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Oilers Fire Goaltending Coach

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Maybe not the coaching change that some fans would like to see, but a coaching change all the same.

Chabot was in his sixth season with the Oilers, and even though I would debate the extent to which his coaching and/or influence has impacted the team's netminders, you can't argue that the results haven't been bad, very bad in fact, and when that happens coaches get shown the door. That's the nature of the job.

Coming in to replace Chabot is Dustin Schwartz, previously of the Oil King organization. Unlike the Oilers, there has been a lot to like about the development of goalies within the Oil Kings organization of late. Laurent Brossoit (now playing with the Oklahoma City Barons) and Tristan Jarry both developed under his guidance. Before joining the Oil Kings, Schwartz played in the WHL and then spent five seasons with the Golden Bears at the University of Alberta.

As I've said before, I have my doubts about just what kind of impact this will have on the team in the short term, but if he does nothing more than convince Lady Luck to give Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth a couple good bounces, that'll be enough for me.