If you're just waking up, you'll probably be shocked to learn that the Edmonton Oilers fired Peter Chiarelli while most of the sports world was asleep.
There's no way to tiptoe around the fact that Oilers fans wanted Chiarelli out, but the move was shocking because of the fact that he just signed Mikko Koskinen to an extension.
Tuesday's loss to the basement-dwelling Red Wings was apparently the last straw, though, and the hockey world had a number of different reactions to the news.
My mind is still blown that the #Oilers allowed Peter Chiarelli to register a contract for Mikko Koskinen - at an AAV higher than his top defenceman in Oscar Klefbom, not an insignificant deal - a mere 30 hours before firing him.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 23, 2019
Crazy to think how things went after the optimism just a few years ago when Chiarelli and McLellan were hired, team gets McDavid. Now back to almost square one. https://t.co/ypqTT3ml92— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 23, 2019
With his team floundering again, Peter Chiarelli is out as #Oilers general manager. As this shows, aside from 2016-17, he proved unable to get EDM out of a (now 13-season) funk among the NHL's bottom tier pic.twitter.com/44B53d585Z— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 23, 2019
THEN WHY DID THEY LET HIM SIGN KOSKINEN— Eamon McAdmin (@DerrickOnSports) January 23, 2019
I sincerely hope he lands on his feet as GM of another team.— Russ Farmer (@Russ_Farmer_MBA) January 23, 2019
And trades for Lucic
Too late. Chiarelli has already committed the Oilers to paying Mikko Koskinen $13.5M.— Kevin Lacy (@KevinLacy22) January 23, 2019
I'm not excited about Chiarelli being fired. Team us minimum 2 years from competing and only because of McDavid. The whole front office needs to go.— Colin (@PalmerColin) January 23, 2019
“Despite the team being 2-3 points out of a playoff spot in recent days, the anger and frustration in this town is palpable...”@TSNRyanRishaug on the Oilers’ firing of GM Peter Chiarelli https://t.co/IsETgL1Vbb #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/45Til7cqin— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) January 23, 2019
If you could eliminate one of Chiarelli's moves as GM which one would it be? I'm going Reinhart trade...What Say You?— Dustin Nielson (@nielsonTSN1260) January 23, 2019
To recap:— Leah Kessel (@leahflame) January 23, 2019
- Oilers hire Chiarelli a few days after winning the lottery
- "Traded" Barzal and Beauvillier for G. Reinhart
- Traded Hall for Larsson
- Eberle for eventually nothing
- Was allowed to re-sign Koskinen and place Spooned and Rattie on waivers before he was fired pic.twitter.com/PZN4xkbrfP
In the big picture for the Oilers, here's the important thing: they have McDavid, Draisaitl, Klefbom and RNH.— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) January 23, 2019
That's the hardest part.
Chiarelli replaced every regular other than those four when he took over. Expect similar change with the next GM.
The Oilers are very fixable.
Way to blame the GM for a severely disconnected dressing room. Those guys can’t play for themselves let alone each other!! To much success to early and the expectations soon after far exceeded their ability. #blametheGM #oilers #chiarelli pic.twitter.com/qeABhsIRKi— Colin Yellowknee (@Coliny87) January 23, 2019
The next GM is obviously going to want to start fresh, man I feel bad for McDavid.— BorealNinja (@BorealNinja) January 23, 2019
Feel bad for Pete. Good guy. Stanley Cup champion GM so knows what he's doing despite the haters. Brought EDM back to POs. Yes EDM took big step back last yr but gave Todd another chance & when that didn't work out, hired Hitch & team is now only 3 points out of Wild Card spot.— Shawn Williams (@ShawnPuggerWill) January 23, 2019
Mcdavid should be gm— Nick Vernald #ALLCAPS (@nick_vernald) January 23, 2019
2-3 points out of the playoffs is a big hurdle for a team with under a million in cap with horrific contracts handcuffing them— Nathan Venesky (@Hist_Guy) January 23, 2019