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MacTavish ‘a little frustrated’ after underwhelming summer in Edmonton

Jul 10, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

Edmonton Oilers' MacTavish yells for referee in St Paul

When the Oilers hired Craig MacTavish to be their new GM, he called himself an “impatient guy” prepared to do “bold things” in order to “move the team forward in rapid fashion.”

Well, things haven’t gone exactly to plan.

And now MacT is getting antsy.

“I’m a little frustrated,” he told the Edmonton Journal. “I had certain objectives in mind, and I think I’m going to be able to accomplish some of those things, but it doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to accomplish all the things that I wanted to.”

What he wanted to accomplish — the aforementioned “bold moves” — never came to fruition.

MacTavish was either unable to or refused to move the No. 7 overall pick at the draft, and ended up taking OHL Sault Ste. Marie product Darnell Nurse, a tantalizing prospect but one that’s a few years away from helping the big club.

The Oilers then missed on a number of high-profile targets in free agency — David Clarkson chief among them — and ended up with a handful of solid, but hardly spectacular signings: Andrew Ference, Boyd Gordon and Jason LaBarbera.

As for trades, there was just one — shipping captain Shawn Horcoff to Dallas in what amounted to a salary dump, as the Oilers only received defenseman Philip Larsen and a 2016 seventh-round pick in return.

MacT also re-signed Ryan Jones and held onto Ales Hemsky (pegged as a likely trade candidate). He’s also going down to the wire in contract talks with Sam Gagner, who has salary arbitration rights.

That said, the Oilers GM still thinks he can make that big move.

“I’m trying to get the right piece or another piece that would start to excite me in terms of how our team is shaping up,” MacTavish said.

  1. muns09 - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Not wearing a “helmet” in intercourse = pulling a Craig MacTavish. Thats all, the article was uneventful kinda like my sex life.

    • pastabelly - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      yup, last player in the league to play without a helmet, also probably the last to spend a year in prision because of vehicular homicide (while drunk driving).

  2. lonespeed - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Maybe they should do something with the three number one overall draft picks they have selected the past four years. Just a thought.

    • hallforpresident - Jul 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      So you suck all those years only to throw them away? Real enticing stuff right there…

  3. malvaren18 - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Where are the Bold moves you promised?

  4. ray2013 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Nice bit of misdirection by MacT. Have a story about being unable to do anything, and then trading PRV & a 2nd for Perron.

  5. frankiesweep - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Send Gordon and his 63% faceoff percentage back to the Coyotes… I’m sure they’d gladly take him…

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