Former Boston Bruins general manager and current Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is having a tough time in Western Canada. The Oilers are coming off a 78-point season last year, missing the playoffs by just almost 20 points. And judging by the start of this season, things don’t look to be getting any better for Chiarelli.
Marc Spector of Sportsnet joined Jimmy Murphy on this week’s Bruins Beat to discuss the state of the Oilers as the Bruins head north of the border for a road trip.
“They have lost patience in Edmonton with Chiarelli,” said Spector. “This is a key year for the team — they are being accused of wasting another year of Connor McDavid’s prime years. They’d better make the playoffs this year or I suspect there will be a great deal of turnover in this organization.”
Chiarelli joined the Oilers as their GM in April of 2015. Since then, the infamous former GM of the B’s has made some questionable trades. Spector made sure to lay them out.
PASTRNAK with the GOAL OF THE YEAR — HANDS TEAM
— Boston Bruins on CLNS (@BruinsCLNS) October 11, 2018
“He basically replaced Taylor Hall with Milan Lucic and traded him for Adam Larsson who’s a good, solid stay at home defenseman but he’s a 2 or a 4,” he said. “That trade kills you. He traded a first-round pick that turned into Mathew Barzal and a high second for a defenseman named Griffin Reinhart who hasn’t been in the league since. He’s won a couple of small trades but lost on a bunch of big ones. He traded Jordan Eberle for Ryan Strome. I get that it’s a contract dump but Strome isn’t even close to the player Eberle is.”
Spector went on to give his take on whether or not the Oilers should fire Chiarelli this soon into the season.
“I think they should let this season play out and give these guys a chance to put this thing back on the rails,” said Spector. “This was a 103-point team two years ago. If that doesn’t happen, I suspect there will be changes.”
For all CLNS BRUINS Videos SUBSCRIBE to our CLNS Media YOUTUBE Channel.