Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is in perhaps the most unenviable position of any GM in the NHL. But… it didn’t start that way. The former Stanley Cup winning GM was hired by the Oilers back in the Spring of 2015, just months before the team would go on to select superstar and generational talent Connor McDavid first overall. Chiarelli wasted no time in moulding the Oilers to his liking, by adding not only McDavid, but Griffin Reinhart, Cam Talbot and Andrej Sekera. The giant mistake of the Reinhart deal has only come to light in recent monthS, but it’s nothing compared to the damage Chiarelli inflicted upon the franchise with his moves in the 2016-17 season and offseason. In quick succession Chiarelli shipped out Justin Schultz, Taylor Hall and Nail Yakupov. In their place the Oilers have an over-the-hill Milan Lucic and a stable 2nd pairing blue liner in Adam Larsson.
Still, despite all of Chiarelli’s questionable moves, the Oilers were able to earn a playoff berth in 2017-18. Spurred on by their new captain McDavid and with some superb goaltending by Talbot, the Oilers were able to contend for a Stanley Cup last season. So, how’d Chiarelli follow up last season’s success? By trading Jordan Eberle for underperforming winger Ryan Strome. Yikes.
In just over two years, Chiarelli has taken what was the NHL’s most promising stable of young talent and turned them into a group that, beyond McDavid, has no real identity or direction. In short… it’s a depressing time to be an Oilers fan… no it’s a FRUSTRATING time to be an Oilers fan. With McDavid locked up for the foreseeable future this team should be contending for the Stanley Cup every year. Except… that’s not how Chiarelli sees it.
In a meeting with Oilers season ticket holders yesterday afternoon, one fan managed to get some time alone with Chiarelli and asked him, “When will the Oilers win the Cup?” Chiarelli’s answer? Five years. FIVE YEARS!
Are you kidding me!? How about THIS year? And everyone after it for as long as McDavid is under contract?! Needless to say, Oilers fans are not happy with this assessment and have taken to social media to voice their displeasure.
Can we just get this guy out of here and start from fresh AGAIN?