If you’re expecting the Edmonton Oilers to make a coaching change this season, you will be disappointed.
According to Edmonton general manager Peter Chiarelli, the team plans to keep head coach Todd McLellan despite the team’s struggles.
“I have no intentions of firing Todd (McLellan). I want to work with the coach, and I think he’s a very good coach,” Chiarelli said, according to Sportsnet’s Mark Spector.
“As far as Todd goes, and (his staff), I am not considering firing them. At this point we’re going to solve it together.”
“Everyone is under evaluation, including myself,” Chiarelli said.
“We’ve had our challenges from a coaching perspective, and we’ve had our challenges from a player personnel perspective. We went into the season with certain expectations, and we’re not even close to them.
“I see the situation we’re in. I see levels of improvement, but I also see the losses piling up,” Chiarelli said. “There’s a plan in place, and a plan to bring up through the ranks, at the proper time, younger players.”
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The draft pick could escalate to a fifth-rounder if Jerabek plays in more than 50 regular season games for the Blues this season.
Jerabek signed a one-year, $1 million contract with Edmonton back in August.
Wayne Gretzky Believes Oilers Will Bounce Back
Wayne Gretzky, the vice-chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group, believes in the Edmonton Oilers, and he believes that the team can bounce back after a terrible 2017-2018 season.
“Our defense will be better, of that you can be assured,” Gretzky said, according to Robert MacLeod of The Globe and Mail. “I expect that Cam (Talbot, last year’s No. 1 goaltender) will bounce back from the struggles that he had. I think last year was just an outlier for him.
“Add that to the addition of the Finnish goalie (Mikko Koskinen), I think we have a solid two-goaltender system ready to roll.”
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