With this being Ken Holland’s final year under contract as GM of the Oilers, some have started to wonder who his replacement might be if the 68-year-old decides to move into an advisory role or if the team decides to make a change. One speculative candidate has been player agent Dave Gagner who worked with Jeff Jackson, now the president of hockey operations for Edmonton. Meanwhile, his son Sam is in his third stint with the franchise. However, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported in the latest Saturday Headlines segment (video link) that the former NHL player has indicated that he isn’t interested in the job and wouldn’t pursue it if it became available. Edmonton had an in-house candidate to eventually take Holland’s spot in Steve Staios but he is now with Ottawa.
Elsewhere out West:
- Sportsnet’s Eric Francis points out that Flames winger Martin Pospisil is now waiver-eligible once again having now played in 11 games this season. The 24-year-old has fared well in his first taste of NHL action with three goals and two assists which would make it much riskier to try to send him back down now that he has shown he can produce at the top level. Accordingly, Francis suggests that Pospisil’s spot is likely secure for the time being, even though it will present some challenges cap-wise later on when they want to bring others up from the minors.
- Jets defenseman Dylan DeMelo is a pending UFA for the second time in his career as he can hit the open market this summer. He told Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Free Press that his uncertain contract status affected his play last time when he was with Ottawa, who eventually moved him to Winnipeg. DeMelo’s desire is to remain with the Jets but noted that he knew he was lower on the priority list to re-sign. However, with extensions for Mark Scheifele and Connor Hellebuyck done, it’s possible that talks about a new deal for DeMelo could be in the works before long.