from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli was fired late Tuesday evening, after another loss at home — this one to the NHL’s last place team — sent the Oilers limping into its All-Star break with nine losses in its past 11 home games.
Behind closed doors, Oilers brass met post-game Tuesday evening to discuss their next move. Led by Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson, they decided to fire Chiarelli, and likely decided on someone to shepherd this franchise through the trading deadline and as long as the search for a new GM might take.
That news should be announced at a press conference expected for Wednesday morning. Chiarelli was in the fourth-year of a five-year contract.
Peter Chiarelli is out as the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers after three-and-a-half seasons.
TSN's Ryan Rishaug reported the firing following the Oilers third straight home loss, 3-2 to the Detroit Red Wings. The Oilers are in position to miss the playoffs for the 12th time in the past 13 years. Through 50 games this season, the Oilers have a 23-24-3 record and are currently three points back of the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference with three teams in front of them.