Keith Gretzky takes over Oilers GM role for now

Ross Houston
February 10, 2019

Peter Chiarelli has been fired as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, according to multiple media reports. Keith Gretzky take over in the interim, they aren't looking for a new permanent general manager right away.

The Oilers lost their third in a row on Tuesday night, falling 3-2 to the Detroit Red Wings at home.

The Oilers are by no means out of the playoff hunt, but they appear to be trending in the wrong direction. "We played very, very good hockey for two periods", Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "But there's something in the water here in Edmonton that we don't have right and we've got to get that figured out".

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.


In recent days, local bloggers and columnists had been calling for Chiarelli to be fired and some fans at the Wings game chanted "Fire Chiarelli!" The Oilers are 14-14-2 since firing coach Todd McLellan and replacing him with Ken Hitchcock.

"We know that we have to bring in some other pieces, but we're going to put all of the onus on the group inside the dressing room", Nicholson said.

Conventional wisdom says you don't fire a G.M.at this point of the season.

Chiarelli, of course, is responsible for the trade that sent Taylor Hall to the Devils for Adam Larsson in 2016. The first-round pick sent to the Islanders by Edmonton in the trade was used to draft Mathew Barzal, the 2017-18 National Hockey League rookie of the year.


He also signed Milan Lucic to a seven-year, $42 million deal at the age of 28.

FILE - In this November 4, 2015, file photo, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli gives an update on injured Oilers hockey player Connor McDavid in Edmonton, Alberta. A trip to the second round of the playoffs in 2017 looked like the start of success, but the Oilers finished 17 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference despite McDavid putting up an NHL-best 108 points to win the Art Ross Trophy.

There is a new leadership group for the Edmonton Oilers. The thinking behind trading Talbot out of town comes from the team recently re-signing goalie Mikko Koskinen to a three-year extension.

Such is the reason Peter Chiarelli was making fringe moves leading up to his firing, which included acquiring defencemen Alexander Petrovic, Brandon Manning and picking up Colby Cave on waivers.


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