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Gillis wants new Canucks coach by July 5

Jun 7, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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Canucks general manager Mike Gillis thinks he’ll have his new head coach in place by July 5, the start of free agency in the NHL.

Gillis shared his hiring timeline today on Team 1040 radio in Vancouver.

It’s a slightly longer timeline than the ones provided by Rangers GM Glen Sather and Stars GM Jim Nill, each of whom have said they’d like their new bench boss hired in time for the NHL draft, which goes June 30.

For the Canucks, we can think of at least three reasons to wait. 1) Dave Tippett’s contract with Phoenix runs out at the end of the month. 2) John Stevens, an assistant with the Kings, is still coaching in the playoffs. 3) Ditto for Dan Bylsma.

Will any of the above three be available for interviews soon? It’s possible that’s what the Canucks are waiting to find out.

Related: Eakins gets second interview with Canucks

  1. tripps3 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Not a fan of Gillis since 2011 first round playoffs and all the whining he did about calls going the Hawks way.

  2. elvispocomo - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    The actual conversation was more along the lines of this:
    Gillis said he’d be willing to wait for the right coach if they aren’t yet available (with some coaches obviously being still hired by their current teams and/or in the playoffs). He then said he didn’t have a set time frame and would be prepared to go into free agency without a coach, but he doesn’t think that’ll be the case.

  3. ruddigervancity - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    WTF does that tweet even say? Over-under on the number of candidates? Number of interviews?

  4. vanindeed - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    By the time you seriously interview 8 candidates it will be October

  5. dalimanvan - Jun 8, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    And in other news Luongo will be traded by July of 20…

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