FOXSports.com: Hitchcock's Contract to be Extended in July
Philadelphia Flyers: Coach Ken Hitchcock could have had the Vancouver job, according to media reports, had he asked out of his Flyers contract. He opted to accept GM Bob Clarke's word that his contract would be extended in July. The Canucks, in turn, hired former Montreal coach Alain Vigneault.
Yeah, that's possible, but it wouldn't be smart. So many people have been clamoring for Hitch to be fired, and I just don't get it. Who would replace him? This team is not the team to try out an Ed Olczyk, Bryan Trottier, Bill Barber or any other first-run coach. There is no current adequate substitute for Ken Hitchcock in the NHL... except maybe Terry Murray.