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by Paul on 10/11/10 at 04:27 PM ET
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
I’m not picking a side here. Clearly, the Oilers needed a full-scale cleanout after last season’s disaster. Tambellini made some very difficult decisions, including firing a coach who was a long-time friend and mentor. It looks like Edmonton will be better off because of those choices.
Here’s the thing I’ve learned about Souray, though: He’s pretty popular among his peers. Obviously, he’s not as beloved in Edmonton, but that doesn’t affect his relationships elsewhere. And that should be important to the Oilers.
The team’s fans don’t need reminders about how difficult it’s been to attract players to the NHL’s northernmost outpost. But there were other issues besides the obvious. For example, it was well-known around the league no team was more difficult to deal with when it came to getting new sticks or skates for the players. (That’s one of the main reasons the equipment staff was changed.)
When you’re battling to change your image, there can’t be any loose ends. And that’s why Tambellini should end this dance.
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