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06-17-2008, 05:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Drop the Sopel View Post
Gillis said he intended on bringing in proven winners. Does anyone know how many Stanley cups Ryan Walter won as a player? Hopefully at least a few.
One with Canadiens.

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I think the Canucks should immediately institute a new policy: let other teams hire ex-Canucks for first-time coaching and management positions. If they turn out to be good at their jobs, then great, some day the Canucks can bring 'em back in a nice rousing homecoming hiring. But they should cut their teeth elsewhere.*
Technically it's not his first coaching gig, as he was the Canadiens' leadership coach last season.

They just played some clips from Vigneault's conference call on Team 1040, and here were the highlights:

– Having the GM make the decision on hiring wasn’t much different than when he came on board, as Nonis gave a recommendation to keep Johnston and McIlhargey, but he felt they needed to go in a different direction. Gillis recommended Walter, but he (Vigneault) felt comfortable with the situation. At the end of the day he had to feel confident about who the coach would be, and they were both on the same page in being very confident about him. He spent more than a full day with Walter getting to know him and his style.

- Asked about whether Vigneault feels that Walter would act like a spy, and he says that anyone who knows Ryan Walter would know there is absolutely no chance of that.

- He also mentioned a couple times that they will be hiring one more person as an assistant.

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