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'We're not into a rebuild,' Oilers fire GM Peter Chiarelli

10 February 2019

Peter Chiarelli's reign as the Edmonton Oilers general manager and president of hockey operations came to an end late Wednesday night.

Assistant GM Keith Gretzky will take on more responsibility until a new GM is hired, according to The Associated Press' Stephen Whyno.

Since then, Edmonton's inability to capitalize on landing a generational talent - qualifying for the playoffs just once in McDavid's first three seasons and now standing at risk of missing out once again - has largely been attributed to roster decisions made by Chiarelli.

"It feels really good to get two points going into the (mandatory five-day break after the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend) feeling good about our game".

"I know there are people out there that believe this team can't make the playoffs". Chiarelli is the man who traded away Tyler Seguin while he was the GM in Boston, and Taylor Hall while in Edmonton. "I think they can be better", Chiarelli said when Hitchcock was hired. The team fired head coach Todd McLellan on November 20 and hired Ken Hitchcock to replace him. With the exception of a throwaway line ("there's something in the water here in Edmonton that we don't have right") that ended up on a t-shirt within 30 minutes, Nicholson negotiated the rapids created by the gathered media in a professional manner. After Chiarelli joined the organization in 2015, the Oilers made just one playoff appearance (2017). Nicholson is in charge of hockey operations.

Chiarelli traded away Hart Trophy victor Taylor Hall for struggling Adam Larsson.

A replacement for Chiarelli wasn't immediately announced by the team.

This continues the franchise's rebuild in management after firing Todd McLellan earlier this season.

"We're not going to trade any of our assets away for a quick fix".

Add in the $6 million a year he signed Milan Lucic to that still has four and a half years to run and several other salaries that have left his successor with handcuffs and even his recent trade for Brandon Manning, the worst player on the ice Tuesday. Two players the Oilers placed on waivers on Monday, Ty Rattie and Ryan Spooner, both cleared waivers on Tuesday. It was understood by most that the Oilers' brass would be on a short leash this season, and 49 points in January simply wasn't good enough to keep Chiarelli around. The thinking behind trading Talbot out of town comes from the team recently re-signing goalie Mikko Koskinen to a three-year extension.

'We're not into a rebuild,' Oilers fire GM Peter Chiarelli