The underachieving Edmonton Oilers fired coach Todd McLellan on Tuesday and can exchange him with Ken Hitchcock.
It was the fourth NHL head coach firing of the season and the second inside the previous 12 hours, with the St. Louis Blues having dismissed coach Mike Yeo late Monday evening. Final season, there have been no head-coaching firings through the common season, a primary since Authentic Six enlargement.
By means of the quarter mark of the season, the Oilers are 9-10-1 and in sixth place within the Pacific Division. At .475, they’ve the sixth-lowest level share within the league.
“Clearly we’re in a tough patch right here,” basic supervisor Peter Chiarelli stated. “We’re main into American Thanksgiving. It’s kind of of a template for making the playoffs. I felt I used to be seeing some issues that I had seen final yr after not seeing them for fairly a good bit this yr, and these recurring themes, I needed to nip them within the bud.”
McLellan had been behind the bench in Edmonton because the 2015-16 season after spending seven seasons because the San Jose Sharks’ coach.
The Oilers had a terrific 2016-17 marketing campaign and expectations have been excessive that their Stanley Cup window was close to with generational middle Connor McDavid not but having reached his prime. However Edmonton missed the playoffs the subsequent season, stumbling to a 36-40-6 file (78 factors) that put it sixth within the Pacific Division — even supposing McDavid led the league with 108 factors.
“It is robust to pinpoint what we want, however we’re all to blame right here,” McDavid stated. “This clearly is not on Todd in any respect. It is on us as gamers. That is simply how the enterprise works typically. We obtained to get up right here.”
Hitchcock, 66, has the third-most wins in NHL historical past with 823, trailing Joel Quenneville (890), who was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks earlier this season, and Scotty Bowman (1,244). Hitchcock has spent 22 seasons as a head coach with Dallas, Philadelphia, Columbus and St. Louis. Hitchcock, who had two stints on the helm in Dallas, stepped away from his job with the Stars on the conclusion of final season regardless of having signed a multiyear contract one yr earlier.
“I’ve contemplated this since our final sport, and I got here to the conclusion that now could be the best time to step away and let the youthful era of coaches take over,” Hitchcock stated on the time.
On Tuesday, Hitchcock was trying to the longer term.
“It is not going to change in a single day, however we will begin taking some steps,” Hitchcock stated. “I instructed the gamers right this moment I can take them to a spot personally that they can not get to themselves, however they have to purchase into that, and it is not going to be snug at occasions.”
In his first stint with Dallas, Hitchcock won the Stanley Cup in 1999. He won the Jack Adams Award because the league’s prime coach in 2011-12 with the Blues, whom he led to the playoffs 5 occasions in six years.
Hitchcock, an Edmonton native, was serving as a marketing consultant for the Stars earlier than the Oilers employed him.
The Oilers had some success firstly of the season, going Eight-Four-1 of their first 13 video games, however have faltered of late. Of their previous seven video games, they’re 1-6 and have been outscored 29-17.