Report: Oilers near three-year deal with head coach Jay Woodcroft

Elliotte Friedman breaks down some of the news swirling around the NHL including Colorado making Valeri Nichushkin a priority, the Senators' decision on Connor Brown, and some coaching clarity for a number of teams.

Jay Woodcroft is close to signing a new deal to remain head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, according to ESPN's Kevin Weekes.

The deal is for three years, according to the report.

Woodcroft replaced Dave Tippett as head coach of the Oilers on Feb. 10, when the team had won just seven out of its previous 23 games and was five points adrift of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Woodcroft went on to lead the Oilers to a second-place finish in the Pacific Division and two playoff series victories. They were eventual swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Final.

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