May 05 2011 09:36PM
It's been building. Quietly. The "Craig MacTavish" rumblings in regard to an NHL coaching position have been building for the last several weeks. A few funny items on his tsn appearances about his future as a coach, a Matty drop in the EJ. The next shoe to drop? An "out of town" newspaper has him on the radar.
According to this article, Craig MacTavish is in conversation with important suits in the Minnesota Wild organization. The money quote is this one:
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 article is worth the read, especially if you want Ryan Smyth's opinion of his old coach. I'm pulling for MacT, would love to see him coach in our division. Maybe he'll want some of his old players back--maybe he wants Horcoff!!--or maybe he wants Liam Reddox or Tom Gilbert or Nikolai Khabibulin!
Ah, I'm just kidding. Still, it's a nice item for an individual who has had a bit of a tough time of life over the last few years. Good prognosis on the cancer and some interest around the best league in the planet in his coaching skills. I've always been a MacT fan, and suspect a Wild team coached by him could be a going concern by Christmas.
Good luck, Mr. MacTavish. We remember you.