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Oilers fire assistant GM

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:14 AM ET

Apparently, the Edmonton Oilers housecleaning isn’t limited to player personnel.

On Wednesday, the Oilers fired assistant general manager Kevin Prendergast, who had been with the organization for the past 20 years. He was in charge of the Oilers scouting staff and their minor-league affiliates.

“We would like to thank Kevin and his family for their contribution to the Oilers organization over the past 20 years,” said Oilers GM Steve Tambellini in a statement. “We wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.”

Neither Tambellini, nor Prendergast could be reached for comment on Wednesday.

This past season, the Oilers finished last in the NHL standings for the first time in franchise history. They’ll have the first overall pick in this summer’s draft in Los Angeles.

Under Prendergast, the Oilers minor-league affiliates struggled in the past couple of years. The Springfield Falcons also missed the playoffs, finishing last in the AHL standings, winning just 25 of their 80 games this season.

The team also failed to make the playoffs last season, prompting the Oilers to issue an apology to the city of Springfield, MA. The Oilers are moving their affiliate to Oklahoma City next season.

The Stockton Thunder, meanwhile, finished third in their division and are the only team in the entire organization to qualify for the playoffs.

Prendergast joined the Oilers prior to the start of the 1990-91 season, serving as vice-president of hockey operations under GM Glen Sather, and then Kevin Lowe, until being promoted to assistant GM following the team’s run to the 2006 Stanley Cup final.

Prior to that, the native of Verdun, Que., worked with NHL Central Scouting as an assistant director. For seven years he was responsible for all scouting assignments and scheduling throughout the Canadian Hockey League.


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