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#1 wtpasc

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:14 AM

Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that Craig MacTavish will leave his role as Head Coach of the Canucks American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves to pursue other opportunities.
“Craig brought a tremendous amount of experience and expertise as Head Coach of the Wolves this past season,” said Mike Gillis. “We were pleased to have him as a member of our organization and wish him continued success in the future.”
MacTavish, 53, was the eighth Head Coach in Wolves franchise history and helped lead the club to a 42-27-4 record and a fourth Midwest Division Championship since joining the AHL.



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Good for Craig MacTavish. He's back with the Oilers as Sr VP of Hockey Ops.

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MacTavish will be involved in all aspects of the team...coaching, management, Draft prep, etc.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:15 AM

Craig MacTavish departs Chicago Wolves organization

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Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks President & General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that Craig MacTavish will leave his role as Head Coach of the Canucks American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves to pursue other opportunities.

“Craig brought a tremendous amount of experience and expertise as Head Coach of the Wolves this past season,” said Mike Gillis. “We were pleased to have him as a member of our organization and wish him continued success in the future.”

MacTavish, 53, was the eighth Head Coach in Wolves franchise history and helped lead the club to a 42-27-4 record and a fourth Midwest Division Championship since joining the AHL.

and so ends the MacTavish experiment. I wasn't really a fan of how he handled the farm team this season, and I guess neither was gillis (despite what he says in this article). I just don't see it being MacTavish's decision on this one, more like a "save face and step down" sort of thing.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:18 AM

despite what gillis is saying, i have a feeling it's more of a "step down or be fired" type of thing. if mactavish steps down then he still looks good (his decision) and gillis looks good still (he didn't fire someone he just hired, so it wasn't admitting a mistake on his part).

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:21 AM

New coach of the Washington Capitals? Good opportunity for MacT. And OV should be alright with that. We'll see.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:21 AM

despite what gillis is saying, i have a feeling it's more of a "step down or be fired" type of thing. if mactavish steps down then he still looks good (his decision) and gillis looks good still (he didn't fire someone he just hired, so it wasn't admitting a mistake on his part).

A mutual parting of ways seems like a distinct possibility. Anyone think there is a chance he has an NHL job?

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:21 AM

I guess MacT was hoping he'd get a chance at the big team if AV wasn't re-signed.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:23 AM

As for the Wolves, perhaps Arniel is coming back?
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:24 AM

Good

Now maybe the little boys will stop thinking he can replace AV
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:24 AM

As for the Wolves, perhaps Arniel is coming back?

well he is already on staff... I'd love to see him back in a coaching role, waiting to take over from AV down the line.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:25 AM

I guess MacT was hoping he'd get a chance at the big team if AV wasn't re-signed.


Yep... clearly a back-up plan to AV and when that didn't pan out, both sides were probably happy to go their own ways.

Mac will get an opportunity somewhere, I think he is over-rated as a coach because people still remember him as a player.
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:25 AM

There's rumblings in Edmonton that MacT could be heading back there.

"Hey this milk is bad. Maybe tomorrow it'll be better."


But imo he got a raw deal there in the first place. Never should've been fired, but the paperbag public was demanding it. Cheers.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:28 AM

well he is already on staff... I'd love to see him back in a coaching role, waiting to take over from AV down the line.At least the transition would be seamless.
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:30 AM

A mutual parting of ways seems like a distinct possibility. Anyone think there is a chance he has an NHL job?

I've seen crazier things before. rumour is that there are rumblings in edmonton that they want him back, and there are a couple open spots accross the nhl for a coach. i thought he didn't do the wolves justice, and there were a mass of issues on the coaching side of things that just raw talent on the player's side of things was able to hide.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:32 AM

I've seen crazier things before. rumour is that there are rumblings in edmonton that they want him back, and there are a couple open spots accross the nhl for a coach. i thought he didn't do the wolves justice, and there were a mass of issues on the coaching side of things that just raw talent on the player's side of things was able to hide.

Just heard on the radio that he is headed back to Edmonton as Senior VP of Hockey Operations.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:33 AM

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:34 AM

That's too bad. He did a pretty good job with our prospects.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:34 AM

Just heard on the radio that he is headed back to Edmonton as Senior VP of Hockey Operations.


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Good for Craig MacTavish. He's back with the Oilers as Sr VP of Hockey Ops.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:37 AM

And so ends the MacT experiment, lets move on folks. It didn't seem like the Chicago group ever got going under him. Arniel anyone?

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:38 AM

I hope that the next Wolves coach is SA, the last thing that these baby Nucks need is another new coach for the 3rd straight year. It would be nice for the developing players to have a consistent leader behind the bench.
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:39 AM

And so ends the MacT experiment, lets move on folks. It didn't seem like the Chicago group ever got going under him. Arniel anyone?


42-27-4 record and a fourth Midwest Division Championship

I don't think the Canucks organization were particularly unhappy with what he brought to the Wolves.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:43 AM

He's been named Senior VP of the Oilers

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:53 AM

Looks like he didn't want a coaching gig all too badly afterall. The Oilers' homeboy stays an Oiler homeboy.

Katz sure likes his old Oilers boys club.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:12 AM

Gillis had him coaching the Wolves so he had an experienced NHL coach in waiting to replace AV if that was the way things went. Once it was decided that AV was staying, the opportunity MacT saw was gone, so no reason to stay.

He's becoming a Senior VP, it's not like he just took a job as a stick boy...

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:12 AM

Looks like he wasn't fired, just named senior VP of hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers.

Congrats MacT!

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:20 AM

Certainly he'll be coaching the Oilers again soon if they struggle early. I predict they will, then he'll step in and that will begin a big turnaround that will lead to decent season/playoff run. Seems to happen every year now.

You have to wonder if the perception around the league now is that the Canucks' current window has indeed closed. Cheers.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:30 AM

well%20he%20is%20already%20on%20staff...%20IAt least the transition would be seamless.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:31 AM

Certainly he'll be coaching the Oilers again soon if they struggle early. I predict they will, then he'll step in and that will begin a big turnaround that will lead to decent season/playoff run. Seems to happen every year now.

You have to wonder if the perception around the league now is that the Canucks' current window has indeed closed. Cheers.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:39 AM

I don't think the Canucks organization were particularly unhappy with what he brought to the Wolves.

i don't think they were particularly pleased with how he handled the team, to be honest. they should have done much better (espescially on special teams) than they did. the Midwest division championship this season was more like capturing the SW division in the NHL a couple years ago that it was a particular accomplishment. with the team they had, it should have been a western conference championship.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:44 AM

You forgot to sign off.

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Forgot to add quote tags, actually. Cheers.


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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:45 AM

i don't think they were particularly pleased with how he handled the team, to be honest. they should have done much better (espescially on special teams) than they did. the Midwest division championship this season was more like capturing the SW division in the NHL a couple years ago that it was a particular accomplishment. with the team they had, it should have been a western conference championship.

The Canucks should have done much better on special teams than they did too... :(

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