Sitting in the big chair

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Steve Tambellini worked his way up the Vancouver Canucks organization, but never got to sit in the big chair.

So when the Edmonton Oilers offered him a seat in it - sort of - he jumped at the opportunity.

Yesterday, the Oilers named Tambellini their new general manager.

"I can't tell you how excited I am and my family is to be part of this organization," Tambellini said in news conference yesterday. "I've seen this organization when they had the depth of champions for some time. I know the respect this organization has around the league. This is something that I'm very proud to be a part of."

Tambellini, 50, played 10 NHL seasons, starting with the New York Islanders where he won a Stanly Cup in 1980. He also saw duty with the Colorado Rockies, New Jersey Devils and Calgary Flames before ending his career with the Canucks in 1988.

He joined the Canucks front office as their director of media relations in 1991 and worked his way up to assistant general manager in 2004.

"I promised myself regardless of the general manager position that I was not going to move, just to move for that position," Tambellini said. "I promised myself and my family that when I did move for that position, it was going to be the right one. "I knew in my heart this was the right thing to do."

Lowe will still call the shots. The team won't make a move without his approval.

"I look as this group as a management team," Tambellini said. "This guy beside me (Lowe) is not going anywhere and I don't want him to go anywhere. We're going to work hard as a management team to come up with solutions and how we go forward."


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