”Everyone has a five-year plan, and so did we. It’s not like it fell exactly into place, but we were adding certain elements to get to this point.” -Peter Chiarelli, Behind the Moves (June 2011)
Rumor du jour: a non-Oiler source suggests that Keith Gretzky could/will be a new AGM for the #Oilers.
— Guy Flaming (@TPS_Guy) August 1, 2016
The Flaming rumor is interesting (Guy doesn’t break a lot of NHL stuff but his sources in hockey are outstanding). Gretzky is director of amateur scouting for the Bruins and of course has strong connections to Peter Chiarelli. The people I know in the industry tell me Gretzky is a bright guy who did good work with his staff in Boston (the Coyotes years were difficult, not sure about the dynamic there).
How many people does a general manager need to help in evaluation of players? He would need a capable amateur scouting director and staff; a pro scouting staff, that would include NHL observers and also men who could scout Sweden, Finland, Russia et cetera. Plus you would need an assistant GM and then one or two men who would form the internal brain trust. Right? I believe there will be another shoe to drop if this story has legs.
I wrote on this subject last week:
- One of the things this blog remains concerned about is Peter Chiarelli’s staff. If you drop by the Oilers management page, the names and faces staring back at you look similar to the last regime and the regime previous to that and the one before that one, too. If we are to believe the Edmonton Oilers, the forensic files found that the true culprits for the last decade were Dallas Eakins, Stu MacGregor, Morey Gare, Brad Davis, Kent Hawley, Billy Moores—and Tyler Dellow.
- I am not buying it. Peter Chiarelli is the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, an extremely difficult job with enormous pressure. I hope this blog has established over these years that we find no joy in watching people lose their jobs, but at the same time that linked management page is atrocious based on what has happened in the last decade. Mr. Chiarelli, consider tearing down that management page—for your own sake.
If the Gretzky hiring occurs, we can assume someone is moving out from the inner circle, the brain trust. I am not going to guess—if you have been following the Oilers for any length of time you know where the smart money is being laid.
CHIARELLI’S BIG EDMONTON MOVES
- Trading for Griffin Reinhart
- Trading for Cam Talbot
- Signing Andrej Sekera
- Trading Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson
- Signing Milan Lucic
It would be ridiculous to imply these moves are anyone else’s responsibility—this is Peter Chiarelli’s Edmonton track record. That said, replacing some of the inner circle management in Edmonton is an idea that is long overdue. We hope they choose well, and assume the new hire will know why we have a Gretzky drive in the city.