January 6, 2019 | 12:50pm ET
CHIARELLI’S “ON REAL THIN ICE”
Peter Chiarelli, GM
The Edmonton Oilers have just two wins in their last 10 games and now sit four points out of a playoff spot after losing 4-0 to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.
Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli has made a number of roster moves recently, but the team has failed to gain much ground in the standing.
During Saturday night’s first intermission “To The Point” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Brian Burke noted that Chiarelli is “on real thin ice” in Edmonton, but also noted the GM is “not worried about his hide one bit.”
After making some additions to the blueline, Burke believes it’s now up to the Oilers players to step up and push themselves in the right direction.
Chiarelli will continue to scour the market for roster upgrades, but missing the playoffs will almost certainly cost him his job in the off-season.
The Oilers have roughly $2.23 million in available salary cap space come the Feb. 25 trade deadline, according to CapFriendly, which means any significant trade will likely result in at least one current roster player going back the other way.
Chiarelli would love to find a long-term solution to the left side of Connor McDavid’s line, but he’s come up empty. He’d also like to find a new home for veteran Milan Lucic, who rescinded his trade request earlier this season, but his $6 million salary cap hit has made negotiations extremely difficult.
The Oilers currently sit 11th in the Western Conference with a 19-19-3 record.