The search for the Canucks’ next head coach is underway, after Alain Vigneault was fired last week in the first major step of general manager Mike Gillis’ “reset” of the organization.
As the hiring process begins – and it could be a potentially long process – names of possible candidates for the position are being revealed.
On Sunday, TSN hockey insider Darren Dreger first reported on Twitter that Glen Gulutzan is among the coaches the Canucks have interest in.
Gulutzan spent the last two seasons as head coach of the Dallas Stars, but was fired earlier this month after his team failed to reach the playoffs for a second straight year.
Elliotte Friedman of CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada reported Saturday night that the Canucks have asked the Toronto Maple Leafs for permission to speak with Dallas Eakins, the head coach of the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League.
Eakins just completed his fourth season as coach of the Marlies, guiding them to the Western Conference semifinals.
He also previously spent two years as an assistant coach with the Leafs, and served as the team’s director of player development.
Gillis stated last week that there is no exact time frame to hire a new coach, even with the NHL Entry Draft scheduled for June 30.
There has been debate about whether Gillis should opt to bring in someone with more NHL experience, or go the more unconventional route and hire a younger, less experienced coach.
“I think the NHL is changing and evolving rapidly,” said Gillis last week.
“And we’re going to listen and talk to the people that we feel are legitimate candidates to coach the Vancouver Canucks and we’ll make our decision based on that interview process.”