Feb 27, 2012; Winnipeg, MB, CAN; Edmonton Oilers celebrate goal by Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (14) during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre. Edmonton wins 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-US PRESSWIRE

But Wait! You Haven't Even Let Me Start The Rebuild Yet!

If you’re familiar with these parts, you’ll know that I’m no fan of “the rebuild”.  There’s absolutely no reason in my mind this team shouldn’t compete for victory every night.  Sometimes, you lose more than you win.  It shouldn’t take six years to blot the bleeding.

It’s been six years, and like most of you, I’d like to see this team get to the first round of the playoffs before my fingers get too heavy to type.  Next year is the expiry year for 4, 14 and 91 on their entry level contracts, and it would be in the team’s best interest to show youth that they’d like to taste some success before they all turn 30 or demand a trade out of Dodge.

Extension talks on Tambellini’s contract have grown quiet over the last couple of months.  Maybe this is just a formality before they offer him a one or two year extension.

Maybe, it’s something else entirely.

A couple of days ago, Bob Stauffer whips this one out.

No big secret here at Oil On Whyte Industries™ that I’ve been on the team’s case to acquire a couple of real live NHL defencemen for the team this year.  Is it possible that Steve Tambellini finally got my message in the tea leaves?

I can see it.  Relax, guys.  This is the year I do something big.  I’m open to trading the first overall pick (again).  Or, we’ll just draft another forward and ignore the defence. Remember, we’re rebuilding and stuff.

It would be improper to guess what could be fetched for Edmonton’s top pick (barring a big streak, it’ll either be first, second or third overall).  Heck, if it wasn’t a contract year for Tambellini, I’d be somewhat encouraged by this sort of talk.  We’re sick and tired of being last (or second last), we’re going to trade our first pick to acquire some immediate assets.  Good!

Except, it is  a contract year for Tambellini.  And I’ve got no reason to believe that this talk isn’t leverage for another deal.  You haven’t even let me start the rebuild, we’ve got to miss the playoffs for three or four more years.  Then this team will be good. 

Now I’ve no idea as to whether or not Tambellini will be around for another year, two, or more.  I would like to know first if he really has an idea as to what’s going on other than ‘be bad, lose games, acquire high draft picks’.  A poll ought to help straighten this out.

By saying he's 'open to moving' the Oilers' first pick, Tambellini is most likely...

  • trying to get the team into the post-season next year, maximizing return on a top pick (52%, 45 Votes)
  • trying to save his job (48%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

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Maybe a little of both?

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