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Reports: Desjardins picks Canucks over Penguins

Jun 20, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT

From TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

Which just so happens to coincide with this report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

The Penguins did not get their guy.

“The guy I had is going to go in a different direction,” general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday afternoon.

So yes, it sure sounds like Willie Desjardins picked the Vancouver Canucks over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Why? Well, that’s not clear. The Pens have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, yes. But they’re far from perfect, as evidenced by their recent playoff performances. Also, maybe the Canucks offered more money and term. Maybe Desjardins, a Saskatchewan native, liked the idea of coaching in Western Canada. And maybe he liked the idea of working with Vancouver’s new president of hockey ops, Trevor Linden, a former star with the Medicine Hat Tigers, the WHL team Desjardins coached from 2002-10.

At any rate, Desjardins, a coach who likes to “move the puck and attack,” would seem to be a fit with the Canucks, a team whose new general manager, Jim Benning, has said he wants to “play an up-tempo, fast-skating, skilled game.”

Earlier today, Linden went on the radio in Vancouver and said he’s looking for a coach “who can recapture our people who were so off last year” under John Tortorella.

Meanwhile, Rutherford will “take the weekend to sort some things out.”

  1. lowenni - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Good for him for getting his chance in the NHL. From what I’ve read about him he seems like a smart, fresh-minded coach who will fit well with the Nucks. They aren’t too far off from being a playoff team again so I’ll be interested to see how they do next season.

  2. darksidecowboy - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    He coached the Texas Stars the last couple of seasons and his style really cranked up the offense in Texas, should be a nice resurgence for the twins. Hate to see him leave Texas but he’s earned it!

    • imleftcoast - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      That sounds awesome. Canucks probably gave him 5 years. They gave a guy with no job, no offers and no talent a 5-year deal last summer.

  3. live4hockey - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Where is ravenator to tell us about the pittsburgh meltdown and how the caps rule…or something like that anyway…??

    • ibieiniid - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      I think you just did it for us, bud.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        I think you just said it for him, bud.*
        (It’s been a long week.)

      • c9castine - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        where you been? you work your post season issues out finally?

  4. porkchopexpress1969 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    The Pens and Crosby are coach killers? Man I would of fugured people jumping at that chance to coach there… Guess not. Toxic.

    • bencia823 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      or…having GM’s led by a garbage GM who hasn’t made the playoffs in 5 years as your boss/bosses just isn’t appealing

      • porkchopexpress1969 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        How is it the GM’s fault Crosby didnt do anything in the playoffs. He is your superstar, and he did squat.

      • bmscalise - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Or he wanted more term than the Pens were willing to give. Or that. But go ahead an make whatever unsubstantiated assumptions you want.

    • c9castine - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:50 PM

      as evidenced by what? 2 coaches in 9 years?

  5. frankiesweep - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Who would want to live in Pittsburgh?

    • thisischavez - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Pittsburgh used to have a bad reputation (and deservedly so). But that was a long time ago. Just last year, for the second time, it was named the most liveable city in the country. I live in Texas but I can tell you first hand that it’s a nice city to visit. The downtown area is very nice.

      • c9castine - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:52 PM

        hey, thanks man. we are proud of our city and love visitors.

    • 6superbowls - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Clean. Safe. Affordable. Successful sports teams with avid, knowledgeable fans. High quality educational opportunities. Great, diverse dining options.

      Frankiesweep wouldn’t know that because he’s most likely never been further than his mom’s basement.

    • c9castine - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:52 PM

      a lot of people.

      do some research…its been recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the most livable, cultured, and friendly cities there is.

      clean, low crime, affordable, lots to do, 3 pro sports teams, great restaurant scene, lots of young professionals and colleges leading to a top tech industry, a top medical industry….

      dont be ignorant.

  6. buddysguys - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Now who Mario???

    • dueman - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:48 PM

      I think Crawford, or Wilson, unless they’re going to roll the dice on someone without NHL experience…I’m thinking Ron Wilson…

      • chanceoffleury - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:16 PM

        for all thats sacred in this world, please god, no.

