ALWAYS SOUNDED LIKE LIDSTER
Canucks coach Willie Desjardins wouldn’t confirm it Monday, but he made it sound like the hiring of Doug Lidster as an assistant coach was imminent. The former Vancouver defenceman — who served as an assistant to Desjardins with the Calder Cup champion Texas Stars — even reportedly admitted it later in the day. Then the Canucks finally confirmed it.
Glen Gulutzan was expected to be retained as the other assistant, but that has yet to be confirmed.
Lidster, 53, played nine seasons with the Canucks and the Kamloops native had 75 goals and 343 points in 897 games with the Canucks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars. The former NHL blueliner was also an assistant coach with the Canadian national women’s team.
“If it works out, it’s a real good fit,” Desjardins had said earlier of Lidster. “I respect him as a coach and he’s played at a high level. We talked about it today and we’ll make some decisions real quick and we’re getting really close on it. All that stuff is in the works.”