On Saturday, Ryan Rishaug of TSN noted that the NHL doesn’t like it when teams announce big news during the Stanley Cup Final.
He noted that this could have been part of the reason why the Oilers made their coaching announcement on Saturday.
The Stanley Cup Final starts tomorrow and a potential game seven would take place on June 26th.
Glen Sather said that he hoped to have a coach in place by June 30th.
9:22AM: Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun just tweeted “The NHL doesn’t like coaching announcements during Stanley Cup final. Ray Shero’s availability WED in Pitt should be interesting re Bylsma.”
Adam Rotter: John Tortorella was fired 13 days ago, the Stars fired their coach about a month ago and Alain Vigneault was fired in Vancouver on May 22nd. Each team is taking their time and going through the process. The Rangers have just started to interview people and the entire process could have a wrench thrown in it if Dan Bylsma or Dave Tippett become available. It may end up that the Rangers don’t hire a coach until after the Finals end, but they won’t sit on their decision just because the NHL doesn’t want attention taken away from the Stanley Cup.