Oilers fire GM Chiarelli


As recently as yesterday afternoon, prior to the Oilers loss to the Detroit Red Wings, there were strong rumors that Edmonton was interested in trading for Mats Zuccarello.

Some Twitter users turned their focus to who will replace Chiarelli as the general manager of a team who sat 12th in the Western Conference after Tuesday's loss to the Red Wings.

Chiarelli, 54, had been general manager since April 2015.

Even after all those costly trades, at least Chiarelli left them with one more quality signing as a parting gift. They are now 3 points out of a wildcard spot (and 6 points out of the basement), and nothing is going well.

"We are not in a rush but as soon as we find a GM that we feel is right for the culture of the Oilers, we'll name that person", Nicholson said, according to NHL.com. "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".

Keith Gretzky, who has served as Chiarelli's assistant, will take over as interim GM with oversight from Nicholson. On Monday, the team announced it had signed Mikko Koskinen, a goalie with 31 games' experience in the National Hockey League, to a three-deal worth US$13.5-million beginning next year. "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". "But there's something in the water here in Edmonton that we don't have right and we have to get that figured out". "We believe in the organization, we believe in the dressing room that we can".

Should the Oilers be trying to make the playoffs, or become sellers with an eye to next season? That's not good enough especially since they have one of the best players in the sport, center Connor McDavid.

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"We're not going to trade any of our assets away for a quick fix".

"We're not into a rebuild, I truly believe we're not into a rebuild", he said.

Zuccarello, 31, is having a nice season for NY, and through 35 games he has 24 points, including eight goals and 16 assists.

Not even the best player in the world has been able to save them.

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. "We want our younger players to develop more in the American Hockey League".

Does a deeper cleanse of the Old Boys Club need to occur, or should the next GM be allowed to hire or retain whomever he sees fit, regardless of where they played their hockey a couple of decades ago? We have real good pieces.