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1:19PM: From Rangers Report, Sullivan said, “Do I have aspirations to be a head coach? Sure I do. I think everyone in this business does. I have been there before, bu for me, I am in a great situation here and I have a great relationship with Torts, Glen, Schoeny and the management team. This has been a great situation for so far, very rewarding, so that is where my mindset is.”
Katie Strang quotes John Tortorella as saying, “No way I’d stand in front of him. Too good of a coach.”
It has been reported that Mike Sullivan could be a top coaching candidate this summer and the he may be at the top of the list for the Calgary Flames.
In the Calgary Herald, via Puck Daddy, George Johnson writes that Sullivan fits in the Flames on so many levels.
He notes that Sullivan played in Calgary for three seasons in the mid-90s and knows GM Jay Feaster from their time together in Tampa Bay.
Don’t underestimate the ties to Feaster from Sullivan’s assistant coaching gig for Tortorella in Tampa Bay. Such working knowledge of each other eliminates the tiptoeing around and lets everyone get down to the task — a sizable one — at hand immediately.
Sullivan has been a Rangers assistant coach since the 2009-10 season.
Adam: It would stink to lose Sully, but he definitely deserves another shot at being a head coach. He has had so much to do with the development of the young defense and has a lot of responsibility under John Tortorella. The question of who would replace Sullivan isn’t easy to answer. Looking back through Tortorella’s coaching history, his assistants for most of his time in Tampa were Craig Ramsey and Jeff Reese. Ramsey was fired in Tampa, Sullivan replaced him, and Bishop is now the goalie coach for the Flyers.
From his time in NY with John Muckler, Charlie Huddy and Keith Acton are both assistants in the league. He was an assistant to Rangers assistant coach/assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld in Phoenix and going back about 20 years, Don Lever was an assistant with him in Buffalo. He was last the head coach of Chicago in the AHL in 2010-11. There are the options in Hartford with Ken Gernander, Pat Boller and J.J. Daigneault. Daigneault played half a seaosn while Tortorella was an assistant coach in Phoenix.
4/18/12 2:21PM: At CBC Elliotte Freidman writes that Sullivan will definitely be a candidate for the job in Calgary.
4/15/12: 8:11AM:In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Flames will definitely ask for permission to talk with Sullivan and that the Rangers are going to approve that request.
4/13/12: 1:49PM At TSN, Darren Dreger writes that Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan could be a candidate to coach the Calgary Flames due to his relationship with Flames GM Jay Feaster.
Sullivan coached with John Tortorella in Tampa Bay while Feaster was GM.
According to Elliotte Friedman on CBC last night, Rangers assistant coach Mike Sullivan is a person to watch as teams look to hire new head coaches this offseason.
Sullivan coached the Boston Bruins from 2003 to 2006 taking them to the playoffs once.
At Newsday, Arthur Staple writes that the Rangers haven’t been asked permission by anyone to interview Mike Sullivan for a head coaching job.
Sullivan was Head Coach of the Bruins for two seasons. In 2003-04 he led them to first in the Northeast Division 41-19-15-7 record and a first round playoff exit. In 2005-06 he was fired after the Bruins finished in fifth place with a 29-37-16 record.
I didn’t even consider that Sullivan wouldn’t be back or that he would be a candidate for another teams opening. That isn’t a knock on Sullivan, but he was never mentioned as a candidate for any of the jobs. I think that he is a smart coach and will get another head coaching chance at some point.
Sullivan will help at the USA Hockey World Juniors camp.
Capitals fans spilled ice on Sullivan during the Rangers first round playoff series.
In other coaching news, the Columbus Dispatch says that Ken Hitchcock may become an assistant coach with the Red Wings.
Thanks to Capitain9NYR
Update 3PM: The Rangers just made it official, Sullivan will be Tort’s Assistant coach. Press release after the jump
Original Post: Steve Zipay, of Newsday, reports that Mike Sullivan will re-join former boss John Tortorella on the Rangers bench as associate coach.
Sullivan was drafted 67th overall by the Rangers in 1987, yet remained at Boston University and never suited up for the Rangers.
In 709 career games, Sullivan had 54 goals and 82 assists.
Sullivan was hired to coach the Boston Bruins in 2003 and led them to a 41-19-15-7 record and first place in the North East Division.
Sullivan’s record dropped to 29-37-16 after the lockout and was fired by new GM Peter Chiarelli.
He then joined John Tortorella’s staff in Tampa Bay in 2007.
….This took longer then a lot of people thought but its done and its a good move. Sullivan has obvious coaching talent and he should be a big boost to Tort’s staff.
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Andrew Gross of The Record reports that Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Mike Sullivan has been granted permission to speak to other teams.
Sullivan had been John Tortorella’s assistant coach in Tampa Bay and the Rangers tried to bring him in along with Tortorella when Tom Renney was fired.