Five things: Playing out the string

1. What does MacTavish mean for Calgary?

As I was watching the Oilers press conference the other day I had two things kicking around my head. One, obviously, was that Kevin Lowe seems almost unimaginably dumb, tone-deaf and destined to fail in all things. Two, though, was that we’re going to be seeing this in more or less 52 weeks a couple hours farther south.

Is this not a wonderful preview of exactly how the organization seems poised to turf Jay Feaster once this team doesn’t live up to Murray Edwards’ mandate of making the playoffs next season? You can just tell this will be the exact format too: The guy who has overseen a disastrous attempt at continuing to compete long past the team’s sell-by date (Ken King) sitting up there bulletproof while the stooge he brought in to clean up his mess (Feaster) is packing up his office, and the new guy (whomever) sits there parroting how important it is not to focus on the rather ugly past and instead focus on what may or may not be a better future.

Of course, with the Oilers, there’s at least that promise given their talent up front, whereas despite all the efforts of the Flames front office to restock the farm everyone seems at least a few years off — Arnold, Gaudreau, Gillies, Sieloff, etc. all probably a ways away from being in any way helpful to the NHL roster.

Not that I’m opposed to firing Feaster insofar as he should never have been hired in the first place, and not that I think the Flames will lean on the kind of ’80’s Oiler cronyism typified by the MacTavish hire, but you wonder exactly how much will be allowed to change as long as King and Edwards are running things. Both teams have the same goal in mind: getting back to the playoffs and being competitive. The Oilers are obviously miles ahead of Calgary in this regard, if only because they have a collection of future stars on their hands. And yet, you get the feeling that these goals are somehow unachievable until the lunkheads running the show are given their walking papers.

2. The goaltending situation going forward

Saw something in the Herald the other day about how Joey MacDonald has earned another contract from the Flames and while I’m not sure I’d go quite that far under normal circumstances, I will say that given the current ones, I’m also not inclined to disagree.

MacDonald has been fine enough by 2013 Calgary goaltending standards, which is obviously the faintest praise one can dole out, and I’m not sure there are too many goaltenders hitting free agency this summer that you’d actually want to sign. Most UFA goalies seem underwhelming in general and those that might entice — your Anton Khudobins, perhaps — would also require a sizable financial and temporal commitment that I’m not sure the Flames should be making given how much they seem to love Karri Ramo’s work in the KHL.

An insurance policy, sure, I get that. You can’t enter next season with a Ramo/Irving battery, obviously (unless you want to go 0-80-2, which I guess is something you should want if you think this rebuild is all going sideways). But at the same time, how much better is MacDonald, or any Flames option, than a replacement-level goaltender?

Is he appreciably better than Jose Theodore? Would he come cheaper Mathieu Garon? Does any of it end up mattering? The answer to all three is probably no. So I don’t know that MacDonald has earned anything, and if he didn’t just happen to be the guy standing behind the guy when everything went south. Not a bad spot to be in, obviously, but the same could be said for the Flames as a whole.

3. Cervenka and so forth

As Kent noted yesterday, that little experiment is winding down and hey what do you know it didn’t work out at all.

Just as Kent got to say "Told you so" earlier this week about Mikael Backlund being really good, I feel as though now is an appropriate time to point out that I was totally right about how totally ineffective this guy would be at the NHL level. Remember when he was being propped up by some as a potential No. 1 center for Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay? Wow does that seem naïve and short-sighted and appallingly optimistic.

First of all, let’s not forget that he wasn’t ever a natural center, and so trying him there in the best league in the world seemed rather a bad idea in the first place. But the facts speak for themselves. He had 14 points in 35 games headed into last night, having spent part of the year as a regular healthy scratch, and oh man if you ever wanted ammo in the anti-Cervenka vein, just go have a look at Behind the Net. Negative corsi relative against negative quality of competition. That’s incredible, isn’t it? The only other forwards to get more than 12 games and have negative corsi relatives against subaverage competition were Brian McGrattan and Blair Jones.

I will say once again that I didn’t think it was a bad gamble, and obviously it didn’t pay off in any way. He’s been flat-out bad this season, but even in a best-case scenario he was only ever going to be okay. Anyone who expected him to be more than that was deluding themselves, but I guess there’s a lot of that swirling around this team the last few years.

