Ray Bradbury passed away on the same day Steve Tambellini got another contract. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.The Oilers under Steve Tambellini have been a mixture of comedy, horror and fantasy. It looks like we’re in for another wild ride.
Mr. Tambellini’s extension (described as a multi-year deal) comes after two “rebuilding” years and two years of trying that produced poor results. Based on results, the extension seems folly, but the Oilers “scorched earth” approach to procurement has allowed them to acquire Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins since the forced fail was put into place. This “cruel to be kind” approach to the fanbase has resulted in a lotta losses and the promise of a new tomorrow.
Tambellini’s positives might include the amateur procurement department’s success, the Barons in the AHL and the lack of long term contracts since the Souray-Khabibulin era. Much of the negative has to do with constantly offloading useful players for picks and prospects, but the extension suggests the frustration felt by the fanbase stops well short of the owner’s front door. You gotta be cruel to be kind, in the right measure.
There was some sense the team would be better this season, but when they plunged into the second division again it was coach Tom Renney who paid the price. We’re at a point now where Steve Tambellini’s continued employment by the organization should be considered ad infinitum. What could possibly go wrong now to compromise his position? It’s just like the Canadiens and Sam Pollock, except without the wins, the domination and the Stanley’s. Very similar.
The Edmonton Oilers are rebuilding. Until further notice. Maybe they’ll contend, maybe they won’t. Maybe they’ll sign Ryan Smyth, maybe the won’t. Depends.
It’ll all work out. Trust them.
And for God’s sake stay healthy. This might take awhile.