So much for the owner's text message that Craig MacTavish wasn't going anywhere.
The Edmonton Oilers and MacTavish announced Wednesday they were parting ways after three consecutive years of failing to make the Stanley Cup playoffs.
The divorce means the Oilers can now bring in a new head coach while MacTavish is free to find a new set of players to work with despite owner Daryl Katz's recent claim that MacTavish wasn't leaving the organization. (Or maybe Katz was speaking on a grander scale i.e. the planet earth.)
It was clear to many this season that the Oiler players had grown weary of listening to the same voice driving them day after day to play up to their potential (see Dustin Penner as proof). As for MacTavish, he was tired of watching too many of his players underperform when the games truly mattered (see Dustin Penner) for proof.
For that reason alone, this is a good outcome for both sides. MacTavish is certain to find work again in the NHL. Hopefully, the Oilers look beyond the cast of former players who have worked their way back to the Alberta capital as coaches.
We said hopefully.