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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.”

Report: Chiarelli to join Oilers’ front office

Peter Chiarelli

Bob Nicholson recently took over as the Edmonton Oilers’ CEO and it looks like he’s wasting no time making some major changes to the team’s front office. Edmonton could announce as soon as tomorrow that former Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will be joining the club, according to Oilers Nation.

Chiarelli has reportedly been talking with Nicholson for a couple of days. What position he’s been interviewing for isn’t known, but he will likely become the president of hockey operations, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie and CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

That job currently belongs to Kevin Lowe and it’s not yet clear if this will involve Lowe being demoted, fired or making a lateral move to make room for Chiarelli. It also remains to be seen what this means for GM Craig MacTavish.

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, but there’s reason to be optimistic about their future after they won the draft lottery. The presumptive first overall pick, Connor McDavid, is a potential game changer for Edmonton, but at the same time, the Oilers haven’t been lacking young, skilled forwards. Instead, it’s their inability to build around the young talent they already have, or in some cases perhaps deal some of those assets for defensive or goaltending help, that’s been their ongoing issue.

Although Chiarelli’s cap management and some of his moves, like his decision to trade Tyler Seguin to Dallas, came under fire in Boston, he would bring with him an impressive resume of success. The Bruins missed the playoffs this season, but under Chiarelli’s watch they won the Stanley Cup in 2011, reached the Final again in 2013, and claimed the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014.


So…what do the Oilers do now?

Poll: Who would get your vote for the Calder Trophy?

Filip Forsberg

This year’s Calder Trophy race was close enough that there’s no one right answer to the question of who was this year’s Rookie of the Year. We now know that Florida’s Aaron Ekblad, Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau, and Ottawa’s Mark Stone are the finalists, but an argument could be made that Filip Forsberg with the Nashville Predators or John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars were also worthy of being on that list.

Then there’s St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Winnipeg Jets netminder Michael Hutchinson. They both played important roles for their respective clubs this season in a critical position. Should either of them have been given more consideration?

You can vote for your pick for the Calder Trophy below:

Of course, there’s one major first year player that’s gone unmentioned. Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond wasn’t eligible for Calder Trophy consideration because the 27-year-old was too old. Even if he was eligible, it’s hard to say if he would have been a finalist. On the one hand he had a dominant 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage, but he only played in 24 contest.

So as a bonus, would you have considered Hammond as worthy of winning the Calder Trophy if he was eligible?

For a more detailed rundown of what each rookie did: Tight Calder Trophy race down to Ekblad, Gaudreau, Stone