The Edmonton Oilers made a significant change in direction today at the highest levels of the hockey operations side. Quoting their website “The Edmonton Oilers have announced significant changes to their Hockey Operations Department, naming Kevin Lowe as the team’s President of Hockey Operations. As President of Hockey Operations, Lowe has named Steve Tambellini as the team’s new General Manager. In addition, long-time Vice-President of Hockey Operations, Kevin Prendergast, has been named Assistant General Manager.”
We discussed the possibility of this happening here. Quotes today aside, we should assume Steve Tambellini is the de facto General Manager and that Kevin Lowe’s power in the organization has been diminished by today’s moves.
The line in bold tells us that much. No matter the quotes from Lowe or others today, and claims about who has the final say, Tambellini is the contact point for agents, GMs, etc. This is a sign that Katz is now in charge, he probably did due diligence on what successful organizations look like in terms of management structure, and then went about the business of getting it done. Like the Detroit Red Wings, Or New Jersey Devils. Who are the GMs in those cities again?
More on Tambellini later.