With the firing of former head coach, Alain Vigneault, earlier this month, the Vancouver Canucks are in the market for a new head coach and there are a lot of candidates from which to choose. A name that has continually come up is former Buffalo Sabres head coach, Lindy Ruff.
It’s been said that Ruff will definitely be coaching in the NHL next season and that the only question is exactly where. Could it be Vancouver and would Ruff be a good fit for the Canucks? Ruff would be inheriting a team who has succeeded in underachieving in the playoffs for the past several years and he definitely has experience with a team underachieving.
While Vigneault coached through the lines he put on the ice, Ruff is more of an in-your-face type of coach with his players. Could the Canucks benefit from that kind of hard-nosed coaching? He makes players accountable and perhaps that is where the Canucks are lacking the most especially in the playoffs, so maybe they would play better under that type of coaching and ultimately stop falling short of the Stanley Cup.
With already being short a head coach and Vigneault’s coaching style not being enough for the Canucks to reach the ultimate goal maybe Ruff would not be such a bad fit. It may not be a bad idea to try something completely different with the team. At this point, what would there be to lose besides another Stanley Cup?