NHL: Edmonton Oilers hire unretired Ken Hitchcock as Head Coach
The 10-10-1 Edmonton Oilers fire head coach Todd McClellan and hire Ken Hitchcock as the new head coach, coming off seven months of retirement.
Former head coach of the Dallas Stars, Ken Hitchcock retired from the NHL for seven months at the end of last season. The Oilers made a big decision on Tuesday as they fired Todd McClellan, who coached for Edmonton from 2015 to 2018. McClellan was the head coach for the San Jose Sharks previously from 2008 to 2015. McClellan was 434-282-90 in his career coaching the Edmonton Oilers. Many Sharks players that he coached in his stint backed him up and the lack of the effort was the problem for the Oilers. However, this move was made to hire the 3rd most winningest head coach in NHL history, Ken Hitchcock. They convinced him out of retirement.
Ken Hitchcock has 8 division titles along with the 3rd most wins as an NHL head coach. He has been the head coach for the Dallas Stars (1995-2001, 2017-2018), St. Louis Blues (2011-2017), Columbus Blue Jackets (2007-2010), and Philadelphia Flyers (2002-2007). All four teams he has been a part of have been relatively successful. The Oilers are hoping they are the next. He coached the Dallas twice in his coaching career and has one Stanley Cup for them. Hitchcock gets to coach for his hometown (Edmonton). However, his job will not be an easy one. Especially with the decade of mediocrity, he will have to overcome for the short-term future.
Time will tell if this splash move was worth it. Or was it just a waste of time kicking the tires on an older, but successful coach?
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