Report: Oilers’ Nelson given permission to explore other opportunities

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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.