News: Canucks Hire Mike Sullivan

6:59AM: During the Canucks “Summer Summit” last night, John Tortorella announced that he will have former Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan and former Dallas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan as his assistant coaches.

 Sullivan has not been listed as a member of the Rangers organization since earlier in the month.

It has been reported that more players had issues with Sullivan than they did with John Tortorella.

Ben Kuzma of The Province was at the Summer Summitt and quoted John Tortorella as saying “I coached Mike Sullivan toward the end of his career in Phoenix. He was just so cerebral. He’s just such a good teacher.”

9:39AM: Tortorella said of Sullivan, “he is a fantastic teacher, fantastic coach and a better person. He is a terrific person. I coached Mike when he was in Phoenix and I was Jim Schoenfeld’s assistant in Phoenix, he was so cerebral. He was playing on the 3rd and 4th line, sometimes out of the lineup, I spent a lot of time with him as an assistant coach after practice doing extra work. I got to know him then but I really got to know him when I was coaching in Tampa and going through different situations with Vinny Lecavalier, with putting him through the process and he was going through the same thing with Joe Thornton in Boston when he was the head coach, but we spent a lot of time talking about how to get these athletes the best that they can be and it was just a natural progress with communicating. He is such a good teacher.”

Note: Mike Sullivan No Longer Listed As Assistant Coach

On the Rangers website, Mike Sullivan is no longer listed as an assistant coach and his spot has been replaced by a “TBD.”

While not official yet, Sullivan will join John Tortorella in Vancouver. The Rangers granted the Canucks permission to speak with Sullivan shortly after Tortorella was hired.

Alain Vigneault met with Sullivan after he was hired as head coach, but he decided to hire Ulf Samuelsson and Scott Arniel.

Arniel is still listed as the head coach of the Utica Comets, the Canucks AHL team, on the Canucks website.

Vigneault has said that he is still planning to hire a third assistant coach.

It has been reported that more players had issues with Mike Sullivan than they did with John Tortorella.

Read: More Players Had Issues With Mike Sullivan Than John Tortorella

Over the weekend, James Mirtle noted that the Canucks were planning to interview Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan and Sullivan is likely to re-join Tortorella as a member of his staff.

In the NY Post Sunday, Larry Brooks wrote that Tortorella should look at other options other than Sullivan if he wants to try and change as a coach.

Brooks says that Sullivan, who “reinforces Tortorella’s us-against-the-world-mentality” had alienated more Rangers by the end of the season than Tortorella did.

It’s been suggested that Tortorella hire more of a “good cop” and positive voice and Alain Vigneault has said that he wants an assistant with pro experience and a positive voice.


 

Buzz: Vancouver Has Asked To Speak With Mike Sullivan

John Shannon of Sportsnet reports that the Canucks have sought and received permission to speak with Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan.

Sullivan is still under contract with the Rangers and while he met with Alain Vigneault last week, he isn’t expected to stay with the organization.

Sullivan came to the Rangers to join John Tortorella in 2009-10.

Read: What Will Happen With Mike Sullivan and the Assistant Coaches?

6.17.13/ 4:06AM: In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Jim Schoenfeld will not be an assistant coach, but will stay as assistant GM, Mike Sullivan will not be part of the organization and that Benoit Allaire will stay with the team.

Schoenfeld became an assistant coach when John Tortorella became head coach. Tortorella was an assistant coach for Schoenfeld when Schoenfeld was head coach in Phoenix.


6.16.13/ 9:14AM: At ESPN NY, Katie Strang writes that due to the relationship that Mike Sullivan has with former coach John Tortorella, it is unlikely that Sullivan will stay with the Rangers.

Sullivan joined the Rangers staff in 2009-10, the first full season that John Tortorella was head coach.

After Tortorella was let go in Tampa Bay, Sullivan was not brought back by new coach Barry Melrose, but once Melrose was fired the team asked him to return.

Jim Schoenfeld and Benoit Allaire are also assistant coaches.


6.16.13/3:13AM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that Jim Schoenfeld isn’t likely to reprise his role as assistant coach but will stay as assistant GM. Sullivan isn’t likely to remain with the situation but Benoit Allaire “certainly will” return in those capacities.

Buzz: Mike Sullivan Could Be On The Short List In Tampa Or At BU

Larry Brooks tweets that Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan could be on the short list of candidates for the head coaching position in Tampa Bay.

Brooks also notes that Sullivan could also be a candidate for the head coaching job at Boston University where he went to school.

Sullivan played four years at BU, 1986-1990

This section is about Sullivan being a head coach.