MacTavish Stays to Oil Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed Craig MacTavish to coach again next season for the team.MacTavish, 44, has led the Oilers to a 115-82-35-16 record and playoff berths in two of his three seasons in Edmonton.

The deal comes a few weeks after the club locked up general manager Kevin Lowe for four more years.

“I couldn’t be any happier,” Lowe said during a news conference Wednesday. “As I said at the end of the season it was my number one priority. I’m just glad that this day came so we can carry forward with the business at hand.”

The Oilers, who have failed to advance past the second round of the playoffs since 1991, have been mired around the 90 point mark for the past five years and as the bottom seed in the Western Conference have drawn the best clubs early in the playoffs. They squeaked into the playoffs this season with a 36-26-11-9 record.

“Don’t anyone think that we’re satisfied with where we are as a hockey club and our limited success that we’ve had as of late,” said MacTavish. “We’re very attuned to the fact we have to get better . . . and we’re well positioned to do that at this point.”