Friday, October 17, 2008
The Lowe Down On Hockey Canada
This doesn't really have a lot to do with prospects, but I thought I would throw it out anyway. According to Bruce Garrioch's article in today's Ottawa Sun Wayne Gretzky will not be the ring leader at the 5 ring circus for Vancouver 2010. Instead, Steve Yzerman will be the man charged with putting together Canada's club and winning gold on home ice.
So with Yzerman in, and Gretzky out, what does that mean for Kevin Lowe? Obviously Lowe and Gretzky's past played a major role in the Oilers now President of hockey operations being a part of Team Canada, and they proved themselves in 2002 by coming out on top in Salt Lake City. However 2006 didn't go so well, and Hockey Canada could go in a completely different direction with a brand new coaching and management staff starting with Yzerman at the top, picking his own guys.
It's not going to happen. Atleast not at the expense of Lowe. I'm expecting Lowe to be named to the management team at Saturday's news conference in Ottawa. Likely in the capacity of Yzerman's right hand man. My next question is regarding Steve Tambellini. He's now the Oilers G.M. taking over from Lowe this summer. Does he continue his role with Hockey Canada? I guess we'll find out Saturday.
Garrioch's article mentioned a long list of coaching candidates, and I'd like to throw in 2 more names. Brent Sutter and Andy Murray. Both have successfully ties to Hockey Canada and atleast one of them should be in Vancouver in some form.