This is going to be a memorable day for Edmonton Oilers fans. A general manager change is a fairly rate occurrence, although if this happens again in 2023 I’m not going to able to say that anymore.
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- New Lowetide: How will Ken Holland proceed in Year 1 as Oilers general manager?
- New Jonathan Willis: What does the arrival of Ken Holland mean for the Oilers coaching search?
- New Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Prioritizing the roster issues that await Ken Holland in Edmonton.
- New Lowetide: Ken Holland’s Bakersfield production line: Elevating Jones and how long will success take?
- New Lowetide: Ken Holland’s procurement list for his rumored move to Edmonton will include front-office personnel
- Jonathan Willis: A Milan Lucic trade is at the top of the to-do list for the Oilers’ next GM.
- Lowetide: Should Oilers practice more patience in adding Evan Bouchard to the roster?
- Jonathan Willis: Is Ken Holland yesterday’s man or the ideal GM candidate for the Oilers?
- Lowetide: Jesse Puljujarvi and his uncertain future with the Oilers
- Lowetide: ‘I see something special’: Are Oilers prepared to make Caleb Jones a fixture on the roster next season?
- Jonathan Willis: Gritty comeback performance sends Edmonton’s farm team to the second round of the AHL playoffs.
- Lowetide: Dylan Cozens might be ideal fit for Oilers at No. 8 overall in the 2019 draft
- New Lowetide: Is this the season the Oilers take the plunge and draft a USHL player in the first round?
- Lowetide: Red Wings front office shuffle could impact Oilers’ future.
- Daniel Nugent-Bowman: Ten prospects likely to be available when the Oilers make their first-round pick
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO PLAYERS?
From January to April 2015, under coach Todd Nelson, center Anton Lander played in 37 games, scoring 6-14-20. The games under Nelson were the only ones where Lander was used in a regular role (including PP & PK).
Derek Roy finished strong in 2014-15, scoring six goals in 13 March games. There was talk of a contract extension, but Chiarelli replaced Craig MacTavish and Roy never played another NHL game.
We all have a view of the team in our mind’s eye. Tobias Rieder and Kevin Gravel aren’t coming back, Jujhar Khaira and Alex Chiasson will be signed and we’ll all see about Jesse Puljujarvi. Ken Holland has zero attachment to any of them. Prospects even moreso, they’re names on a page. There’s a chance another NHL general manager has better knowledge about Dmitri Samorukov than Ken Holland.
WHO IS LEAVING (FRONT OFFICE)?
Impossible to know. Holland will want to bring in some of his own people, Nicholson will feel there are areas of strength in the organization. I imagine this has been discussed at length, but we may not see all the moves until after the draft and free agency.
There are names in play. Keith Gretzky was up for the general manager’s job, now the organization may attempt to have him slot in as AGM behind Holland. Sean Burke’s name has been mentioned heavily of late, he was spotted in Bakersfield recently and could be an addition to Holland’s staff.
Frank Seravalli joined Dustin Nielson this morning on TSN 1260, and said “I would expect to see some significant changes off the top. I imagine that was part of the process that went with Bob Nicholson during the interview. Where do you see yourself going? How do you see reshaping both our team and the front office? What do you need to do in order to be successful?”
WHO IS LEAVING (PLAYERS)?
It depends on Holland’s planned course. Is he going to aggressively move through this summer, trading unwanted assets with sweeteners and buying out expensive veterans? If so, we might see trades that involve the No. 8 overall selection, Dmitri Samorukov, Jesse Puljujarvi, basically any asset that isn’t projected to play a prominent role in 2019-20.
As for veterans, I can see Holland trading from strength, meaning LH defensemen. What might change from the previous regime’s outlook? Well, remember Holland has no connection to any of these players. Does that mean he will trade Darnell Nurse? It remains unlikely, but it’s more possible (more possible?) than it was a month ago. A LH depth chart of Klefbom-Sekera or Russell-Caleb Jones has plenty of torque.
If Holland is going Absolute All-In then we might see Lucic and No. 8 overall for a useful player, or Dmitri Samorukov and his future dealt for a useful player.
My hope is that he talks about the importance of drafting and developing and that he says something like “we’ll make trades that make sense now and in the future, but we’re not mortgaging tomorrow for a quick fix” but I’m not sure he will.
LOWDOWN WITH LOWETIDE
We’ll carry the Ken Holland avail live, and follow that up with a chorus of voices offering opinions. Those voices include Dave Jamieson, Jonathan Willis, Ryan Rishaug and others. We’ll sell you the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge!! 10 this morning, TSN1260.