For the past few weeks, the NHL coaching carousel has been running at full speed. The 12 available seats have almost all been filled, while only the Bruins (who would have settled for Jim Montgomery) and the Jets who had not officially announced their head coach for 2022-23 remained.
The Sharks, on the other hand, decided to start the process this morning, after all the teams had chosen their candidate. A bold strategy, especially as there is currently no full-time CEO at the helm of the team.
At this point, that means the Sharks are definitely going to appoint a GM → https://t.co/HuQrTZJMkO
– Behind the scenes (@DLCoulisses) 1 July 2022
But to return to the Jets, now they too have chosen their trusted man for next season: Rick Bowness.
This is what Darren Dreger revealed this afternoon.
The Winnipeg Jets and veteran coach Rick Bowness are working to finalize his deal to be the next manager of the Jets. This will end an in-depth interview process for the @NHLJets which started with Barry Trotz as the goal. Experience a key factor here.
—Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) 1 July 2022
Kevin Weekes revealed yesterday that Rick Tocchet was the Jets’ number 1 target, but the team was waiting for his response. Apparently, Tocchet turned down the offer, which paved the way for Bowness to be hired today.
Bowness, who has it enormously experience as a coach in the Bettman circuit (639 games as head coach and several years as an assistant), returns to where he got his first job as head coach in the NHL, while coaching 28 games behind the Jets bench in 1988-89.
However, this announcement also has repercussions for the Canadian. In fact, Bowness’s name had been around for some time as a potential candidate to come and support Martin St-Louis behind the CH bench (and even more so since Luke Richardson’s departure), particularly due to his great experience. Marc-Antoine Godin and Arpon Basu (Athlétique Montréal) had also revealed that Bowness had some interest in such a role.
So if CH wants to add experience behind its bench next year, it will have to find another candidate. And let’s say they are becoming less and less.
In short, it will be a dossier to keep an eye on, but for the Jets it is now resolved. That just leaves the Sharks without a coach for 2022-23.
– We knew that Alain Nasreddine had been hired somewherebut now we know that it is with the Stars that he will spend next season.
Welcome to #TexasHockey!
We have appointed Steve Spott and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches.
– Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) 1 July 2022
– I adore.
Bowness ends the Jets’ tradition of hiring exclusively coaches with two French-speaking first names (Claude Noel and Paul Maurice). And to think that Claude Julien, Pascal Vincent and Jacques Martin (?) Were available! https://t.co/gaJAtQ65bg
– Simon Cremer (@simoncremer) 1 July 2022
– To watch on Monday.
Canadian GM Kent Hughes and Special Hockey Operations Adviser Vincent Lecavalier will speak to the media on Monday, July 4 at 2pm ET. Montreal hosts next week’s NHL Draft and chooses 1st place overall.
– David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) 1 July 2022
– Launch of the day.
Potential TB goalkeeper Amir Miftakhov on unconditional waivers
– Elliott Friedman (@FridgeHNIC) 1 July 2022
– Nice hold for the Raptors.
Operation “6-foot-9” is in full swing with the Raptors. https://t.co/eukChpt9Lm
– AlleyOop360 (@ AlleyOop360) 1 July 2022
– Can the pirates finally hope to be competitive again soon?
With his 13 home runs, rookie Jack Suwinski impresses.
And he’s not the only player whose name should be remembered. https://t.co/5OxFbvZzls
– MLB Passion (@passion_mlb) 1 July 2022