Flames ask to speak to Canucks' Gulutzan about head coaching vacancy

Dec 19 2017, 3:30 am

Add another name to the list of candidates for the Calgary Flames’ coaching position.

Flames GM Brad Treliving, fresh off his gold medal win as co-GM of Team Canada at the World Championships, is reportedly interested in former Dallas Stars head coach, and current Vancouver Canucks assistant, Glen Gulutzan. Calgary has been without a head coach since firing Bob Hartley more than three weeks ago.

According to a report from Ben Kuzma of the Province newspaper in Vancouver, the Flames have asked for permission to speak with Gulutzan.

According to Vancouver general manager Jim Benning, the Calgary Flames asked for permission to speak with Gulutzan, the Canucks’ assistant coach. But they have yet to ask for permission to speak to Green, the successful Utica Comets head coach, as a possible replacement for the fired Bob Hartley.

It’s interesting to note that Treliving has interest in Gulutzan, who received minimal hype, while not being interested in the much talked about coach of Vancouver’s farm team, Travis Green.

Gulutzan was hired on as assistant coach in Vancouver when John Tortorella was hired in 2013. He stayed on when Willie Desjardins was hired the following year.

The 44-year-old Gulutzan was the head coach of the Dallas Stars in 2011-12 and 2012-13, with some success despite the fact that he did not make the playoffs in either season.

Gulutzan had a record of 64-57-9 over two seasons in Dallas. In 2009-10 and 2010-11, Gulutzan had a 87-57-17 record with the Texas Stars of the AHL.