Kukla's Korner

Kukla's Korner Hockey

Entries with the tag: willie desjardins

Willie Desjardins Will Not Be Retained By The LA Kings

via the LA Kings,

LA Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake released the following statement today:

"Today we thanked Willie Desjardins for his effort and dedication while serving as our interim head coach. We wish Willie and his family nothing but the best going forward. The process for hiring our next head coach is underway and we look forward to conducting a thorough search for the right person to lead our team."

Filed in: NHL Teams, Los Angeles Kings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+desjardins

It’s That Time Of Year, Willie Desjardins Gone In Vancouver


added 12:54pm,

VANCOUVER, B.C., - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that Willie Desjardins was relieved of his duties as head coach, along with assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.

"We made a very difficult decision to relieve Willie Desjardins of his duties as head coach today," said Benning. "It's been a challenging season and we all share responsibility for the results however, we felt this change was necessary as we continue to develop a young team and look ahead to the future. We're grateful to Willie, Doug, Perry and each of their families for their dedication and hard work and wish them every success."

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+desjardins

Willie Desjardins on thin ice

From NHL.com's Kevin Woodley:

Coach Willie Desjardins knows his future with the Vancouver Canucks is uncertain, even with another season left on his contract.

Desjardins was asked Wednesday about comments made by Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden the day before, when he said he plans to "look at our options" at coach after this season.

"I think it always matters to you; how could it not matter? That's your job you are looking at," Desjardins said. "But I can't control that. I can control what I do with the team, I can control the players, and I feel like the organization always has to look at things, they just have to."

The Canucks (28-30-8) are seven points behind the St. Louis Blues for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Western Conference.

Linden, asked if Desjardins would be back next season, on Tuesday told TSN Vancouver 1040, "We're going to take our time and look at our options at the end of the season, and I'll have to do a full assessment of our organization, as I always do, and we'll move forward from that point."


Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: trevor+linden, vancouver+canucks, willie+desjardins

Thinking Like A Coach

from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,

Few NHL teams in recent memory will put the copycat coaching theory to the test like the 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins. Mike Sullivan’s group won the Stanley Cup with a north-south approach that used speed and stretch passes and generated oodles of shot attempts, catering to “analytics hockey,” and it thus may have broken a barrier. More and more teams may try to win with the possession game, and that will be drilled into new coaching recruits from the ground up.

“As a coach you have to be careful,” said Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins, “because it’s one thing to run a system with one team, and then all of a sudden you have different personnel, and the system won’t work with different personnel. You always have to adjust what you’re doing to your personnel. Just because it’s worked for one team it doesn’t mean that system will work for you.”

It’s an interesting debate, and it’s one aspiring coaches might strike up with Desjardins at the 2016 TeamSnap Hockey Coaches Conference. He’ll appear there as a speaker when the conference comes to Toronto July 15 and 16. San Jose Sharks assistant Steve Spott and hockey journalism maven Bob McKenzie, former Hockey News editor in chief, will join Desjardins along with many other prominent names in the industry....

“Most coaches have always had an analytical mind,” Desjardins said. “When I was in Japan, I had what I called ‘success factors.’ It was, ‘If we do these things, we’ll win.’ And that was kind of an early sign of analytics, where you find something, and there’s a correlation between that and your success. The key is what you measure and then accurately measuring it.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+desjardins

Willie Desjardins On The Hot Seat In Vancouver?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks' last two losses, and their performance for most of this season, has started the unofficial watch on Desjardins and his future with team. Yes, the Canucks were undermanned and, yes, they're trying to integrate any number of young players into the lineup under difficult circumstances.

But it's the way they lost against the Wild and the Leafs which triggers the alarm bells. The team wasn't ready to play, again, on Monday night. For the most part it was flat and lifeless. All things considered maybe the losses are understandable and they'd be tolerated if the effort was there.

But it's been missing, along with any signs of growth, and that's a damning indictment for the organization.

The Canucks play six of their next seven at home and, in a happier time, that stretch was supposed to represent their best chance to get back into the playoff race. Now, it looks like they're playing for a couple of other things.

