Twitter reacts to Edmonton Oilers firing Peter Chiarelli

Lynette Rowe
February 10, 2019

During the second intermission of their game against the Red Wings on Tuesday night, the Oilers met with president of hockey operations and general manager Peter Chiarelli and told him he was sacked.

The NHL club made the announcement on Wednesday.

Nicholson confirmed that assistant GM Keith Gretzky will take over for Chiarelli until a new general manager is hired, while he will handle hockey operations.

Gretzky, younger brother of National Hockey League legend Wayne Gretzky, was the assistant general manager under 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.

Since then, Edmonton's inability to capitalize on landing a generational talent - qualifying for the playoffs just once in McDavid's first three seasons and now standing at risk of missing out once again - has largely been attributed to roster decisions made by Chiarelli. "We have the best player in the world; we have other real great players in the dressing room". "And we got to get that figured out".

"He felt he let the organization down by not getting the team into the playoffs". However, the Edmonton Oilers have continued to flounder for the past two seasons, despite outstanding play from the young star. Clearly, they're hoping head coach Ken Hitchcock and the think tank can, for the time being, right the ship in Edmonton. Edmonton has lost 12 of its past 16 games going into the All-Star Break.

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"Were not into a rebuild", Nicholson said.

Chiarelli traded away Hart Trophy victor Taylor Hall for struggling Adam Larsson. He has also inked underperforming forward Milan Lucic to a multi-year millstone contract at US$6 million per 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.

"We will look to try to bolster the offence and the defence, but we're not trading away our first-(round draft) pick". The Oilers put Spooner on waivers Monday.

There is a new leadership group for the Edmonton Oilers.

The team announced Chiarelli's abrupt dismissal in the aftermath of its third consecutive loss. This week, he signed goaltender Mikko Koskinen to a three-year contract extension worth $4.5 million a season.

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