"I know (Tambellini) really well. But I have not had one conversation with the Oilers. We never discussed this (coaching) once over there (Helsinki at the worlds). No contact with the Oilers since I've been home either. They may be interested, they may not. Kevin and Steve know where I'm at."
Since the Oilers parted way with Tom Renney last week, Tambellini has remained mum on the search process, refusing to give out any details on possible length of the contract and how many candidates would be interviewed.
Many believe the list of contenders includes Oilers associate coach Ralph Krueger, Sutter, former Carolina Hurricanes head coach Paul Maurice, TSN analyst Marc Crawford, former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, and Mike Sullivan, who is a New York Rangers assistant coach.
Tambellini could also consider AHL coach Dallas Eakins of the Toronto Marlies, Jon Cooper of the Norfolk Admirals, and Todd Nelson of the Oilers' AHL farm team.