Tambellini won’t sacrifice youth for quick fix if he upgrades roster

General manager Steve Tambellini, in his typically impassive fashion, said he isn’t about to make significant changes to the Edmonton Oilers.

In a brief look back on the first half of the Oilers’ season, Tambellini said on Tuesday that while he isn’t unwilling to make moves, he is not going to do so at the expense of the youth on the team.

The Oilers closed out their franchise-high nine-game road trip later Tuesday against the Colorado Avalanche.

“Whether you’re in the playoffs or not, if you can upgrade your team or improve it, we’ll do that, but most of the people here are the people we’re going to be counting on for some time,” Tambellini said. “You’re not going to give up youth just for a quick fix there, that’s for sure.”

Tambellini did make a move earlier on the road trip, acquiring Mike Brown from the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth-round draft pick. Brown has been a good fourth-line addition.

However, more size, more experience would benefit the Oilers’ top six forwards.


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