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'Soft' Oilers to bring up hard-working AHLers?

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09:16 AM ET 11.25 | Competitiveness throughout the roster seems to be an issue in Edmonton. Oilers' GM Steve Tambellini insists the rebuilding plan will not be altered and he isn't in the market for a blockbuster trade, although teams will continue to ask about Ales Hemsky's availability right up to the trade deadline. Tambellini is in the market for additional grit, a centerman and some help on the blue line. However, unless a deal surfaces that doesn't include dealing away prospects or draft picks, the Oilers are more likely to utilize the players developing in Oklahoma City. Liam Reddox, described by Oilers coaches in the preseason as a hard-working energy guy, has 18 points in 20 games with the AHL's Barons, five points shy of Linus Omark, who leads the Oilers affiliate in goals and points (12-11-23).

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Tom Renney, AP Tom Renney, AP
November 25, 2010  09:33 AM ET

If you don't believe the Oilers are "soft", Brian Burke was seen at the Edmonton airport.

November 25, 2010  09:58 AM ET

They have a lineup of AHLers now as it is. Now they just need to mix and match so they can have a balance of grit in there.

You know what this team needs? Patty O'Sullivan. Rumour has it he's amazing and a team changer...

November 25, 2010  10:10 AM ET

Oklahoma City is 12-6-1-1 so they must be doing something right. Get a couple of the better kids in the line up and see what happens. I don't see how it could possibly hurt.

November 25, 2010  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

They have a lineup of AHLers now as it is. Now they just need to mix and match so they can have a balance of grit in there. You know what this team needs? Patty O'Sullivan. Rumour has it he's amazing and a team changer...

LMAO - Patty O'Sullivan? He'd be about as useful as "patio furniture" in an Edmonton winter.

November 25, 2010  10:44 AM ET

Not even Viagra can harden players like Tom Gilbert and Dustin Penner. They're hopelessly and disgustingly soft.

November 25, 2010  10:49 AM ET

"Tambellini is in the market for additional grit"

Why, then, let Curtis Glencross and Kyle Brodziak walk away for nothing?

November 25, 2010  11:10 AM ET

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November 25, 2010  11:42 AM ET

My "A"-HOLE Cousin in British Columbia has shared the new name they have for Alberta out there now-B.C. calls us "3P" meaning teams are guaranteed a minimum 3 points coming through. How frikin effing sad....!!!kk*&*&##!!%%%^and yet i still waste valuable free time watching borefests like the crapathon in Jersey last nite.Go Habs :-(

November 25, 2010  11:47 AM ET
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My "A"-HOLE Cousin in British Columbia has shared the new name they have for Alberta out there now-B.C. calls us "3P" meaning teams are guaranteed a minimum 3 points coming through. How frikin effing sad....!!!kk*&*&##!!%%%^and yet i still waste valuable free time watching borefests like the crapathon in Jersey last nite.Go Habs :-(

H, Just ask your cuz how many Cup parades BC has seen recently (not counting the Cougars or Millionaires)...

November 25, 2010  12:05 PM ET
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Tamballini had two priorities going into this year. Fix the AHL team and fix the NHL team. He did a nice job signing free agents for Oklahoma as the team and some of the players records are showing. The NHL team right now is real tough to watch especially when so many are mailing it in Penner and Gilbert especially. By not bringing a few guys up from the farm to shake things up it appears the fix is for another last place finish.

Then maybe he should consider moving the NHL team to Oklahoma and the AHL team to Edmonton? That might work!

November 25, 2010  12:13 PM ET

Penner only played hard for one season (just to get the contract) now he is a big piece of ****...Gilbert is absolutely terrible this year...if you are already rebuilding just trim some more fat and bring in some minor leaguers that are hungry and want to play. What's the worst that could happen?? They have moments of awesomeness but they are few and far between...but if they all stick around then this team will be so fun to watch. As for the Flames...they need to follow suit and start blowing that team up. They aren't improving and they just keep getting older....go away Sutters!!! Nobody likes you!!

November 25, 2010  12:51 PM ET
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4P is more accurate. I watched the crapathon as well. Kovalchuk gets the SO winner and when the Oil were there he got the OT winner. %^$#*^ is right.

Ya know your a fan when ya know the Team sucks,ya know they are gonna piss ya off to watch,ya know they will likely lose,and ya watch anyways-My Wife calls it male stupidity,but what does she know ;-) I am deeply grateful for the loser point we got against the devils-oh how far my standards have fallen with this Sutterfried spamfest.

November 25, 2010  01:32 PM ET
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Who can figure out Sutter. Iginla is having a great run Jokinen comes back and Sutter puts him back with Iggy and Iggy goes scoreless. A Bantam B coach wouldn't be that stupid.

