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Columbus Blue Jackets Coaching Vacancy Update

By meerna Jul11,2024
Columbus Blue Jackets Coaching Vacancy Update

The search for a new head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets continues, but it’s clear it won’t be Todd McLellan.

McLellan out of head coaching race

Talks on a multi-year deal with the Blue Jackets have been ongoing for a week, but nothing has been agreed upon to make McLellan the head coach.

McLellan was fired by the Los Angeles Kings after the Kings were once again eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. McLellan was the head coach of the Kings, Edmonton Oilers, and San Jose Sharks. Although he consistently led the teams to the playoffs, the teams had trouble overcoming adversity and advancing.

The Blue Jackets fired coach Pascal Vincent in June. Vincent took over after Mike Babcock resigned.

Money seems to be a key obstacle

Despite being released by the Kings, McLellan is still owed money for next season. In order to retain McLellan, the Blue Jackets had to negotiate how much they would pay next season. While nothing has been confirmed yet, it’s possible the Blue Jackets and Kings could disagree on the cost.

Next step?

McLellan is out of the running for now, but that doesn’t mean talks won’t resume at some point. Whatever damage the impasse has done in negotiations, it can be resolved. It’s also possible the Blue Jackets will be willing to give up some points as training camp approaches.

McLellan has a solid coaching resume. At some point, he’ll get another head coaching job. He may just have to wait until next offseason when his contract is up.

August is quickly approaching for the Blue Jackets. Not having a coach is not something we want at this point in the summer.

Currently, Jay Woodcroft and Dean Evason are the other two candidates for the job. Woodcroft began the 2023-24 season as the Oilers’ head coach before being fired. Evason began the season as the Minnesota Wild’s head coach before also being fired.

Another option for the Blue Jackets could be Joel Quenneville, who was recently reinstated after an indefinite suspension. It is unknown at this time if the Blue Jackets are interested. Hiring Quenneville would certainly create PR problems for the organization.

It is also possible that the Blue Jackets will hire someone without any previous head coaching experience. Whether it is someone already in the organization or someone from the outside, a rookie head coach could be something to consider. The Blue Jackets are not expected to struggle this season. They are not taking any chances by hiring a rookie head coach. They could be pleasantly surprised. The results may not be great, but the Blue Jackets will not be in worse shape.

Main photo: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports

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