Self-respect is one. Their coach is another.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+desjardins

Developing The Young Players By Willie Desjardins

The Canucks lost to the Jets 4-1 last night, with Winnipeg scoring to late goals to make the game seam more lopsided than it was.

from Jason Botchord of the Vancouver Province,

Willie believes a string of losing close games like this could be beneficial for the young players, not bad.

“This is the kind of scenario you want to bring your young guys on,” Willie said.

But why?

“Every shift, they have to play well. If they don’t, it’s not good enough.”

“Every guy has to do that. That’s how you develop players.”

He continued.

“You don’t develop them when it’s easy going and it doesn’t matter.

“They’re being developed in a tough environment. It’s good for them.

“They’ve had some hiccups but overall, they’ve been pretty good.”

more on the game last night...

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+desjardins

Vancouver Canucks Head Coach Willie Desjardins Had Recent Surgery For A Hip Condition

Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks announced today that Head Coach Willie Desjardins underwent successful surgery to address an acute flare up of his preexisting hip condition. Although he will not be in attendance for the Young Stars tournament and Training Camp, Desjardins is expected to be back behind the Canucks bench by opening night.

"Willie has been dealing with the chronic discomfort for a long time and our medical staff has been monitoring it since he joined us last year. Unfortunately his hip deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks and it required immediate attention," said General Manager Jim Benning. "Willie's expected to recover quickly and will be connected every day until he's ready to be back in person."

Coaching duties for Penticton's Young Stars tournament will be led as usual by Utica Comets' Head Coach Travis Green. Training Camp and some pre-season duties will be shared by Canucks Assistant Coaches Doug Lidster, Glen Gulutzan and Perry Pearn.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+desjardins

The Credit Goes To Willie Desjardins

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The Canucks have nine forwards in double digits in goals, two more at nine and another at eight, meaning they could have 12 forwards with at least 10 goals by the end of the season. You don’t think of the Canucks as an offensive juggernaut, but they’ve already scored more goals this season (197) than they did all of last season (196).

“It’s the four lines,” Hansen says. “(Desjardins) wants us to be a deep team. John’s thing was we have to win this game, then we’ll worry about the next game. He played some guys too much and didn’t trust the fourth line as much.”

“Maybe last year guys felt they didn’t need to show up because they were going to play for seven minutes,” says Henrik Sedin. “You can’t win that way.”

When they’re at their best, the Canucks also play with a speed and creativity that were completely missing last season. Bieksa says there’s more freedom this season. Desjardins also coaches with a lighter hand than his predecessor.

“He’s able to relate to guys in different ways,” Bieksa says. “He has a feel for the team.”

Which isn’t to say it’s Club Med around the Canucks. Desjardins doesn’t practise a lot but, when he does, he means business. The Canucks’ sessions are fast and demanding. Last season under Torts, not so much and the players believe that’s honed the team’s edge.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+desjardins

Dreger discusses Pens’ coaching, James Neal and Ryan Kesler on NHL Live

On Wednesday evening, TSN's Darren Dreger spoke with the NHL Live's EJ Hradek and Steve Mears, discussing the Penguins' messy coaching search (see: Willie Desjardins and Bill Peters declined Jim Rutherford's advances), the possible departure of James Neal (for cap space?) and Ryan Kesler's "fit" in Chicago or PIttsburgh (Dreger says that the asking price for Kesler remains "incredibly high"):

Update: Dreger made very similar comments on TSN.

Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bill+peters, chicago+blackhawks, james+neal, jim+rutherford, ryan+kesler, vancouver+canucks, willie+desjardins

Live Stream- Vancouver Canucks Introduce Willie Desjardins As Their New Head Coach

The Vancouver Canucks will introduce Willie Desjardins as their new head coach at a 3:00pm ET press conference.

Watch below...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+desjardins

Vancouver Canucks Name Willie Desjardins Head Coach

added 12:53pm, Trevor Linden, Jim Benning and Desjardins discuss the hiring, watch below...

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+desjardins

The Vancouver Canucks May Have Found Their Next Head Coach


Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: willie+desjardins


Most Recent Blog Posts