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 Re: Winds of Change [message #706700 is a reply to message #706695 ]
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As Matheson and Stauffer tweet out their (team requested) support of the coach, Peter Chiarelli reaches out to Spector this evening to give the ol' vote of confidence to his coach.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/oilers-gm-peter-chiarelli -no-intentions-firing-todd-mclellan/

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“I have no intentions of firing Todd (McLellan). I want to work with the coach, and I think he’s a very good coach,” Chiarelli said over the phone from Nashville. “As far as Todd goes, and (his staff), I am not considering firing them. At this point we’re going to solve it together.”


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“Everyone is under evaluation, including myself,” Chiarelli said. “We’ve had our challenges from a coaching perspective, and we’ve had our challenges from a player personnel perspective. We went into the season with certain expectations, and we’re not even close to them.

“I see the situation we’re in. I see levels of improvement, but I also see the losses piling up,” he said. “There’s a plan in place, and a plan to bring up through the ranks, at the proper time, younger players.

“But remember my press conference (on Nov. 28) with the ‘death by a thousand cuts?’ That’s still going on right now.”


- the first shot fired here, and it's definitely at the players, who haven't lived up to the expectations the team had of them.

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Why has Oscar Klefbom’s game descended so far? What happened to sophomores Drake Caggiula and Matt Benning? Why have Pat Maroon and Zack Kassian not been the players they were last season? What on earth happened to Mark Letestu's usually dependable game? Why does Leon Draisaitl’s game come and go like the wind?


- That's Spector helping to lay blame at players' feet, naming names where the GM did not.

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“I have to have a clear head,” he said. “I have to stick with what we have in place, what we’re trying to do, for more than two months or a (bad season). But, we also owe it to our fans to make sure the team is in a position (to win), whenever that time is. I have to look at the bigger picture, but having said that, that bigger picture includes the coaching staff, the players …

“I have to have a clear head, and I have to have someone in charge — meaning Todd — who has a clear head.”


- In short, I have no idea what we're going to do, and how we're getting out of this mess.

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“I know special teams have been lacking,” Chiarelli said. “They’ve been working non-stop on them. I have the utmost confidence in Todd and the coaching staff as a group. This is about working through it.”

As a GM, Chiarelli’s M.O. has been patience. He’s not a hothead who fires people, though if we’re having this same conversation 11 months from now, we suspect that will change.

“That’s not to say it’s not a tool in my toolbox, but I am apt to look at the bigger picture here now,” he said. “It doesn’t mean we’re (never) going to make change, but Todd is a very good coach.

“We’re going to look at other things, other than what people are asking for as an obvious change. Although they may be asking for my (head) too.”


- So Chia says he's not firing the coach, but saying he could fire it someday - it's a "tool in his toolbox". And then he acknowledges that people are calling for him and McLellan to be fired - as they should be.



"This team needs an enema!"
#FireLowe #FireMacT #FireHowson #FireBuchberger #FireHowsonAgain #FireChiarelli #FireMcLellan #FireBobbyNicks and...SIGH...#FireTheGretzkys

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