|"I took a break and I’m recharged and want to get back into it. I’m looking forward to the opportunity, but the opportunities are few and far between in this business. If it turns into an opportunity for me (somewhere), we’ll see."|
--Craig MacTavish talks about his imminent return to coaching.
It was only a matter of time until MacTavish returned to coaching in the NHL, but for Edmonton fans, a job in Minnesota is nothing but bad news. MacTavish is an excellent tactician and an outstanding strategist - his work with the Oilers prior to the lockout is second-to-none among coaches in that time period - and that's exactly what the Oilers don't want to see in a division foe.
The Wild have a team built for the carefully-managed matchups MacTavish likes to employ, from defensive zone horses on the blueline to a tough minutes killer in Mikko Koivu. MacTavish would take the mantle from Jacques Lemaire, something Todd Richards was unable to do, and immediately make the Wild a competitor for the Northwest Division title. As if the Oilers didn't have enough to worry about -- Vancouver, Calgary, a rising Colorado team and a Wild team capable of a top 5 conference finish in the right hands...maybe the Oilers should beg for a return of the nearly always moribund Winnipeg Jets.