AHL Read This: Lidster To Vancouver, St. Denis re-signs, Morris Lands in Florida, Pirates Future

Lidster To Vancouver

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Doug Lidster to join Canucks as assistant coach BY ELLIOTT PAP, VANCOUVER SUN VANCOUVER — One-time Vancouver Canucks defenceman Doug Lidster will be joining Willie Desjardins’s staff as an assistant coach with the team. Lidster, 53, played nine full seasons with the Canucks from 1984-1993 but was with the New York Rangers in 1994 when they beat the Canucks in the Stanley Cup final. A native of Kamloops, Lidster spent the last two seasons as Desjardins’ assistant with the Texas Stars of the American League. The Stars won the AHL championship last month. With Glen Gulutzan apparently staying on, it appears the Canucks coaching staff is now complete. Goalie … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Green Tells Penguins No, Bears Hire Troy Mann, Landon Speaks, Stars Hire Laxdal

Green Tells Penguins No

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Travis Green turns down Penguins, to head back to Utica By John Pitarresi | Utica Observer Dispatch Travis Green could have been working in the National Hockey League next season. Instead, he expects to return to as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Utica Comets. Green was offered a job as an assistant to Mike Johnston, the new coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but turned it down. Green was Johnston’s assistant for five seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. He took over the team for the second half of the 2012-13 season, when Johnston was suspended. “Mike Johnston is a phenomenal career coach,” Green said, … Continue reading

AHL Read This: Willie To Vancouver, Yawney to Anaheim, Sommer Back, Hedden to KHL, Huska to Flames

Willie To Vancouver

A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps. Canucks hire Desjardins as coach Monday, 06.23.2014 / 12:12 PM / News NHL.com Willie Desjardins was hired Monday as the new coach of the Vancouver Canucks. Desjardins, 57, had spent the previous two seasons as coach of the Texas Stars, the Dallas Stars‘ American Hockey League affiliate. They won the Calder Cup this season, and Desjardins was named the AHL coach of the year in 2012-13, his first season. In two AHL seasons he had a 91-40-21 record. “It’s a big challenge and if I thought I had to do it by myself, it’d be overwhelming,” said Desjardins, the 18th coach in franchise history, who will meet the media during a … Continue reading