Rumour: Oilers' Next GM has been Revealed

Published November 21, 2023 at 9:36 PM

The Oilers have somehow not been able to find a way to be serious Stanley Cup contenders since the team drafted Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Now the blame is finally starting to fall on general manager Ken Holland.

Edmonton Oilers To Replace Holland With New General Manager

Toronto Sun reporter Steve Simmons reported today that the Oilers are planning on moving on from general manager Ken Holland this offseason.

"GM Ken Holland will be gone at the end of the season — his call — and I wouldn't be surprised if Dave Gagner, whose son plays for the Oilers and is another former McDavid associate and a close Jackson friend, is brought in to be Oilers GM"

Interestingly, the phrasing here would imply that Holland will be leaving the position voluntarily. Given how poorly the Oilers season has gone so far, many in the hockey world believe he should not just be fired, but he should be fired immediately. Letting him stick around to make futile moves in an effort to make the playoffs could backfire on the team.

Fans Call Out Oilers For Keeping Holland As General Manager

There is no denying that being the general manager of an NHL team is not an easy job. That being said, Ken Holland was gifted an embarrassment of riches in Edmonton as he's had two of the best players in the league to work with and he still has not found a way to build a convincing Stanley Cup contender. Meanwhile, other teams have found similar if not more success with less talent to work with.

The biggest problem the Oilers have faced this year has been goaltending. Holland infamously passed on goaltender Jesper Wallstedt at the draft in 2021. He probably wished he had such a good goaltending prospect to fall back on right now.

It remains to be seen how the Oilers will tackle the rest of this season. Will they embrace a short-term retool? What will McDavid and Draisaitl think of that? Can they still make the playoffs? There are many tough questions the Oilers have to ask themselves right now.

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