The Vancouver Canucks are without a head coach, but that hole doesn’t look like it will be open for much longer. According to Darren Dreger from TSN, the Canucks are interested in former Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan and have included him in the list of potential candidates to take over from the departed Alain Vigneault.
Despite a winning record of 64-57-9 over two seasons with the Stars, Gulutzan was relieved of his duties on May 14 after the club failed to make the playoffs for the fourth straight season and second under Gulutzan.
The Canucks fired Vigneault after losing in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year after coming within a game of winning the Stanley Cup back in 2011.
Late last week Bob McKenzie, also from TSN reported that the Canucks have interest in John Stevens, current assistant coach for the Los Angeles Kings.
CBC’s Elliotte Friedman also tweeted that the Canucks have asked the Toronto Maple Leafs for permission to speak with Dallas Eakins who is currently the Toronto Marlies head coach.
Stevens, Eakins and Gulutzan join a long list of potential candidates that the Canucks have been rumored to be interested in. Notable names such as Dave Tippett, Lindy Ruff, Tom Renney, Guy Boucher and Paul Maurice have been mentioned, but so far, Gulutzan’s is the one we’ve heard the most of. It’s not to say that Gulutzan is the front runner, merely he’s the latest name to crop up as one that the Canucks have interest in.
Regardless of who gets the job in Vancouver, the new head coach will have an abundance of pressure on him to take this talent laced roster deep into the playoffs. Anything short of that could mean a potential fire sale with the Canucks roster.