Jay Woodcroft stated the Edmonton Oilers aren’t glad with merely reaching the Western Convention finals this season.
“For us, we’re motivated to take the following step, to ask ourselves robust questions, to be open for solutions to attempt to push us ahead,” the Oilers coach stated Wednesday.
Woodcroft’s contract prolonged as Edmonton coach till the 2024-25 season Tuesday. The 45-year-old, who took over after Dave Tippett was fired Feb. 10, went 26-9-3 to assist the Oilers transfer six factors out of a Cup playoff spot. Stanley to second place within the Pacific Division (49). -27-6).
However the message on Wednesday was that extra work must be carried out, and it wants to begin now.
“For me, that begins with self-discipline in our summer season schedule,” Woodcroft stated, “ensuring we’re doing the work essential to really feel good heading into coaching camp, being ready to put the groundwork in coaching camp that it’ll set us up for achievement in an 82-game schedule. For me, I am excited to roll up my sleeves and get to work in September as a result of I actually imagine that is the place a whole lot of revenue may be made.
“We’re working to attempt to get higher every single day, not unintentionally however deliberately.”
The Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Kings in seven video games within the first spherical and eradicated the Calgary Flames in 5 video games within the second spherical earlier than being swept by the Colorado Avalanche within the convention finals. It marked the furthest Edmonton has gone within the postseason since 2006, once they misplaced the Stanley Cup Ultimate to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven video games.
“Each Ken [Holland, Oilers general manager] and I had some actually good exit conferences, good suggestions from our gamers,” Woodcroft stated. “Folks in our group, this 12 months’s model, took a liking to taking part in all the best way to the playoffs, taking part in hockey within the month of June. However I do not assume anybody is glad with that. We perceive that a whole lot of work might be required for us to have the season that we need to have subsequent 12 months.”
Woodcroft stated he’ll converse within the coming days with assistants Dave Manson, Glen Gulutzan and Brian Wiseman about contract extensions.
Woodcroft was promoted to his first NHL job because the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield, the place he had coached the Oilers’ high improvement group from 2018-22.
After he took over in Edmonton, the Oilers had a .724 scoring proportion from February 11 via the tip of the common season, tied with the Flames for second within the NHL in that span, behind the Florida Panthers. (.757). Edmonton additionally improved their objective differential with Woodcroft, going from 3.18 objectives per recreation (twelfth within the NHL) and three.32 objectives allowed per recreation (tied for twenty third) earlier than his arrival to three.82 objectives per recreation. (fifth) and a pair of.76 objectives allowed per recreation (tied for fifth place).
Holland stated the mission was easy when he joined Woodcroft: lead the Oilers to the playoffs.
“No. 1, Jay delivered,” Holland stated. “He got here in and made the mandatory choices and the group responded and performed at a excessive degree. Speaking to the gamers within the exit conferences, everybody believes in his path. Everybody believes in his management and believes in his communication. .”
Holland stated he started his 1-on-1 dialogue with Woodcroft a few contract extension on June 14 earlier than an settlement was reached Tuesday.
“It is an excellent day for the Oilers,” he stated. “Jay did a tremendous job as soon as he took over the management of our group within the playoffs and … we performed at a excessive degree the final half of the season and clearly obtained us to the ultimate 4. I am thrilled that we have been capable of finding an answer to deliver Jay in and I sit up for working with Jay over the following three years to construct on what we have achieved.
“Jay has a whole lot of power and a whole lot of ardour.”
Woodcroft stated Holland’s message upon arrival was useful.
“For me on the time … I felt prefer it was actually liberating as a result of it allowed me to make choices with that path in thoughts and I believed the group carried out nicely,” he stated. “I discussed on the time how honored and privileged I’m to be the top coach of such a proud group and that’s actually how I really feel right this moment. I need to thank the group for believing in me.”