Sports What to make of the Peter Chiarelli's vote of confidence for Todd McLellan?

23:13  08 january  2018
23:13  08 january  2018 Source:   Edmonton Journal

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  At The Cult of Hockey: The Edmonton Oilers need continuity behind the bench, for the long-term good of the franchise It is completely understandable that Edmonton Oilers fans should feel frustrated. Their team is broken. And especially after last season’s flirtation with Lord Stanley after a decade of darkness, that fact really hurts. It was supposed to be better. The old problems were supposed to be fixed by the new regime. Yet, here we are. […]It is completely understandable that Edmonton Oilers fans should feel frustrated.

The truth is, Edmonton’ s spot near the bottom of the standings precludes Chiarelli from making a blockbuster trade. I have the utmost confidence in Todd and the coaching staff as a group. There’ s no “may be” about it, Peter . That’ s how it works for guys like Chiarelli , McLellan and the

Peter Chiarelli : I’d like to announce on behalf of the Edmonton Oilers the signing of Todd McLellan as our new head coach. Todd ’ s one of the main reasons for that, instilling a level of confidence , energy, and discipline into these players.

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This in from Sportsnet columnist Mark Spector, an interview with Peter Chiarelli where the Oilers GM gives a vote of confidence to Edmonton coach Todd McLellan, calling him a “very good coach” and indicating he has no intention of axing him right now.

“I have the utmost confidence in Todd and the coaching staff as a group. This is about working through it.”

Bringing in another asst. coach has been looked at but rejected, Chiarelli said. He indicated he won’t make a panic move: “I have to have a clear head, and I have to have someone in charge — meaning Todd — who has a clear head.”

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  Does Peter Chiarelli deserve to be fired? If you actually believe in shot metrics, should you call for Chiarelli and McLellan’s head? “Does he deserve it? Very much so, but it might not ultimately matter this season. In the span of three seasons, Chiarelli has created a strange and unbalanced roster that lacks championship offensive depth and remains thin defensively. He also squandered the last year of McDavid’s entry-level deal before his cap hit spikes to $12.5 million next season. The fans are outraged. The media is questioning if he’s the right executive to build this team around McDavid.

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