Author: Jason Brough


Chiarelli named Oilers’ GM and president of hockey ops


Fired last week by the Boston Bruins, Peter Chiarelli was introduced today as the new general manager and president of hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers.

Kevin Lowe, the former president of hockey ops, will remain with the club, but not in hockey ops.

The future of Craig MacTavish, the former GM who for now remains with the club, will be determined after speaking with Chiarelli.

“It’s been a real whirlwind,” Chiarelli told reporters. “A week and a half ago, I got bad news. Today, I got terrific news.

“I’m really excited to be part of this organization. It has a long and rich history. I come from an Original Six team with a long and rich history, so I know to respect the legacy, to embrace the legacy, and the same’s going to apply here.”

Chiarelli was optimistic about the future in Edmonton, one that will no doubt include the drafting of Connor McDavid this summer.

“This team has got a lot of good pieces,” he said. “It’s about getting to know the people, getting to know the players, really instilling an attitude and a philosophy about winning, and the sacrifices that it takes to win.”

Despite all those “good pieces,” Chiarelli acknowledged he probably didn’t “have enough time” to go over all the areas that the team needs to address.

“They play fast,” he said. “I’d like to see them play a little harder.”

He was asked about trading Tyler Seguin (audio).

“I’ve actually made a few trades of good, young forwards, so that’s something that I won’t shy away from,” he replied, an answer that should lead to no shortage of speculation leading up to the draft.

“[The Seguin trade] was a trade that had underlying reasons that I won’t get into. But he’s a terrific player. He was our leading scorer. That’s what I’ll say about that one.

“In this business, you can’t be afraid to make trades. … Those are ways to improve your team. … There are some very good young players on this team. Doesn’t mean that I’m going to trade any of them, but those are deals that you can’t be afraid to make.”

Weber out for remainder of series, but ‘did not suffer an ACL injury’

Shea Weber

Nashville captain Shea Weber has a lower-body injury and is out for the remainder of his team’s first-round series with the Chicago Blackhawks.

That’s the bad news.

However, despite reports to the contrary, Weber “did not suffer an ACL injury,” the Preds said today.

Weber was hurt in Game 2 of the series, which Chicago now leads 3-2.

Game 6 goes Saturday at United Center.

Bettman under fire after saying ‘Katy Perry’ chant wasn’t sexist

2015 NHL All-Star Weeknd - Commissioners Press Conference

From the Associated Press:

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t believe Winnipeg Jets fans were being “sexist in the slightest” by comparing Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry to pop singer Katy Perry.

Bettman likens the chants to goalies being called “sieves.” The commissioner was in Winnipeg on Monday for the chants during Game 3 of the first-round playoff series.

Predictably, Bettman’s remarks have ignited a media firestorm, with Yahoo Sports’ Greg Wyshynski going so far as to call them “rage-inducing.”

The Wall Street Journal has a more detailed breakdown of the exchange between Bettman and reporters.

Frankly, we wish the commissioner had just acknowledged how the chant could be seen as sexist and how some people might have been put off by it, even if it wasn’t the worst thing to have ever been chanted at a hockey game.