Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/06/14 at 07:19 PM ET
TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on Ryan Kesler's situation in Vancouver, the coaching vacancies around the league, if the first overall pick will move, and more.
Why Jim Rutherford in Pittsburgh? And who might he hire to replace the fired Dan Bylsma?
McKenzie: They like Rutherford's experience and they also like the fact that at this point in his career Rutherford is happy to take a 2-3 year transition phase and be able to turn the reigns over to an assistant like Jason Botterill, Bill Guerin or Tom Fitzgerald.
In terms of who the coach will be, I'll say this: if Paul Maurice hadn't signed on long-term with the Winnipeg Jets, those two – the Lone Ranger and Tonto – might have ridden again, with Rutherford obviously having an affinity for Maurice. I think whoever he gets, it has got to be a guy who has some cache, who's got a name, and who's been a head coach. Because when that guy walks into that dressing room, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have got to sit up and take notice.
Give me an update on the other three coaching vacancies.
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