EDMONTON, AB – The Peter Chiarelli era in Edmonton is reportedly over, as TSN’s Ryan Rishaug is reporting the erstwhile General Manager and President of Hockey Operations has been relieved of his duties.
Peter Chiarelli has been fired by the Oilers. Done deal
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) January 23, 2019
The move comes on the heels of a loss to the 31st-place Detroit Red Wings, which marked the Oilers third straight defeat. While the team is currently only three points out of a playoff berth, the team looks likely to miss the postseason for the 12th time in 13 seasons.
The firing ends a painful four-year tenure for the Oilers under Chiarelli. After being removed as the Boston Bruins general manager, Chiarelli was brought on by the Oilers as both GM and POHO on April 24, 2015. It was one week after Edmonton won the draft lottery and the right to select Connor McDavid, and it felt like a glorious time to be an Oilers fan. Not only was McDavid all-but-guaranteed to be coming to the City of Champions, but the organization also had pieces like Taylor Hall,Darnell Nurse, and Oscar Klefbom in tow. Leon Draisaitl had been selected 3rd overall the year prior. Now, in adding a Stanley Cup-winning general manager to the fold, many Oilers fans held the opinion that we’d all but ensured future glory for the team.
It was a beautiful dream.
Poor move after poor move decimated what was once a promising roster. Core pieces like Jordan Eberle and the aforementioned Hall were shipped away at their lowest worth for pieces that simply weren’t of equal value. Contracts were given to Milan Lucic and Kris Russell among others that are simply too expensive in the salary cap era. He failed to build a team set for today’s fast-paced NHL, opting for the heavier style that won him a cup in 2010. The transgressions are numerous but obvious.
According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, “Keith Gretzky will assume many of Chiarelli’s duties in the next few weeks, with (Oilers) Vice Chairman Bob Nicholson being more involved until they find a new GM.”
This season, the Oilers sit 23-24-3 with 49 points, good for 7th in the Pacific Division. In November, the Oilers fired former head coach Todd McLellan, bringing in Ken Hitchcock as his replacement. As recently as yesterday Chiarelli was still making moves, signing goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a 3 year, 13.5 million dollar deal.
The Oilers have yet to officially confirm the news. Stay tuned to Win Column Sports for updates.
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