If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you’ll know the author believes in Craig MacTavish. I learned a tremendous amount about the game from watching him as a coach during the 2000′s, and appreciated how he developed Ales Hemsky and tried to develop Marc Pouliot; I also loved the one team that ever gave him the horses, and the fact he led that team right up to the steps of glory.
I approach the ‘fire Kevin Lowe’ voices from the Craig MacTavish angle. I’d like to ask you a question: why would Craig MacTavish have the courage to leave the Oilers, finish his degree, survive cancer, join another organization in a complementary role, return as an adviser, then take the GM job, why would he do all of that, for the right to walk down the hallway to ask Kevin Lowe for permission to make a move?
Why? Why would an intelligent man who has faced his own demons and his own mortality put himself in that position? My answer: he would not.
A great man once said “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.”
Craig MacTavish is his own man. I expect he will make the moves necessary to make this team successful.