Worst Summer Ever?

I’ve been reading a lot of negative comments about Steve Tambellini lately. I understand there’s some frustration about how the summer is going, but let us remember how badly a summer can go:

  1. June 28, 2006: Oilers decline the $1.9 million option on the contract of G Ty Conklin, making him an unrestricted free agent as of July 1.
  2. June 30, 2006: Oilers decline the option on the contract of F Todd Harvey, making him an unrestricted free agent as of July 1.
  3. June 30, 2006: Oilers sign RW Fernando Pisani to a 4-year, $10 million dollar contract.
  4. July 1, 2006: Oilers sign G Dwayne Roloson to a 3-year, $11 million dollar contract.
  5. July 3, 2006: Oilers trade D Chris Pronger to Anaheim for RW Joffrey Lupul, D Ladislav Smid and draft picks.
  6. July 4, 2006: Oilers sign C Marty Reasoner to a 2-year, $1.9 million dollar contract.
  7. July 6, 2006: Oilers sign D Daniel Tjarnqvist to a 1-year, $1.625 million dollar contract.
  8. July 10, 2006: Oilers trade a 7th rd pick in 2007 to Buffalo for D Jan Hejda.
  9. July 12, 2006: Oilers sign C Shawn Horcoff to a 3-year, $10.8 million dollar contract.
  10. July 21, 2006: Oilers sign D Tom Gilbert to a 2-year professional contract.
  11. July 21, 2006: Oilers sign C Jarret Stoll to a 2-year, $4.4 million dollar contract.
  12. July 25, 2006: Oilers sign RW Ales Hemsky to a 6-year, $24.6 million dollar contact.
  13. Summer 2006: Oilers do not pursue a long term contract with Ryan Smyth.
  14. August 11, 2006: Oilers sign F Petr Sykora to a 1-year, $2.9 million dollar contract.
  15. August 28, 2006: Oilers sign F Toby Petersen to a 1-year contract.

Important moments in bold. Steve Tambellini’s approach is more measured and bound by some of the contracts listed above. We should keep this in mind. Lowe never did replace Pronger’s minutes that summer and the Smyth decision (I believe) also had a long term impact. It’s going to take some time to dig out of this hole, folks. Pisani comes off the books in 2010, and the following summer Moreau and Staios are free.

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