With their playoffs hopes dwindling, the Edmonton Oilers fired general manager Steve Tambellini on Monday.

The Oilers have scheduled a news conference for 12:30pm et/9:30am pt when the announcement is expected to be made.

The Oilers are currently eight points out of a playoff spot with seven games remaining and a record of 16-18-7.

Former Oilers player and head coach Craig MacTavish is expected to be named the new general manager with former Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson taking over MacTavish's role as senior vice president of hockey operations.

Tambellini was named the team's fourth general manager in 2008, succeeding current Oilers' president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe.

The Oilers did not make the playoffs over Tambellini's four-plus seasons with the organization.

Over the last three seasons, the Oilers have had the first overall pick in the NHL Draft, selecting Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov.

Tambellini joined the Oilers after 17 seasons as a member of the Vancouver Canucks management team, including three years as the team's vice president and assistant general manager.

The Oilers host the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at Rexall Place.