EDMONTON, AB - Oilers Entertainment Group CEO & Vice Chair Bob Nicholson said there will be open transparency with fans and players alike about the direction management will take in future hiring of a new general manager and beyond in his season-end Monday media availability at Rogers Place alongside Interim GM Keith Gretzky.
"We have to give the fans a plan and we have to make sure the fans understand the plan," Nicholson said. "It starts right away, as soon as the general manager is in place. We have to make sure that we're getting that out in front of everyone. The one thing I can tell you is we're going to be a much more open organization in terms of communication in all different ways.
"We've got to clarify what that is but we want the fans to feel more part of day-to-day operations of Oilers Entertainment Group in all areas, and that includes hockey."
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Nicholson was also asked about bringing Oilers captain Connor McDavid into discussions, and how he's prepared to balance discussions between player personnel and management.
"I can tell you that Connor and myself have had good dialogue," Nicholson continued. "We're talking a lot more lately because of the role I'm put into. Yes, he has to be part of decision-making processes. As a captain, we need leadership involved in part of the process. To what level? Connor doesn't want to have to be fully engaged in it. So we have to find that out, not with just with Connor, but with all of our players on a lot of decisions that are made within the organization.