I'm going to go ahead and suggest something that might be unpopular around parts of the internet that might not want to spare the person who has served as the NHL's most consistent punchline of one last hilarious left hook. Is it at all possible that the organization that kept a woefully inept team-builder employed for multiple seasons during which he counterproductively worked in opposition of the best hockey player in the world is worthy of more blame than the recently canned GM himself?
Of course, the sequence of events that have played out in Edmonton over the last couple days isn't a great look for the guy that finally performed his way out of a high-profile job. It's just undeniably a worse look for the franchise that let him go out with the type of bang that makes you wonder if an idiot is as problematic as his enablers. Allowing Peter Chiarelli to ink a 30-year old goaltender with less than 30 games of NHL experience to a sizable long-term contract (3 years, 4.5 million AAV) while in the process of being pushed off the plank would be absolutely asinine. However, against all odds, that being the case might actually be more encouraging to Oilers' fans than learning that Mikko Koskinen's deal was ultimately signed off on by those that are going to have to decide on Peter Chiarelli's replacement.
Theoretically, we're talking about a guy that has been personally responsible for far too much stupid to be deemed a scapegoat. After all, his masterpiece of mediocrity managed to spawn it's own motto in "the trade is one for one". That said, assuming he wasn't left alone to oversee an objectively idiotic overpayment during one of his last days on the job, that's exactly what he is as it pertains to the final move made on his watch. Things could change if Mikko Koskinen continues to be a solid starting goaltender. However, as that definitely still remains to seen, the Edmonton Oilers potentially made Peter Chiarelli's resume look even worse than it already was on his way out the door, which is as impressive as it is frightening for their future.