4. So they have three first-round picks

With St. Louis now looking very definitively in the playoffs, it looks like all those first-rounders will be Calgary’s this year. So let’s all say it together here: "Best player available."

I hope to god Feaster doesn’t try to get cute again this year like he did last year. The Jankowski pick obviously still needs a lot of time to be judged but it’s already not looking too good, and it was because he decided to try to outfox everyone. Saying Jankowski will be the best player from this draft in a decade was hilariously optimistic at best — and more likely an outright lie — but I swear I can absolutely envision a situation in which he starts trading these picks for two second-rounders and four thirds and a first next year because well heck they got the guy they wanted with their own pick and that was good enough for them.

I don’t know if it says more about me or them that I don’t trust them to screw up what is essentially a free lunch at this apparently very-deep draft, but I’m actually going to be shocked if they get good value for everything. Like, really shocked about it.

5. Well I guess that’s it for Kipper

He had a good run, but it was time. Adios, bud.

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  • Purple Hazze

    “The Jankowski pick obviously still needs a lot of time to be judged but it’s already not looking too good”

    I don’t know how you can make that statement. When the hockey news did a re-draft of the 2012 class, Jankowski moved up to be rated 25th overall. I’d say things are moving in the right direction with him so far.

    • He went “up” to rated 25th overall and was selected 21st overall. That seems to me to be going in the wrong direction. He went up from where he was initially rated but is still below where he was picked. Olli Matta on the other hand, picked at 22 by the Penguins, moved up to 14.

      This is the same guy who was an untouchable by the Pens when the Flames wanted to trade Iggy.

      THN’s re-draft is here .

      • McRib

        Did you by chance look at the redraft for the players everyone wanted the flames to take?!?!?!? Cody Ceci, Radek Faksa, Zemgus Girgensons are all falling and Jankowski is rising…. Not to mention The Hockey News is really being generous about those three who completely plateaued or dropped off! Not a good sign for any prospect! Faksa, Girgensons had terrible years!!! Ceci peaked. Yet Jankowski is still ridiculously under developed!!! I think he adds 20-30 pounds of muscle in the off season makes the World Junior Team and shuts up all the naysayers this year!! Haha. Anyway lets see where Jankowski is after next year before writing him off. Teuvo Teravainen would have been nice though…

        During the draft Olli Matta fell over concerns of conditioning and intelligence, he is also playing in an unbelievable situation in London. I was in Pittsburgh at the draft and honestly Matta’s whole family was there and to put it mildy they weren’t small people, scared scouts big time. Would not be surprised if Calgary actually turned him down in an offer for Iginla, honestly everyone in his family is 300+ Pounds. Girgensons couldn’t even pass the NCAA clearing house for the University of Vermont… I repeat the University of Vermont, not Harvard or Yale.. Vermont, Hahah. Worst pick goes to Tampa Bay taking Slater Koekkoek at 10th, am told some scouts didn’t even have him in the first round because of injury concerns… Then he had a season ending injury this year. Anyway more goes into drafting kids than just “Talent”, Calgary wants character and potential, I am okay with that because lets face it once these kids start making millions it matters.

        • Scary Gary

          I definitely wouldn’t write Faksa or Girgensons off. Faksa was injured but still managed six points in ten playoff games (i’m a fan). And Girgensons was in the AHL, a little tougher than college. They’re both likely three years ahead of Jankowski’s development.

      • beloch

        He was initially expected to go in the second round, so his ranking rising to the first round in the re-draft is definitely a step in the right direction. I guess your point is that he still might have been taken with a later pick, which is certainly possible.

        Still, given the Flames track record with first round picks (*cough* Chucko *cough*), it’s nice to see a prospect headed in the right direction at least.

      • Colin.S

        He was rated around 47 or so I believe when we drafted him and has moved up around 20 or more spots then, moving closer to his drafted position. I’d rather have that than the opposite happening with Jankowski right now.

        Saying we drafted a guy at 21 that is rated 25h over all is still better than saying we drafted a guy at 21 that was rated 47 overall I think.

        • stretch14

          pit drafted the guy who’s rated 14th ov with the next pick.

          feaster is not the genius many make him out to be – looking at his draft picks through two seasons I see one legit nhler right now, with three more potentially.

          he has bungled trades in exchange for cap space, which, on a team like this, is useless.

          he’s not a good gm and he has no track record here or in tampa that can dispute that.

