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Player exit meetings with President of Hockey Operations and GM Peter Chiarelli were positive

by Paul Gazzola /

The Oilers said farewell to the 2016-17 season last week. In addition to the final media availability, the players also had their exit interviews with Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli.

"They were positive and I think you got the gist of them when you had your media interaction with them following the meetings," said Chiarelli.

The mandate in the exit meetings was to continue the incline next season.

"The theme we stressed and the theme they responded to in the meetings, our challenge will be next year we can't fall back," Chiarelli said. "Now the bar is set higher. We've seen instances where teams make the playoffs and have a little bit of success then drop and then it's tough to recover. There's that kind of 'get to work' mentality we saw through the meetings.

"Generally, they were the most positive meetings I've been a part of in two or three years. But you have to scrutinize, you have to examine parts of their specific games that have to be improved. But they are looking forward to next year. Job incomplete. They were positive."

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