An NHL insider has just shared his perspective on the reasons behind Jay Woodcroft's firing.
Oilers Let Go of Jay Woodcroft in Hope to Save Their Season
Since the Edmonton Oilers announced the firing of Jay Woodcroft due to their horrible start to the year, there's been a lot of rumours about the persone who made the call.
Some believed the players wanted the coach gone, while others thought it might have been to accommodate McDavid and bring in his former Junior Coach.
Elliotte Friedman revealed his opinion on the case:
"I will say this until I am blue in the face, this coaching change was not about Jay Woodcroft, it was not," said Friedman on the 32 Thoughts podcast. "This coaching change was about Edmonton cannot afford a disastrous season, so what are we going to do to try to change things."
Friedman believes that regardless of who was the coach, they would have faced the same fate at this point of the season. It's evident that Edmonton needed a change, and the coach is often the first to fall.
Friedman Suggests the Decision to Remove Woodcroft Originated From Jackson, Not Ken Holland
What adds another layer of intrigue is Friedman's strong belief that it was Oilers CEO Jeff Jackson, rather than General Manager Ken Holland, who made the call to part ways with Woodcroft.
This is concerning for Oilers fans, as it reinforces the notion that Holland and Jackson may not see eye to eye on resolving the current crisis.
"I think at the end of the day Jeff Jackson made this call," said Friedman. "The fact that it was Kris Knoblauch that says to me it was Jackson's call. I don't think the players overthrew Jay Woodcroft, I don't buy that."
"Holland was the guy who brought in Woodcroft and there's a new sheriff in town," said Friedman.
Are they not saying the exact opposite of each other?
Such a shift in power dynamics is not what the Oilers need at this critical hour.
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