VANCOUVER — Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis said Wednesday he would need a few days to “clear his head” before he began his search for a new head coach. Presumably he has a couple swirling through that head, some with NHL experience and some without.
Here are five that might be on his list (when he starts compiling it, of course):
• DALLAS EAKINS: Currently coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs' American League affiliate, Eakins seems to be the flavour of the month in the up-and-comer category. (See previous up-and-comers like Jon Cooper and, before him, Guy Boucher.) Eakins, 46, was a journeyman defenceman who spent the 2003-04 season in the Canucks system playing for the Manitoba Moose. He was an NHL assistant for two years and has been Marlies' head coach the last four. He guided the Marlies to the American Hockey League final last season and was ousted in the second round in this year's playoffs.
• LINDY RUFF: The...