad contracts and rid of underachieving players.

There was little question as to whether the Oilers were going to bring him back for another term, having succeeded in re-stocking the shelves and brining some credibility to their farm system.

The length and condition of the new deal — purported to be three years — where what delayed the announcement until Wednesday.

Krueger to be the Oilers next coach?


“Ralph is a great motivator and positive thinker. He may transform a blues party into a samba festival.”

While Krueger has a reputation of being a defensive coach from his time with the Swiss national team, Zaugg said you have to look deeper.

“Ralph is not a defensve-minded coach at all. That’s a legend. As a coach for the Swiss national team, he had to play defensive-defensive hockey to survive. But before that, he coached Feldkirch in Austria, he won five or six championships and in 1998 — for one season (1997-98), he was part-ime coach for Switzerland and Feldkirch — with Feldkirch he won the European Cup, crunching Dynamo Moscow. With the Feldkirch team, Ralph played some kind of fire-wagon hockey.

“Ralph is a great communicator, too, and I am sure he could have made a great career in politics. He can explain everything. He sells his team and his players extremely well to the media and the public.

“He is a pure ‘Alpha-animal’ and I was surprised to see him as an assistant in Edmonton — but after all, I think, it was Ralph’s strategy to become the head coach in the Oilers organization from the day he joined the Oilers.

“But he is too smart to play mind games. He is honest but he has, like all charismatic people, a kind of paranoia and controlling-mania. He is an excellent organizer and that’s also why his teams always played the their style very disciplined.

“I think he fits perfectly in the North American system.”

Oilers will be sellers

The Edmonton Oilers are currently sitting 13th in the western confrence with a 25-27-5 win-loss record n there first 57 games with a point total of 55 points.
With an injury plaqued season allready (almost 220 man games lost to injury) you will once again see Oilers gm kevin lowe, throw in the copper and blue towel.

Was trading Smyth a good idea?

Yes they should have traded him. I know i’m going to get critized for this, but why pay 5.5 million for a grinder, even if he is your leader. I would much rather have a very skilled two way player in Richards for 7.8 million then a aguy who stands in front of the net, which almost anyone can do if they have some size, and are willing too. He was the Oiler’s, but if you can get a few good prospects and a draft picks thats good. Smyth is not a good player, or even close to an elite player. He scored goals, and tried hard, but that does not mean your worth 5.5 million. Here’s an few a ideas that I have that would not only replace Smyth, but be a large improvement over him.

Talk In Oil Country

I was watching CTV news today and they had interviewed Kevin Lowe about whats happing with the Oilers trading.

Big Problems in Edmonton

I am a huge Oilers fan, but a realistic one. This team will not make the playoffs with the current roster. They need at least 2 more good d-men.That will make them good enough to get into 8th, and be swept………why bother.

Ethan Moreau Signs 4yr extension

Ethan Moreau of the Edmonton Oilers has signed a 4 year extension through the 2010-2011 season.

Tough Decisions in Oil Town

Craig MacTavish and Kevin Lowe have some tough decisions to make this year.

The Year Ahead…

Since relocating to the depths of the deep american south it is going to be a heck of a lot harder to watch all the games this year, but hey living in Florida does beat living in Calgary!!! From an Oiler Fans prospective anyway!

Oilers trying to lock up hemsky

According to pro sports daily:The Oilers continue to try and lock up Hemsky with a multi-year deal of either two or four years.

Ryan Smith signed ???

According to , Ryan Smyth has reportedly signed a two year 7 Million Dollar Deal with the Oilers. No confirmation by the moment by the oilers’ team.

Murray, Laraque, Transtrom done? and Pisani, Roloson coming back?

EDMONTON SUN reports it doesn’t look good for Georges Laraque re-signing with the Oilers. He’s expected to hit the UFA market on July 1st. Also reports the Oilers appear to be closing in on a new contract for playoff hero Fernando Pisani.


With all of the great moments from the 2005-2006 Stanley Cup run, none was bigger than the 3-1 comeback that almost led the Oiler’s to the promise land. Unfortunately, the Oilers fell to the Carolina Hurricanes, a team that is much deserved of the Stanley Cup. The Oil spent most of the regular season in distress, going through streaks of greatness, and other stretches of mediocrity. Their hopes and dreams came down to the final few games of the season, where they barely edged out the Vancouver Canucks for eighth place in the Western Conference, for a first round meeting with the Western Conference leaders, the Detroit Red Wings.

Dwyane in pain: Roloson out for remainder of finals?

Rolosons knee injury may have been worst then it looked. According to the score, Roloson is expected to miss the remainder of the finals with a “lower body injury”. This looks like bad news for the Oil who rod on Rolosons back all the way to the Stanley Cup finals.