Years and years ago, I resigned from a job and in doing so angered my employer. He asked me to step into a quiet room, and then proceeded to tell me his view of losing me. He said that losing an employee is like a single raindrop falling into a bucket full of water: An immediate disturbance, followed by a ripple, and then a return to calm. I have always remembered that, because no matter how close you feel to your co-workers, no matter how valuable you feel your work is for the overall effort, there is someone in the building circling your salary with a big red pen and asking again what you do to help the company. I thank that man for those words, they have kept me humble (or more humble) over the years.
I have no idea if Tyler Dellow resigned or was not renewed, but in the end it does not matter. In the offices of power, it is disturbance, ripple, calm. That may be a mistake—I think this is a bad move by the Oilers—but we won’t know for some time, for many years, really. My personal takeaway as an outsider: Dellow’s advice was probably ignored for the most part—that is not fact, but the anecdotal evidence shines like a beacon.
Tough to make this case on first blush, but the value of guys in this job comes in the ability to read the numbers and make good recommendations. Edmonton lost those good recommendations today. Get good people, keep good people.
If I were to guess, Dellow ends up in media—he is good at it. He has a unique view and despite working in a young industry, has gained a reputation for being a gem at reading those tea leaves. I believe that is what gets him hired again—by an NHL team, or a media outlet—and what will bring him his next opportunity.
My one regret about writing this is that Dellow’s successes are not clear to me at this time. Can I give him some credit for the astute signing of Andrej Sekera? Can I give him some credit for helping the improved drafting? I can personally, but the nature of his job does not allow us to trumpet those things today. Perhaps that happens down the line.
With each day that passes from this one, silence from Tyler Dellow will confirm his career path. He is a hot commodity for the media today, tomorrow and for the immediate future. If he does not make public statements and does not respond to questions, we will know he is either heading to another NHL team or about to tell his new media employer about his experiences, offering his insight.
Sail on, Tyler Dellow. I have your back, and wish you well.