Struggling Oilers fire GM Peter Chiarelli

January 23, 2019 - 11:07 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have fired president of hockey operations and general manager Peter Chiarelli amid another season that has failed to live up to expectations.

The team announced Chiarelli's abrupt dismissal Wednesday in the aftermath of its third consecutive loss. Edmonton has lost 12 of its past 16 games going into the All-Star Break. The Oilers are 14-14-2 since firing coach Todd McLellan and replacing him with Ken Hitchcock.

President and CEO Bob Nicholson said Keith Gretzky will assume more responsibilities as the Oilers look for a full-time GM.

The Oilers are in seventh place in the eight-team Pacific Division and three points out of a playoff position with 32 games left.

Chiarelli took over the Oilers in 2015 after they won the draft lottery and the opportunity to select star Connor McDavid. They've made the playoffs just once in McDavid's three seasons.

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