PETER CHIARELLI FINALLY OPENS UP ABOUT HIS TIME IN EDMONTON; SAYS HE WANTS TO LEAD A TEAM AGAIN

TIM TUCKER
March 19, 2020
When it comes to NHL general managers, Peter Chiarelli is likely to most controversial in recent memory. His close to four years in Edmonton saw trades and signings that confused many fans and left a bitter taste in the mouths of Edmonton faithful. It's been 14 months since Chiarelli was fired from the Oilers and he's finally opening up about his time there.

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Chiarelli recently sat down with Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun and admitted he should have taken more time between getting fired as GM of the Boston Bruins and accepting the same position with the Edmonton Oilers. It was just over a week between the firing and hiring back in 2015.

“I didn’t get a chance to reflect and in hindsight that’s important because because you can go back and look at what you did well and what you might have done differently. I had a few job offers right away and my thinking was, ‘Let’s just get back to work’.”

Getting back to work meant some really questionable moves for the Edmonton Oilers. In June of 2015, he traded the Oilers' first and second round picks for Griffen Reinhart, who would go on to play just 37 games in the NHL before leaving for Europe. He signed Milan Lucic to a seven year contract worth $6 million per season, a move that seemed questionable at the time and downright horrendous in hindsight. In what was perhaps his most controversial move, Chiarelli traded future league MVP Taylor Hall to New Jersey in a one-for-one deal for blueliner Adam Larsson.

“That was a difficult one because we felt we wanted to give breathing room to Connor McDavid and with where the salaries would go that’s a long look,” said Chiarelli. “Those are hard looks to execute. I liked the player we got. Adam Larsson is a good player, he’s not a sexy player, but he unfairly gets judged because it was a lopsided trade perception-wise."

Chiarelli is very aware of how his time in Edmonton is viewed by fans and media and realizes that he deserved some of the backlash.

“There’s a negative narrative out there and you can’t really rebut on why you did things. The break has given me time to reflect on what I did in Edmonton: The good things, the bad things and the things I would do differently.”

“In a nutshell, I’m a very deliberate thinker and planner and I strayed from that,” he said. “I strayed from that on player personnel decisions, on making off-ice scouting and management decisions and that’s not how I went into it but I did so shame on me."



Chiarelli did land on his feet after being let go from Edmonton. He now serves as a consultant to the general manager for the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. However, he says he's not giving up on the notion of being an NHL GM again.

"There’s a negative narrative out there and I want the chance to dispel that because there shouldn’t be,” he said. “I want to win again but I want to build it properly and I want to be patient in a timely manner.”

Source: Ottawa Sun
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In which country was the F-15 fighter plane developed?
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Which scenario would you prefer if the NHL season restart?
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