March 4, 2019 | 8:56pm ET
OILERS HOPING TO SHORTEN GM LIST
Mike Futa, L.A. Kings AGM
The Edmonton Oilers are continuing their GM search and it appears the organization wants to narrow its list of candidates over the next two weeks.
During Monday’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, while reporting from the NHL General Managers Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported the Oilers plan on cutting down their list of potential GMs “in the next 10-14 days.”
While it has been strongly believed Vegas Golden Knights Assistant GM Kelly McCrimmon, the Knights aren’t allowing any team to speak with him until their season comes to a close, which might take him out of the running for the GM spot in Edmonton.
There are roughly 10 candidates potentially in the running for the Oilers GM job, according to Dreger, with the likes of the Consultant to the GM of the Anaheim Ducks Dave Nonis, Los Angeles Kings Assistant GM Mike Futa, Montreal Canadiens pro scout Sean Burke, and former Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant GM Mark Hunter on it.
Keith Gretzky, the Oilers’ current interim GM, is also in the running for the full-time position.
Nonis served as GM of the Vancouver Canucks from 2004-2008 and GM of the Maple Leafs from 2013-2015.
Burke served as the Arizona Coyotes Assistant GM from 2012-2015 and was the GM of Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Hunter, who spent nearly four years as the Maple Leafs AGM, is currently the VP and GM of the OHL’s London Knights.
Meanwhile, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported McCrimmon is at the top of the list of Seattle’s GM search and that organization could meet with McCrimmon this off-season.