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MacTavish Says Times Have Changed

From George Johnson at the Calgary Herald,

“Everything has changed so dramatically in the last 10 to 15 years in regards to handling players. I don’t know about Mike, but I’ve had zero success trying to make players do things. It just doesn’t work.

“You have to explain things to them now. You have to make them think what you’re trying to get across is their idea. The dictatorial days are over.

“I don’t think. There’s so much more pressure on players than before.’’ He gestured around him, to a small army of scribblers, cameras and microphones milling around.  Used to be, there were half a dozen of you guys here on game day. Now there’s 20. Or more. There are appearances, community commitments.

“So much more of their time is taken away by the game. So if they show up at the rink and you suffocate them, there’s a danger of sucking the life right out of them.’‘

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*MacTavish coached his 500th Oilers’ game Saturday night and shares some memories of opposing coach Mike Keenan and the Battle of Alberta)

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