How many days has it been since the Boston Bruins have been without a head coach? 23 days and counting. At least it sounds like they’re interviewing candidates now, so that’s something.
Depending on whom you pay attention to, there are any number of lead candidates for the job. Some sources have David Quinn as the guy to beat while the odds that the previously departed P-Bruins coach Jay Leach would be the new coach. The Bruins reportedly kicked the tires on Jim Montgomery but there seemed to be no splashy accounts of that. Longtime assistant coach got the obligatory interview but was a long shot to get it. I’ve heard nothing about Spencer Carbery other than he’s young and he’s one to watch.
Now , Matt Porter of The Boston Globe has compiled a definitive list of the interviewees with a new name: Penguins assistant Mike Vellucci.
Can report the Bruins opened this week with a group of seven candidates for head coach (in alphabetical order):
more at https://t.co/3Rwgw2IzZA
— matt porter (@mattyports) June 29, 2022
Mike Vellucci was not a name I heard prior to yesterday but apparently he’s been through a couple of interviews now.
As usual, @JoeyMacHockey is all over it. Wanted to add: Believe this was Vellucci’s second interview as part of the process.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) June 29, 2022
Vellucci has previous head coaching experience in the AHL, including winning the Calder Cup with the then Carolin Hurricanes affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers in 2019. That year he also won the AHL Coach of the Year before deciding to leave the Hurricanes organization in June. He joined the Penguins as head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Penguins in 2019 before ascending to the big club to be an assistant under Mike Sullivan in September 2020. Apparently, he is a penalty kill specialist.
So, that’s where things are right now. I somehow expect an announcement on Friday afternoon, late by press release with no media availability until sometime next week. Canada Day is Friday and the July 4th holiday will complicate everything, of course. But knowing Cam and Donny, they hate talking to the press so they give zero fucks about announcing this.