The Edmonton Oilers have their new general manager. Next up, the search for a new head coach begins.
According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, Ken Hitchcock will not be returning to the team.
Hitchcock spent the majority of the 2018-19 season behind the Oilers’ bench, a November hiring after the dismissal of Todd McLellan.
New GM Ken Holland was granted full autonomy in hockey decisions, and it was widely assumed that would include a fresh start behind the bench. Edmonton went 26-28-8 in 62 games under Hitchcock’s guidance and failed to make the post-season for the second straight year.