The Canucks are in no rush while looking to fill the AHL coaching void left by Claude Noel ‘jetting’ for Winnipeg.
Vancouver’s new AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, are currently in the hunt for a new bench boss. In an interview with The Vancouver Sun’s Iain MacIntyre, assistant general manager, Laurence Gilman denied rumors that Craig MacTavish had been hired for the role. But he was able to verify that the former Edmonton Oilers head coach is one of several candidates interviewed for it. ”Mac T” as he’s affectionately referred to in some circles, coached the Oil for 8 seasons, guiding them to a Stanley Cup final in 2006. But he hasn’t coached in the NHL in two years, though working as a TV analyst.
Gilman referenced the fact that no time frame had been set for the decision to be made. ”The importance of this decision to the organization is extremely high,” noted the assistant general manager. ”We want to make sure we bring the right individual into our group and we’ll take whatever time necessary to make the right decision.”
There’s good reason for so many interviewees for the position. The Wolves are one of the American Hockey League’s premier teams, not to mention that the last 4 minor-league coaches for Vancouver have landed NHL jobs.