TSN’s Chris Johnston This appears to be a question that is reported whenno if, Rick Tocchet has been brought in to be the new head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. While Tocchett said on his TNT broadcast the other night that he hasn’t signed a contract, but he has spoken with Jim Rutherford and he won’t confirm whether he’s being hired, Johnston said it’s a matter of detail and Tocchett is expected to be hired and with him. Will bring some of his own coaches to work.
It’s not entirely clear when he will replace Bruce Boudreau, but Boudreau was not on the ice for the Canucks’ morning optional practice on Friday. Johnston explained, “It sounds like the deal talks have started that Rick Touchette will probably come to Vancouver with a few additions to his coaching staff. And, of course, nothing is 100 percent official until it’s put to paper. That hasn’t happened yet. But it sounds like It’s getting very close.
Basically, it sounds like the Canucks are waiting for his contract with TNT to expire before they officially announce his hiring. That said, everyone is reporting it as done and media members are already talking about what the Canucks should expect, both in terms of what Tocchet will want as the franchise’s authoritative voice and what players should expect in trying to get them. The club is headed in the right direction.
Canucks president Jim Rutherford did not deny that the Canucks had spoken with Tocchet. Instead, he said they talked to a lot of people but right now, Bruce is the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks. Many fans say it’s a situation that’s gotten ugly and handled extremely poorly. If Boudreau is out, let him go and have someone take over in the interim.
“I’d be a fool not to know what’s going on,” Boudreau told reporters Friday. When asked how he stops the noise and how he informs the players, he said they know. There is a lot of media in the area and nothing is hidden. When his wife asked him why he wasn’t on the ice, he told her that he was still a part of the team, but didn’t go on the ice today.
Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman linked Sergei Gonchar and Richard Matvichuk are two names likely to join him when he takes over the team.