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MacTavish won't return

Craig MacTavish won't be coaching the Oilers next year. (Sun Media/Ken Armstrong)

Craig MacTavish won't be coaching the Oilers next year. (Sun Media/Ken Armstrong)

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, Last Updated: 3:34 PM ET

General manager Steve Tambellini says Craig MacTavish will not be coaching the Edmonton Oilers next year.

"I'm here to announce we're making a change as far as our head coach," Tambellini said today at a noon press conference.

"It's time to look forward here. I think this is the right thing for Craig. There's a mutual agreement on where we need to go as a team."

"We need more strength. We need more grit," Tambellini said of the team the Oilers iced this year. "One thing I will not put up with is an unemotional game."

"We have people here with skill and I want to see it."

Asked whether he was going to look outside the Oilers organization for a new coach, Tambellini said yes.

"I think it's important for myself to be wide open right now."

On Monday, MacTavish said he didn't want to talk about his future with the team.

He had one year left on his contract, and Tambellini today said he'd likely be able to coach elsewhere in the league if he wished to.


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