Oilers fire GM Chiarelli

Heather Diaz
February 10, 2019

The Edmonton Oilers finally fired general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Considering the stalled fortunes of the National Hockey League club over the past month-plus, should the Oilers continue employing Chiarelli and allowing him to shape the roster?

Despite firing the person responsible for putting the roster together, Oilers Entertainment Group CEO & vice chair Bob Nicholson threw the gauntlet to the players Wednesday.

It is expected that assistant general manager Keith Gretzky, Wayne's younger brother, will assume some of the GM responsibilities.

The decision to dismiss Chiarelli was made before the Oilers' loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, according to TSN's Darren Dreger, and the move itself was carried out before the game's conclusion.

"It feels really good to get two points going into the break feeling good about our game", Larkin said. "We'll make some trades at the deadline if they're the right trades to get us in the playoffs, but not giving away the future".

"He felt he let the organization down by not getting the team into the playoffs".

Draisaitl swatted a puck in out of mid-air for his 27th of the season 4:30 into the third period as Edmonton finally got on the board.

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Todd McLellan, whom Chiarelli hired as coach in 2015, was sacked in November after the Oilers started 9-10-1 this season.

"There's something in the water here in Edmonton that we don't have right, " Nicholson said at the news conference. The team he built went on to lose 3-2, falling to 23-24-3 heading into the All-Star break.

Nicholson stressed that the firing does not signal the season is lost, that the team is launching a full-scale rebuild, or that the Oilers will pull the trigger on a panic trade for short-term benefit.

General manager Peter Chiarelli of the Edmonton Oilers looks on during the 2017 NHL Draft at United Center on June 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Nicholson is in charge of hockey operations.

Chiarelli was originally hired to rebuild the Oilers around superstar Connor McDavid in April of 2015, but has struggled to find the right pieces to play alongside the reigning Art Ross Trophy victor.

And he traded 2008 first-round pick Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders for Ryan Strome, who he sent to the New York Rangers earlier this season for Ryan Spooner.

Chiarelli traded away Hart Trophy victor Taylor Hall for struggling Adam Larsson.

Add in the $6 million a year he signed Milan Lucic to that still has four and a half years to run and several other salaries that have left his successor with handcuffs and even his recent trade for Brandon Manning, the worst player on the ice Tuesday. Boston won the Stanley Cup in 2011 with Chiarelli as GM. The thinking behind trading Talbot out of town comes from the team recently re-signing goalie Mikko Koskinen to a three-year extension.

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