On the way out

Like I wrote last week when the Edmonton Oilers announced that Craig MacTavish was leaving the team to take a coaching job in the KHL, I understand why fans applauded the decision and are calling for more changes to an organization that hasn’t won a Stanley Cup since 1990, when Don Getty was Premier of…


The OBC: MacT

Craig MacTavish has always been a smart guy. So, while today’s announcement he’s signed on to coach in the KHL just a couple of weeks into the tenure of new POHO and GM Ken Holland wasn’t expected in terms of timing, it’s no surprise he read the writing on the wall and left on his…


The Carousel: Dave Tippett

If you subscribe to the theory that where there’s smoke there’s fire, it would be absolutely no surprise if new Edmonton Oilers’ POHO and GM Ken Holland names Dave Tippett as his new head coach any day now. In this case, I do, but that’s the old gut and common sense talking, not any kind…


The Carousel

The first big job on Ken Holland’s to-do list as POHO and GM of the Edmonton Oilers is to find himself a new head coach in what’s been a boneyard for those who stand behind the bench for a living over the past decade. We’re led to believe Dave Tippett is the best bet to…



“I got restless sooner than I thought.” With one answer as to why he’d leave a comfortable position with the only NHL team he’d ever worked for in the Detroit Red Wings after being kicked upstairs so Steve Yzerman could take his spot as GM, Ken Holland immediately struck a connection with fans of his…


Over to you, Ken

With the naming of Ken Holland as the new general manager of the Edmonton Oilers imminent, the debate about whether he’s the right man to lead the team back into respectability and contention has been raging mightily on social media for the past 48 hours or so. That’s no surprise in a hockey town like…


Waiting on Holland

For somebody whose candidacy for the Edmonton Oilers’ vacant GM job was dismissed, downplayed or flat-out scoffed at by many “hockey insiders” just a few days ago, Ken Holland’s name is sure coming up a lot lately.


Answer Me This

If you could put yourself in Bob Nicholson’s shoes and conduct the interviews to find a new GM for the Edmonton Oilers, what would be the three most important questions you’d ask to determine the right guy for the job?


Ken Holland?

Is Ken Holland going to be named the next general manager of the Edmonton Oilers? According to Rod Pedersen, who is better known for having his finger on the pulse of the CFL than on what’s happening in NHL hockey rinks and front offices, Holland’s the man.


This, That and the Other Thing

Winning isn’t everything, at least as it pertains to the Edmonton Oilers when it comes to the value of NHL teams. Despite making the playoffs in just one of the 11 seasons Daryl Katz has owned the Oilers, the team is today worth more than triple what Katz paid for it back in 2008.


The Pitch

With the Vegas Golden Knights out of the playoff picture, timing is no longer an issue when it comes to Edmonton Oilers’ CEO Bob Nicholson getting a crack at Kelly McCrimmon in his search for a new general manager to replace Peter Chiarelli. Indications are that’s likely to happen in the next few days.


Waiting on Kelly

While he hasn’t said so, Edmonton Oilers’ CEO Bob Nicholson will certainly have a rooting interest in the San Jose Sharks when they host the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7 of their opening round series Tuesday.