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Oilers fire Chiarelli; name K. Gretzky interim

Oilers fire Chiarelli; name K. Gretzky interim

The Edmonton Oilers finally fired general manager Peter Chiarelli.

The Detroit Red Wings, with four wins in their previous 19 games, came in and beat the anemic Oilers 3-2 Tuesday night, handing them their third straight loss at home as they finished a six-game Rogers home stand 2-4 against Florida, Arizona, Carolina, Detroit, Buffalo and Calgary with only the Flames in the playoffs.

The Edmonton Oilers have been a huge disappointment this season, as they are sixth in the Pacific Division with a 23-23-3 record. "We slipped again. Some of the moves we made have not worked and I felt that Peter had done everything that he could to make this team better, so we needed a new direction". "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".

"I know there are people out there that believe this team can't make the playoffs". However, the Edmonton Oilers have continued to flounder for the past two seasons, despite outstanding play from the young star.

The Bruins fired him days before the Oilers hired him.

Edmonton began the season 9-10-1, resulting in Chiarelli firing coach Todd McLellan, whom he hired in 2015, and hiring veteran coach Ken Hitchcock in an attempt to salvage the season and his job. Nicholson said that while they will have Asst.

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.

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"Kevin Lowe is so important to this organization, but Kevin Lowe hasn't been in hockey operations decisions".

Conventional wisdom says you don't fire a G.M.at this point of the season.

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. Peter Chiarelli was the president and GM of this hockey team.

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

Chiarelli was expected to give the woebegone Oilers steady leadership with McDavid.

Chiarelli made another controversial move roughly 24 hours before his firing, signing goalie Mikko Koskinen to a three-year, $13.5 million contract extension with trade protection. After Chiarelli joined the organization in 2015, the Oilers made just one playoff appearance (2017).


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