The Edmonton Oilers will bring Jay Woodcroft back as head coach next season.
The team announced on Tuesday that they are removing the “interim” tag from his title and extending his contract through 2024-25 NHL season. Woodcroft, 45, led the Oilers to a 26-9-3 record after replacing Dave Tippett on February 10 and took them to the Western Conference Finals.
“I think he did an amazing job,” Oilers general manager Ken Holland said earlier this month. “The team responded to him and I told him that we will meet early next week, on Monday or Tuesday, and discuss. Yes, I’m interested in his return. I want to hear what he thinks. But I think he did a great job and played a big role in what we achieved.”
Prior to joining the Oilers, Woodcroft was the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield affiliate from 2018–2019. In three-plus seasons, the Condors had a 105-71-21 record, winning two division titles.
With Woodcroft based in Edmonton, there are six head coaching positions in the NHL. However, the Dallas Stars are expected to announce Peter DeBoer as their new bench boss any day now. The Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets are still in the process of deciding who should take the bench next season.