Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

'We're not into a rebuild,' Oilers fire GM Peter Chiarelli

'We're not into a rebuild,' Oilers fire GM Peter Chiarelli

In light of this, the Oilers fired GM Peter Chiarelli on Tuesday night after three-and-a-half years with the team.

Despite firing the person responsible for putting the roster together, Oilers Entertainment Group CEO & vice chair Bob Nicholson threw the gauntlet to the players Wednesday.

Nicholson said Hitchcock's duties won't change and that assistant general manager Keith Gretzky will inherit many of Chiarelli's duties as the search begins for a new GM.

The Detroit Red Wings, with four wins in their previous 19 games, came in and beat the anemic Oilers 3-2 Tuesday night, handing them their third straight loss at home as they finished a six-game Rogers home stand 2-4 against Florida, Arizona, Carolina, Detroit, Buffalo and Calgary with only the Flames in the playoffs. "We played very, very good hockey for two periods", Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We got some real good staff".

Six of the last seven games leading into the break were at Rogers Place and six of the seven were against teams now out of the playoffs.

The firing of Chiarelli is the second personnel change the Oilers have made this season.

Two months ago it looked like he'd brilliantly bailed himself out when he fired McLellan and hired the NHL's third winningest coach in history in Edmonton native Ken Hitchcock.

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"Everybody here has to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are doing enough and playing the right way and playing for the team", said Oilers forward Alex Chiasson. The team he built went on to lose 3-2, falling to 23-24-3 heading into the All-Star break.

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.

"We have a lot of work to do here in the organization over this break", Nicholson said.

"We're not going to trade any of our assets away for a quick fix".

He also signed Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million deal at the age of 28. The Oilers put Spooner on waivers Monday. But his tenure in Edmonton was filled with controversial transactions, a failure to surround star Connor McDavid with sufficient talent and a lack of success on the ice, as the Oilers advanced to the second round of the playoffs in 2017 but otherwise failed to make the postseason in each of Chiarelli's seasons at the helm.

Under Chiarelli's leadership, the Oilers were 137-133-25. The thinking behind trading Talbot out of town comes from the team recently re-signing goalie Mikko Koskinen to a three-year extension.

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