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Crawford bows out of NHL job race, returns to Switzerland

Jun 21, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

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It looks like former NHL coach Marc Crawford won’t be coming back to North America.

The former Avalanche, Kings, Canucks, and Stars coach has verbally agreed to return to the ZSC Lions in the Swiss National League according to the team’s Twitter feed.

Crawford had been in the running for the head coaching jobs with both the Florida Panthers and Pittsburgh Penguins. But with the Panthers looking at Gerard Gallant and the Penguins moving on from Willie Desjardins and Bill Peters to other candidates, he’s not waiting around to see what they decide.

Crawford coached ZSC to the championship as well as the best record in the Swiss League. ZSC finished 20 points ahead of second place HC Gotteron and beat Kloten for the title. That’s probably more than you’ve ever read about the Swiss League.

Crawford won the Stanley Cup as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and won the Jack Adams Award in 1995.

  1. adamal17 - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    YAY!!! the NHL is safe for at least one more year!!!

  2. esracerx46 - Jun 21, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    I would have never thought it would be this hard for Pittsburgh to find a coach. Hey Keenan, you busy?

    • cliffatola - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:16 AM

      He just won the KHL, he may not want to return either.

  3. swisshark93 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    From a Swiss fan: Zurich Lions were absolutely dominant last year, I think I anyone (comprising myself) could have coached them to title. Still, with Crawford they managed to nearly get eliminated against 8th seeded neopromoted Lausanne in the quarterfinals and again against Geneva in the semifinal, winning both series in game 7.
    Definitely not a tragic loss for the NHL.

  4. mangoman1966 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    As a long time pens fan this organization is starting to piss me off. The front office is as lame as the team is at playoff time.

  5. mangoman1966 - Jun 21, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    First of all they hire a gm who is going to baby sit the job for 2 or three years. That’s really long range thinking. This is a make or break time for this organization. What happens in this short time frame will make or break this team. We need players signed and trades to be explored and in the mean time this team can’t decide on a coach. Think dementia is setting in with Rutherford already. We had a knowledgeable candidate in Pierre McGuire ready to go. He s not popular with mist of the people in this site but the guy knows his hockey and the personnel it takes to be a winner.

    • chanceoffleury - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      McGuire used to coach in Hartford and the players and front office hated him. They said he was an arrogant, entitled control freak. Arrogant and entitled aren’t things the penguins need more of. I’d rather them just hire Hynes and give him a chance at the big show than go with a guy who has had a chance and didn’t get good reviews, even if it was 20 years ago.

  6. YouppiKiYay - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    It won’t be long before Crawford is back in North America. The Bertuzzi/Moore trial begins in September.

    I can’t believe any team seriously though about hiring Marc Crawford with the trial hanging over his head.

  7. c9castine - Jun 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    so basically, his interviews went poorly.

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