- Enjoyed his break from coaching.
- Did some pre-scouting for the Olympics (checked out some lesser teams).
- On Jordan Eberle playing at the Worlds (when asked by Tencer): “Yah you put that very well. That’s absolutely the case with Jordan, for all the reasons you mentioned. He fits the bill. We’re going to be maintaining some spots through the first round of the playoffs in hopes that the teams that are eliminated will open up some other doors for some other players to possibly join us in Germany. It’s a great opportunity for young players. And historically, Hockey Canada doesn’t like to take NHL players over to Germany and have them sit in the stands. There is an opportunity for players much like Jordan that have evolved much above Junior hockey, but there’s still some question marks whether they’re ready for hockey at this level, to go in (and) get a look. And from what I’ve seen of Jordan Eberle in the past, he’s going to make a case for himself if he gets an opportunity to play over there and that’s all he’s looking for. And it’ll be a good developmental thing for him and, as you said, to continue to indoctrinate himself into the Hockey Canada network.”
- His perspective “being an Oilers fan” is that being in 30th is the best thing for the organization right now. He says (and I’ve been saying this all along..) that if a team is fighting for 7th or 8th, but end up finishing 9th or 10th, it hinders your ability to acquire the type of player you need to help your team out. He goes on to emphasize how finishing in that middle-low area doesn’t help the team at all. I love how he still says “we” when referring to the Oilers. He’s still a fan, even though he isn’t with the team.
- Tencer asks him if it was wrong, in hindsight, to play Gagner up in the NHL at 18. MacTavish reminds that he’s still only 20 (i.e., has a lot of growth to do). He emphasizes that he is a “terrific hockey player” and that he is a special player that needs to have all the opportunities thrown at him. Basically the message is “stop worrying about him, he’ll be great”.
- Ready to come back coaching, and he looks forward to being back in the game.
Posts tagged: Oilers Alumni
- Enjoyed his break from coaching.
“I’m happy to finally be among the experts where the issues are many and solutions obvious. I appreciate TSN providing a safe haven for unemployed coaches, as we rehabilitate ourselves towards future employability.”
- Typical MacT gold!
Note: Both Steve-O and Racki are away on vacation. We’ve left the ship on autopilot. So if some kick ass news happens like trading for Kovalchuk, pretend like you heard it here first, and pretend like this post still makes sense Racki is back September 10th.
I was thinking about the Oilers coaching staff and front office, and noticed one glaring problem.
There is a substantial lack of Oiler alumni here.
Everyone knows that to be a successful team you need to move former players from when your team was winning cups into positions such as head coach, GM and scouting. Sorry Vancouver.
If I were the owner this is the staff that I would put together to push this team back to glory.
I’m a little behind the news on this one, as I was out doing the paperwork on a house I just bought (yay!).
Anyways, the Dallas Stars have named Charlie Huddy as Assistant Coach. This is a great signing for a team that just lost a very key component of their defensive unit.
I was on board with a clean-up of the coaching staff at the end of the year, but the one guy I really hoped would stick around was Charlie Huddy. He arguably did a fantastic job with the young defense we have here. Sheldon Souray may have even benefited from his mentorship as well, as last year he found a great balance between the offensive d-man we knew from Montreal and the defensive d-man we knew from New Jersey. While he is no defensive dynamo, he sure was far from that big question mark that he was in Montreal.
Huddy will definitely be missed, and admittedly it is disappointing to see him go to a Western Conference team, but I knew it wouldn’t be long before a team was smart enough to scoop him up. Best of luck in Dallas, Charlie!