MacT to remain with Oilers, will be Chiarelli’s ‘No. 2 guy’

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Craig MacTavish will remain with the Edmonton Oilers as Peter Chiarelli’s right-hand man.

“He’ll be the No. 2 guy,” Chiarelli, the Oilers’ new general manager, told the Edmonton Sun in an exclusive interview.

“He’ll be my eyes and ears in all areas. I want to have strong people with strong opinions.”

MacTavish, the former GM, was reportedly surprised and “hurt” when Chiarelli was hired as his replacement last week. At the time, it wasn’t clear if MacTavish would remain with the club.

But Chiarelli met with MacTavish and “explained how much I’d like to have him in the mix,” and apparently the sales pitch worked.

Related: MacTavish says Oilers could ‘ignite’ with ‘a few key personnel changes’