Canucks re-signed GM Mike Gillis to new contract, more speculation over possible candidate for vacant Canadiens coaching job, and the latest on the Oilers coaching situation.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The re-signing of Canucks GM Mike Gillis to a new contract indicates he still has the confidence of team owner Francesco Aquilini.
VANCOUVER SUN: Gillis’ re-signing suggests head coach Alain Vigneault, who has a year remaining on his contract, could also receive an extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was believed Gillis wanted to retain Vigneault but it would be dependent upon the blessing of Aquilini. With Gillis now certain to return, I’d expect the same for Vigneault.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Greg Wyshynski noted recent speculation, which generated over the weekend during a “Hotstove” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, suggesting current Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville as a candidate to become the next head coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The premise is based upon the close ties new Habs GM Marc Bergevin, who until last week was assistant GM of the Blackhawks, has with Quenneville. While “Coach Q” would be a significant hire for the Habs, and a good choice for head coach, there would be concerns over his ability to speak French. To date, there’s been no word out of Chicago regarding Quenneville’s future with the Blackhawks.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes the Oilers won’t make a decision regarding the future of head coach Tom Renney until after the World Hockey Championships are over. Matheson feels Oilers management could be seeking a potential replacement for Renney.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If true, it’s a lousy way to treat Renney. If they want to make a change behind the bench, that’s their prerogative, but they shouldn’t leave him twisting in the wind like this.