Report: Canucks won't hire head coach until after the NHL Draft

by Jun 18, 5:41 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have been without a head coach since the club fired John Tortorella in early May. While the Canucks' search for a new head coach has reportedly included at least four candidates already, with two more set to interview this week, it's unlikely that the team will have a coach in place before the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on June 27 reports Sportsnet's Dan Murphy.

Murphy also reports that Portland Winterhakws head coach Mike Johnston, TSN analyst Marc Crawford, former Panthers head coach Peter Horachek, and recently fired Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma have already interviewed for the job. 

It was reported Tuesday that the Canucks requested permission to interview two-time Canucks minor league coach and current New York Rangers assistant Scott Arniel. The Rangers have apparently given Vancouver their blessing, as Murphy reports that the Canucks will interview Arniel at some point this week. 

Vancouver is also reportedly set to interview Texas Stars head coach Willie Desjardins, although whether they'll get a shot at talking to him before the Pittsburgh Penguins do is an open question.

Finally, it appears that Vancouver requested permission from the Detroit Red Wings to speak with Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill, but were rebuffed. They also reportedly attempted to speak with the Los Angeles Kings about assistant coach John Stevens, a front runner for the club's head coaching position last summer, but Stevens has been promoted internally and is off the market.