Former Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has pulled his name out of contention for the head coaching job in Dallas, but Stars GM Jim Nill said he isn’t looking at Vigneault’s decision as a setback.
“No, it’s par for the course,” Nill said Saturday morning. “Everybody knows there are quite a few names out there and they all have different opportunities. People have to make decisions. That’s just part of the process.”
Vigneault, who withdrew from consideration for the Dallas job on Friday, reportedly is close to becoming the next head coach of the New York Rangers, according to reports from ESPN New York, the New York Post and others.
With Vigneault out of the mix, Nill said he’ll continue with the process he started a month ago when he dismissed Glen Gulutzan as head coach of the Stars.
“We have a long list of coaches and you just keep going through the process,” said Nill, who won’t discuss the specifics of the search including names. “It’s been a large number of coaches and it’s been a great process. It’s been interesting to sit down with them all and listen to their different ideas and philosophies, players they like and they don’t like. It’s been a good process.”
And Nill said he’ll remain patient. Although he’s indicated getting a coach in place by the draft (June 30) or free agency (July 5) would be ideal, he won’t be rushed into finding the right fit for the Stars’ next bench boss.
“You’d like to get it done by the draft or free agency,” Nill said, “but if the right person isn’t available I’m not going to let a date dictate us picking a coach.”