Edmonton Oilers GM Search: Critiquing 200 Hockey Men

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: (l-r) Lou Lamoriello and Mark Hunter of the Toronto Maple Leafs attend of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 24: (l-r) Lou Lamoriello and Mark Hunter of the Toronto Maple Leafs attend of the 2016 NHL Draft on June 24, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – JANUARY 6: Dave Nonis senior VP and GM of the Leafs, walks out of the press conference after announcing that he fired Randy Carlyle as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images) /

What This Has to do With Edmonton’s Search

Well, there’s a new trend in today’s NHL, and it’s one Edmonton is seemingly ignoring.

When you look at the list of candidates Dreger reported Edmonton as interested in two names jump out, Sean Burke, and Dave Nonis.

These two follow the same broken down the formula of recycling other teams cast-offs because they had success in “the past.” The past doesn’t work for any more organizations, and smart teams are starting to realize it.

John Chayka and Kyle Dubas are part of a new movement. Smart, young, talented people who are earning it the right way. Just Like Chiarelli, Fletcher, and Lombardi did long ago. While those three have all bounced around, they are all cup winners and have had success.

In the now, however, they are sub-par options as compared to fresh minds who can bring new ideas into the general manager role.

If Edmonton wants to bring another guy who has done it before and has experience winning we can buckle up for rebuild 5.0. Edmonton needs a fresh face with new ideas that aren’t connected to any established line of thinking.

The team needs a person who is not going to be a part of the Old Boys Club. Someone who will cause tangible and meaningful change in an organization so stale and bereft of new ideas.