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. Nicholson said at a news conference in Edmonton that Keith Gretzky will assume GM responsibilities for the time being, including the point role ahead of the February 25 trade deadline.
Luke Glendening scored two goals for the Detroit Red Wings in a 3-2 win against the EdmontonOilers at Rogers Place on Tuesday.
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 played a solid game and we really didn't give (Connor) McDavid and (Leon) Draisaitl a whole lot even if they found a way to get on the scoresheet".
"I know there are people out there that believe this team can't make the playoffs. I think they can be better", Chiarelli said when Hitchcock was hired.
"When you're chasing games like we're doing right now, that's a formula for losing", Oilers coach Ken Hitchcock said. Edmonton has lost 12 of its past 16 games going into the All-Star Break.
"Kevin Lowe is so important to this organization, but Kevin Lowe hasn't been in hockey operations decisions".
Chiarelli got Reilly Smith, Joe Morrow, Matt Fraser and Loui Eriksson back form Dallas in the Seguin trade and he received Adam Larsson back from New Jersey in the Hall exchange. After Chiarelli joined the organization in 2015, the Oilers made just one playoff appearance (2017). He has also inked underperforming forward Milan Lucic to a multi-year millstone contract at US$6 million per season.
"We will look to try to bolster the offence and the defence, but we're not trading away our first-(round draft) pick". Two players the Oilers placed on waivers on Monday, Ty Rattie and Ryan Spooner, both cleared waivers on Tuesday. Boston won the Stanley Cup in 2011 with Chiarelli as GM. It was understood by most that the Oilers' brass would be on a short leash this season, and 49 points in January simply wasn't good enough to keep Chiarelli around.
Jaguar Land Rover suffers massive fourth-quarter loss
This is expected to result in a one-time exceptional redundancy cost of around £200 million for the luxury unit of Tata Motors. Changes in market conditions, especially in China, technology disruptions and rising cost of debt resulted in the charge.
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.
Winter storm warning issued for western Washington
A storm that hit earlier in the week knocked out power in the area for thousands of residents and made travel incredibly hard . Earlier this week, another storm shut down Seattle and left some neighborhoods with about half a foot of snow.
Knicks to part ways with disgruntled Enes Kanter
With head coach David Fizdale focusing on youth, it will be interesting how Jordan fits into New York's plans moving forward. The Knicks have been trying to move Kanter for a few weeks, but his contract made things hard , according to the report.
Last Five Years are the Warmest since 1880
With global emissions rising for the second year in a row, this disastrous trend shows no signs of changing any time soon. But consider the context: The hottest five years on record are, in fact, the last five years.
New Zealand vs India - Highlights & Stats
When he was just about threatening to take the game away, de Grandhomme smacked one straight to covers in skipper Rohit's hands. MS Dhoni (20*) and Pant (40*) then knocked off the remaining runs easily to lead India home with seven balls remaining.