Friday, June 09, 2006

Still Searching For A Coach

Add Scott Arniel, an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres for the past three years, to the list of Vancouver Canucks coaching candidates:

Dave Nonis said last summer that Scott Arniel “is going to be an excellent head coach and I wouldn’t rule out that one day he’ll be coaching for me.”

At the time, most people assumed Nonis, the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, would be hiring him as the next head coach of the Manitoba Moose, since Arniel was the runner-up for the American Hockey League job that went to Alain Vigneault.
This, a day after it was reported that Dave Lewis, the former Detroit Red Wings assistant and head coach, interviewed as well (link courtesy of Behind the Jersey):

"It's nothing more than conversation right now," Lewis said Wednesday. "It's a process. It's for the organization to interview you, find out who you are, what your philosophy is, to find out if you are what they're looking for."
The list of candidates, of course, already includes Mike Johnston (current Canucks associate coach), Alain Vigneault (Manitoba Moose head coach), Marc Habscheid (Hockey Canada head coach), Kevin Dineen (Portland Pirates head coach), Brent Peterson (eight-year assistant with the Nashville Predators), and my cab driver last night.

“The short list is going to be pretty long, quite frankly,” Nonis said during a Calder Cup playoff visit to Winnipeg. “We’re going to spend some time with as many people as we can. If you don’t broaden your search, there are some qualified people that get overlooked and that’s not going to happen here.”
Nonis had previously mentioned that the team's new head coach will be announced sometime after the Stanley Cup finals and before the NHL Draft.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 7:03 AM


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