In the past five years, what has been the biggest changes in the NHL? Speed and age.
I really don’t care about Oilers fans wanting Todd McLellan gone. I think he was dealt a bad hand and had to keep his poker face on for as long as possible.
What doesn’t make sense to me, is if you have a young team in an evolving league, why would you bring in an old style NHL coach who has publicly said he had no interest in coaching anymore and has “retired” multiple times.
Ken Hitchcock is a perennial .600 win percentage coach in the regular season who has had minimal success in the playoffs (except for 1999 when he was handed Ed Belfour, Brett Hull, Derian Hatcher, Mike Modano, Joe Nieuwendyk and Jere Lehtinen in their prime.)
Hitchcock has only coached one team to a “success season” since 2005 (St Louis Blues, ’16).
Now you’ve got an aged coach (I get it he has a lot of wins, but cups are what matters) walking onto the bench of a Peter Chiarelli built team, that has somewhat of an ego after their one decent playoff run. Can’t see this working.
There is a reason guys like Jeremy Colliton, Todd Reirden, Rod Brind’Amour, Jared Bednar, Jim Montgomery and John Hynes are taking over. The game isn’t played anywhere close to how it was in the early 2000s. Now you got PC setting everyone up for failure in Oil Country, but at least give your team a young coach who can connect with the guys and is someone you can see being there long-term.
Since 2008 the Oilers have zipped through Craig MacTavish, Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Kruger, Dallas Eakins, Todd Nelson and McLellan…
Chiarelli’s ass should be on the line next and if Daryl Katz keeps him around for more nonsense, Connor McDavid will not stick around.
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