The Vancouver Canucks are expected to announce Willie Desjardins as the team’s new head coach on Monday, according to Sportsnet’s Dan Murphy.
It was reported last Friday that Desjardins had agreed to a multi-year contract with the club.
A long-believed frontrunner to succeed John Tortorella, the 57-year-old Desjardins led his AHL Texas Stars to the Calder Cup championship on June 17. This will be Desjardins’ first NHL head coaching job.
“The most important qualification is the toughest one to identify, and that’s the ability to connect with the players and get them to play for him,” Linden told Sportsnet Thursday of Vancouver’s search for a coach. “You look at past performances from their teams. You try to judge the person. Get a sense of who they are, what they are, how authentic and genuine they are and try to pick up on that. You try to talk to players who’ve played for that coach and had experience with that person.”
The Canucks fired Tortorella on May 1 after he posted a 36-35-11 record and missed the playoffs in his lone season with the club. The Canucks had just 13 wins in the 41 games since Jan. 1 and finished 25th overall.