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Before Craig MacTavish became the Oilers' general manager, he coached the team from 2000 to 2009. He was fired after missing the playoffs for three straight seasons. MacTavish came back to the organization as a general manager in 2013; today, he fired head coach Dallas Eakins and appointed himself as interim head coach. THE CIRCLE IS COMPLETE.


Technically, MacTavish is an interim-interim head coach, because he also announced that Todd Nelson, coach of the AHL affiliate Oklahoma City Barons, will join the Oilers as an assistant until he can take over coaching duties after a transition.

MacTavish said that Eakins wasn't the only reason why Edmonton's currently the worst team in the West. "There is blood all over my hands in this too as well, because I put the lineup together and the roster," he said. Well, at least he's self-aware.

H/t to Ian

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