Pat Quinn is in the middle row, far right next to the shrimp in the suit. Slats is just over his right shoulder one row behind and poor old Bob Falkenberg is also in the last row, far left.
This isn’t quite coming home for Pat Quinn, he’s from Hamilton and played in the Wings system. That’s how he got to Edmonton, the Oil Kings were a Red Wing feeder.
I’ve written about Quinn and Renney recently (in the boxes) and so don’t feel a need to go over that information again. Instead, I’d like to make some points about the day in general and my take on how this might impact the club on all kinds of levels:
- I’m pretty certain the day was Tambellini’s save for the choice of Buchberger as the coach to stay. The Oilers let go Moores and Huddy and we’re fans so there’s nothing really we can say about it. Except. Except that Moores and Huddy have more experience and would seem to be better suited to filling out a roster of knowledgeable and savvy coaching men.
- Quinn as the motivator and Renney as the man at the blackboard makes sense. Both men have had success on various special teams and based on appearances won’t have trouble working together.
- I think Renney has been given major, major hints he’s the man in waiting.
- Despite what people are saying, this team is going to get a makeover this summer. You can talk all you want about the Oilers having contracts that they can’t get rid of, this club will shed some people.
- This is a very good day for veterans forwards like Ethan Moreau, Fernando Pisani, Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky.
- This is a very good day for veteran defenders like Sheldon Souray, Lubomir Visnovsky, Steve Staios and Jason Strudwick.
- This is a good day for young men with size, like JF Jacques, Steve MacIntyre, Zack Stortini and defenders like Theo Peckham and Ladislav Smid.
- This is a bad day for tweeners like Marc Pouliot, Robert Nilsson and Liam Reddox. Quinn will love Reddox’s moxy and effort, but will find it in a player 5 inches taller and 40 pounds heavier.
- Forwards under 200 pounds better be exceptional offensive players. The Oilers group of forwards under 200 pounds: Reddox, Cogliano, Nilsson, O’Sullivan, Gagner, Hemsky, Pouliot. Some of them are gone.
- The Oilers are going to sign a veteran goalie.
- Kevin Lowe said something very interesting today. He told Bryan Hall that he was “taking notes” from Tambellini and learning from him because he felt his (Lowe’s) career was midway through and wanted to be a player. I don’t have a link, but he’s the hand at the end of “Deliverance” and he will return.
- I see many posters below suggest this is continuation of “same old, same old” and are making connections to Sather. I’d disagree. This (minus Buchberger) looks to me like Tambellini has taken over control of the ship and is steering it to safe waters while he takes the two or three years to outlive the Lowe contracts. I understand the idea of bringing in an Arniel or Dineen, but this works too.
- The player most likely to make today a turning point in his career: Dustin Penner.
- The player who should do well but might not: Kyle Brodziak. He needs to bang and crash and play uglier.