Oilers fire head coach Todd McLellan, hire Ken Hitchcock

Oilers fire head coach Todd McLellan, hire Ken Hitchcock

Edmonton Oilers fans spent Tuesday collecting their thoughts about the big news surrounding the hockey club: Todd McLellan was sacked as head coach, with Ken Hitchcock coming in as his replacement. The team's lone playoff appearance during McLellan's tenure was in 2016-17 when they lost a second-round matchup with the Ducks in seven games.

McLellan joins Mike Yeo, Joel Quenneville and Jon Stevens on the list of fired coaches over a span of 18 days after not a single bench boss was sacked in-season previous year. The Oilers record on the season sits at 9-10-1. Hitchcock has amassed just over 900 wins in his 22 years of coaching.

An Edmonton native (which you would imagine played into his decision), Hitchcock owns the third-most wins in National Hockey League history and won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999.

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Hitchcock, 66, coached in Dallas, Philadelphia, Columbus, St. Louis and Dallas again before announcing his retirement last April.

Hitchcock won't have to wait long to make his debut behind the Oilers' bench.

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