While on a 2,000 mile road trip from his Fort Meyers, FL Condo to Prince Edward Island newly hired Vegas Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant used this opportunity to put some filers out as he searches for Coaching Staff as the Expansion Draft and NHL Entry Draft draws near.
On his trip along the United States Eastern seaboard Gallant used this trip to brainstorm some ideas in building his coaching staff for their inaugural 2017-2018 NHL season.
“Getting a new job, there’s lots of people calling, sending in resumes,” Gallant said. “You got your Bluetooth on your phone. It seems I’ve had someone call every hour or so.” VGK HC Gerard Gallant
With his new job as Bench Boss for the Golden Knights Gallant is also heading to 2017 World Championships that are taking place this year in Europe. While there he’ll be playing a key role for Team Canada during the World Championships.
While participating in the coaching staff with Team Canada Gallant will have the opportunity to dust some of that rust off since being let go by Florida last year.
Putting together a coaching staff is no easy task by any head coach in the NHL and for Gallant he is well aware of the challenges that lie ahead for him when constructing his team.
“I mean, obviously, when there’s new jobs available, people are reaching out,” Gallant said. “That’s part of it. That’s part of the business. Everybody’s been through that if you lose your job. People are looking for assistant jobs or other jobs.” VGK HC Gerard Gallant
In any situation between seasons coaches whether being Head Coaches or Assistants that have been let go from their former clubs are scrambling to find work for the next season. Look at Chicago for example they let go of their assistants with Mike Kitchen headlining the dismissal.
The good news for the Vegas Golden Knights and Gerard Gallant is the amount of options that are currently out there for him to choose from.
“We have a lot of names, and we’re going to go over a lot of different people’s names. To see who can make us better, and help make our coaching staff better. That’s what we want.” VGK HC Gerard Gallant
With Vegas as a new destination spot in the NHL one would begin to wonder if the locale would be enticing to a former coach looking for a change of scenery to that of a hockey player getting ready to explore free agency come July 1st.