March 13, 2019 | 11:56am ET
OILERS HAVE GM CANDIDATES LIST
Bill Guerin, Penguins AGM
The Edmonton Oilers are starting the process of pursuing candidates for their vacant General Manager position and it’s believed 8-12 names are on their list.
During Tuesday night’s “Insider Trading” segment, Bob McKenzie reported that while 8-12 potential candidates are on Edmonton’s radar, a list he calls “authentic,” the Oilers may not be able to interview each one of those people until the off-season.
It’s unclear, at this point, whom the Oilers are specifically set on pursuing, though it has been widely speculated they may reach out to the likes of Vegas Golden Knight AGM Kelly McCrimmon, Los Angeles Kings AGM Mike Futa and Anaheim Ducks GM Consultant Dave Nonis.
It’s also believed Montreal Canadiens pro scout Sean Burke, former Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant GM Mark Hunter, and Pittsburgh Penguins AGM Bill Guerin may also get a look.
Oilers interim GM Keith Gretzky may also be a candidate, however TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta reported last week he may not be in the running for the full-time gig.
As Oilers look to shorten GM search list in next 2 weeks, as has been reported, I believe their current interim GM Keith Gretzky will not be on the short list.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) March 5, 2019
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland may be on Edmonton’s radar if his tenure with the Wings comes up.
Holland is under contract with the Wings through next season, but the team is believed to be toying with a change and he could become available.