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Tambellini not looking to ‘give up youth’ at deadline

Mar 12, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

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The Edmonton Oilers have done a lot of losing to be able to boast so many talented, young players. According to general manager Steve Tambellini, they’re not going to jeopardize a bright future for a “quick fix.”

Even though they keep losing.

Indeed, with the Oilers (9-11-5) facing a seventh consecutive season of missing the playoffs — and with management hearing from an increasingly fed-up fan base — Tambellini was preaching patience today as the April 3 trade deadline approaches.

“Whether you’re in the playoffs or not, if you can upgrade your team or improve it, we’ll do that but most of the people are here are the people we’re going to be counting on for some time,” Tambellini said on Tuesday, per the Edmonton Journal.

“You’re not going to give up youth just for a quick fix there that’s for sure.”

The Oilers snapped a five-game winless skid Sunday in Chicago, beating the Blackhawks, 6-5. Edmonton has one game remaining on its nine-game road trip, which goes tonight in Colorado.

  1. csilojohnson - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I agree. What I can’t understand is why they are still losing. Are they working on a 4th consecutive overall #1? Coaching change maby? Do they have any vet leadership? Is it a lack of quality 3rd, 4th line players? No defense? Or all of the above?

  2. ray2013 - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    I think people saw how well the kids played in OKC and hoped that meant they’d tear up the regular season. Hasn’t happened. They still have problems in their bottom 6, their defence and Dubnyk isn’t winning the Vezina this season.

    Building through the draft doesn’t happen overnight. The only improvement they’re going to see is from the players themselves, unless someone offers a king’s ransom for Gagner or Pajaarvi (which I don’t see happening).

  3. hkynight - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    What this team needs is to fire Steve Tambellini. I’m all for patience, but in truth, Tambellini has made poor decisions from day 1. This team seems like they are miles away from being a good hockey club and the thought of them being a contender is laughable.

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