Is Connor McDavid somehow the second general manager of the Edmonton Oilers?
The question may seem far-fetched. However, McDavid’s former agent Jeff Jackson was chosen as the Alberta organization’s director of operations in August. Now McDavid’s former junior coach Kris Knoblauch sits behind the Oilers’ bench.
“What I see is that we want to make McDavid happy. We have [aussi] brought with him Connor Brown, who was his former line partner with the Otters [dans la OHL]» emphasized Mathieu Chouinard during a segment about the Oilers during the first intermission of the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Florida Panthers on TVA Sports.
In Jacques Martin’s eyes, the changes announced on Sunday had been in the planning stages for some time.
“Jeff Jackson, I’m sure he knows the coach he hired very well. He saw him working as a junior when he represented McDavid. The interesting thing is that [Knoblauch] worked in another organization, that of the New York Rangers. The decisions weren’t made this morning.”
Martin also believes Jay Woodcroft has lost his dressing room.
“It’s certain that the Oilers needed a change,” said the man who notably led the Montreal Canadiens. The big players didn’t appear. In difficult times, the coach often needs to demonstrate leadership to ensure there is still room for maneuver.
“In that case, I’m not sure he had the room.”
Watch the full discussion in the video above.
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