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It took a while for Peter Chiarelli to say anything publically after he was fired from the Edmonton Oilers.
And his comments were just as confusing as his entire time as his general managerial career in Edmonton.
Cam Lewis wrote about it and it was the second most-read article of the year.
Here’s some of what Lewis wrote:
What does he have to say now, with a few years to reflect?
“[Hall for Larsson] was a difficult one because we felt we wanted to give breathing room to Connor McDavid and with where the salaries would go that’s a long look.
I had one offer. In hindsight I should have waited but the development of Connor was very important and we felt that we had to clear some room for him — both salary room and room in the (dressing) room.”
So Chiarelli wanted to get rid of Hall because he wanted to open room for McDavid to grow into the team’s leader and because he wanted to open up some salary cap room. The savings between Hall and Larsson was under $2 million annually and it was immediately erased when Lucic was inked to his deal that was identical to Hall’s $6 million cap hit.
And then there’s the “I had one offer” part. Chiarelli blames his failure in Edmonton on the fact he had to deviate from his plan because of the team’s early success, but he’s also admitting he pulled the trigger on the Hall for Larsson deal without looking at another offer. And this was all before the team had even made the playoffs and that pressure he’s complaining about was turned up.
This all makes my head spin.
Finally, Chiarelli offers us his redemption arc. He isn’t happy with the narrative that follows him after his tenure in Edmonton and he wants another opportunity. Next time, though, he’s doing things his way.
“There’s a negative narrative out there and I want the chance to dispel that because there shouldn’t be. I want to win again but I want to build it properly and I want to be patient in a timely manner.”
After reading that, it becomes very clear that Chiarelli hasn’t actually realized what went wrong in Edmonton. He’s built up the excuse that early success forced him to deviate from his plan for success, when, in reality, it was the plan that torpedoed things in the first place.
Regardless, I hope for the sake of the Oilers that Chiarelli becomes a general manager again. I actually hope it happens to a team within the division, for that matter.”
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