The scene: The Oilers Taylor Hall at a Draft Lottery Party one year after he himself was drafted first over all. The management has thought it a good idea to send him out with the commoners to see what the reaction would be if the Oilers won the draft lottery. As it turns out they did not even win that, a fact almost forgotten. The New Jersey Devils won the lottery however they could not move up high enough to displace Edmonton from first. TSN announces behind some smiles at the foolishness of all of it that the Oilers have retained the first over pick. Confetti explodes, a close up of Hall reveals a couple of things. His smile is strained. Is he upset that he won’t be the only first overall pick anymore? Is he thinking, “Man..we are celebrating being losers! This sucks!”. Is he just weirded out by the Edmontonians that are very close to him? No one can say for certain but it`s probably all of the above.
Daryl Sutter gets ripped often for some very bone headed moves (subsequently not hailed for the great ones) but one thing he can say is that his club never came in last….twice. Tambellini has shown, with results to prove it, that he is not the hockey mind people thought he was.
I`ll be fair, Feaster has never drafted well this year excluded, his only victory was a first overall as well named Steven Stamkos. Feaster ultimately lost his job though. With Feaster and Sutter there has been a lot of moaning about Stajan, Lablond, Regehr, Erixon the Phanuef deal etc. This moaning is all well-deserved however can we as Flames fans imagine the humiliation of last place TWICE. It`s too much to bear thinking about. Sutter never put us in that position and he was still fired.
What has Tambellini done that is so great that he gets to escape prosecution. Under his watch, the only lone Free agent of merit that I can remember complained how the team treated his injuries and was subsequently ostracized for it. His biggest wins were getting return for Kotalik and Staios. So do you count it as a win that Taylor Hall and RNH are on the team, yes you do, they are fantastic players. The last place finishes you had to get them are a huge negative though. A lot of pressure is on Calgary Flames G.M. Jay Feaster to make the playoffs but Tambellini escapes the pressure because expectations of him are so low that it doesn`t even register with anyone that he hasn`t made any improvements. He is spending 2 million less than Feaster is so why is Edmonton getting off the expectation of success so easily? They have more payroll than half of the league.
Tambellini has traded plug for picks time and time again and come up with not a lot to show for it. He`s the guy who signed a 36 year old goalie to a four year contract and didn`t even have the good sense to front end load it. Since then his goalie signing has turned into yet another embarrassment for a club that was already dealing with the Souray black eye. The DUI conviction of Khabibulin was just another in a series of Fails for this man. As of today Tambellini`s goalie has 18 wins in two seasons and the very beginning of this one. 18. He also has 47 loses for those of you who want to point out injuries. Some signing.
Here`s a list of this years Stanley Cup winning moves that were signed as free agents:
Josh Green- Now in the AHL
Cory Potter- 2 assists already matching a career points record, pretty good for a 27 year old…
Eric Belanger- Coming off two 40 points seasons in a row. (would have been 8th on the Flames for scoring)
Ben Eager- 15-17 points every year pretty much. Had 120 PIM last year, good for the oilers to be on the PK though.
Cam Barker- Once highly touted prospect has shown little ability at NHL level.
Darcy Hordichuk- 5 Points last year…I`m pretty sure some goalies beat him in that regard.
Price tag for the Stanley Cup winning additions:
6.45 Million in cap space. Not to mention the Souray buy out at 2.4 million and the Nilson Buy out at 400+ thousand (all numbers from capgeek)
Sure Sutter made some bad errors. Feaster hasn`t been a world beater either. Tambellini has shown no acumen for his job and the sane thing to do is fire him. Now.