April 25, 2019 | 8:25pm ET
OILERS GM SEARCH INTENSIFIES, LIST NARROWS DOWN
Bob Nicholson, Oilers CEO
The Edmonton Oilers’ search for a new General Manager has picked up serious traction this week, as interviews with the remaining candidates have occurred.
According to sources close to the situation, the Oilers have narrowed down their desired GM list to four or five candidates, one of whom is believed to be Vegas Golden Knights Assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon – the Oilers still require permission from Vegas to speak with him.
Several candidates have spoken with the Oilers and CEO Bob Nicholson, who has been conducting interviews.
It’s unclear who remains in the final group, though speculation has linked the following among the potential applicants for the vacancy: Los Angeles Kings AGM Mike Futa, Tampa Bay Lightning AGM Pat Verbeek, Pittsburgh Penguins AGM Bill Guerin, Montreal Canadiens pro scout Sean Burke, former Toronto Maple Leafs AGM Mark Hunter, Anaheim Ducks GM Consultant Dave Nonis, former Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis, New Jersey Devils AGM Tom Fitzgerald, and McCrimmon.
Oilers current interim GM Keith Gretzky was in the mix for the position, but as TFP has previously reported, sources have said he’s been informed he is no longer in the hunt for the full-time gig.
It’s not yet known when the Oilers plan on making a decision or how many more interviews they plan on having with the remaining contenders. If/when they receive permission to speak with McCrimmon, that will likely determine how much more time the team plans on taking.