Ken Hitchcock is out as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.
Hitchcock was hired in November to replace Todd McLellan and went 26-28-8 as the Oilers missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
General manager Ken Holland agreed to terms on a contract — reportedly worth $5 million over five years — Sunday and will make the decision on the team’s next head coach.
“I am very happy to be joining the Edmonton Oilers. I believe we can build something special in Edmonton & I look forward to putting a plan in place to make the Oilers a consistently successful team.” https://t.co/p4VOIQrMC8
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 7, 2019
Holland, 63, spent the past 35 years with the Detroit Red Wings, including 22 seasons as general manager.
Franchise cornerstone Connor McDavid said last month his frustration level was “really, really high” with the current direction of the franchise. According to Yahoo Canada, McDavid was thrilled with the decision to hire Holland.
The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup with Holland calling the shots in 1998, 2002 and 2008. As the highest-spending team in the NHL last season, the Red Wings failed to reach the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)