The guys in the dressing room are well aware that Steve Tambellini is only the start of the Edmonton Oilers’ latest house-cleaning effort.

More than a few players are about to be swept out the door, too, under the watch of new general manager Craig MacTavish.

“It’s unfortunate, but when you have the record we do, there’s always going to be fallout,” captain Shawn Horcoff said of the impending player moves. “I’m sure there will be some of that this summer. The responsibility will trickle down, not just from (Tambellini’s) position, but down and onto the players, probably where it belongs.

“We can’t control anything that happens above us. All we have to do is go out there and do our own job.”

They didn’t before, which is why the GM got fired.

“We have to deliver,” said Ryan Smyth. “We’re the guys who go on the ice. It’s unfortunate somebody has to take the fall. He’s a good friend of mine and a good person, it’s unfortunate it had to come to this.”

“When you have the record we’ve had the past few years, there’s always going to be some sort of changes,” added Horcoff. “Tamby was good to all of us and he did his best, but when you have the record that we have, a lot of it is inevitable.

“Given how we’ve struggled a little bit lately, the position that we’re in, it doesn’t surprise me.”

Horcoff goes back a long way with MacTavish and likes the hire.

“I’ve had success with MacT on a personal level as a coach and we’ve had success as a team, also with him. I have a lot of respect for him.