Following Canada’s World Hockey Championship triumph that some have compared to an ‘ice miracle’, head coach Gerard Gallant turns to the National Hockey League (NHL), where he hopes to find a new job.
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After three games – against Latvia, Germany and the United States – all of which ended in losses early in the tournament, the Maple Leaf representatives had little room for maneuver.
The sequel is almost worthy of a movie: six wins in seven games, and a gold medal.
“It was just great for me, personally, to get back behind the bench; and being able to win a gold medal with Team Canada is even more special, Gallant said in an interview with The Athletic published Monday. Just a lot of fun. ”
Good cards in hand
And now Gallant has a very strong case to make when meeting teams for a new job. Four teams are currently looking for a new man of confidence: the Arizona Coyotes, the Columbus Blue Jackets, the New York Rangers and the Seattle Kraken.
In addition to his recently acquired medal, Gallant also has nine seasons of experience leading an NHL team. He maintained a 270-216-4-51 record with the Jackets, Florida Panthers and Vegas Golden Knights.
If he’s already met a few teams, his time in Las Vegas could catch the attention of Kraken general manager Ron Francis. Indeed, he had led the expansion team to a Stanley Cup final by rallying a group of players from all walks of life towards a single goal.
“Obviously, it’s been 16 months [depuis le congédiement à Las Vegas], he said. I am waiting for the next opportunity and hope it comes soon. I don’t know what it’s gonna be. I have conversations with some teams and I hope something will happen. ”