TSN Bob McKenzie is reporting that AHL star coach Willie Desjardin has turned down the Pittsburgh Penguins head coaching job for the Vancouver Canucks vacant head coaching position. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has also reported that Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said in an interview that the “guy I had is going in a different direction.” Desjardin’s star rose after his AHL Texas Stars won the Calder Cup.
Nothing signed yet, but Willie Desjardins will be in VAN this weekend. Assuming all goes as expected, he’ll be introduced as coach next wk.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 20, 2014