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Oilers seeking potential match for newly available top general manager


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Sam Jones
May 24, 2024  (2:50 PM)
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With swirling rumors that Ken Holland might leave Edmonton for a GM role elsewhere next season, the Oilers find themselves in a tight spot needing to fill a potentially vacant GM position.

In the midst of this speculation, an intriguing candidate has emerged: Hurricanes GM Don Waddell.
Renowned sports journalist Pierre LeBrun has hinted strongly at Holland's anticipated exit. This shift prompts the question of whether Waddell could be the right fit for the Oilers. Known for his dynamic presence and close relationships with players, Waddell combines a unique blend of humor and professionalism, enhancing team morale and effectiveness. A recent clip shared online illustrates his approachable style and comedic timing, further cementing his reputation as a player-friendly GM.
However, Waddell's accolades extend beyond his interpersonal skills. He is celebrated as a shrewd contract negotiator, with many Carolina players holding contracts that exceed their market value. Although the Hurricanes have fallen short in conference finals, Waddell's strategic maneuvers have consistently propelled the team to competitive heights.
His tenure in Carolina is marked by bold, often risky decisions that have frequently paid off, especially in trade negotiations. Waddell's proactive approach in trading key players like Noah Hanifin, Elias Lindholm, and Jeff Skinner at their peak value highlights his ability to maximize assets strategically.
As Waddell's name surfaces in the GM market, with confirmed interviews only with Columbus so far, Edmonton would be wise to consider him seriously. His proven track record and aggressive management style could offer the Oilers a crucial edge in building a future-proof team.
As the Oilers race against time to secure a competent leader, the possibility of bringing Waddell aboard poses an exciting prospect. His leadership could very well steer the Oilers to new heights, ensuring that the team remains competitive in the ever-evolving NHL landscape.
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MAY 24   |   33 ANSWERS
Oilers seeking potential match for newly available top general manager

Do you think Waddell would be a better choice than Holland?

Yes, he could do great things for the franchise2163.6 %
No, stick with what you know1236.4 %
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