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The Latest On Todd McLellan And The Edmonton Oilers

I tweeted this while doing a bit of shopping and now that I am home, you can check it out yourself on KK.


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Is Todd McLellan A Fit With The Edmonton Oilers?

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Do you, Todd McLellan, take the Edmonton Oilers …

Do you, Edmonton Oilers, take Todd McLellan …

“I like to use analogies sometimes,” the head coach of Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship said in an exclusive interview with your correspondent here Monday.

“For me, this like dating and finding your wife. You know when you’ve found your wife. You don’t need to go on a whole bunch of dates with other people.

“If you’ve found a group which has met your criteria and you like what’s going on there and you know you’re going to be able to work with people, settle in and get to work.”

Was McLellan telegraphing his intentions?

The former head coach of the San Jose Sharks is aware of those back in Canada, and some here, who believe the Oilers are well down the road to making him their next head coach despite Mike Babcock having been given the month of May to prepare for his own June wedding.


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What About Todd Nelson?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

You can forgive Todd Nelson if he feels a bit like he’s on the outside looking in these days.

Nelson still has a contract with the Edmonton Oilers as their coach — albeit with an interim tag after replacing Dallas Eakins early last December — but now Detroit’s Mike Babcock has popped into the picture in a big way. And, of course, Todd McLellan, coach of Canada’s team at the world championships, has been lurking for weeks.

Taylor Hall and his Edmonton teammates are solidly onside with Nelson; he made the Oilers relevant over the last four months, and got the team playing with much more purpose. But Nelson probably knows in his heart of hearts the Oilers are going to replace him as head man.

Babcock is the “marquee coach.”

McLellan, the ex-San Jose Sharks coach, has more NHL cachet, too.

Nelson was interviewed Saturday by Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli, but it may have been only a courtesy meeting — although Chiarelli probably wanted his take on all the Oilers players, too.

Nelson deserves better, for sure; certainly after he turned the Oilers around in his brief time behind the bench. He’s a bright guy but has been an NHL head coach for only four months or so.


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All Jordan Eberle

Eberle chatted with ESPN.com’s Craig Custance about the tournament and the future of the Oilers following Team Canada’s practice on Friday.

Custance: There’s a group of Oilers playing in this tournament. What do you hope you guys get out of playing here?

Eberle: First off, you get a chance to keep playing hockey. The playoffs are still going on and you want to be playing hockey in May. I’m a younger player, I have a lot to grow. You have a chance to play with some of the best players in the world. It brings your game up a level.

Custance: Are you still following the NHL playoffs back home?

Eberle: Oh, yeah. We’ve been watching quite a bit. It’s tough over here with the time change. You wake up with the scores and watch the highlights. But you definitely keep track.

Custance: So where were you when the Oilers won the draft lottery? Were you watching?

Eberle: I wasn’t even watching it. I found out on my phone, I was with quite a few teammates and pretty ecstatic....

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Pieces Falling Into Place For The Edmonton Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Ten days ago Bob Nicholson had no real belief he was going to get Connor McDavid. Nor had he given any real thought to the idea of ever being able to hire Peter Chiarelli as his head of hockey operations and new general manager.

None. Zero.

A week ago Wednesday, Chiarelli was fired by the Boston Bruins. Saturday the Edmonton Oilers won the right to draft Connor McDavid No. 1 overall. Monday Nicholson was made boss of everything for the Oilers Entertainment Group. Friday he introduced Chiarelli as the new President of Hockey Operations & General Manager.

As the bingo ball effect began to happen, Nicholson knew one thing. He had to move and move fast if he was going to get Chiarelli.

And Chiarelli knew one thing, first because his wife told him so and then because he figured it out on his own. He wasn’t meant to be out of hockey longer than five minutes.

Almost overnight the terrible team that spent nine seemingly endless seasons out of the playoffs made a lot of things go right.

It’s called seizing the moment.

“These are really exciting times for this organization,” said Nicholson about an hour and a half after the press conference had concluded to introduce Chiarelli.

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The Changes In Edmonton

April 24, 2015 (EDMONTON) – Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) Chief Executive Officer & Vice Chair Bob Nicholson announced today significant changes to the management structure of the organization – both in hockey and business operations.

Peter Chiarelli has been appointed President of Hockey Operations and General Manager effective immediately. Chiarelli will report to CEO Bob Nicholson, and be responsible for all aspects of hockey operations.

“We are delighted to bring a person of Peter’s considerable hockey knowledge and experience to the Edmonton Oilers. Peter has had success at all levels of the game and we look forward to his leadership,” said Nicholson.

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Live Stream- Major Press Conference For The Edmonton Oliers

The Edmonton Oilers will have a major press conference which is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm ET.

Watch below...

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A New Beginning For The Edmonton Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The idea projected and promoted here that Connor McDavid would make the Edmonton Oilers significantly better long before he ever arrived on the ice in Edmonton, didn’t take long to kick in.

When Peter Chiarelli is introduced at a press conference Friday in Edmonton as the new head of Hockey Operations under new Oilers Entertainment Group CEO Bob Nicholson, it will deliver a message to the entire hockey world it’s finally the start of a brand new era of Oilers hockey.

The Oilers, after missing the playoffs nine years in a row, are undeniably having their best playoff years since they last won the Stanley Cup.

One of the first questions Chiarelli will no doubt be asked at the press conference is if he’d have made the move if the bingo balls hadn’t placed the next Wayne Gretzky in the same city where the last one played the greatest years of his career.

Maybe the recently fired Boston Bruins general manager might say there’s far more here than the kid expected to become the best players in the league within three or four years. Maybe he’ll say he’d have probably taken the job anyway. But if he’s honest about it, I suspect he’ll say McDavid made it a no brainer.


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Peter Chiarelli About To Be Hired In Edmonton

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Hearing the same thing as @JasonGregor -- that EDM will have a media conference tomorrow to announce the hiring of Peter Chiarelli.

Not sure of structure of the new front office, but it is believed Chiarelli will be President of Hockey Operations (or something like that).

via Bob McKenzie tweets,

Peter Chiarelli has been in EDM meeting with Bob Nicholson for past two days. EDM won't confirm, not yet anyway, news conference for Fri...

...but all signs point to him taking over all hockey operations for the Oilers. If Chiarelli was to take job there, he wanted full autonomy.

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Connor McDavid’s Father Sets The Record Straight

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

There were those around the hockey world who watched Connor McDavid walk down the studio hall with a camera in his face after Edmonton won the draft lottery and determined that the serious look on his face meant he was disappointed that his destiny was to go to the Oilers.

His dad said he’s absolutely sure that was not the case.

“To be honest, he was a little bit in shock,” said Brian.

“He would have had the exact same expression on his face if the winner had been Buffalo, Toronto or Arizona. The reality is that his future had just been decided by bingo balls.”

Brian said he was aware of certain members of the media who reacted by suggesting maybe Connor would pull an Eric Lindros and decide he didn’t want to go where he was picked. He said these media members neither know his son nor, obviously, his history.


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