          • SmellOfVictory

            Remember, it’s primarily Weisbrod and the scouts making these decisions; I don’t think anyone is going to accuse Feaster of being a genius in hockey terms.

            And in the 2011 draft (and 2012 draft as well, I believe) the Flames consistently picked guys who were rated substantially higher by the various predraft lists than where they went. I did the math for one of the drafts and they ended up drafting the equivalent of +50-100 spots, overall (if I get the urge again I might end up doing the actual math). So, assuming we decide that the predraft lists by ISS, Bob MacKenzie, etc. are good references, the Flames effectively moved up their average draft position by multiple spots per round.

            Inside information aside, I can’t think of a better way to rate a draft than effective draft position in relation to predraft scouting lists, until you’re at least a couple of years out (more like 3-4). By that measure, the Flames have done quite well. Additionally, Jankowski moving up to 25th in the current ranking of 2012 draftees is quite good, given that multiple first rounders ended up dropping out of the top 30 entirely. Maatta wasn’t one of them, but nevertheless, it’s evidence of a decent choice at that draft position.

            Edit: Never mind, The Hockey Writers did it and I just pulled some specifics from it (2012 draft):
            Effective draft position by player (negative numbers meaning moving “down” the draft order, not a higher draft position, so positive numbers are better):
            Jankowski: -13
            Sieloff: -33
            Gillies: -28
            Kulak: +76
            Culkin: +12
            Gordon:+87
            DeBlouw: +38
            Total: +139

            Granted, the improvements in effective draft position are all in the lower rounds where you’re less likely to get an NHLer in the first place, but it’s still good to see. This was also done directly post-draft, so Jankowski would no longer be -13; he’d be a -4 at this point, for example. Gillies also likely would have moved up.

          • Colin.S

            Every pick he has made has increased in value though, that is postive, hes drafting guys that are more valuable assests than the day they were drafted (or traded for):

            -Sven will be a top line player, just be patient
            -JG can do the same if he gains muscle
            -Wotherspoon is looking like he will get an NHL callup as soon as next year
            -Sieloff got alot of his teams personal awards (Windsor)he got best dman, most committed to team, and hardest working on team
            -Gillies and Broisott are considered pretty good goalie prospects(dominating their leagues respectively)
            -Horak is looking like a legit NHLer
            -Cundari will make this team next yr and will be a fan fav
            -Ramo and Berra the jury is out but at least we have options
            -As stated above Jankowski is rather in the mid-20s now, when drafted in the 40’s
            -Kulak is looking like a good prospect also

            -Olli Mattaa will never be a big point producer or top pairing dman, Feaster probably figured Jank and Sieloff had more upside to Mattaa, since Sieloff could end up being a 2nd pairing dman, just like Mattaa…

            Feaster has done a good job brining in youth that has potential to make the NHL, why cant some ppl see this?

          • supra steve

            You’re basically arguing against your own logic here. It’s a little bit hypocritical.

            You point to the Flames’ picks positives right now, but then dump on Mattaa a bit.

            You can’t have it both ways. Fact is, we won’t know how good Mattaa, Jnako or Seiloff or most players from that draft are for another 4 years. It’s unfair to talk up and ‘crystal ball’ Flames propsects one way while knocking other team’s picks simultaneously.

            I’ve never knocked Janko himself. Who knows how he’ll turn out?

            But, given the dire depth of top end prospects, it was a strange choice to pick a 5 year project over what were some consensus 2 years developers like TT.

            Time will tell, but apllies to everyone’s picks.

          • Colin.S

            To me though projected length to reach the NHL means nothing. take the best player available every time. With your logic teams would always take possible mediocre talents over possible stars just because they aren’t late bloomers. Say sidney crosby was 14 and getting drafted would you take him or somebody who’s going to be a 3rd or 4th line plug just because they are physically developed enough to play in the upcoming season? Pretty sure I know what I would do.

          • supra steve

            Well, that’s an extreme example, for sure.

            And no, that’s not always my logic. But it has to come into play in Calgary’s unique circusmtances. They need youth and talent NOW and TT, just as a convenient example, is not projected to be a 3rd or 4th line plug.

            So it’s unfair to say I’m advocating mediocre talent. Not at all. Never, in fact. Remember, I’m not anti-Janko, my entire point is that there WAS other high end talent, but with a shorter development curve.

