Oilers couldn't even wait for game to end to fire Peter Chiarelli

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The Edmonton Oilers fired general manager Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday.

"I think guys are exhausted right now".

But it was Chiarelli who called in and offered the blindfold and cigarette as the fan base asked the question.

The Detroit Red Wings, with four wins in their previous 19 games, came in and beat the anemic Oilers 3-2 Tuesday night, handing them their third straight loss at home as they finished a six-game Rogers home stand 2-4 against Florida, Arizona, Carolina, Detroit, Buffalo and Calgary with only the Flames in the playoffs.

The result was 11 losses in their first 20 games that led to the firing of McLellan and later a series of reactionary moves.

But Oilers have faltered since then, missing the post-season a year ago and now sitting outside a playoff spot. "When you look at some of our other top prospects, we're not giving them away unless we get some really good pieces back".

"We gotta find a way to make this team better to make the playoffs".

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Chiarelli traded away Hart Trophy victor Taylor Hall for struggling Adam Larsson.

"He really felt that he had let the organization down in not having this team in the playoffs".

In April 2018, Chiarelli received a vote of confidence from Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson at a postseason news conference following Edmonton's 12th-place finish in the Western Conference. "I want to emphasize again, we got some real good players", he said. We're going to try and bolster the offence and the defence, but we're not trading away our first pick. "But there's something in the water here in Edmonton that we don't have right and we've got to get that figured out". "I think we need to leave them down there until they are overripe".

Draisaitl swatted a puck in out of mid-air for his 27th of the season 4:30 into the third period as Edmonton finally got on the board. It was understood by most that the Oilers' brass would be on a short leash this season, and 49 points in January simply wasn't good enough to keep Chiarelli around.

Nicholson also said that any speculation that the organization is still being run by the old guard of the glory days is false.

A replacement for Chiarelli wasn't immediately announced by the team. "We gave him the authority to make those decisions; he brought in most of his own staff", Nicholson said. Nicholson is in charge of hockey operations.

Nicholson said the changes will not mean any changes for Ken Hitchcock's role with the team.

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