Tambellini will take his time

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

Steve Tambellini knows exactly who he wants to replace Craig MacTavish, he just doesn't know who that person is yet.

"I have in my mind the type of coach I'm looking for," the Oilers general manager said at the press conference announcing MacTavish's exit. "I want somebody who matches up with the type of play we want to see here. We want an aggressive type of play, we want an emotional team. We want a team that is not standing on its heels. We have people here with skill and I want to see it."

The list of coaches out there who like tough, offensive-minded teams is long, from Bob Hartley to Pat Quinn to Marc Crawford, but Tambellini says he's in no rush to name MacTavish's successor.

"Unfortunately we have a few months to watch hockey and think about potential people and people who might come available," he said, adding he isn't limiting his search to men with NHL experience.

"I'm going to take my time, talk to people and I'll know when I find the right person."

As for assistant coaches Billy Moores, Charlie Huddy and Kelly Buchberger, Tambellini says they're in limbo right now. He'll meet with them shortly to discuss their futures. MacTavish left town and told the club's PR staff that he didn't want to do any interviews right now.

Asked why things just didn't work out for MacTavish this year, Tambellini didn't really have an answer.

"It wasn't from a lack of preparation, it wasn't from a lack of thoughtfulness of how he could use different people," he said. "There has been good success at times, but we've got to the point now that we have to move on. That's the hard part of this business, but decisions have to be made for us to get better."

Tambellini said the players have to wear this every bit as much as MacTavish.

"I hope they feel some accountability for the fact that a coach that cared so much and helped develop a lot of the players who are here, is not here. I hope that it's another chance to reflect on how do I get better? How do I invest in my game to show that I'm better than people think?"


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