The Oilers have fired Assistant General Manager and vice-President of Hockey Operations, Kevin Prendergast.
Edmonton General Manager Steve Tambellini made the announcement discreetly hours ago on the NHL club’s website. In a brief statement Tambellini thanked Prendergast and his family for 20 years of service to the team.
Undoubtedly, there will be more to come on this shake-up, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Given the club’s dismal performance on the ice the past several years, including a four-year hiatus from the post-season, a front-office shake-up was inevitable. Perhaps a pre-draft difference of opinion?
Unfortunately, some might argue, they fired the wrong “Kevin”, in reference to the team’s head of hockey operations and first-ever draft pick, Kevin Lowe, the architect of a last-place hockey team straddled with a roster full of unattractive contracts.
Will the Oil fill the front office vacancy from within, or go outside of the organization? It’s going to be an interesting summer in E-Town.
In the meantime, keep your chins up, and your sticks down Oiler fans.
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Written by Scott Pattison
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