The Vancouver Canucks are in need of a head coach, and Barry Trotz has admitted an interest in the vacant job.
Trotz, who in the middle of April was relieved of his head coaching duties with the Nashville Predators, the organization he had been with for 15 seasons, spoke on Team 1040 radio on Thursday.
“I’m interested in every job that’s out there right now. Obviously I have a home in British Columbia, in the Vernon area,” Trotz told the sports talk radio station.
“I’ve watched the Canucks organization a little bit from afar and played against them in recent years and there’s a lot of quality people there, so absolutely. I’m interested in every opportunity right now.”
The Canucks, with Trevor Linden as the club’s new president of hockey operations, fired John Tortorella last week, following just one season with him behind the bench.
Trotz, who had 557 career wins as head coach in Nashville, said he has not had any contact with the Canucks organization about the job.
“They have other issues to deal with right now,” he said.
“At this point, I am in absolutely no hurry to do anything. I’ve been contacted by a few teams. As I said, I’m in no rush to do anything right now. Everybody has their own time frame. There’s a couple of teams that have basically said, ‘Give us some time and you’re on our short list.’ So that’s where I am.”
The Canucks are also in the process of finding a new general manager.
Darren Dreger of TSN reported Thursday that he heard Jim Benning, currently an assistant GM with the Boston Bruins, met with the Canucks on Wednesday, and is considered the frontrunner for the job in Vancouver.
“Some believe Benning is getting the Canucks job and Linden is simply waiting until the conclusion of round 2 to make it official,” Dreger reported on Twitter.