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by Chris Wescott / Edmonton Oilers

With the Edmonton Oilers announcing the hiring of Craig Ramsay as Assistant Coach on Tuesday, there will also be some shuffling of the previous staff. Kelly Buchberger’s transition into player personnel was announced along with the press release.

Head Coach Dallas Eakins was on Oilers Now with Bob Stauffer shortly following the announcement and provided an update on where the staff stands with Ramsay on board.

“Those are tough decisions,” Eakins said. “Not only for myself in trying to improve our team by adding somebody experienced like Craig Ramsay but it’s decisions too by Craig (MacTavish) and by Kelly. I believe I’m not speaking out of turn, that this is something that Kelly had been looking at before. It’s never an easy thing but when changes are made it turns into opportunity with new jobs and I believe that’s how Kelly is looking at this.”

Eakins also said that Steve Smith is someone who may be shifting roles.

"Steve is an excellent coach and he is somebody that we’re in discussions with now with a new role and it's something that he’s going to have to consider.”

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