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from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
Pat Quinn is a helluva quote, that’s for sure, based on his recent interview with Dan Tencer of 630 CHED, where he essentially said goodbye to Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson and criticized Oilers attack ace Ales Hemsky for not passing the puck.
Here’s Quinn on Roloson and the Oilers goaltender position: “We know there is very likely to be a change in goaltending.”
And here he is on Hemsky: “You’ve got a great talented center here that never distributes the puck. Is he a great talent? Yeah. But he’s like playing with the Lone Ranger.”
added 8:55am, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
There have been no discussions between the Oilers and Kotalik’s agent, Larry Kelly, on a new deal, with the NHL free-agent store opening for business in less than two weeks.
Kotalik hasn’t told Kelly to tell the Oilers he’s going to try free agency, but the Oilers’ inaction so far would seem to indicate they are prepared to let the 30-year-old winger walk.
That seems strange, considering that Kotalik had seven goals and 11 points and was plus-six in his 19 games with the Oilers after they acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Which brings us to Dany Heatley. He shoots Edmonton a sideways glance and fans are reaching for their wallets -or, Katz’s wallet - faster than a drunken sailor on the first day of shore leave.
Let’s hope Oilers management shows a little more restraint.
Edmonton, of all places, should be wary of mercenaries like Heatley. Have we learned nothing from Mike Comrie and Chris Pronger?
With a salary cap that’s dropping fast, do the Oilers really want to invest a big chunk of their allowance for the next five years on a guy who only seems to care about one thing: Himself?
We’re not talking about Henrik Zetterberg here. We’re talking about one of the lead dogs on one of the biggest, softest underachievers of the last 20 years. The Ottawa Senators were supposed to be Stanley Cup champions two times over by now, but they gagged and folded and got outworked year after year until their window of opportunity had finally closed for good.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The NHL’s free-agent doors swing wide open in 28 days, but goalie Dwayne Roloson still hasn’t received a contract offer from the Edmonton Oilers.
Roloson’s age obviously is a factor—he turns 40 in October—so the Oilers may not be willing to pitch anything more than a one-year deal.
“We haven’t started talking at all,” Roloson said in a telephone interview on Tuesday. “But they’ve had other issues to get resolved ... lots to do with hiring coaches and firing coaches.”
Oilers general manager GM Steve Tambellini, who attended meetings in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, said the two sides would begin serious negotiations on a new contract very soon. But how many years the Oilers want to offer and how much money is available is anybody’s guess.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
If you looked at the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday morning and assessed that — new coaches or not — they are not a Stanley Cup contender, you’d get no argument here.
But if you ever thought that this was a team vulnerable to being outcoached, or you wondered whether a new set of opinions was required to raise the compete level of a soft and easy-to-play-against club, then you can put those opinions to bed as of this morning.
The Edmonton Oilers are holding a 2:00pm ET press conference and will be streaming it live if you want to watch.
added 12:45pm, NHL Live reporting we could see a Pat Quinn as coach and Tom Renney as asst. coach scenario.
added 12:55pm, TSN confirms the above scenario.
added 2:16pm, from the Edmonton Oilers,
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have hired Pat Quinn as the club’s new Head Coach. In addition to Quinn, Tambellini also announced Tom Renney has been named Associate Coach and current Oilers Assistant Coach, Kelly Buchberger, will also be on the coaching staff.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Here’s the dilemma facing Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini.
Does he hire an older, experienced NHL head coach like Pat Quinn, Marc Crawford or Tom Renney? And if he does go for an older coach, he likely has to get a young gun as an assistant to take over behind the bench a few years down the road.
Or should he go with a fresh new face such as Kevin Dineen or Scott Arniel—both on the Oilers’ short list—but have an older right-hand man to help him learn the NHL coaching ropes?
Tambellini has interviewed Quinn, Crawford, and Renney, along with Todd Richards, the San Jose Sharks assistant coach, who might be at the top of the list with the Minnesota Wild now that Chuck Fletcher has taken over as GM.
But Tambellini is methodical and probably a little anxious. A general manager’s most important hire is his first head coach.
from Jim Matheson of he Edmonton Journal,
Would you trade Ales Hemsky?
I know, I know. His Edmonton Oilers contract is user-friendly in today’s salary cap world. His cap hit for the next three seasons is a very agreeable $4.1 million, less than Dustin Penner’s number, although Hemsky’s salaries are $4.4 million, $4.5 million and $5 million during the last season in 2011-12. On the other hand, his contract is also attractive to other teams that might want to trade for him.
If the Oilers could get two front-line players for him, at least one a bigger, stronger body like winger Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings and retrieve hard-nosed defenceman Matt Greene, too, would they consider it?
Is it that far-fetched? I don’t think so.
Sportsnet has learned that Craig MacTavish is done after eight years as the Edmonton Oilers head coach.
At a noon (mdt) press conference, Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini will announce that the coaching search is on in Edmonton, after the Oilers missed the playoffs this spring for the fifth time in MacTavish’s eight-year tenure.
It is believed that MacTavish stepped down from his post, and was not fired by the Oilers.
added 2:06pm, Watching the video stream of the press conference, Tambellini confirms, “Time to move forward.”
from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,
Fire some players; keep the coach.
In a world where some believe firing the coach is a mission statement, not a cliche, that surely would be a refreshing approach for the Oilers to adopt following a failed season.
And since head coach Craig MacTavish would not discuss his future at his media briefing on Monday, it may be the decision about his tenure has not yet been taken.
If so, it would certainly be a gutsy move by GM Steve Tambellini—who has yet to assert himself in that role in this city—to demonstrate publicly he not only has his head coach’s back, he wants him back next season.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
“Some guys came in here this year thinking this is an easy game,” said defenceman Sheldon Souray, who shot straighter after practice on Wednesday than he has in the last 10 games.
” ‘The crowd loves me. I got points in junior, I got points in the minors, I got points here last year, I’m going to be great this year.’ Well, any professional will tell you, when people know about you, now there is expectation. Opponents know you and pay attention to you. The organization puts more expectation on you.
“Look, last year was a totally different situation. You hope that some of this experience lends itself to making you better next year.” If the sharpest of those accusations sound like a shot across the bow of the sophomore set, Souray said his focus was not that narrow. Young and old have to take responsibility for this debacle, he stressed, and he made it clear by missing only goalie Dwayne Roloson with the broad brush of blame.
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