The Edmonton Oilers are said to be ready to name their new head coach for the 2019-20 season as TSN’s Ryan Rishaug believes the official announcement could take place on Friday.
It had been reported that new GM Ken Holland had considered 15 candidates for the position but that Dave Tippett remains the front-runner to become the new Oilers’ bench boss.
While Pierre LeBrun backed up his colleague’s report, he also added that Tippett "still figures prominently" in Edmonton's search, which feels like the decision might not be completely set int stone for the moment.
Tippett last coached in the NHL for the Arizona Coyotes. He spent the past year acting as senior advisor with the Seattle-based expansion franchise.
He reportedly interviewed for the Buffalo Sabres' head coaching position before they hired Ralph Krueger.
Oilers fans have been aware that Ken Hitchcock wouldn’t be back behind the bench for the upcoming season and it was clear that a new boss would take over the players for hopefully a significantly better season.