This is going to be a huge hire for the Oilers. I’d like to have that person in place tomorrow, but this time I’m going to make sure I turn over every rock and talk to a lot of people. I need to make sure that when we name that person, it’s the right person for the organization long-term. That’s the No. 1 goal.”
“Everyone is asking: ‘When?’ This time I want to do a lot of research about what we are and what all of our options will be. This time I want to be completely sure about what the characteristics of a general manager that we need to have going forward so I can stand up in front of the Oilers fans and tell them: ‘This is the person’ and why that person is the best person moving forward.
with Chiarelli and McLellan both out of the picture, it can’t be understated how important it is for Nicholson to get it right this time — absolutely 100%, bang-on, totally right.