Canucks Finally Hire MacTavish

Thomas Drance
July 28 2011 09:41AM

Well it has finally happened!

Darren Dreger and TSN are reporting this morning that the Canucks management team will definitely hire Craig MacTavish to be the head coach of the teams AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves. As of the time of this writing, the Canucks have not issued an official media release - but I will update the post when that happens.

Several reliable, high-profile sources like Strickland and Kypreos tweeted nearly three weeks ago that the MacTavish hiring was imminent, only to have Laurence Gillman back-pedal away from those reports. This led to speculation in this space that perhaps the Wolves were more keen on the MacTavish hiring than the Canucks.

As we've previously discussed - MacTavish seems to be a particularly good fit for the Wolves. He has a winning record in his nine years of past experience as an NHL head-coach, and he notably rode Pronger and Roloson to game seven of the Stanley Cup Final in 2006. He has a good track record of developing young players, and matches lines obsessively much like a certain Canucks head-coach.

Seems like a good hiring to me, and not just because I'm excited to beat the "riding MacTavish" joke into the ground during the upcoming season.

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Thomas Drance lives in Toronto, eats spicy food and writes about hockey. He is an NHL News Editor at theScore, the ex-managing editor of CanucksArmy.com and an opinionated blowhard to boot. You can follow him on twitter @thomasdrance.
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#1 Malcolm Ert
July 28 2011, 09:49AM
Trash it!
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I wonder if a certain Canucks coach faulters out of the gate, if Mac-T would get a shot with the big club. I think inevitably, all NHL coaches, save the obvious few, will be fired. Does this mean we now know who our next coach will be?

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