The Edmonton Oilers front office overhaul continued on Thursday.
The club announced it has relieved Associate Coach Keith Acton and Assistant Coach Craig Ramsay of their duties. The pair were hired by former head coach Dallas Eakins who was fired in December.
Today’s moves could pave the way for Todd Nelson to return to the club.
Nelson was given permission to explore other opportunities following the hiring of Todd McLellan.
However, hockey insider Darren Dreger reported on Tuesday that Nelson has had discussions with the Oilers about joining McLellan’s staff.
Jay Woodcroft, who was an assistant with McLellan in San Jose, is also expected to join the Oilers’ staff.
With Todd McLellan taking over the Edmonton Oilers’ head coaching duties the club has allowed interim head coach Todd Nelson to look for a job elsewhere.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Oilers would like to keep Nelson on their staff, but the 46-year-old has a desire to be a head coach.
Friedman reports the Oilers will re-visit the possibility of Nelson remaining with the club in a different capacity in a couple of weeks.
After coaching the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Oklahoma City for four seasons, Nelson was promoted to interim head coach of the NHL club when Dallas Eakins was fired in December.
Nelson led the Oilers to a 17-25-9 record.
Former Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is on Philadelphia Flyers’ short list to fill their coaching vacancy.
According to Sportsnet’s Damien Cox, Eakins, who was fired by the Oilers in December, could be a possibility to fill the spot left by the recently fired Craig Berube.
Eakins led the Oilers to a 36-62-14 record over parts of two seasons.
Prior to taking the coaching job in Edmonton, Eakins spent four seasons with the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.
Philadelphia finished 24th overall this season with a 33-31-18 record in Berube’s second season behind the Flyers’ bench. The 49-year-old was fired on April 17.