MacTavish emerges in search for Wild coach

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 6, 2011 - 7:33 AM

The former NHL player and Oilers coach is known for being defensive-minded and shrewd at managing in-game situations.

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IceMinnMay. 5, 11 9:49 PM

He would be an interesting choice. I have liked him and wondered why he was not considered the first time around, perhaps he was.

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MarinershckyMay. 5, 1110:03 PM

I like the sound of MacTavish he's a coach with a lot of experience, and is a proven winner. I don't want an assistant getting his first gig here next year. (Also, No Bodreau... He was given an amount of talent that the Wild have never seen on their roster and squandered it at every opportunity.)

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bhrnew1lMay. 5, 1110:42 PM

Mister Know it all says: I like Mactavish ok but to me it tells me that in some ways the personality of the team would have some similarities to the Richards era, Mactavish is also big on agitation/instigating like we have seen Clutterbuck and Sawbits get involved with which is unlike the Lemaire/Canadians era type hockey the Wild were before Leo and Fletch got involved. I like the Canadians and their teams personality as I hate teams that play like the Canucks

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bhrnew1lMay. 5, 1111:00 PM

Maybe Mactavish would talk Fletcher into trading Havlat for Hemsky, you don't have to worry about paying Havlat 5 million for 6 more years

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MarinershckyMay. 6, 1112:39 AM

bhrnew... There is nobody in the NHL that would touch Havlat's contract without the Wild taking an equally terrible contract off their hands. That's one signing the Wild would love to have back... Our only hope is that he builds off a season which was better than his debut.

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getacluemanMay. 6, 1112:58 AM

Very interesting. MacT is very articulate and witty. The post game and press functions would make for good listening. (I kind of miss Jacque, where he would say something in his broken English, and you'd just kind of say, "Huh.?") MacT is a proven NHL proven coach. I guess I wouldn't mind seeing him here. I do wish we had scooped up Dave Tippett from the Stars instead of Richards 2 years ago. I've followed the Oilers for some time, and they are no better off the past 2 years after firing MacT, so I don't think the issue was necessariy just him. I didn't know he had cancer. Also, I think he has a brother who lives in the Cities - Woodbury or Eagan maybe.

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tmack24May. 6, 11 1:33 AM

A quick honest question to the hockey fans..how many years should it take before this team contends for a Stanley Cup? How long should this process honestly take? Which will come first, the team becoming a serious contender, or them demanding arena upgrades, or a new arena? I am not trying to be a smart alec, I wonder how much time it should honestly take. Please let me know, as I would like to know how patient I should be in this process. Thanks.

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ctillhockeyMay. 6, 11 1:53 AM

I'm not that excited about the MacTavish prospect. With all respect to the previous poster, Craig does not have a proven winning record. He was won 301 and lost 355. 103 losses were OT losses (unless some of that number is OT ties before lockout..) The point percentage then is 53%, which in the Western Conference isn't enough to make playoffs. To give you a point of comparison, Minnesota was 39-35-8 this year, with a point percentage of 52.4 (just shy of MacTavish's figure), and I wouldn't say that we were a winning team this season. Sadly, but true.

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bhrnew1lMay. 6, 11 7:21 AM

Mariner, Hemsky has 1 year left before they get nothing for him, his shoulder is not in the best condition

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jrolsonMay. 6, 11 7:46 AM

tmack, I am guessing three to five years. The Wild have no cap room to speak of at present, a handful of players that are earning a trainload of money (see Havlat, M. as one example) but not delivering at a rate proportionate to what they earn. That is the key challenge.

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