The Dallas Stars are currently one of two NHL teams without a head coach with the Vancouver Canucks being the other. Earlier we learnt that the Canucks had interest in the Stars former bench boss, Glen Gulutzan. Now we learn that the Stars are interested in Vancouver’s former head coach Alain Vigneault. Musical chairs anyone?
According to TSN, sources tell them that the Stars GM Jim Nill has been in contact with Vigneault about the vacant coaching position in Big D. After losing out in the first round for the second straight season, Vigneault has an impressive resume to keep him out of coaching for long.
Considered one of the favorites to get the Stars job, Vigneault has some stiff competition in former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. The same report out of TSN has confirmed that Nill has not only talked with Ruff, but met face-to-face with the long time Buffalo bench boss.
Ruff was fired from his coaching duties in Buffalo after failing to guide the Sabres into the postseason with a roster that was deemed competitive enough to put together a playoff run. He had spent the past 15 seasons in Buffalo and at the time of his firing was the longest serving coach in the NHL.
Bound with success, Ruff along with Vigneault won’t be out of work for an extended period of time. More coaching vacancies are likely between now and the middle of next season, so should one of the two not get the gig in Dallas, their phone will be ringing in the near future. Both are too good and too experienced to not be coaching in this league.
Keep in mind, if Vigneault gets the Dallas job, Ruff could still considered for the Canucks job if Gulutzan doesn’t get it.