Oilers GM tired of complaints

Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini speaks to the media during a press conference at...

Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini speaks to the media during a press conference at Rexall Place Wednesday. (DAVID BLOOM/EDMONTON SUN)

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:48 AM ET

Steve Tambellini is getting tired of players parachuting into Edmonton to crap all over the team and the city and the franchise.

He’s had it with prima donnas who don’t want to come here, or prima donnas who don’t want to stay. He wants to flash back to the days when Oilers left Edmonton with tears in their eyes, not springs in their step.

In his end of the season address, Tambellini said the Oilers, from now on, will shift their focus to drafting and developing their own talent, creating a generation of players who want to be Oilers.

“My job is to get rid of those other guys,” he said, adding he’ll try and move Sheldon Souray at or before the NHL entry draft in June. “That culture has got to go. I’m sick and tired of having to hear people complain about the city, the organization, I don’t like the coach, I don’t like the manager, I don’t like the city, too cold. This is the risk you run sometimes when someone has success in another market (and comes here).

“If you can’t develop your own core of expectations of what an Oiler truly is, and build respect for the logo and the city, then you’re always going to be spinning your wheels.”

Over-paying for free agents, only to have them take the money and run a year or two later is getting them nowhere.

“I want people who love to play in Edmonton,” he said. “This is an incredible hockey market. You watch the people here giving the team a standing ovation because of a good effort, even though we had lost nine games in a row. How can you as a player not respect that type of environment.”


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