When it comes to the new coach of the Vancouver Canucks, general manager Mike Gillis is in no rush to make a decision on who succeeds former coach Alain Vigneault. From what I have gathered, Gillis has already talked to Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins, former Manitoba Moose / Columbus Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel, and former Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan. Gillis told the Team 1040 on Friday that he is still going to interview 4 or maybe 5 more people for the head coaching job.
I will guarantee you that one of those people is Los Angeles Kings assistant coach John Stevens.
While I wanted a coach in place before the Entry Draft on June 30, that now seems unlikely. According to Gillis on Team 1040 in regards to whether or not he will have a head coach in place before the July 5th free agency period Gillis told Team 1040:
"I would like to get the coach in place the moment we make a decision on the right person. I don’t have a time frame. We are going to take our time and make sure we speak to everybody we think is a legitimate candidate and learn as much as we can."
More on Gillis' interview with the Team 1040 can be found here at the Vancouver Sun.
Which coach would you prefer and why?
Personally I would take Dan Bylsma over any of a the aforementioned coaches. Just seems like a cool cat who's time has expired in Shitsburgh and needs a change of scenery. He has a Cup ring and a lot of NHL experience. Los Angeles assistant coach John Stevens is my second choice based on his philosophy on defence.