Latest on the Canadiens, Oilers, Flames and Jets – May 19, 2012.

Updates on the Canadiens coaching search, a list of possible Oilers coaching candidates, a suggested candidate for Flames coach, and four reasons why the Jets aren’t in the playoffs.


Habs GM continues coaching search.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/QMI AGENCY: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin isn’t revealing anything regarding his search for a new head coach, other than to say the search is moving forward.

A source “close to the Montreal organization” told TVA Sports Quebec Remparts owner/GM/coach Patrick Roy isn’t considered among the favorites for the job. Former NHL coach Bob Hartley and Saint John Sea Dogs coach Gerard Gallant were mentioned as candidates.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson listed Brent Sutter, Marc Crawford, Todd Nelson, Jon Cooper and Ralph Krueger as possible candidates to replace Tom Renney as head coach.

CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson recently suggested NY Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan could be an “ideal fit” for the Flames as their new head coach.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait listed four reasons why the Jets aren’t playing for the Stanley Cup. Among them, lack of a star center, and their defense.


  1. The Jets are not playing for the Cup because they are one season removed from being the Atlanta Thrashers. It is going to take a few years to build this team up.

  2. I hate that the NHL still thinks like dinosaurs and keeps recycling coaches rather than as George Johnson of Calgary suggests, possibly hire some new talent like Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan. Every time a coaching position opens up the usual suspects are regurgitated such as Crawford, Sutter and at times Quinn and up and comers are hardly ever considered. If you can coach in the American League you can coach in the NHL as far as I am concerned, especially if you have had a lot of success at that level. Even Dale Hunter who hadn’t coached a game in the NHL came with just Major Junior A experience and took Washington to the Stanley Cup playoffs, which when he took over didn’t look like a possibility.
    It is high time the old boys club broadened their horizons and especially, opened their minds to the larger talent pool available to them.

    The Jets had a better than expected year and are only a player or two from being contenders. I agree with “Innovator” when he says that they are only one year removed from Atlanta. The great fans in Winnepeg will help motovate them on to bigger and better things, which is something that the Atlanta Thrashers never had.

  3. Spector, why do we never see Ted Nolan’s name associated with any possible head coaching opportunities? I believe he is coaching Latvia’s national team, a form of purgatory, but why the seeming fall from grace with the NHL?

  4. Nolan burned his bridges in the NHL when he publicly bashed his GM. No organization wants to go through that, no matter how talented a coach. One name I am surprised I dont hear even mentioned for the Oilers job is Doug Weight, now an assistant coach with NYI and a special advisor to Garth Snow. He has stated very publicly that he regrets leaving Edm and I wonder how he would be with the kids?

  5. Brent Sutter will be next head coach for Edmonton.Sutter has already done his trial run with Kevin Lowe.It only makes sense, Lowe brings in Sutter for Canadian team just to evaluate him prior to hiring him