Update: MacTavish steps down as coach of Vancouver’s AHL affiliate, joins Oilers

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After just one season on the job, Craig MacTavish has stepped down as head coach of Vancouver’s AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

“Craig brought a tremendous amount of experience and expertise as Head Coach of the Wolves this past season,” Canucks GM Mike Gillis said. “We were pleased to have him as a member of our organization and wish him continued success in the future.”

MacTavish, 53, led the Wolves to a 42-27-4 record last season and a fourth Midwest Division Championship. Many figured MacT — a eight-year NHL coaching vet — would be Alain Vigneault’s replacement with Canucks should the club have made coaching change but, with Vigneault signing a two-year extension in late May, that opportunity didn’t appear to be arising anytime soon.

Update:

As mentioned earlier, it sounds as though MacTavish is indeed going back to Edmonton. Reports suggest he’s joining the Oilers as the Senior VP of Hockey Operations.