NHL Analyst Criticizes Oilers For Firing Of Jay Woodcroft

Published November 17, 2023 at 2:20 PM

The Edmonton Oilers recently fired head coach Jay Woodcroft after their start to the season got out of control. One NHL Insider thought the move was ridiculous and he was not afraid to share his thoughts.

NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun: 'Its Bull****' Jay Woodcroft Was Fired

Lebrun recently went on the Got Yer Back podcast with Ryan Rishaug where he shared his thoughts on the Oilers season so far, including the firing of Jay Woodcroft.

"I think it's bullshit that Jay Woodcroft was fired when he was. I think he should have been given more time. I think the under-lying numbers suggested a team that was about to turn it around. I do not believe he lost the room. The guys were still playing hard for him. And I would have given Jay Woodcroft more time. Now Kris Knoblauch may end up being the greatest Oilers coaching hire ever. Let's not take away from him. It might be unbelievable. And then people are going to go back and say, ‘Well, there you go. That was exactly the right move at the right time.' How do you know? How do you know if there's not another week of Woodcroft that the Oilers aren't on a run? I didn't like it. That's my opinion. I could be wrong."

Woodcroft has been the most successful Oilers head coach in recent years despite his short tenure with the team. Since taking over in 2022 he has a 79-41-13 record with the team, good for a .665 points percentage. That is the equivalent of a 109 point season.

McDavid Backs Up Woodcroft, LeBrun

LeBrun's comments seem to fall in line with what Oilers captain Connor McDavid had to say about his former coach after he was fired. The world's best player defended his coach, largely sharing the exact same sentiment as leBrun.

«He never lost the room.»

Connor McDavid speaks on the firing of Jay Woodcroft.

McDavid has not been himself this year as he has just 13 points in 13 games. The 82 point pace would be a far cry from his 152 point season last year. However, it is believed that he is playing through an injury as the team rushed him back to play in the heritage classic.

That being said, the Oilers have been in dire straights this season as indicated by the firing of their head coach. They are likely playing McDavid only because they simply cannot afford to have him out of the lineup. The team is currently 7th in the Pacific division with a 5-9-1 record. The team does appear to be turning things around. Their next game is tomorrow as they visit the Lightning.

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NHL Analyst Criticizes Oilers For Firing Of Jay Woodcroft

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