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Could MacTavish Be Headed To Minnesota?

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

With the Wild in the early stages of its deliberate search to find a replacement for Todd Richards, veteran coach Craig MacTavish has emerged as a strong candidate.

According to multiple league sources, the former Edmonton Oilers coach has had a handful of conversations with Chuck Fletcher and was recently interviewed by the Wild general manager at a Toronto hotel.

The 52-year-old MacTavish, who coached the Oilers from 2000 to ‘09, has been unwilling to talk about any of the NHL coaching vacancies other than to say he’s “recharged” and ready to return to coaching.

“He’s one of my favorites,” Los Angeles Kings veteran forward Ryan Smyth, coached by MacTavish for six seasons, said in a phone interview Thursday. “He knows and understands the game very well and was exciting to play for. He understands the players very well. He knew me more than I did at times.”


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OlderThanChelios's avatar

I would strongly recommend that the Wild hire Brad McCrimmon. He’s a great guy and an absolutely wonderful coach. We Wings fans would be heart-broken to see him go but we’d be willing to make that sacrifice for the sake of our brothers in the “State of Hockey.”

To paraphrase that great comedian Henny Youngman, “Take my coach, please”.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/06/11 at 12:41 AM ET

shanetx's avatar

I, too, read this headline and thought, “Shit.  I thought McCrimmon was up for that job.”

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 05/06/11 at 03:16 PM ET

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