Oilers Fire Todd McLellan, Ken Hitchcock Takes Over
Currently, the Oilers are 9-10-1 and in sixth place in the Pacific Division and own the sixth-lowest point percentage in the league at .475, leading to the team’s decision to part ways with McLellan who had been at the helm since the 2015-2016 season.
Hitchcock, 66, has the third-most wins in NHL history with 823, trailing Joel Quenneville (890) who was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season, and Scott Bowman (1,244), and has spent 22 seasons as a head coach in the NHL, with stints with teams such as the Dallas Stars (2 stints), Philadelphia Flyuers, Columbus Blue Jackets, and St. Louis Blues.
Oilers’ Zack Kassian Wants to Remain with Team
Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian had reportedly requested a trade from the team recently, in an effort to get more playing time, but is now clarifying what had happened and is stating that he prefers to stay with the team moving forward.
According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, Kassian sayss that he didn’t directly ask for a trade, explaining that his agent spoke with the Oilers front office about potential interest from other teams, and Kassian has since told teammates that he wants to remain in Edmonton.
The Oilers have scratched Kassian several times this season and his playing time has dipped significantly, but he was back in the lineup on Sunday when he scored his first goal of the season in less than 10 minutes of playing time.
Oilers Place Ty Rattie On Injured Reserve
The Edmonton Oilers have placed veteran forward Ty Rattie on injured reserve after it was announced on Saturday that he would miss multiple games with a midsection muscle injury.
In a corresponding move, the Oilers have recalled Cooper Marody from the AHL.
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