The Edmonton Oilers have ended Steve Tambellini’s stay with the team after a 16-18-7 start to the season. Former Oilers head coach and current vice president of hockey operations Craig MacTavish will take over GM duties.
The Oilers brought Tambellini on board in July 2008, during which time the team has never qualified for the playoffs.
The team lost its fifth straight game and has 39 points in the standings — eight points behind the final playoff spot in the West. It’s unlikely the team will qualify for the postseason this year.
Tambellini failed to build on an impressive core of forwards the Oilers have accumulated. If MacTavish can turn things around, he could lead the Oilers into the playoffs next year.
Steve Tambellini has been dismissed as Oilers GM. Craig MacTavish will take over.—
John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 15, 2013