EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have inked a new contract with their general manager.
"Three years ago, we asked Steve (Tambellini) to begin a rebuild which we all know hasn't been easy," said President of Hockey Operations Kevin Lowe.
"However, Oilers fans can take some consolation in the fact that Steve and his staff have acquired some amazing talent which will most definitely be the cornerstone to future sustained success for the Edmonton Oilers."
The Oilers have been getting top draft picks after finishing second last in the league last season, and last in each of the two before it.
Tambellini and the management team made Edmonton's second number one overall draft pick last season with the selection of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Tambellini joined the Oilers on July 31, 2008, after 17 seasons as a member of the Vancouver Canucks management team. The 54-year-old native of Trail, British Columbia, served as the Canucks' Vice President and Assistant General Manager for three seasons (2005-06 to 2007-08). In his role with the Canucks, Tambellini was involved in all aspects of the team's hockey operations including contract negotiations, scouting and minor league affiliates.