Kelly McCrimmon out as possible Oilers GM

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Kelly McCrimmon is out as the next Edmonton Oilers GM and will remain with the Vegas Golden Knights. Another one bites the dust. Figs.

For those of you like myself that were hoping for Kelly McCrimmon to take the GM’s seat in Edmonton, I’m sorry to bring you such disappointing news on a snowy Thursday morning. Many considered McCrimmon to be an excellent option for the job based on his work with the Golden Knights seeing as they navigated the expansion draft with ease and turned it into a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in their inaugural season. But as we’ve learned many times over the years, it was by no means a done deal that he would want to come to Edmonton. He’s got a pretty good gig in Vegas and there were rumblings that he wanted full control if he took the gig, something that would be hard to expect with the OBC scenario here in Edmonton.

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Yesterday at Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman wrote about McCrimmon in 31 Thoughts:

As I write this, Vegas has not yet granted official permission for Edmonton to meet with McCrimmon, although an answer is expected at some point this week. He is, however, expected to ask for autonomy, and it will be interesting to see how the Oilers respond to that. The list of those interviewed for the Oilers job is believed to include Sean Burke, John Ferguson, Mike Futa, Ross Mahoney, Scott Mellanby and Pat Verbeek. Mike Gillis had a phone interview, but nothing in-person. If Holland and/or McCrimmon do not interview, will someone from this group re-enter the picture? It sure sounds like the organization wants someone in place in the next week-to-10 days. They are delaying scouting meetings until the new leader is hired, which makes sense.

If McCrimmon asked Nicholson for autonomy to make the choices he wanted in the organization and Nicholson denied him then there’s a real issue — that we all know. But if McCrimmon didn’t even bother to take an interview with the Oilers in the first place, something that’s entirely possible considering Vegas hadn’t even granted permission to the Oilers to speak to him as of yesterday, then we could be in much worse shape than I thought. Maybe McCrimmon sat back, looked at the situation in Edmonton, and decided that this organization was not for him and that interviewing with them beyond kicking tires or being polite was not in his best interest. Regardless of what actually happened, it’s not a great look for the Oilers that qualified candidates seemingly want no part of the job.

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So what happens now? Darren Dreger followed up with a guess:

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With McCrimmon off the list, it seems like the names left are Mark Hunter, Sean Burke, and Keith Gretzky. Could Dreger’s idea of a plateaued management team include all three? Would that even be a good idea? All I know for sure is that this morning’s news likely raises more questions than answers.


  • Alan Smithee

    Wow…listen to this sorry group of sad sacks…wahhh…Kelly McCrimmon didn’t want to come her because of MacT and his clown shoe wearing buddies won’t let him do what he wants. Wahhh…nobody wants to come to this horrible organization as long as the obc is still here…wahhh…wahhhh…wahhh….
    Grow a pair already. Do you honestly think that nobody wants this job? If you do, you are delusional. McCrimmon was promoted so he wouldn’t take it. So what? Who knows how good he is going to be or how involved he was in Vegas’ success…and you know what? Who cares! He’s not coming to the Oilers. There are some hungry guys who have a lot of great ideas just itching to take this job. Why wouldn’t you want it? You have two of the best players in the game, some fine talent in the minors, a great hockey market (if you block out the b!tchy, whiny fans who seem to sniffle and stomp their feet the loudest) and a new, state of the art building.
    Get people in here who are hungry, with a passion for building a winner and want the challenge and you will get results – simple. Stop the b!tching and whining already…you sound like a bunch of chumps who just got beat up and had your bike stolen right after you were rejected asking out your high school crush to the prom.

    • McHitch

      Couldnt agree more. I like the Hunter with Burke and Gretzky as his assistants option at this point.

      Holland has made the playoffs 20/23 years with Detroit. I doubt the wings will let him leave that organization.

    • Dark Knight Returns

      Yeah! You tell them!
      Plus the weather is so awesome, the city so vibrant, so many coo things to do around here….
      Lineups of competent GM’s running to Edmonton, city of first overall picks.

      • Alan Smithee

        I agree…almost wholeheartedly with you! Like you, I love the awesome weather as I happen to love all four seasons. I also agree with you that the city is vibrant with a fantastic arts and music scene (and quite beautiful, especially in the summer) as well as a beautiful river valley that is the envy of most cities on the planet. However, I’m not sure about the “coo” things to do as I am not fluent in pigeon, nor do I really associate with them. For one, they tend to congregate in fairly large numbers. Additionally, they have a nasty habit of taking a dump on me at the most inopportune times…

    • camdog

      Thats the thing you need to bring people in, not one person to fix this. Detroit wants Yzerman and Holland. Vegas wants McPhee and McCrimmon. Hunter has been with Lou. The Oilers model is too tack on President of Hockey Operations onto the GM title. Nicholson through the interview process is starting to figure this out. All Nicholson has to do is grow a pair and listen to those he’s interviewed rather than those were never interviewed for their position.

    • Drivel. The sad sacks are the ones running the club into the ground. Please let me know the 10-12 candidates that were interested. Every Franchise has an OBC, but they develop them, just like players, not just hand over the reigns because you were a good player in the past.

      • Alan Smithee

        Wow dude…it must be a difficult road for you as it probably crumbles before you at the mere whiff of hard times and you find yourself stranded with no perceived way to trudge forward. As you may realize, this is pure hyperbole for I am certain that is not the case and that you have some intestinal fortitude to be sure. That being said, you probably do understand that there are people out there who are professionals and take the job because that is what they love to do, regardless of the circumstances. They are passionate about what their vision is and they enjoy the challenge. Perhaps your circumstances differ and you would choose to run from anything that poses a challenge to you and your worldview of how to proceed in times of strife. That’s fine, but just realize that there are other people out there who relish such opportunities regardless of the situation because they believe they can make a difference…not hide their heads in the sand and run away when things get a bit difficult…you know, guys who have a pair. 🙂

      • Alan Smithee

        It is really cool how you do the “new math”…can you show me how to do it? I would love to learn how this, “There are some hungry guys…” gets translated into this “10 -12 candidates…” It would be amazing if I could learn how to do that too…

        • Filters down to on ice personnel as well. Why was Mike Comrie brought back? Sold as a homecoming, nobody else wanted him. Repeating the cycle with Sammy Snowpants, because even the minor league teams did not have any interest. Give them a free pass if you wish, until they are fired permanently, nothing will change.

          • Alan Smithee

            I agree that if there is interference, they need to go because the track record is abysmal. However, at the moment, no one really knows for sure what the heck is going on behind the scenes. As such, we are left to speculate. If management really wants to clear the air on this issue, they should just come out and talk about it to fans and the media. Probably won’t ever happen. I don’t want to give them a free pass, I just want someone to come in who has a passion for the job and will be able to do it unfettered – ZERO interference. Then we can really start to look at the departments honestly. Right now, we don’t know how much interference there is in scouting, GM, coaching, etc. so how do you go about fixing those areas if you can’t adequately assess their performance.

    • Alan Smithee

      Or any combo of GM’s and assistant GM’s … I can just see Lowe or MacT trying to weasel into that group and join the chorus, “Yeah guys…F off!”

  • Randaman

    Riddle me this, riddle me that! When are we going to hear from the recluse BAT? Tampa’s owner addressed the media and fans after their first round exit and we get nothing? Again?