The Edmonton Oilers will try to thread the needle in the days ahead, focused on change although unwilling to trade away the future after firing president of hockey operations and general manager Peter Chiarelli on Tuesday night.
"We have to look at all parts of this organization," Oilers Entertainment Group CEO and vice chair Bob Nicholson said at Rogers Place on Wednesday. "I want to emphasize again that we have some really good players. We have some really good staff. But there's something in the water here in Edmonton that we don't have right and we have to get that figured out."
Heading into the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend and their League-mandated five-day break that follows, the Oilers (23-24-3) are in seventh place in the Pacific Division with 49 points, three behind the Colorado Avalanche, who hold the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.
"I want to clearly give the message, I know there's people out there that believe this team can't make the playoffs," Nicholson said. "We believe in the organization, we believe in the dressing room that we can.
"I think the other key is that we're not going to trade any of our assets away for a quick fix. We'll make some trades at the deadline (Feb. 25) if they're the right trades to get us in the playoffs but (we're) not giving away the future."
Nicholson said assistant general manager Keith Gretzky will take on some of the GM duties but that any transactions will be decided upon by a wider group, including himself, in the hockey department.