Oilers couldn't even wait for game to end to fire Peter Chiarelli

Oilers couldn't even wait for game to end to fire Peter Chiarelli”

Peter Chiarelli's reign as the Edmonton Oilers general manager and president of hockey operations came to an end late Wednesday night.

Oilers Entertainment Group CEO/vice chair Bob Nicholson will oversee hockey operations.

The Oilers are headed into the All-Star break with nine losses in the past 11 home games. The best player in the league missed the playoffs again last year and barring a dramatic turn around with a new G.M. will out for the third time in his four years as a professional.

The loss pushed Edmonton three points out of a playoff spot. "But there's something in the water here in Edmonton that we don't have right and we've got to get that figured out".

Nicholson began by saying "the way this team was trending, we needed to make a change" before pausing and putting a great deal of emphasis on this year's playoff run. "I". Chiarelli traded 2010 top pick Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils one-for-one for defenseman Adam Larsson.

"He felt he let the organization down by not getting the team into the playoffs". Keith Gretzky take over in the interim, they aren't looking for a new permanent general manager right away.

Despite the recent firing of Todd McLellan, and now the removal of Chiarelli, Nicholson says the team has the main pieces it needs to succeed.

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

"We're not going to trade any of our assets away for a quick fix". "We got some real good staff".

"I think leaving (players) down there until they are over ripe. that is a change that we have to make here". However, the Edmonton Oilers have continued to flounder for the past two seasons, despite outstanding play from the young star.

"We have a lot of work to do, but we have good leaders and good players", Nicholson said.

"Yesterday was a very tough day for the organization", Nicholson said.

"That's not true at all". They knew the team was going to be drafting a generational talent in Connor Mcdavid that June, and now they have a guy who has won a Stanley Cup and had a reputation as one of the most respected General Managers in hockey in charge of building the supporting cast.

There is no immediate replacement in line for Chiarelli, so Kevin Lowe, Craig MacTavish and Scott Howson will fill in for Chiarelli, according to ESPN. Ken Hitchcock replaced him and has guided the team to a 14-14-2 record after a 9-2-2 start.

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