Edmonton Oilers: Twelve Days of Chirstmas

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Three Front Office Changes

The Edmonton Oilers established that it was time for a change for the better and certainly time for a total rebuild. Sure, it took more than three changes to the front office, but there were three that were important. First off, they finally fired Craig MacTavish, taking away his influence and power and giving him a job in the Oilers Entertainment Group. Next, they hired Peter Chiarelli, former manager of the Boston Bruins that built a Stanley Cup championship team in 2010-11. After that, the team hired Todd McLellan as their head coach.

These three changes have been a gift for the Oilers. Under McLellan’s reign, the Oilers have won twice as many games at this point than they did last season, and the team is not out of it by December. Next, under Chiarelli, certain individuals did not make the cut. Nikita Nikitin did not make the opening night roster. Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl are now on the team (after not making training camp) and are doing better than ever. How about Mark Fayne being sent down to the AHL to be taught a lesson?

This team is definitely headed in the right direction, and it is, in large part, from the front office changes that this team has made.

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