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Report: MacTavish could be Wild's next coach

Monday, 06.13.2011 / 3:11 PM / News

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Report: MacTavish could be Wild's next coach
Report: MacTavish could be Wild's next coach
The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting the Minnesota Wild soon could hire Craig MacTavish as its next coach.

According to the newspaper report, MacTavish has had two interviews with General Manager Chuck Fletcher and has toured the Xcel Energy Center and the team's locker-room facilities.

If hired, MacTavish would replace Todd Richards, who was let go following the end of the regular season, and be just the third coach in the team's history.

MacTavish spent eight seasons as coach of the Edmonton Oilers, headlined by a trip to the 2006 Stanley Cup Final. He was let go after the 2008-09 season, and has been working for TSN.

The newspaper reported other candidates for the job are former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Michel Therrien; Mike Yeo, who coached the Houston Aeros, the Wild's AHL affiliate, to the Calder Cup finals; and former Stars, Flyers and Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock.
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