It was about the 13 minute mark of the crapathon-period 2 last nite-the Joke coughs up the puck at centre ice with Iggy screaming down the wing-absolutely classic Iggy hits the brakes drops his head,shakes it,and starts skating back-My wife says to me "You can stop yelling ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME at the tv Hon-they obviously are not"

November 25, 2010  01:40 PM ET

You know, I still think that Brent can coach. In fact, I think he's a pretty good coach, for that matter. He was unreal handling the younger guys in junior - where its a pure dictatorship - and he did pretty well in NJ for his short stint there. Got more out of that team than the 2 coaches who followed him have.

I think he's just stuck as a lame duck. His GM is burying this team with his decision making, to the point of the owners actually hiring an Assistant GM to hopefully get him under control again. He's coaching a team that has little talent and even less Cap space. Is there another GM in the league who would pay Matt Stajan that kind of money? His core group is aging and not interested in going through a re-build. Iginla seems to be tired of buying into the philosophy of his coach, probably because he's gone through so many of them in the last handful of years. And where is Calgary's farm system? Have they promoted a rookie of consequence since Phaneuf? Or one of their higher end draft picks at all? No, because Daryl keeps trading those picks for guys like Jokinen. Trading draft picks for a no heart tin man isn't a great move too often...I bet Brian Burke is even starting to get close to admitting that these days.

Its too bad Brent's coaching days will likely end with Daryl's GM-ing days, because Brent can actually do his job when given the tools. If he's out in Calgary at season's end (and I will be shocked if he isn't), I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up landing with the Islanders (if he takes that job). He played for them, and he's proven he's good with young talent...and maybe less so with veteran talent. Might just be a good fit if he trusts the franchise. Even after this season, he'd still be the most credible member in their personnel dep't.

November 25, 2010  01:52 PM ET
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LMAO - Patty O'Sullivan? He'd be about as useful as "patio furniture" in an Edmonton winter.

Hey hey, that kind of talk is heresy. I was told yesterday by a person who is apparently more knowledgable than all of us that this kid got 50 points one season a few years ago, so I won't have you talk of him in that manner. 50 points in a season 4 years ago is nothing to shake a stick at. I mean, there's still teams out there that want Jim Carrey after his one great season right? This guy will change ANY team around based on those 50 point from forever ago...that's why the Wild signed him, before everyone else that was in line for him could scopp him up.

November 25, 2010  02:26 PM ET

Hey Canada- i agree with many of your points.Big Bro Duhryl was under pressure to get back behind the bench himself-he knew the P.O.S. roster he built was not gonna do it so he gave it ti little Brother to fix.VERY Honorable behavior.

November 25, 2010  02:58 PM ET

I think that is is a good idea to bring up some of these AHL players up. Let's face it, the Oilers playoff drought should continue after this season. They should be guarenteed a top 5 pick in the upcoming draft. Why not try some of the prospects? If some of them play well they have a chance to be on the Oilers for most of this season. The way they played against the Coyotes was poor. Ironically the Oilers are the only game tonight as well against the Avalanche this time. They cannot play that bad again, can they?!

November 25, 2010  03:27 PM ET
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I think that is is a good idea to bring up some of these AHL players up. Let's face it, the Oilers playoff drought should continue after this season. They should be guarenteed a top 5 pick in the upcoming draft. Why not try some of the prospects? If some of them play well they have a chance to be on the Oilers for most of this season. The way they played against the Coyotes was poor. Ironically the Oilers are the only game tonight as well against the Avalanche this time. They cannot play that bad again, can they?!

Don't feel bad-the Flames have been doing the bend and spread for Detroit and Phoenix all season.I think it is smart that your team kept M.P. up also-give all 3 kids as much ice time as they can handle

November 25, 2010  04:25 PM ET
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The lower mainland isn't so green these days. Put away the clubs and get those cross country skis out :)

But I don't live on the lower mainland. It's a bit chilly though, -8 the other night but that's Edmonton in August weather to you.

 
November 25, 2010  04:27 PM ET
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Hey hey, that kind of talk is heresy. I was told yesterday by a person who is apparently more knowledgable than all of us that this kid got 50 points one season a few years ago, so I won't have you talk of him in that manner. 50 points in a season 4 years ago is nothing to shake a stick at. I mean, there's still teams out there that want Jim Carrey after his one great season right? This guy will change ANY team around based on those 50 point from forever ago...that's why the Wild signed him, before everyone else that was in line for him could scopp him up.

Ya I caught his act yesterday. I mentioned the Vikings and we haven't seen him since. I guess Wild fans are frustrated because they haven't quite got the completely delusional thing down like Leaf fans.

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