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Breaking: Oilers officially hire new coach

Hopefully he makes a difference with this struggling team.

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The Edmonton Oilers have officially made a coach hiring.

It was discussed on Saturday by Bob McKenzie that they planned on hiring legendary defenseman Paul Coffey in some capacity, but it was clear how he would be involved.

The Oilers officially announced that he has been hired as skill development coach.

One particular Oilers fan had a fairly cynical view on the hire.

Mark Spector of Sportsnet echoed a sentiment felt by most people surrounding the Edmonton market - hiring former Oilers players to run the organization has set this team back, and they've done it yet again after seemingly departing from that strategy with the hires of Peter Chiarelli and Todd McLellan over the last couple years.

Coffey posted 1,531 points in 1,409 career regular season NHL games, adding 196 points in 194 playoff games. 

He's from a different era, but he was certainly one of the best ever at his position - hopefully he can help turn things around in Edmonton for the better.