NHL Rumors: Vancouver Canucks to Look at Coaching Options for Next Season
The Vancouver Canucks will look at their coaching options at the end of the season, according to the team's president of hockey operations Trevor Linden.
"We're going to take our time and look at our options at the end of the season, and I'll have to do a full assessment of our organization, as I always do, and we'll move forward from that point," Linden said when asked if coach Willie Desjardins will be back next season. Desjardins, for his part, is aware that his job is hanging in the balance.
"I think it always matters to you; how could it not matter? That's your job you are looking at," Desjardins told NHL.com. "But I can't control that. I can control what I do with the team, I can control the players, and I feel like the organization always has to look at things, they just have to."
The Canucks hired 60-year-old Desjardins to replace John Tortorella and signed him to a four-year contract in 2014. In his first season, Desjardins led the Canucks to the Stanley Cup Playoffs but finished 28th in the NHL last season.
After trading veteran forwards Alexandre Burrows and Jannik Hansen before the deadline, the Canucks are trying to win with veterans Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin and young players like Bo Horvat (21), Sven Baertschi (24) and Markus Granlund (23). The Canucks dropped to 28-30-9 after losing to the New York Islanders, 4-3, in overtime.
With the loss, Vancouver remained six points behind the St. Louis Blues in the race for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Andrew Ladd scored early in the overtime to give the Islanders the victory that put them one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the final wild card playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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