No department in the Oilers office is safe (apparently) as the club announced today that head medical trainer Ken Lowe, head equipment manager Barrie Stafford and equipment manager Sparky Kulchisky will be moving on. No one outside the organization can know exactly what those men represent in the day to day life of the club, but anyone who has been part of an organization for a long time knows that this is one way to change the atmosphere in a quick hurry.
My bet is that this is Steve Tambellini’s club now, with the youngsters (Gilbert, Gagner, etc) about to take on new roles and the old guard (Horcoff, Hemsky, Moreau) no doubt seeing a power shift in the room. Steve Tambellini promised changes. This move–even more than the Prendergast firing–represents real change. Today’s move is going to piss people off, and Tambellini must have gotten the boss to sign off before pulling the trigger.
What happens now? Short of Kevin Lowe resigning (if they were going to fire him it would have happened by now) I think this is the biggest item we’ll get this summer. This is news.