Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Rick On The Radar

At the Vancouver Canucks State of the Franchise last night, Dave Nonis said that he expects to hire the team's new assistant coaches by middle of next week. Here's a hint from The Chronicle Herald (Halifax) about who one of them might be:

The impact from a coaching change made way out on Canada’s west coast on Saturday could be felt back here in Nova Scotia.

The Vancouver Canucks’ firing of long-time assistant coaches Mike Johnston, a Dartmouth native, and Jack McIlhargey could open the door for Rick Bowness to be brought on board as an assistant coach to recently hired head coach Alain Vigneault.

The two had a strong working relationship with the Ottawa Senators from 1992-96 and it’s been well-documented for some time now that Vigneault would like Bowness to join him behind the Canucks’ bench.

However, it is still uncertain at this point if Vigneault will be given the freedom to hire his own assistants, although it certainly stands to reason he will get to name at least one of his right-hand men.

If that is the case, it appears the decision may, in a round-about way, be Bowness’ to make. The 53-year-old coaching veteran addressed that scenario on Saturday, shortly after learning of the firings in Vancouver.
Bowness played 173 games in the NHL and has had stints as a head coach for the Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes. His playing and coaching record are here (via hockeydb.com).

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