It was reported a few days ago that the Flames are waiting to interview Mike Sullivan. Flames GM Jay Feaster worked with Sullivan in TB.
Until the Rangers are eliminated, which could be as late as mid-June should they go the distance and claim the Cup, Sullivan is off-limits, strictly verboten, to any outside approaches.
Gauging his level of interest, if any, in this vast reclamation project, then, could very well be what Flames general manager Jay Feaster is waiting on before reversing field and turning to other options.
At 44, Sullivan would project the youngish, upwardly mobile image an exhausted, stale franchise keeps insisting it’s searching for. He therefore doesn’t come with a lot of baggage, but would arrive with NHL head-coaching experience already at his beck and call. Sullivan, remember, skippered his home-state Boston Bruins for two seasons, sandwiched around the 2004-2005 lockout. In the first of those, he piloted the B’s to a 41-17-15-7 record, good for 104 points and top perch in the Northeast Division.
Scott Gordon could be a possibility as a replacement. The former Islanders head coach. He is currently an assistant coach with Toronto. Ron Wilson hired him. Torts was on the staff with Wilson and Gordon at the 2010 Olympics. Randy Carlyle will look to bring in his guys. Scott Arniel is rumored to be joining the Leafs as an assistant under Carlyle. Gordon is not a Carlyle guy. Also,Jeff Gorton worked with Gordon in Boston. Gordon was the B's AHL coach when Gorton was AGM there. Gordon was the head coach of the US WC team last spring. Derek Stepan,Ryan McDonagh and Chris Kreider played on that team.
I'd love for Jim Schoenfeld to come in his place. But I know that will likely not happen as he's the reason why our farm system is producing such studs that are ready to play immediately upon insertion.
As for Scott Gordon I like the idea. Torts relies heavily on guys he trusts, if you see he always goes to Sullivan for council before some sort of major decision. We need someone equally as passionate and firy as Sullivan too, he brings a lot to the team dynamic that goes unnoticed. I'd love for the replacement to be a power play wizard too but not a lot of guys can fit the criteria we're all looking for as those candidates have head coaching jobs.
Torts is the PP specialist. Torts had a great PP in Buffalo when was an assistant there. He did have Mogilny,LaFontaine and Hawerchuk.
Derek Stepan, Rangers. Team USA coach Scott Gordon identified Stepan as one of the players he was most impressed with after the tournament was finished, comparing him to Boston’s Patrice Bergeron. “I didn’t realize how good Derek Stepan was,” Gordon told Sporting News. “He was pretty impressive not just from a point standpoint but his hockey intelligence. He’s the whole package.” Stepan had seven points in seven games for Team USA.