Report: Marc Crawford to interview for Penguins' coaching job

by Jun 17, 10:02 AM
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Jim Rutherford and the Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly set to conduct their due diligence on a coach who continues to be a trendy option among teams looking to fill out their bench.

Marc Crawford owns head coaching experience with five NHL franchises. He also coached internationally at both the club and Olympic level and dabbled in a broadcasting career. 

He is most recently coming off a championship season with the Zurich Lions of the Swiss-A League and was named a finalist in the Florida Panthers' ongoing coaching search.

Jun 21, 1:48 PM

Prospective NHL head coach Marc Crawford staying in Switzerland

by Jun 21, 1:48 PM
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Former NHL head coach Marc Crawford, who was reportedly considered for up to three vacant NHL head coaching positions, will remain in Switzerland as head coach of the Zurich Lions, according to the team's official Twitter account.

With Willie Desjardins expected to be hired by the Vancouver Canucks and Gerard Gallant the apparent frontrunner in Florida, the lone vacancy remains in Pittsburgh. 

According to the Lions, Crawford informed the team that he will indeed be back behind the bench in Zurich next season, where he will attempt to help them defend the Swiss-A League championship.

Jun 5, 5:53 PM

Marc Crawford: 'I’ve been in contact with all three teams' with a head coaching vacancy

by Jun 5, 5:53 PM
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Current TSN analyst and Zurich Lions head coach Marc Crawford has a lengthy NHL resume having worked for the Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars during his coaching career. That experience is alluring, apparently, for the various NHL teams that are current searching for a new head coach.

"I’ve been in contact with all three teams (looking for a coach) and have had varying degrees of success," Marc Crawford told Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province this week, referring to the coaching vacancies in Vancouver, with the Florida Panthers, and the Carolina Hurricanes, respectively.

Added Crawford, who is in Vancouver this week for a golf tournament, "I hope I get a chance to speak with (Canucks president Trevor Linden), but don’t have anything set, yet."

Once considered among the brightest young minds in the coaching profession, Crawford hasn't led an NHL club to the postseason since the first NHL lockout. That's despite coaching five seasons with three different teams between the 2005-06 and 2010-11 seasons.

Crawford is known as a stellar x's-and-o's coach who prefers to have his teams play a run-and-gun style. Considering Crawford's reputation, his commentary on the adjustments to the team's style made by since-fired Canucks coach John Tortorella last season shouldn't come as a surprise:

You can’t make that club a shot-blocking, forechecking team...

You’re looking at (Kevin) Bieksa, (Dan) Hamuis and (Alex) Edler who had a poor, poor year. There’s (Chris) Tanev, who by all reports has really come on by leaps and bounds, and (Jason) Garrison. That’s great.

On the forwards you start with the Sedins, and the change in the way they played to me was really ... I don’t want to dump on anyone, but you can’t change that club.

May 26, 11:38 PM

Former coach Marc Crawford: 'It's not a secret that I would return to the NHL'

by May 26, 11:38 PM

Former NHL head coach Marc Crawford led Switzerland's Zurich Lions to a a first-place finish this season, but he clearly has an eye on the North American game. 

"It is not a secret that I would return to the NHL", he said in an interview with TVA Sports.

Crawford added that he has been contacted by "all the teams that have positions open."

After Barry Trotz was hired by the Washington Capitals, that list is down to the Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks.

The 53-year-old coached 1,151 regular season games with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars and those very Canucks, posting a record of 549-421-100-77. 

He also has a Stanley Cup on his resume, won with the Avalanche in 1996.

Crawford last coached an NHL game in 2011, and is believed to be drawing serious interest from the Panthers.

Stay tuned.