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Oilers' Knoblauch discusses upcoming coaching changes for next season


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Sam Jones
June 28, 2024  (11:29)
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Oilers' Knoblauch discusses upcoming coaching changes for next season
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In the wake of a pivotal game seven in the Stanley Cup finals, Oilers' head coach Kris Knoblauch reflected on a season of immense transformation and challenge.

Addressing the media on locker day, Knoblauch shared his aspirations for continuity in his coaching team.
"I come into this, and I had no say whatsoever on who the staff was gonna be . . . I don't think I would have been able to get a staff as qualified and capable as the one I have here. I don't know what we are doing moving forward, I assume everyone's coming back. I would like everyone to come back."
This statement comes after a whirlwind tenure beginning with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL under the New York Rangers' umbrella. The mid-season coaching shift from Jay Woodcroft and Dave Manson to Knoblauch marked a new chapter for the Oilers, bolstered by the appointments of legendary defenseman Paul Coffey and Glen Gulutzan as assistant coaches. Their collective impact was undeniable, propelling the team through a rigorous December and January, positioning them just behind the Canucks in the Pacific Division race.
Looking ahead, the Oilers face a transformative off-season with 12 players set as restricted or unrestricted free agents. Critical decisions loom, notably concerning new contracts for stalwarts like Evan Bouchard and Leon Draisaitl. Despite these uncertainties, the sentiment within the organization leans positively towards the coaching staff's continuity, regardless of the managerial future.
Knoblauch's openness about his initial lack of involvement in selecting his assistants, yet his subsequent appreciation for their qualifications, paints a picture of a leader embracing unexpected challenges and heralding a unified front. As the Oilers navigate this off-season, the cohesion and expertise of Knoblauch's team will be pivotal in shaping the franchise's path forward.
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