  7. canucks30 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Not sure contract length should be a factor since Canucks owner, Francesco Aquilini, has a history of firing people after they miss the playoffs (Marc Crawford, Dave Nonis, Mike Gillis, and John Tortorella).

    If that pattern holds true Desjardins’ tenure in Vancouver could be a short one.

    • c9castine - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      yes well then term is very important isnt it?

      becuase if you get fired, you still get paid.

  8. ravanator - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    “Pens have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin”

    Two of the most overrated players in the history of hockey. I congratulate Desjardins on choosing the Canucks over the sinking ship. No one wants to be the Pens coach and be told what to do everyday by mullet head Lemieux. Great time to be an NHL fan watching the demise of the Pens. They will be losers for many years to come. Their fair weather fan base will lose interest and the team will relocate. Cheers!


    • quips007quips007 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      What an assinine comment….probably from an all-time loser

    • theageofquarrel - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      Oh look the garbage heap is back

    • lowenni - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      This guy isn’t an actual Caps fan. He’s someone trolling pretending to be one. As a Caps fan it’s a disgrace to always read ravanators comments and he’s either just an idiot Caps fan trying to be funny or someone trying to make Caps fans look bad. Either way, don’t feed the troll

    • bencia823 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      PHT Readers:

      From now on, up/down voting this guy’s comments and don’t respond. Trolls love attention, and obvious troll is obvious

    • 6superbowls - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Just a moron that never leaves his room.

  9. quips007quips007 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    It’s like I said…Crosby is a pariah…No one wants to play with him….and this guy doesn’t want to coach the “Greatest player in the World”…..Malkin should be Captain ….Crosby is a whining, crying little baby….I’ve always said that…..The league knows it too…..I would seriously at least listen to what I could get for him…

  10. pitpenguinsrulez - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    What a mess!

  11. whiskytango333 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    There is still the 8 year old in me that is really hoping the coaching staff is Ulf Samuelson, Rick Tocchet, and Kevin Stevens -with Kenny Wregget as the goaltenders coach.

  12. drewzducks - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    Of course he did. This keeps getting better by the day. Rumor has it that Dan Bylsma is still available. Good move for Vanc. Would be nice to see them rebound after last year’s collapse.

  13. vladdrac69 - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Only in the NHL do you have coaches with 70’s porn staches like that – he’ll fit right in

  14. rushledger - Jun 20, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    The Crosby haters come out of the wood work and from underneath every single bridge to point fingers at Sid when likely he didn’t have much to do with the coaches decision here. Higher expectations in Pittsburgh than Vancouver right now combine that with the chance to coach in a Canadian market I don’t blame him. Why Crosby has to get senselessly dragged into this conversation is so stupid, I wish Crosby haters would grow up. I’m a pens fan and I don’t hate ovechkin he’s good for the league so is Sid just accept that.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:38 PM

      I guess you missed the video of Cindy on the bench giving it to Disco Dan. Like its his fault nancy boy can’t buy a goal in the post season. Crosby is a damned cancer and no one wants to coach that prima donna. Lets be hones here, Malkin has been the true leader of that team for several years now. Sure he takes a dumb a$$ penalty or two (like most players) but at least he shows up to play every night, unlike Crosby.

      • hawkeedawg - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:23 AM

        I guess you missed the part where Crosby led the league in scoring by 17 points over second place. 32 more than Malkin who finished 14 spots behind your Cindy. Jealousy is so sweet.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:47 PM

        Dan Carcillo had more playoff goals than your Cindy.

  15. mfinneran - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    At least he’s not a”recycle”.

  16. JoeAvg - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Way to twist a story Jason! The exact quote from Rutherford was “I met with one of the candidates that I thought very highly of, and thought that he was our guy, but after spending (Thursday) night and again this morning talking to him, on both sides it just didn’t match up.” This sounds more like a difference in philosophy and/or contract terms. You make it sound like he was offered the job and turned it down. Big difference. This is why you’re supposed to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Anything else is misleading.

