According to Bob McKenzie, the Edmonton Oilers’ coaching gig is Dave Tippett’s to lose. McKenzie reported yesterday that not only is Tippett the leading candidate for the job, but he’s also currently the only candidate.
The front office exodus continues. About a week after it was announced Craig MacTavish was leaving the organization to coach in the KHL, Duane Sutter, the organization’s Vice President of Player Personnel has been let go.
It seems the San Jose Sharks have been gifted Get out of Jail Free cards from the league in these playoffs.
I wrote last weekend about the Oilers’ logjam on the blueline and how the organization is in an interesting situation with six NHL-quality defenders and a wealth of prospects pushing their way up onto the roster. Something I suggested was the possibility of selling from this position of strength in order to fill an area…
While the Oilers have a clear need on their blueline, a puck-mover who can produce offence from the point, the team does boast a tremendous amount of defensive depth. As it stands, the team has a clear top-six with regular NHLers and a wealth of talented prospects in Bakersfield pushing for NHL gigs.
For better or worse, the Oilers starting goalie next year will be Mikko Koskinen. The Oilers, as we know, made the puzzling choice to ink him to a three-year deal worth $4.5 million annually despite the fact he hasn’t proved he can be the main guy on a playoff-calibre team.
Sheldon Souray’s Oilers career began with much fanfare. In the complicated post-Cup run years, Souray was the biggest free agent acquisition made by Kevin Lowe. The Elk Point, Alberta product inked a five-year deal worth $27,000,000 to finally fill the massive void left on Edmonton’s blueline with the departure of Chris Pronger.
The Oilers held a press conference today to officially introduce Ken Holland as the team’s new President of Hockey Operations and General Manager. Alongside Holland was Bob Nicholson and Daryl Katz, who we hadn’t seen make a public appearance in several years.
It appears Ken Holland has already made his first major decision as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers. Ken Hitchcock will reportedly not be returning as the head coach of the Oilers and the team will now begin a search for his replacement.
All eyes are now on new general manager Ken Holland. One of his first priorities will be figuring out who will be behind the Oilers’ bench next season. Dustin Nielson already did a look at some of the possible fits for the gig, one of which was Connor McDavid’s former OHL coach Kris Knoblauch.
The Oilers have found their guy. Late last night, Ken Holland officially accepted the position of Oilers general manager as the organization offered him a lucrative five-year deal worth $25 million. On to the next item on the agenda — finding a head coach.
The Oilers have a few glaring needs to deal with this off-season and a little bit of wiggle room to try to solve them in free agency. The most important items on the new general manager’s agenda this summer will be scoring wingers, puck-moving defencemen, and a 1B goalie to play alongside Mikko Koskinen.