Chatter is growing out of Edmonton that Oilers new general manager Ken Holland is getting ready to announce the hiring of his new head coach quite shortly, however it feels like captain Connor McDavid might not be happy about his pick.
It is believed that Dave Tippett is the front-runner in landing the head coaching position behind the Oilers’ bench and the announcement could be made official on Friday.
However, TSN’s Craig Button believes McDavid won’t be interested in Tippett’s coaching style.
Button explained that Tippett coaches a very static game and that unfortunately, McDavid isn't interested in playing a style which is about standing in a certain place. Button adds if Tippett hasn't evolved from that static style, it won't be a good hire for the Oilers.
Tippett hasn’t coached since the 2016-17 season, and so it is impossible that his coaching style has changed since he was last hired by the Arizona Coyotes. However, he did not coach elsewhere, seeing that he has spent the past year acting as senior advisor with the Seattle-based expansion franchise.
It first remains to be seen if Holland will go with Tippett as his new head coach and if McDavid will be open to a new style to get better results next season.