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[Report] Ken Hitchcock won’t return as Oilers coach

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This was from CBC a few days ago:  Edmonton took over Hitchcock's three-year contract he had as an adviser for the Dallas Stars, with Nicholson saying he would stay with the team in some capacity through the life of the deal. 

 

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I think they've got time for one more "placeholder" coach until the Oil can climb out of the hole they're in and get back to being competitive. Another year of blame laid on the figurehead while he turns over that roster.

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11 minutes ago, Jimmy McGill said:

my money's on Eakins. 

Anaheim.  They like the work he has been doing with their prospects and they expect to have several of them graduate next season.

 

Wonder if Babcock could be an option.  Some noise that things aren't going as smoothly between him and Dubas.  Dubas as former GM of the Marlies also a big supporter of Sheldon O'Keefe.  How long until another team comes knocking with the Marlies again doing very well in the post-season so far.

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1 minute ago, mll said:

Anaheim.  They like the work he has been doing with their prospects and they expect to have several of them graduate next season.

 

Wonder if Babcock could be an option.  Some noise that things aren't going as smoothly between him and Dubas.  Dubas as former GM of the Marlies also a big supporter of Sheldon O'Keefe.  How long until another team comes knocking with the Marlies again doing very well in the post-season so far.

I know i was just being cheeky. 

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12 minutes ago, mll said:

Wonder if Babcock could be an option.  Some noise that things aren't going as smoothly between him and Dubas.  Dubas as former GM of the Marlies also a big supporter of Sheldon O'Keefe.  How long until another team comes knocking with the Marlies again doing very well in the post-season so far.

Except Dubas just went public with his unequivocal support of Babcock saying he's their guy no matter what.

 

https://www.tsn.ca/kyle-dubas-on-mike-babcock-we-re-all-in-on-mike-and-mike-is-all-in-on-us-1.1301670

 

Yes, I understand that he may have said that to keep the 'dogs' at bay for the off-season, but things would have to go horribly wrong somewhere, somehow for Dubas to fire Babcock this off-season imo.  It would signal an abrupt change in the franchise's direction if this were to happen and I'm not sure Dubas wants to bring that kind of negative attention to their franchise right now when their finally looking somewhat stable. 

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12 minutes ago, Fanuck said:

Except Dubas just went public with his unequivocal support of Babcock saying he's their guy no matter what.

 

https://www.tsn.ca/kyle-dubas-on-mike-babcock-we-re-all-in-on-mike-and-mike-is-all-in-on-us-1.1301670

 

Yes, I understand that he may have said that to keep the 'dogs' at bay for the off-season, but things would have to go horribly wrong somewhere, somehow for Dubas to fire Babcock this off-season imo.  It would signal an abrupt change in the franchise's direction if this were to happen and I'm not sure Dubas wants to bring that kind of negative attention to their franchise right now when their finally looking somewhat stable. 

New development.

 

From that article:  Dubas didn't confirm at the year-end press conference that Babcock would return in 2019-20. Furthermore, with Ken Holland headed to the Edmonton Oilers as their next general manager, there was speculation the former Detroit Red Wings GM might try to bring Babcock to Edmonton. 

 

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The Oiler's consistently lack urgency in their decision making.
They take too long to make trades that'll help their future because of their loyalty to their playesr.

The took too long to sign a GM and got Holland

And they wait until the 2nd round is nearly over to start a coach hunt?

 

I feel like Quenneville or Vigneault could've really helped them, but now they're going to get left a with a GM that literally no one else wants as I believe they're now the last team in search for a coach. 

I'll tell you what. Getting the GM and Coach that no other team viewed as relevant is not going to bring them the success they want. 

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