April 15, 2009 / 7:24 PM / in 9 years

MacTavish fired as Oilers coach

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Edmonton Oilers fired coach Craig MacTavish after failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the third consecutive year, the team said on Wednesday.

<p>Edmonton Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish yells to get the attention of a referee during the second period of the Oilers' NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, Minnesota, January 15, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Miller</p>

”It’s time to look forward here,“ Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini told a news conference. ”I think this is the right thing for Craig.

”There’s a mutual agreement on where we need to go as a team.

“We need more strength. We need more grit. One thing I will not put up with is an unemotional game. We have people here with skill and I want to see it.”

During eight seasons in Edmonton MacTavish compiled a record of 301-252-103 and guided the Oilers to the Stanley Cup finals in 2006 before falling to the Carolina Hurricanes in seven games.

But this season the Oilers finished a disappointing 11th in the 15-team Eastern Conference with a 38-35-9 record.

The former Oilers’ captain has a 17-13 record in the Stanley Cup playoffs and leaves Edmonton as just the 36th NHL coach to record 300 or more career wins.

Reporting by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by Justin Palmer

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