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from Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun,
Each week a Sun staffer gets to know a sports figure a little better in Up Close. This week Kirk Penton chats with the newest member of the Manitoba Moose, forward Jeff Tambellini.
SUN: Are family dinners awkward when you’re a free agent and your dad’s at the table?
JT: Never. I’d never sign with him. It’s just a bad road to go down. I want no piece of that.
SUN: What is it like having your dad as an NHL GM?
JT: It’s something I only know, so it’s just kind of what we have. I play, he picks the teams.
SUN: Seriously, there’s no way you’d ever sign with him?
JT: No, not a chance.
SUN: You’re being dead honest?
JT: Oh, I’m dead serious.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
If there’s a poster boy for the Islanders’ regime change this season, it’s forward Jeff Tambellini, whose performance (or lack thereof) was at the root of the split between general manager Garth Snow and former coach Ted Nolan. Tambellini tied for second in the AHL with 38 goals in 57 games at Bridgeport but managed only one goal in 31 appearances with the Isles.
It’s not that Snow considers Tambellini a surefire NHL sniper. It’s that Nolan’s refusal to give Tambellini prime minutes and power-play time never allowed the organization to find out what kind of player he can be at the NHL level.