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Vancouver Canucks Have an Abundance of Head Coaching Candidates

Randy Sartin – USA TODAY Sports

With the recent firing of Alain Vigneault as Vancouver Canucks head coach, talk has been about who the organization will likely choose to replace him.  Many names have been swirling around the internet and media and more are sure to surface as time goes on.

Although I recently discussed former Buffalo Sabres head coach, Lindy Ruff, being a possible fit for the Canucks, Ruff is not among the recent list of candidates most talked about.  Those would include former Dallas Stars head coach, Glen Gulutzan, former Philadelphia Flyers head coach, John Stevens and current Toronto Marlies head coach, Dallas Eakins.

Depending on which report you read, the Canucks seem to be interested in all three coaches.  Gulutzan was dismissed of his coaching duties by the Stars earlier this month after missing the playoffs each of the two years he was behind the bench.  His overall record with Dallas was 64-57-9, which is not bad considering it was his first coaching job.  Eakins has been the coach for the Canucks AHL affiliate, the Marlies, for the past four seasons and reached the AHL final in the 2011-12 season.  Reports are that Vancouver is free to talk to him after asking for permission. 

Stephanie Lewark is a Pittsburgh Penguins / NHL Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.