    • cantescapekarma - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      “The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”…? I did not realize that the writers at PHT were sworn in on the stand before writing their articles…

      • c9castine - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:17 PM

        no maybe not but there is supposed to be ethics in journalism

        i realize this isnt the new york times or some crap but seriously, sometimes this site is like these guy’s personal blogs.

  17. phillyphannn83 - Jun 20, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Ouch, that’s gotta sting :)

  18. phillyphannn83 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Actually if you go back a few weeks, I dropped the bomb on PHT Nation that the league knows, and is keeping extremely secret, that Sid is facing early retirement due to concussions. I was told this directly by a member of the NHL Hall of Fame who is still very much connected to the league and still works for one of the teams. This may be a sign it is a real possibility. I have a feeling he will give it a go this season but if there is any setback, there may be no Sidney Crosby in the NHL by this time next year.

    • handsofsweed - Jun 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      You’re gonna be out of the Inner Circle once your HOF’er source gets wind of this. Why didn’t you think of your duty to the rest of us before you posted this publicly so it can get back to them? With you out of the Inner Circle, now the REST of us unwashed will be left in the dark!

      You blew it, phillyphann83. We were counting on you.

  19. dlk75150 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Good luck willie wish bill would have kept you here last year!

  20. dlk75150 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    I hate autofil meant nil

  21. c9castine - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    i like how Jason Brough turned this into recess kickball, though not surprising given his lack of professionalism especially when the subject of the Vancouver Canucks is raised.

    the only thing worth talking about here is how much of a circus Rutherford has turned this process into.

    this is an incredibly troubling statement from your new GM:

    “I’ll work off the same list I had, but it will be expanded by two or three names that for whatever reason weren’t considered for interviews the last time.”

    are you kidding me?

    basically, we are getting some second rate coach to come in an coach what might be the most talented team in the league and whose core is stanley cup winners because Rutherford is a clown and cant close a deal.

    this is the same GM that pittsburghers made fun of for a year because he was still paying part of Jussi Jokinen’s salary, a 60 pt performer, after Shero schooled him on a trade.

    what a mess.

    • hawkeedawg - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      C9, usually you have intelligent, relevant posts, I enjoy reading. But you just lost some site credibility double commenting on nothing to do with hockey, just bashing Brough and the boys. They have a job to do, and like it or not, you don’t have to visit the site.

      • c9castine - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        “brough and the boys” i apologize didnt know how far the clique expanded….

        sometimes they dish out good and breaking information, sometimes its tantamount to a personal blog and on top of that sometimes its pure speculation or spin designed to incite the comments section….

        as i said…its more useful and fun when articles are written based out of reality or fact.

  22. ducksk - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    News flash! Russians are coach killers.

  23. ducksk - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    phillyphannn83 dude, you and your inside source are complete BS. It’s an outright lie about Sid, and you are a darn fool. Stop it please, you have posited This garbage before. I won’t qoute some has been NHL’ers you know. I don’t have to. Liar.

  24. badguy711 - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Fire Torts
    Hire Benning
    Buy out Booth
    Hire Desjardins

    Trevor Linden is 4/4. I was skeptical when he was hired, but TL so far is making me think he may actually restore the pride this team has lost over the embarrassing last few years. Go Canucks

  25. hawkeedawg - Jun 21, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    Bringing in Linden was a genius move by the Aquallini’s. Somewhat disconnected fans were instantly buying into the future. His frequent “Town Hall” meetings with the season ticket holders, where he gets right down and sits an their level and talks to the them personally. This team is going nowhere but up, maybe not next year so much, but I really like the blueprint, GM and Coach for the next few years. He is bringing in really good hockey people in all areas of the operation.

    • c9castine - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:14 PM

      does it matter than the only reason they went down were the same people (aquillinis) your praising?

      vancouver was a self made mess and Gillis was allowed to dig the hole way deeper than he should have

  26. beermeone - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:44 AM


  27. johnmr12 - Jun 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Smart man. If he goes to the penguins, he is expected to make a deep playoff run. Anything less is a failure. Ask the guy who got fired for coming within a win of going to the conference finals. In Vancouver, if he makes the playoffs at all he is a hero.

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