Canucks to talk with Quinn
Alain Vigneault's stock continues to rise as the logical replacement
for the fired Marc Crawford -- but the Canucks will reportedly talk
to Pat Quinn.
Vigneault guided Manitoba to a 102-point regular season and now a
first-round AHL playoff series win over Syracuse. But any mention of
Quinn will always raise eyebrows in Vancouver.
The Hamilton Spectator, citing a source, reported Monday that the
Canucks have sought permission from Maple Leaf Sports and
Entertainment Ltd. to speak with Quinn.
He was dismissed as Toronto's bench boss April 20.
Canucks general manager Dave Nonis and assistant Steve Tambellini are
in Stockholm to scout the Sweden Hockey Games and unavailable for
comment. Canucks part-owner Francesco Aquilini deferred queries to
the hockey operations department.
"I really don't have any comment on that," Aquilini said. "It's best
to speak to Dave about this."
Richard Babush, Quinn's agent, also declined comment.
But one source told The Province that he spoke to Quinn and that the
former Canucks president, GM and coach did not mention a Vancouver
There's also speculation that Quinn will look elsewhere for an NHL
"My passion for the game, for coaching, is a strong as ever," Quinn,
63, said after he was let go after seven seasons with the Leafs.
Until vacancies in Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and Boston are
filled, expect to hear that Vigneault, Quinn, Crawford, Toronto
Marlies (AHL) coach Paul Maurice and former Detroit Red Wings coach
Dave Lewis top the wish lists.
There was even speculation last December that Michel Therrien, who
replaced Ed Olczyk as Pittsburgh head coach, wanted Vigneault as his
Therrien replaced Vigneault as Montreal head coach 20 games into the
2000-01 season. Vigneault left the Canadiens with a 109-113-39-5
coaching mark, but left an impression on Therrien.
With the Marlies eliminated from the AHL playoffs, Maurice is
expected to replace Quinn. And new Kings general manager Dean
Lombardi wants to build like he did in San Jose where the Sharks made
the playoffs in five of seven seasons in which he was the GM and
Darryl Sutter the coach.
"Everyone has to be singing from the same hymn book," said Lombardi.
That might make Canucks associate coach Mike Johnston an attractive
candidate in L.A.
He was shortlisted last summer in Anaheim.