Steve Tambellini

PHT Morning Skate: Should Oilers GM Tambellini be on the hot seat?


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Edmonton Oilers will fail to make the playoffs for the seventh straight season. Is it time to fire Oilers GM Steve Tambellini or does he deserve more time to lead the rebuilding squad through its next phase? (Edmonton Journal)

Daniel Briere is a big fan of his new teammate, goaltender Steve Mason. (CSN Philly)

Colorado Avalanche prospect Joey Hishon has suffered a head injury. He was playing in his ninth game since returning from a concussion that had sidelined him for almost two years. The Avalanche took the 21-year-old with the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. (Denver Post)

Washington has gone 21-9-1 in its last 30 games after starting the season 2-8-1. As Capitals coach Adam Oates put it, “We’ve come a long way.” (Washington Times)

The Calgary Flames have signed Ben Hanowski. The 22-year-old prospect has 17 goals and 31 points in 37 games with St. Cloud State. If that name sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because he was one of the players involved in the Jarome Iginla trade. (

J.S. Giguere drew some harsh criticism for ripping his teammates a week ago. He later apologized for his remarks. (Denver Post)

It remains to be seen if the Dallas Stars will make the playoffs, but their AHL affiliate in Texas has earned its first division title in franchise history. (

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen admitted that he is sometimes at odds with forward Scottie Upshall, but Dineen was pleased with Upshall’s performance on Saturday. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

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Lehner’s injury ‘doesn’t look like it’s short term’

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Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.

Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.

When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.

“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”

It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.

While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.

On a new contract, Avs don’t dress Stuart in opener

DENVER, CO - MARCH 14:  Brad Stuart #17 of the Colorado Avalanche looks on as he skates against the Calgary Flames at Pepsi Center on March 14, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Flames 3-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Brad Stuart wasn’t on the ice for the first game of his two-year, $7.2 million contract and it had nothing to do with his health.

Avalanche coach Patrick Roy felt Stuart simply wasn’t one of the six best defensemen in training camp and consequently he wasn’t in the lineup, per the Denver Post.

“Things could change for the next game,” Roy offered. “Like I said (Wednesday), we’re going to use those eight D all year long. (Last night was) just the first game of the season.”

Perhaps, but it’s still a terrible indicator, especially given that Stuart will turn 36 on Nov. 6. Stuart is a veteran of over 1,000 games, but now the question is if he has enough left in the tank to provide Colorado with much value.

The Avalanche also scratched defenseman Brandon Gormley, who was acquired from the Coyotes in exchange for Stefan Elliott. The hope was that both players would benefit from the change in scenery. Gormley was taken with the 13th overall pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but has only played in 32 career NHL games.