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In effort to ‘improve’, Oilers fire team trainers

What is happening in Edmonton right now would be insanely funny if it weren’t so sad. Steve Tambellini, obviously looking to spread the blame for the Oilers’ woes to anyone but himself, has now fired the team’s trainer and equipment staff. Per Jim Matheson:

In the continuing purge, the three longest-serving Edmonton Oilers’ employees -- trainer Ken Lowe and equipment men Barrie Stafford and Lyle Kulchisky -- apparently no longer have their positions.

The heart-and-soul Oilers may be reassigned within the organization, although there is some thought that Lowe, brother of team president Kevin Lowe, might not hang around.

Lowe has been with the team for 21 years.

The Oilers may be using the reason for all the man-games lost to injury this past season for the firings, but I doubt the equipment managers had much to do with hand surgeries and back surgeries.