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Struggling Oilers fire GM Chiarelli

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2015, file photo, Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli gives an update on injured Oilers hockey player Connor McDavid in Edmonton, Alberta. The Edmonton Oilers have fired president of hockey operations and general manager Peter Chiarelli amid another season that has failed to live up to expectations. The team announced Chiarelli's abrupt dismissal Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in the aftermath of its third consecutive loss. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Edmonton fired Peter Chiarelli on Wednesday in an indictment of his roster moves in three-plus years as general manager, with the Oilers in striking distance of a playoff spot during another losing season.

The team announced Chiarelli's abrupt dismissal in the aftermath of its third consecutive loss. Edmonton has lost 12 of its past 16 games going into the All-Star Break. The Oilers are 14-14-2 since firing coach Todd McLellan and replacing him with Ken Hitchcock.

CEO Bob Nicholson will oversee hockey operations and the search for Chiarelli's replacement. Nicholson said at a news conference in Edmonton that Keith Gretzky will assume GM responsibilities for the time being, including the point role ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

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