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Report: Bylsma interviews with Canucks

Jun 19, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

Dan Bylsma AP

The search for a new head coach continues for the Vancouver Canucks.

Up next on the list of candidates to interview for the vacant position was former Pittsburgh Penguins bench boss Dan Bylsma, according to The Province newspaper.

From The Province:

Bylsma is apparently the fourth to interview with Linden and Jim Benning. They have already spoken with former Canucks coach Marc Crawford as well as Crawford’s former assistant, Mike Johnston, who’s now the head coach of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks. Fired Florida coach Peter Horacek also been reportedly interviewed.

If the Canucks don’t have a head coach in place a week from now, it could put them at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to courting potential free agents.

You can scratch one name off the list – John Stevens. It was believed Stevens would be a strong candidate, however on Wednesday, the L.A. Kings promoted him from assistant coach to associate head coach alongside Darryl Sutter.

Willie Desjardins, recently a champion as coach of the Texas Stars in the AHL, has garnered most of the attention when it comes to who will potentially fill the spot previously held by John Tortorella before he was fired.

According to John Shannon of Sportsnet, the Canucks have asked the Dallas Stars for permission to speak to Desjardins, who will reportedly interview for the Penguins job, too.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Great, he is going to make them good again. Kind of missed the Sharks/Canuck rivalry. Maybe he can bring it back by turning the Canucks around.

    • blomfeld - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:11 AM

      OFF THE HOOK ?

      Even though they’re loathe to admit it, the bottom here friends is that the Vancouver Canucks don’t even have a ‘clue’ as to what they’re doing next ? … and that’s a shame in more ways than one, trust me. Perhaps Lisa could tell Gina to tell Trevy ‘baby’ that Trotsky is still for sale ? Like, that would be cool eh ? :) LOL ! Anyway, I just can’t wait to see what kind of ‘crap’ they put up on our Vancouver buses here when it comes time to sell the BS again ! … “We are ‘all’ losers” perhaps ? :)

  2. canucks30 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    The Pacific belongs to the Kings and Ducks for the foreseeable future.

    It’s going to be a while before the Canucks and Sharks are competing for a Stanley Cup again.

    • canucks30 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      This is especially going to hold true if, as rumoured, Ryan Kesler is traded to Anaheim.

      • areaman714 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:50 AM

        Please Nucks, just do it. It won’t be the deal offered at the deadline, though.

      • canucks30 - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:07 AM

        I don’t buy Bob Murray’s rhetoric. There are more teams in play now for Kesler than there were at the trade deadline and the Canucks have more options including keeping him as he is under contract for 2 more seasons.

        If he does go to Anaheim, the Canucks should be asking for at least the 10th overall pick (giving them 2 Top 10 draft picks) and 2 quality prospects.

        The guy I really like is Shea Theodore: an offensive defenseman from Aldergrove, B.C. and the Ducks 1st pick from last year.

        The 24th pick, Emerson Etem, Rickard Rakell, and Devante Smith-Pelly have also been rumoured as potential options as well as roster players like Mathieu Perrault and Kyle Palmieri.

        Some package consisting of 3 of those assets would likely suffice.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        Of course I am not a GM, but wouldn’t you up the price for a team with which you’ll be competing for playoff spots?

        I am asking this objectively and not because I still have that pipe dream of him on a line with Patrick Kane. Complete objectivity. :)

  3. bigtganks - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:04 AM

    Though I don’t want bylsma, it may be all that’s left.

    What scares me is if he couldn’t win with that lineup in Pittsburgh with Crosby and malkin then sheesh, I’m afraid there’s not much of an upgrade.

    • canucks30 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      Willie Desjardins seems like the favourite in Vancouver unless he goes to Pittsburgh, in which case the Canucks will likely hire Mike Johnston.

      Bylsma seems destined for Florida or a TV studio.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

        Yeah that’s the thing I think a lot of folks are forgetting – Bylsma can make $2mil this year sitting in a studio or on his couch or anywhere other than an NHL bench. So for him to take a job it likely has to be lucrative, and make sense from a hockey perspective.

    • c9castine - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:54 AM

      he did win with that lineup

  4. roblo76 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Bylsma won’t be coaching in Vancouver. The Panthers at least have some young building blocks in place. Vancouver? Lol.

    • mshantz22 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:02 AM

      I agree. Vancouver is a team with an older core and no goalie. Florida has a lot of youth and is only a few years from becoming a dangerous team. Plus, let’s face it, Sunrise FL is a lot nice place to live than Vancouver BC.

