The Oilers fire their GM Peter Chiarelli

Peter Chiarelli

Edmonton Oilers fire general manager Peter Chiarelli: reports

Nicholson said at a news conference in Edmonton that Keith Gretzky will assume GM responsibilities for the time being, including the point role ahead of the February 25 trade deadline.

Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson said the decision to fire Chiarelli was made prior to last night's game against the Detroit Red Wings, and the news was delivered to the GM after the second period.

"There is something in the water here we haven't got right", Nicholson said.

Under Chiarelli's leadership, the Oilers were 137-133-25. "We have to get the right one".

It will be interesting to see how the front office change influences Edmonton's plans for the February 25th trade deadline.

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"We're not going to trade any of our assets away for a quick fix".

"We want to our younger players to develop more in the American Hockey League", Nicholson said.

"I know there are people out there that believe this team can't make the playoffs".

"We saw that we have it within the players in the dressing room to play at a top level in the league". "We have some really good players".

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Edmonton is now on a three-game losing streak and is in seventh place in the Pacific Division with a 23-24-3 record heading into All-Star weekend and its bye week.

This decision was inevitable based on the struggles of the Oilers this season and after Ken Hitchcock replaced Todd McLellan earlier in the year, Chiarelli's head was clearly on the chopping block.

Nicholson began by saying "the way this team was trending, we needed to make a change" before pausing and putting a great deal of emphasis on this year's playoff run. "I".

But Oilers have faltered since then, missing the post-season past year and now sitting outside a playoff spot.

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"We have a lot of work to do here in the organization over this break", Nicholson said.

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