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Tambellini hired as Oilers GM

From TSN:

The Edmonton Oilers have named Steve Tambellini as their new general manager, moving Kevin Lowe into the role of President of Hockey Operations for Rexall sports.

Tambellini, 50, has been part of the Vancouver Canucks hockey operations staff for the past 17 seasons and was most recently the Assistant General Manager and Vice-President of Hockey Operations.

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Surprising move here by the Oilers.  There had been speculation that Lowe would move up to the role of President but no time frame had really been set in stone.  Nonetheless, this hire does not mean Lowe will be hand’s off in terms of personnel decisions.  Him and Tambellini worked closely with Team Canada and have a very good relationship.  The two will be in constant dialogue over any important decisions made by the team.  Additionally, it is certainly an asset to bring in Tambellini considering his familiarity with the Northwest Division.  The guy has paid his dues for a long time and it is nice to see him finally get a chance to be GM.