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Playoffs Or MacTavish Fired?

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Real or imagined, the belief this NHL season in the City of Champions was that Craig MacTavish’s future as head coach of the Edmonton Oilers depended upon his team making the playoffs.

The theory went something like this: The Oilers prize loyalty more than most organizations and MacTavish has, through thick and thin, been a loyal company man.

Bright, funny and schooled in the defensive aspects of hockey, he was the right man for most of his time on the job as the Oilers dealt with the challenges of operating in a financially-challenged small market. MacTavish’s tenure with the Oilers is one of the longest in the NHL, surpassed only by the Buffalo Sabres’ Lindy Ruff and the Nashville Predators’ Barry Trotz, two other NHL organizations that put stability first.

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