Dave Tippett was firedESPN confirmed that Jay Woodcroft is the Oilers' head coach. Jay Woodcroft is the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate Bakersfield Condors' coach. He has been promoted to Edmonton's bench.
The shakeup occurred Thursday after back-toback losses for the Oilers against Vegas & Chicago by a combined score 8-1.
Tippett, who had been away from coaching for nearly two years, was now on the Oilers' benches since May 2019. He's the seventh NHL coach to be fired this season and the second within 48 hours of Dominique Ducharme being replaced in Montreal.
For several weeks, the Edmonton Oilers had been under fire from their veteran coach. The Oilers struggled to get off to a good start and went just 5-12-3 since December. With a record of 95-62-14 and two first-round playoff exits, he leaves Edmonton.
Before Tippett decided to leave, the Oilers' management was open to making moves to improve Edmonton's prospects. Ken Holland, general manager, went out to sign the beleaguered forwardIn January, he signed a one year deal with the Oilers in the hopes that he would boost their flagging offence as well as offer some assistance to superstars. .
Edmonton could be out of the playoffs if this isn't enough. The Oilers are currently in sixth place in the Pacific Division. They are five points away from a wild card spot in Western Conference. It would be a major blow for the Oilers as they were eliminated by Winnipeg last season in the playoffs.
Woodcroft will be the one to fix the ship. Holland previously stated that he didn't want Edmonton's first round pick to be traded before the NHL's March 21 deadline. The Oilers also have McDavid, Draisaitl, who are among the league's top scorers. Woodcroft will bring fresh eyes and a fresh perspective to an already struggling organization.
Woodcroft, 45 years old, was previously an assistant coach with Todd McLellan of San Jose in 2008 and then rejoined McLellan as an assistant on Edmonton staff in 2015. Woodcroft, who has been in Bakersfield from 2018, is ready to start his first-ever NHL head coach job.