The Edmonton Oilers are bringing a former coach back into the fold, but not in his old role.
The Oilers have hired Craig MacTavish to be the team's senior vice-president of hockey operations. The 53-year-old coached the Oilers for eight seasons, which included a run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2006. He was let go in 2009 after the Oil missed the playoffs for a third straight year.
MacTavish spent this past season coaching the Chicago Wolves, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, finishing with a 42-27-7 record. The Wolves announced his resignation on Monday.
The Oilers are currently looking for a new head coach, after they decided not to renew the contract of Tom Renney. (cp, jk)