After just eight games as the head coach of Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the KHL, Craig MacTavish has been fired. The former Edmonton Oilers executive left the NHL to pursue a new opportunity overseas this year, but will be looking for a new job after just a few games. MacTavish ends his KHL career with a 3-5 record.
When Ken Holland was brought in to steer the ship in Edmonton earlier this offseason, MacTavish was one of the first of the old front office to go. After two decades with the organization serving at various times as assistant coach, head coach, general manager and senior vice president of hockey operations, much of the good will he built as a player had gone among Edmonton fans. MacTavish of course was a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the team in the late-80s.
With such an extensive resume it seems likely that MacTavish will land on his feet somewhere, though he may not be given the kind of power he had for years in Edmonton. It is unfortunate that his stint in Russia didn’t work out, but there have been many other coaches chewed up by the KHL system before and he won’t be the last.