          • RexLibris

            I was arguing that Jankowski along with Sieloff is more valuable than Mattaa. (Sieloff and Mattaa both have top-4 potential)

            -TT is still underdeveloped physically also, I’m not convinced he will be physically developed enough to play in 2yrs, at least not at a top level. He is small, and doesnt seem like he will grow, in height, anymore.

            I wasnt happy about not taking TT either but like you say we will have to wait and see how this all shakes out

          • RexLibris

            I was making many of the same arguments to my Oiler buddies the other day. Being all optimistic and hopeful about our prospects. They all laughed at me and said they could relate 100% to my hope. Back before they really sucked (and just mostly sucked – I think it was 2007?) they had Gagner, Cogliano and Robert Nilson as the ‘super kids’ and hope for the future. They had 3 first round draft picks that year, but none of them overly high or lottery (I think Gagner was 7th or 8th maybe?)…

            Anyways, they laughed and said its nothing but false hope. That eventually we will realize our kids are just Cogliano types, and if we are lucky 1 will turn into Gagner – a solid 2nd liner. Until they got Eberle (luck @ 25th’ish I think), then their 1st overalls they didn’t realize what a real elite prospect was, and that we will learn eventually that Sven is just a good but not great young kid who may have a decent career.

            Not saying I agree, but just sayin. It was hard to argue one way or the other, and these guys are Coiler mouthpieces. So I just kept saying they still suck, which is true.

            Are we being too optimistic about marginal propsects? Personally I think we are to a point, which is why I feel we NEED a top 3 pick this year. Just wondering… hopefully with rationale arguments, its easy to pile on the Oilers record. But could we learn from them?

          • RexLibris

            Yes, I think we can learn from them. I think we are learning from them.

            Picking 1st overall 3 times in a row (basically 4 times since Shultz was a free star dman) doesnt necessarily mean success.

            Im not sayin our prospects are gonna be stars, Im saying most of the ones Feaster picked have greatly improved since being drafted.

            Was that the case with all those Oilers picks? I am doubtful.

            If you are a Flames fan and have watched all year, you can see that Sven is going to be a special player. If he would have scored in the first game instead of post, oh man.

            Confidence is huge for these kids.

            I totally agree though we need a top end pick this year because we lack top end talent outside of Sven and possibly JG.

            But thats why we are better off than EDM, we have solid complimentary prospects, and good veterns to insulate the youth..

          • supra steve

            Robert Nilson got 41pts his rookie year in Edmonton. I just checked. I don’t care to look into it more, so I can’t answer your question if their ‘false hope kids’ progressed… I do know that none of them were expected to be superstars except by Coiler fans, and besides Gagner they all basically flopped hard!

            My point was just that they valued their 2nd tier prospects higher than anyone else. And in the end, everyone else was right. I fear we are being equally as delusional… Well maybe delusional is the wrong word… Overly optimistic is more accurate. For example, how can you possibly say JG is ‘top end talent’ when he hasn’t played a professional hockey game in any league yet…. I hope he is the next Marty St. Louis, but a lot of 5’8″ fwds have tore it up in lower leagues to be completely ineffectual in the NHL.

            Anyways I digress. I just pray we get a top 3 pick this year, I think we need it, and I literally say a prayer each night…. “Dear Lord, please let us win the draft lottery” I’ve been hoping for a lotto finish and Nate McKinnon all year. I honestly think it’ll be our watershed ‘next Iggy’ moment. But only if we get one of those top 3-4 picks. I also really hope some of the guys already in the system overachieve because otherwise I think we are severely lacking elite talent, even with a top 3 pick this year.

            And I’m not sure if you are joking when you said “thats why we are better off than EDM”. Are you for real? I mean they are a complete gong show and I like laughing at their mgmt incompetence. But its laughable to say we are better off than them. I’d trade our whole team for Taylor Hall, never mind Eberle, Yakupov and Nugent Hopkins.

          • RexLibris

            There are some similarities between where the Flames are now and the Oilers were in 2007. A collection of young players, a belief that the foundation was strong but needed only a quick infusion of talent, a management and ownership group focused solely on the playoffs.

            However, each team has its own historical peculiarities. I would hope that the Flames find their own history rather than emulate what happened up here in Edmonton. It wasn’t pretty and the heartbreak was crushing, although enlightening at the same time.

