The Edmonton Oilers have been a laughing stock for a long time.
Stanley Cups are now but a distant memory for the former ‘City of Champions.’ In fact, if you’re 29 or younger, you weren’t even alive to see those triumphs. The Oilers have missed the playoffs in all but one season since 2006, failing to put together a decent team despite winning the draft lottery four times.
Not even the best player in the world has been able to save them.
It would be tragic if it wasn’t so hilarious.
The spotlight has shined extra bright on the Oilers this week, after they put Ryan Spooner (the only thing they have left to show for Jordan Eberle) on waivers on Monday and gave a generous contract extension to goaltender Mikko Koskinen on Tuesday. On Wednesday, they fired the man in charge of those decisions.
Peter Chiarelli has been relieved of his duties, after nearly four years of controversial moves, which includes trading reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall.
Here’s how hockey fans outside of Edmonton reacted to the news:
*goes to Oilers Twitter account to see replies* pic.twitter.com/d6Z5aNhFO1
— Ricky (@Van_city_Nucks) January 23, 2019
— Sean (@SeanK117) January 23, 2019
I'm legit going to miss waking up every morning wondering "How is Chiarelli gonna set the Oilers back today?"
— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) January 23, 2019
— IslesBlog (@IslesBlog) January 23, 2019
McDavid hits post. Oilers offer post two years at $2.5 million per year.
— Rob Tychkowski (@Rob_Tychkowski) January 23, 2019
Updates GM rankings:
31. The poor sucker who takes the Oilers job.
— Chris Conte (@ChrisConte79) January 23, 2019
Orange you glad you're not an Oilers fan?
— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) January 23, 2019
I’ve never seen anything as embarrassing in hockey as the 2018-2019 Edmonton Oilers and I’m a longtime Leafs fan.
— Justin Fisher (@thejustinfisher) January 23, 2019
Warm Weather ❌
Winning team ❌
Solid management ❌
Good coach ❌
Overrated mall ✅
Don’t worry. The #Oilers are going to be a destination of choice for free agents this offseason 🙄
— Patrick (@DudeAb1ded) January 23, 2019
When the Oilers inevitably fire Chiarelli but the same 80's alumni group is ultimately in charge pic.twitter.com/98qOJE46aH
— Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) January 23, 2019
— Darryl Keeping (@dkeeping) January 23, 2019
"Alright guys, we had to let Pete go. Who's up to be the next GM of the Oilers?" pic.twitter.com/j6wwqvf2jg
— birky (@b1rky) January 23, 2019
Oilers GM replacement frontrunners:
-The Arby hat from Arby’s
-Wario (is just Chiarelli but with a moustache but nobody notices)
— KB (@LeBronMaclean) January 23, 2019
The Oilers should trade McDavid to Seattle for the rights to an expansion draft. Start the team over from scratch
— Alex Novet (@AlexNovet) January 23, 2019
The Oilers have lost three games in a row and don’t play again until February 2. Keith Gretzky, the brother of Wayne, will act as the team’s interim general manager until a full-time replacement is named.