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Insider Reveals How Connor McDavid Is Handling Jay Woodcroft's Firing

Published November 13, 2023 at 6:23 PM
BY TOM BANKS
The Edmonton Oilers couldn't have scripted a worse start to the 2023-24 season, and after years at the helm, Head Coach Jay Woodcroft was officially relieved of his duties over the weekend.

McDavid struggling with the Oilers coaching change



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While the Oilers have been struggling on the ice, captain Connor McDavid seemed confident the players could figure it out, but after waking up to a text revealing the coaching change, it appears it's truly effecting him.


McDavid looked pretty shell shocked today. Said he woke up to a text message like everyone else yesterday, that he didn't know it was coming. Similar sense from Draisaitl. Both said this is on the players, not the coaches.


According to TSN's Ryan Rishaug, McDavid looked 'shell-shocked' at practice after the coaching change, with both he and Leon Draisaitl taking the news particularly hard.


A turnaround coming for the Edmonton Oilers?



Despite being 3-9-1 through 13 games on the season, the Oilers are still within striking distance of a playoff spot, so if the teams biggest stars can lead the turnaround, there's time for them to get back into the hunt.

Ultimately though, with just a few years remaining on McDavid and Draisaitl's contracts this is the last thing Oilers fans want to hear, as the team can't risk losing their captain and biggest star, so the fans and players will all be hoping things can change under new leadership.

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