            Right now Calgary sits 6th at the draft, Edmonton 7th. Looking at their relative schedules, I am fairly confident that this position could switch all too easily. If the Flames fall away from drafting any further than 7th or 8th overall the return on this year’s pick is likely to drop substantially unless a prospect slides down the rankings like Couturier or Grigorenko.

            In that sense, believe me when I tell you, I understand your prayer.

          • supra steve

            Ok I need to be more clear with my points…

            I meant we are better off rebuilding our own team because we have surrounding players that will be 2ndardy pieces, we arent better off overall because they have alot of Primary pieces that we do not have.

            But you cant argue those Primary pieces, in EDM, not having solid bottom-6 talent and legit goaltending and defensive talent and veterans to surround them with hasnt hurt them.

            We have a few guys solid guys to insulate the young guys.

            I said JG could ‘possibly’ be a top end guy, he has along way to go still.

            Having Sven and our top pick this year will go along way in helping our future.

          • RexLibris

            The hardest thing to do is acquire top end talent. The inability of the Oilers to surround what they have with decent depth and support is the fault of management in the extreme.

            Between the two teams, the Oilers are far ahead in the race. The complementary talent the Flames have right now is useless without elite players to occupy their top two lines and by the time that talent is likely to arrive those complementary players will have either peaked or left.

            I don’t mean to sound defensive or accusatory here, but filling out the bottom six on a roster is a far easier thing to do than the top six. The Flames need to address this, yet management sends messages that seem blissfully unaware of the real requirements or the likely costs thereof.

            And discussions of trading for those stars are academic because the Flames simply do not have the assets and arguably their management group lacks the wherewithall to overcome that obstacle (ie: rob another GM blind).

            Their best asset right now is free-agency cap space and roster room. They need to sign good players cut loose by capped out teams and put together one heck of a mismatched puzzle this off season if they want to win out a wildcard spot.

          • RexLibris

            I agree 100% top talent is harder to aquire, and can mostly only be done through the draft.

            And kudos to Feaster for not trading picks or prospects, cause you can, although unlikely, find a late round gem.

            I don’t things are all too shabby here though, we do have Baertschi, Backlund, Brodie and this years top pick as top-6/top4 players. They are young and enjoy playing here.

            Nothing is set in stone, but its a start.

            We agree top 6 talent(top4 also)are the hard ones to get. I feel we already have 4 pieces to those key areas that are young. Backlund is a 2nd line center, Brodie is a top 4 dman, and Sven is a top 6-who should be top line player, and our top pick this year, which should be a top line center, in theory.

            Its not as grimm as some think, but we dont have the big names like EDM.

            I hope both teams return to being playoff regulars, and battle for the cup year in and year out

          • Parallex

            I get your point, but you have to admit, getting that top end talent is the HARD part. Filling ou the bottom 6 should be the EASY part.

            If MacT knows what he’s doing, the Oil can be a solid middle tier playoff team next season. Not a Cup contender, but a 4th-6th place team.

            The heavy lifting there is done. The only way Calgary is going to get 1st line talent is the way every single team since th elockout (and relly, even before then) has done it – draft it.

            Otherwise, the Flames’ ceiling will be somewhere between a Nashville (don’t count this year) and St. Louis. Solid, but not enough of a threat to beat the elite teams.

          • RexLibris

            I completely agree with you, the Oiler rebuild is flopping because they cut way too close to the bone. I’m happy we’ve kept some medium aged vets around to continue to build around instead of a nuclear tear down, Coiler style. Completely agree! Although if they ever got their stuff together, it shouldn’t be too hard to add some depth around an elite core. Hopefully they keep floundering with Lowe spending his days reminiscing about his Stanley cup rings instead of finding a competent GM.

            My fear is just that we have the opposite problem the Oilers have. We have depth and a good vet core, but no top end talent. It would seem easier to get some vets than it is to get elite talent. Merging teams would probably make a powerhouse!

            I just hope Feaster and crew do this right, and don’t rush us back to being a perpetual middling team.

          • RexLibris

            Just a quick note, the Flames went more nuclear in their rebuild year (this season) than the Oilers did.

            The Flames traded away Iginla, Bouwmeester and were a hair’s breadth away from moving Kiprusoff, who is likely to depart this summer anyway. They also traded Comeau and are likely to lose Cervenka and Babchuk this off-season.

            The Oilers moved out Moreau, Grebeshkov, Nilsson, Souray, and a host of other bit players, many of whom haven’t seen the NHL since. Their iconic player had been traded three seasons prior.

