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#1 Tom Sestito

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:04 AM

I remember him scoring 15-20 points ish in the 2010-2011 season, for us. He was a stud on our 4th line from my pov. He now plays for a swiss team in their elite league.

Does anyone remember why he didn't resign, or was let go by the management?
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:10 AM

Well he sort of was resigned.
And it was because he was awful.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:11 AM

his dad (who works for the Oilers org.) would have dis owned him if he continued with us.


nah JK, I wouldn't have the slightest clue

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:15 AM

after the 2010-11 season he signed in europe... i dont think we really know why but maybe Canucks management thought he didn't have the potential to play in the top 6 and he was too small and not physical enough to play in the bottom six.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:15 AM

He was not skilled enough for the top 6, his style did not fit the bottom 6. Last time we've heard of him, I think he signed to play in Europe.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:16 AM

I actually liked him, and I agree with the OP. He can skate. Good hockey sense. Good attitude. Local product.

It's surprising that he's had to continue his hockey career in Switzerland, especially at his relatively young age and 1st round pedigree. His problem, though, is similar to Brule's; small-ish guys who haven't yet demonstrated an ability to consistently produce offensively in the NHL. Even though guys like these may be better suited to a 3rd line role, GMs have this dumb obsession with size, which is why guys like these (Kyle Wellwood, too) have to fight for a new contract each year.

I'd like to see him back in the NHL. He's certainly good enough to be in the league.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:20 AM

The Vancouver Canucks wanted to re-sign Jeff Tambellini. He was the perfect utility player for the Canucks.

But he wanted to go to the Swiss league where he could have a bigger role.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:23 AM

I actually liked him, and I agree with the OP. He can skate. Good hockey sense. Good attitude. Local product.

It's surprising that he's had to continue his hockey career in Switzerland, especially at his relatively young age and 1st round pedigree. His problem, though, is similar to Brule's; small-ish guys who haven't yet demonstrated an ability to consistently produce offensively in the NHL. Even though guys like these may be better suited to a 3rd line role, GMs have this dumb obsession with size, which is why guys like these (Kyle Wellwood, too) have to fight for a new contract each year.

I'd like to see him back in the NHL. He's certainly good enough to be in the league.


Wellwood and Tambellini are just like Bure. They all went year to year fighting for contracts on the third line.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:28 AM

Wellwood and Tambellini are just like Bure. They all went year to year fighting for contracts on the third line.


I'm pretty sure that King was referring to Gilbert Brule...not Pavel Bure. In fact, he cited "Brule" in his post.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:32 AM

yah, there was a pretty big story behind his signing

family ties and what not

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:34 AM

reading words is hard

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:45 AM

Wellwood and Tambellini are just like Bure. They all went year to year fighting for contracts on the third line.


read much?
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:53 AM

hes the GM of the oilers now
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:59 AM

The Vancouver Canucks wanted to re-sign Jeff Tambellini. He was the perfect utility player for the Canucks.

But he wanted to go to the Swiss league where he could have a bigger role.


I think that is the correct reason he left.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:09 AM

probably because he wanted a bigger role in the team. look at his stats:
CANUCKS 62GP 9G 8A 17P
ZSC LIONS 50GP 23G 22A 45P

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:12 AM

He was definitely an interesting player. Really streaky though. I remember some periods where he looked brilliant for us and like a top 6 for sure, then other periods when he'd go 5-10 games without a point.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:13 AM

can't believe the guy was a 1st round pick in what is probably the best draft class of all time and he was picked ahead of Corey Perry.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:27 AM

can't believe the guy was a 1st round pick in what is probably the best draft class of all time and he was picked ahead of Corey Perry.


Hindsight. He was there statistically in his draft year, put up better numbers than Kesler. Just couldn't put it all together, and his development was mismanaged.

I liked Tambellini, was hoping he'd become a top 6 steal for us. Now he's winning championships in Switzerland.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:31 AM

He had an amazing shot. Probably the best on the team.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 10:34 AM

can't believe the guy was a 1st round pick in what is probably the best draft class of all time and he was picked ahead of Corey Perry.

Why can't you believe it? Guys like Anthony Stewart and Patrick Eaves were picked in the later part of the first round that year. It's not like he was a bust or anything.
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:30 AM

My favourite play from him when he was with the Canucks!


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Posted 04 August 2012 - 11:58 AM

hes the GM of the oilers now


That would be STEVE tambellini

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:25 PM

I think the answer you're looking for is: who cares? He had one, maybe two nice goals which made the blinders go on the bandwagoners. Too small and too inconsistent. He's an even worse version of Raymond, really fast but with less points, thus, less of an impact in the end.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:32 PM

That would be STEVE tambellini


that would be the joke

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:45 PM

When I found Waldo, he told me that Tambellini was in Cuba with Carmen Sandiego...

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 01:49 PM

after the 2010-11 season he signed in europe... i dont think we really know why but maybe Canucks management thought he didn't have the potential to play in the top 6 and he was too small and not physical enough to play in the bottom six.


This.

He is a good player but he I don't think he's NHL material. He isn't built to be a 4th liner and just doesn't have the necessary skill to be a top-6 guy. To me he's the type of player that could thrive in the AHL but isn't an NHL-calibre player. Europe offers him more money than the AHL and a chance to play a bigger role. He'd never be given that chance on the Canucks and I doubt many NHL teams would be interested in giving him a chance either. I have a feeling he shares this view and felt Europe gave him the best opportunity to play for an elite team and not be resigned to the role of 4th liner only playing 9 minutes per game.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 02:20 PM

He was a stud


Oh, come on...

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 03:47 PM

bring him back! tambi>raymond probably cheaper too

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 03:51 PM

Tamby > Raymond
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Posted 04 August 2012 - 04:23 PM

Man I miss it when him and Kesler were on an absolute tear and just seemed to put everything in the back of the net.

I was really pushing for him to get back into that groove, but he was just absolutely snake bitten. It was sad to see him go being a Vancouver boy and all was probably a dream for him to play here but it's probably for the best being in Switzerland.




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