by PuckStopsHere on 06/08/12 at 01:48 PM ET
The salary cap era has brought in parity among the playoff teams but it hasn’t got rid of the bad teams. When we tally up regular season points over the current CBA Edmonton finishes last. That is clearly a sign that the Edmonton Oilers have been poorly managed. They are unable to reach the parity level of the better teams. The obvious conclusion to that situation is that Edmonton needs management changes. However the Oilers do not feel that way. They re-signed GM Steve Tambellini for three more years.
Tambellini has been the Oiler GM since 2008. His first season was his best finish as it is the only year the Oilers have finished out of the draft lottery. Since that season they finished last twice and second last once. That isn’t the kind of record that should get him a new contract.
It is true that Edmonton is likely to get better. With their horrid finishes they have had top draft picks and this allows them to build a solid core of players. That isn’t a sign of Tambellini’s competence but rather the NHL system that tries to prevent any team from being pathetic for too long.
Edmonton is a team that is happy to keep around the people who have failed running the franchise in the past. Kevin Lowe was the GM before Tambellini. He remains with the franchise as president of hockey operations. What must a management level person employed by the Edmonton Oilers do to lose his job?
The Edmonton Oilers have been the worst team in the league under the new CBA. That remains true despite a 2006 Stanley Cup final appearance (more evidence that anyone can do well in the playoffs if they make them). Their responce to this situation is to keep their management employed and to give them new contracts. Does that make sense? Reward the guys who brought you the recent failure.
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