Report: Willie Desjardins to be named Canucks head coach Monday

Jun 23, 8:19 AM

Willie Desjardins is set to graduate into a high-profile NHL head coaching gig less than a week after leading the Texas Stars to their first Calder Cup title. 

Desjardins will be handed the Vancouver Canucks' coaching reins Monday, per Sportsnet's Dan Murphy

The 57-year-old was a key cog in the NHL's offseason coaching carousel despite having just two years of professional coaching experience to his name. 

He reportedly turned down an offer to coach Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Pittsburgh before turning his attention to the northwest. 

Jun 23, 12:14 PM

Canucks name Willie Desjardins head coach

Jun 23, 12:14 PM

It has been rumored for days, and now it's official.

The Vancouver Canucks officially hired Willie Desjardins as the team's new head coach.

The hiring was first reported on Monday morning.

Desjardins coached the AHL's Texas Stars to their first Calder Cup championship this past season.

Jun 20, 3:01 PM

Report: Willie Desjardins traveling to Vancouver, expected to be named new head coach

Jun 20, 3:01 PM

Willie Desjardins became one of the most sought-after head coaching candidates after leading the AHL's Texas Stars to a Calder Cup championship, and was reportedly deciding between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vancouver Canucks.

After some thought about Pittsburgh's reported low-ball offer, it appears he decided to take his talents to British Columbia.

Earlier on Friday, Kevin Weekes of Hockey Night in Canada tweeted a report suggesting Willie Desjardins has indeed chosen the Canucks and is signing  multi-year deal with the club.

Keep McKenzie's "as expected" caveat in mind, however; the coaching carousel has tossed more than a few reports to the wind in recent days.