            I would characterize the Oilers rebuild as an old jalopy losing pieces off the engine until it finally rolled over into the ditch and died.

            The Flames saw their transmission go out, a black cloud pour out the back and the engine sputter and choke its way furiously to the finish line.

            The only real nuclear rebuilds I ever came across were Washington’s and Pittsburgh’s. Chicago to some extent, but Pulford was doing something a little different there and hadn’t nearly as much to work with.

          • Colin.S

            I’m not saying Feaster is a genious, but what I am saying is that this year the pick looks a lot better than it did last year, and if Jankowski keeps improving and getting better it may not be as bad a pick as some are crucifying him for making.

            “there were better options available, feaster failed by not picking those options.”

            So in 2008 when Carolina picked Zack Boycuk or Chicago with Kyle Beach, they maybe thought that they were a better option than say later in the draft when Edmonton picked up Jordan Eberle.

            Just because you THINK that someone else was a better option doesn’t mean it is, we can’t decidedly say that until years down the road, I’d say given that Jankowski isn’t like to make his NHL debut for another 3, probably at least 5 years from now. However the point right now is that Jankowski is being rated higher now which should give a little hope that the pick isn’t a complete flub.

          • Colin.S

            There were options available, they might not turn out to be better options….we should still probably cut janko though right? since there were some guys we could have picked that in 10 years will be way better than him

          • loudogYYC

            Like your handle says, chill out.

            Jankowski at 21 is not a terrible pick, it’s just a bad sign from a mediocre GM over thinking and trying to be cunning. We just got rid of a GM that was so “cunning” that he was fooling even himself!

          • supra steve

            I don’t think it has anything to do with trying to be cunning. I think it has to do with seeing a little known player that blew some minds that they could just not do without. There is nothing wrong with that at all any GM in the league would do it.

            Besides rating players a year out from the draft is stupid, no matter where they were ranked by other people. Our scouting staff took a fluke trip out to see this kid play and then felt they had found a hidden diamond. It’ll pan out or it won’t just like lots of first round picks. Worrying about it now is just silly. Calling Feaster out on it already is just dumb. In 3 or 4 years we’ll have a better Idea of this draft and we’ll maybe be able to say if we should have taken somebody else.

          • supra steve

            Again, not knocking Janko the player, but that whole Weisbrod-related story on how they “trekked 12 days through the brush during a blizzard while fighting off wild, giant bears and hostile natives” was ree-donk-u-lous.

            More Feaster hype and PR that drives me right crazy.

            Every team knew about this guy, he wasn’t some out-of-nowhere undiscovered gem that Feaster wanted everyone to think to show how brilliant he was.

            He was just ranked high 2nd round by most teams/consensus of available lists.

          • stretch14

            when did I say they should cut him?

            jesus people.

            if janko is even able to get to .5ppg at the nhl level between now and april 2023 I’ll print out this post and eat it

          • supra steve

            The point is, someone had him rated #47, THN had him at around #35 (but thought he may squeek into the first round), and the Flames had him higher then that. Your crystal ball may tell you that they were wrong, and they may well turn out to have been, but the only reliable way to tell is to wait and see. Flames were completely honest in saying he had some years of maturing to do before he could challenge for a roster spot in CGY, so attacking this pick at this point in time is completely premature. Just let the kid play.

  • RKD

    It wouldn’t surprise me if they fired Feaster, I don’t think it’s wise to fire a guy who supposed to be in charge of the rebuild.

    However, he needs to stop saying dumb things in public, “Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.” “We are going to make the playoffs.” “Jankowski will be the best player of this draft in ten years.” “Roman Cervenka is the best player not playing in the NHL.” These comments not only harm his reputation, it creates unnecessary distractions. The GM only need to speak when he trades a player, signs a player, fires/hires a coach, express thoughts about the direction of his team.

    He had the O’Reilly thing blow up in his face to some degree, rubbed some GM’s the wrong way with the offer sheet. Unable to land Brad Richards, traded away Iginla, Regeher, and Bouwmeester. A lot of times GMs who do the rebuild never get to see the rewards of their success. The Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 because Bryan Murray build the team, not Burke who got to hoist the Cup and reap all the rewards. Tambellini hasn’t done his job getting the Oilers into the playoffs but if MacT can make some bold moves and get them in and they do something he reaps all the rewards.