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Steve Tambellini might be delusional about the Oilers’ hopes

Jan 2, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

Steve Tambellini AP

The Oilers haven’t been winning very much lately, but Oilers GM Steve Tambellini says their early winning ways weren’t just an aberration.

Tambellini addressed the state of his team at the halfway point and while they’ve slumped back to the bottom three in the Western Conference, he told Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal that he thinks the Oilers can turn it on all over again and get back into things.

“The first month and a half of this season showed our capabilities. It wasn’t an illusion, not to me,” said Tambellini. “If you look at our team when our defence is healthy and our goaltending is the way it was then, that’s the type of hockey I think we can play.”

It might not have been an illusion to him, but it’s certainly looking that way now. The Oilers have lost 12 of their last 15 games and have gone from being at the top of the Northwest Division to being 17 points behind first place Vancouver. The play of Nikolai Khabibulin and Devan Dubnyk as well as a host of injuries to the defense have turned them into the same Oilers we’ve seen the last few seasons.

Even with great play by the young stars Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Taylor Hall haven’t been enough to get them back on the winning side. If Tambellini wants to turn things around in Edmonton, perhaps taking a look at things without rose-colored glasses would help.

  1. thatsdoinit - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    What do you expect him to say? “Fuck me. Here we go again.” ?

    There have been bright spots for the Oilers this season, especially given the state of things in recent years. The low points of the season so far just proves how far this team has to go. There’s a lot of growing up to do, and with that comes consistency.

    I would hardly call it “rose-colored glasses”, Mr. Yerdon. All he said was that when the defense is healthy and the goaltending is up to par, this team can compete and win. Every Oiler fan knows that the d-line needs bolstering. And we all know it’s a long way to a playoff team, let alone a Stanley Cup. Of course everyone would like instant results, but that’s not how it goes. If you want instant results then I would suggest microwave tv dinners.

    And delusional isn’t the word either. What was delusional about his statement? “If you look at our team when our defence is healthy and our goaltending is the way it was then, that’s the type of hockey I think we can play.” Nothing too outlandish.

    As an Oiler fan, this season all you hope for is competing for a playoff spot. Delusional is a word that you should save for fans who expect a Stanley cup every year. Unless you’re a fan of the Red Wings, because (and let’s be honest here) they have a legit shot every season. But that’s another story.

  2. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 2, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    I would’ve enjoyed it if he would’ve said “Fuck me, here we go again”

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