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Edmonton GM In the Spotlight

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

There are some astute people in the hockey world who believe Steve Tambellini has arrived at ‘The Moment’ in his young career as an NHL general manager.

Those people believe this is his time to step out from the crowd and be bold.

And that what happens next will define him.

If you are looking at Tambellini defining himself as a GM, so far the definition hasn’t been all that dynamic.

So far the perception of Tambellini has been the polar opposite to Brian Burke. Not that that’s a bad thing. But it is interesting because Tambellini worked as an assistant to Burke with the Vancouver Canucks.

Burke has bluster, swagger, confidence and a damn-the-torpedo belief he wears on his sleeve. Tambellini comes across as almost timid by comparison. He is soft spoken, quiet, cautious and keeps almost everything up his sleeve.


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What Is Hemsky Worth?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In some ways, Hemsky at 27, seems to be heading down the same career path as Kovalev - a player with talent to burn and capable of dazzling on the ice. Peers and opponents greatly admire his raw ability - players love nothing better than to watch someone dangle the way Hemsky can. But the problem with Hemsky is the one that dogged Kovalev all these years - inconsistency, and when the droughts come, they can be deep and long because their confidence is so fragile.

The problem for the Oilers is trying to get decent value for Hemsky. They tend to overvalue his worth because they’ve seen him at his best and know the upside. Teams in the market go in with their eyes wide open and note both his injury history and how his game can fall off a cliff for weeks at a time. If the Washington Capitals do go out and make the push to get him, they’ll need to overpay to do so.

more plus numerous NHL topics…

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Oilers Are In No Rush To Make A Trade

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“Last year, we were looking to move some older players, so some younger guys could play,” said Tambellini, who sent defenceman Steve Staios on his way to the Calgary Flames last year at this time.

“This year, to be honest, if we don’t make any trades, that would be fine with me.”

But it’s not fine with rabid hockey fans, who like the buzz of trade deadline time.

Tambellini, who will see his club host the St. Louis Blues on Friday at Rexall Place, is either more careful or more resolute this time of the year.

When he’s asked how things are going on the Ales Hemsky or Dustin Penner trade watch, Tambellini gets one of those ‘move on, there’s nothing to see here’ looks on his face.


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Souray Still Part Of The Oilers Organization

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

“Yeah, I’m surprised nobody took Sheldon . . . it’s a bit shocking to me, really,” said the Oilers coach. “If you’re asking me, I’d have taken him, but that’s just Tom Renney running off his mouth. He’s a good player. He’s got way too much to offer a team down the stretch. It’s unusual that he wasn’t taken. He could help a team.”...

Oilers captain Shawn Horcoff was also taken aback when Souray went unclaimed, knowing how teams like to load up on defencemen at this time of year.

“It’s unfortunate. . . . I’ve known Shelley for a long time. He was a great teammate and he’s a good person,” said Horcoff. “I think he’s handled this (exile to the AHL) extremely well from what I’ve heard. I was hoping he’d get picked up and he’d be able to move on.

“I’m sure it’s not the end for him. It’s just another setback. Hopefully there will be something on the horizon someplace else,” said Horcoff.


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Souray Clears Waivers

via Ryan Rishaug tweet,

Souray clears waivers

added 12:03pm, Actually re-entry waivers.

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Video- Taylor Hall With A Natural Hat Trick

Days like this must give Edmonton fans a reason to feel good about the future.

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Souray On Re-Entry Waivers, Will A Team Grab Him?

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Oilers news. Sheldon Souray is in play. Put on re-entry waivers today.

Souray’s salary this year and next is $4.5M.  Half-off discount if picked up on re-entry.

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Just A Bad Oilers Team

from Jim Matheson of Oil Spills at the Edmonton Journal,

They don’t have a defenceman with more than 15 points now that Ryan Whitney is out with his bad ankle. They are last on the penalty kill, last on the powerplay, last or close to it on face-offs. They have a goals for and goals against differential of minus 56. Only Ottawa at minus 60 is worse. Can’t win at home (only seven wins and only 58 goals in 28 games at Rexall Place, 51 in the last 26 after getting four, then three to open 2-0 at home with wins over Calgary and Florida back in 0ctober).

I know, I know, you have to lose before you win when you start over. But did you honestly think this year’s team would get fewer points than last year?...

There are so many holes on the current roster. They need a defensive centre to win 55 percent of his draws. They need a couple of Brenden Morrow type top 6 forwards who will not be moved from in front of the net, no way, no how. They need an 80-point first-line centre. They need a Robyn Regehr type, shutdown defenceman, acknowledging the try and the improvement of Theo Peckham in that regard and the obvious I hate to lose mentality of Ladislav Smid. Their special teams are anything but, obviously.


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Edmonton Players On Trade Alert

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Journal,

Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky know better than to send out their dry cleaning.

And as the trade deadline draws even closer, they’ll know better than to buy green bananas.

As they near the end of their contracts, both can’t help wondering if they’re nearing the end of their time in Edmonton.

Hemsky admitted Wednesday that for the first time since he became an Oiler in 2002, he thinks he might be on the block.

And Penner, well, he’s been on the block since he came here. With one season left before he’s eligible for unrestricted free agency, and his stock value high, his name is definitely coming up.


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Rangers Lose Interest In Souray

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The New York Rangers have closed the book on veteran defenceman Sheldon Souray, sources say.

The Rangers were looking at the former Edmonton Oilers blue-liner likely as a re-entry waivers pickup. They sent scouts to closely watch him in action as a member of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Souray’s foot speed doesn’t fit with their current team model. He can still shoot, but the Rangers are concerned he can’t move very well, so they will look elsewhere for a power-play pointman.


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