      • micasa81 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        “Plus, let’s face it, Sunrise FL is a lot nice place to live than Vancouver BC.”

        Wow…different strokes for different folks, I guess.

      • deltafixer - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Well, apparently Luongo likes Sunrise more than Vancouver. The Canucks are going into a rebuild, why would anyone want to coach a team that will soon become similar to the Oilers and Flames of recent years? Florida has so many good young players, a veteran goalie, and money to spend from what I hear.

  5. papajack1259 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Winning is always a possibility anywhere any day any sport. But what about a system? Like Julian Boston AV inNew York, Sutter in LA etc. Byslma won with Crosby, by surrounding him with “Pieces” The same is taking place with Ovechkin in Washington. Vancouver has two very talented brothers …placed Within a structured system They are is in the hunt..they are only a few years removed from a seventh game
    A good Coach/GM /Organization creates a system and applies it to their game they play Heavy, or the play fast they play close checking….it really does not matter as long as you play with confidence within that system….The penguins have no system…without Sid who are they?
    with AVVancouver had a system , the Prep school coach Tort destroyed any continuity and bond that the players or the system had…
    torts system is to throw your body in front of the puck and prevent shots from reaching….Byslmas was to put Crobyand Malkin out there and hope they put one in Byslma is the wrong pick lets see what system he employs in Florida ……
    Do you feel Byslma or Tort or Oates would have taken LA all the Way? If they had those coaches they would of failed after being Down 3-0 A system allows you to interchange players at opportune times how do you win when Ovechkin or Sidney is tired? You don’t
    Vancouver is a very good team they need a very good Coach

    • canucks30 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:13 AM

      Stop making new accounts blomfeld

  6. ducksk - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Disco is a good man and coach. He took the fall with Shero for top players not producing in playoffs. I don’t care what system adjustments you make, when the best player in world scores once in 13 games. Good luck pens, but I don’t think it will get better for Sid and geno.

  7. mcflower29 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Bylsma is a good coach, the Pens will really miss having a coach like him :(

  8. micasa81 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    A team’s rise/decline can be quite unpredictable, but there’s very little indication that this team will be able to make a surprise comeback. Vancouver is not merely a good coach away from contending again. It’d be nice to believe that they’ll have an unexpected resurgence a la the 2008-2009 Cancucks, but there is no equivalent core of young-ish players on the cusp of becoming late bloomers next season the way the Twins, Kesler and Burrows were that year. Nope, next year should be deemed a rousing success if some of the young guys show growth and the Canucks snag a wild card spot and proceed to be a handful for one of the new Pacific juggernauts in the 1st round.

    Besides, Dan doesn’t instil me with tons of confidence as Vancouver’s possible new coach. It just seems like he hasn’t been able to calm his team down and switch up his tactics when necessary in the past few playoffs.

  9. micasa81 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    One thing I don’t hear anybody talking about re: the hunt for new coaches is the fact that all the top guys in line for the job have their own strengths and weaknesses. In the case of Vancouver, there may be little point in looking at what a coach gets out of his team in the playoffs, because the Canucks simply don’t have the tools to go deep in the postseason no matter who is coaching them. What they need is somebody who can build a system that allows younger guys to get significant minutes and develop good playing habits. If that coach happens not to be a stellar tactician or in-game motivator, well, that’s probably OK at least for the next couple of years. In the Pens’ case, though, they absolutely want a guy with a proven track record of keeping hold of the reins of his team during important games, because you can bet your ass they’ll be contenders again next year.

    Using that logic, I guess what I said about Bylsma’s playoff record in the last post might not be the most important consideration for the Canucks at this juncture. Not that I’m very familiar with his acumen in building a system that fits his team or bringing along young talent.

    In a perfect world, there’s a Mike Babcock or Scotty Bowman out there waiting to get hired – i.e. a coach who excels in every area. In reality, the candidates are guys who’ve never had the head gig in the NHL but look very promising, and Bylsma. And Marc Crawford. Teams are going to have to prioritize what they need in a new coach, because he just isn’t likely to be a world-beater in every aspect.

  10. officialgame - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Blysma couldn’t win with a Pens roster full of stars because he ran an undisciplined program that lacked focus an attention to detail. Why anyone would want him is beyond me?

  11. ronniethec - Jun 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    The ‘nucks would be better off with the Bela twins than they are with the Sedin sisters. The Belas are more physical.

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