By Alex Neveis, NHL.com/NHL.com StaffThe Edmonton Oilers have been dealing with the fallout from the sudden departure of head coach Todd McLellan, with many players and coaches voicing their displeasure with the situation.
As McLellam’s departure from the team has become the biggest story of the season, the Oilers have had to deal with the effects of the NHL’s Player Safety Policy and the lack of consistency in the training and medical departments.
As of this writing, it has not been confirmed whether McLellamp is still with the team, but a number of players have spoken out against the situation, saying they are not satisfied with the way things are going.
In a post on his personal Instagram account, McLellamy wrote that he and his staff are “a professional employer organization,” and that the team is not concerned with what they do for a living.
However, while the Oilers are still working on the issue, it is unclear if they are still trying to find the right way forward.
“We are still in the process of looking at what we are going to do with our personnel and where we are at with that,” Edmonton General Manager David Poile told reporters Thursday.
“I think our core group of players and staff have been pretty positive in the past couple of days.
And obviously, it’s a very challenging time for us.
We know what it’s like to be in that situation and I think we’re in a good place.”
Poile said the Oilers’ management and coaching staff will have “some decisions” to make as they deal with a situation like this, but he did not say which ones.
“It’s going to be a little bit of a slow process, but we’re not in the position right now where we’re sitting around in limbo,” he said.
“There’s not a lot of time to do a whole lot of things right.
We’ve got to be careful that we’re making decisions that are going in the right direction.”
While some have been critical of McLellann, others have been more supportive.
In a tweet from the Oilers official account, Oilers coach Todd Bowles said he has a lot to be thankful for, as well as the players he has worked with.
“They were great,” Bowles wrote.
“They were really passionate, they were passionate about what they were doing and that’s what you have to be passionate about.
I had a lot more to do this year than I did last year, but they all came through.”
McLellam had been one of the best players in the NHL over the past few years, and the Oilers were the league’s top-ranked team in 2016-17, a year in which he won the Selke Trophy, which goes to the NHL player with the best regular season point totals.
McLillam is currently serving as the interim head coach of the Minnesota Wild, a team that finished with the league-worst goals against average.
The team has had some struggles on the ice during his tenure, but McLellas ability to manage the team and motivate the players has been a big part of that success.
The Oilers have yet to find a permanent replacement for McLellani, with the only real options being to part ways with someone or try to keep him on.