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Oilers to add Chiarelli to front office: report

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The Edmonton Oilers will have a news conference Friday at 3 p.m. ET, where former Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will be introduced as a member of the front office, according to TSN.

TSN reported that Chiarelli met with the Oilers on Wednesday.

Chiarelli had been fired by the Bruins on April 15 after nine years as GM. During that time the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 and went back to the Cup Final in 2013. But the Bruins missed the playoffs this season, finishing two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The news conference comes four days after Bob Nicholson was named the Oilers' chief executive officer.

Nicholson and Chiarelli know each other from Nicholson's time with Hockey Canada; Chiarelli was part of the group of NHL general managers who helped to assemble Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The Oilers, who finished 28th in the League standings with a 24-44-14 record this season, won the NHL Draft Lottery, giving them the No. 1 pick for the fourth time in six years. The top pick gives them the chance to select center Connor McDavid, NHL Central Scouting's top-ranked North American skater for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Edmonton hasn't qualified for the playoffs since losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.

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