Breaking: Hitchcock’s future has been decided

Will the veteran bench boss be back in Edmonton?

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According to multiple online reports, the Edmonton Oilers will NOT be bringing head coach Ken Hitchcock back for the 2019-20 season and beyond.

Hitchcock, of course, was hired by former general manager Peter Chiarelli mid-season in an attempt to stop the team’s downward spiral. The Hitchcock experiment had mixed results, but ultimately the Oilers missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season. We all know the fallout… Chiarelli was fired and with Ken Holland expected to be announced as the team’s next GM any moment, it was inevitable that a coaching change was coming in Oil Country.

There are several qualified candidates out there for Holland to choose from including Dave Tippett, Todd Nelson, Kris Knoblauch and…. Mike Babcock?