Steve Tambellini has some very impressive names in his hockey past.
He played for coaches like Al Arbour and Bob Johnson and for GM’s like Bill Torrey, Cliff Fletcher and Lou Lamoriello.
Those men were known for developing as many quality players as possible and cashing them in for need when required by the big club.
It’s still early, but it looks like Tambellini’s first big move as a GM will come during this season and will involve buying as opposed to selling.
The shopping list may include a veteran right handed center, another proven hand on the blue, or possibly a “dirty work” winger who can pass the puck for the energy line.
Offloads might include the rookie goaltender, a wayward Roy, a veteran goalie and a young forward who never did establish himself with this coach.
One of the things that marked Kevin Lowe’s tenure as a GM was a galling tendency to wait forever after the start of the season to address an obvious need. So, with the entire human population (well, the ones who pay attention) and the Lords of Math already aware that the 3line needs a RH center, I think it’s fair to say that Tambellini’s first test will be to show us he’s smarter than his boss and pull the trigger on a deal right now.
If the coach keeps running out Pisani at center, and won’t play Pouliot or Brodziak in that role, what would a winning General Manager do? Acquire a veteran right handed center to do the job.