More changes are coming – as expected – in the corridors of Rogers Arena.
Bruce Boudreaux, head coach of the Vancouver Canucks, revealed Friday morning that assistant coach Scott Walker will not be returning. He made comments on the Bob McCown Podcast, where John Shannon contributes.
Walker was the first person to be contacted by Boudreaux after Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini offered him the head coach position in early December, agreeing to return as an assistant coach with the Canucks, where he had previously worked on player development and where he had broken in. NHL as a player.
Canucks general manager Patrick Alvin told Postmedia News Thursday that he and Boudreaux are still reviewing employees.
“Bruce and I are working on these things… looking at the team and looking at the staff,” he said.
When asked if a change was imminent, he paused, then replied, “I think we need more time.”
Canucks did not respond to a request for comment after Boudreau revealed that Walker was leaving.
Walker played the last 10 games of his NHL career under Boudreaux at the Washington Capitals in 2009-10.
Boudreaux approached signing Walker in 2016 while he was coaching the Minnesota Wild.
About nine days before arriving in Vancouver last December, they were hired by Hockey Canada to serve as assistant coaches alongside Claude Julien at Channel One and the Spengler Cup, two tournaments that were planned to be key selection tools for the Olympic team.
Shortly after their meetings concluded in early December, Boudreaux followed up with Walker about a potential opportunity to return to the NHL.
“He said, ‘I’m not offering you anything but things are getting hotter in some places,'” Walker told Global News in Guelph, Ontario, a few days after his appointment to Vancouver. I knew it wasn’t just Vancouver but I knew there were two places.”
Walker coached OHL’s Guelph Storm from 2010 to 2015, then bought the team as part of a group. He stayed away from coaching but was heavily involved in managing the club.
At the same time, he joined the player development department at Canucks and supported Rian Johnson in working with prospects in junior and college hockey. He was also often asked to provide input by the Scouting division and came to be seen as a vital voice at meetings by both Johnson and Amateur Scout Director Judd Brackett.
His departure in 2019 came as a surprise, as he moved to the Arizona Coyotes to be a special assistant to General Motors. His passing was deeply regretted by his former colleagues at the time and it was obvious that he left behind a huge hole in the organization.
“The NHL means a lot to everyone and so should, but Vancouver has meant a lot to me in my life. It’s exciting to step up help when they need it,” Wooked told Global of coming back to the Canucks for a third time.
But he also added that his move to the West Coast would put a lot of pressure on his family. He and his wife, Julie, have a son who will be twenty years old and a daughter who is in the twelfth grade.
“My poor family – I’m so lucky to have a great wife who can beat punches and keep the family together,” he told Global.