It’s been reported that Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee is ready to add Assistant Coaches to serve as members of Head Coach Gerard Gallant‘s Coaching staff when the IIHF Worlds tournament concludes.
As it stands right now Vegas has Dave Prior as their goalie coach, while Wil Nichol as the Director of Player Development.
For Gallant, he has currently involved at the year’s IIHF World Championship tournament that is taking place in Cologne, Germany and Paris, France.
So in going forward, VGK Head Coach Gallant needs to fill those remaining spots to complete his coaching staff.
McPhee came on TSN’s 690 recently and stated that he anticipates getting this taken care of when Gallant return’s to Vegas.
“He’s over at the World Championships with Team Canada at the moment, look forward seeing him at the end of the month and filling out his staff.” McPhee said via an interview with TSN’s 690
Currently, Gallant’s Team Canada squad is doing very well over at the IIHF World Championship tournament. As of today, they are leading Group B in the standings with a 5-0-0-1 record with 16 points.
Their only loss of the tournament came when Switzerland stunned them in a come from behind fashion to beat Canada 3-2 in OT.
There are some potential candidates that could very fill those slots for Gallants coaching staff. Mike Kitchen who was recently let go by the Chicago Blackhawks organization after they were knocked out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by a very good Nashville Predators team in 4 games.
Other potential suitors that could be heading to Vegas could be former LA Kings Assistant Coach Davis Payne who served under Darryl Sutter. Payne was part of the 2013-2014 Stanley Cup Champion team in Los Angeles.
Another Pacific Divison team who fired their Assistant Coach was Vegas’s neighbors to the south the Arizona Coyotes who showed Newell Brown the door.
Brown served under longtime Head Coach Dave Tippet as his man running the team’s power play unit. Unfortunately for Brown his work only generated a 16.2 conversion rate and miserable 26th place overall this past season.
When Gallant was running the bench in Florida his coaching staff consisted of Tim Rowe who served as the club’s interim Head Coach when Gallant was fired is also available after being the bench for 61 games with a 24-27-10 record and a .475 winning percentage.
Getting Gallant his guys will be an important line item for McPhee towards the end of May after the IIHF Worlds tournament completes.