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.
For GMs looking for a head coach, wait the extra week or 3 to talk to #NYR assistant Mike Sullivan.
— Chris Botta (@ChrisBottaNHL) May 21, 2012
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.