According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the Edmonton Oilers are looking at bolstering their coaching staff. McKenzie tweets that the Oilers are one of two teams (Tampa Bay) that are looking at adding a veteran presence to their staff that is already in place.
Of course Ralph Krueger is the head coach of the Oilers but that doesn’t mean that adding some experience to aid the sophomore coach is a bad decision. In fact bringing in a special coaches consultant or associate coach would help to advance the development of not only Krueger but the young players on the Oilers’ roster.
McKenzie mentions that Paul Maurice has interviewed with the Oilers management and Vancouver Canucks associate coach Rick Bowness is also said to be a potential candidate.
Maurice is best known for his days in Carolina where he coached the Hurricanes on two different stints. He wasn’t around with the Canes when they broke every Oilers’ fans hearts in the spring of 2006. Maurices was with the Toronto Maple Leafs at the time, trying to turn that disappointing franchise around.
He’s been a head coach for 14 seasons in the NHL and guided his club to the playoffs in five of those years. He did take the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Finals in the 2001-02 season but lost to the Detroit Red Wings in five games.
The other potential candidate, Rick Bowness has a long resume of both head coaching jobs as well as associate and assistant coaching duties in the NHL.
He’s spent the past seven seasons in Vancouver under the watchful eye of Alain Vigneault who was recently sent packing. Bowness last served as a head coach in 2003-04 when he took over the Phoenix Coyotes after Bob Francis was fired midway through the year.
Along with the Coyotes and Canucks, Bowness has spent time with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins and the original Winnipeg Jets.
Who would you like to see the Oilers add to their coaching staff?