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Gallant Updates His Search For Assistant Coaches

The Golden Knights coach made important phone calls on a recent drive from Florida to Prince Edward Island

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Thirty-one hours and more than 2,000 miles.

When making a drive like this, it's probably a good idea to have a solid playlist lined up in your car.

That is unless you're Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant.

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Rather than simply kicking back and listening to some classic tunes, Gallant chose to be productive during his recent three-day drive from his condo in Fort Myers, Fla. to his native Prince Edward Island.

Driving up the east coast of the United States over the weekend before leaving for the World Championships on Thursday, Gallant used his travel time to ponder how he'll fill out Vegas' coaching staff in coming weeks.

"Getting a new job, there's lots of people calling, sending in resumes," Gallant said. "You got your Bluetooth on your phone. It seems I've had someone call every hour or so.

"You get a lot of work done, even though you're just driving home. You get a lot of work done, you get a lot of calls done and you catch up with a lot of people. You use your time."

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For Gallant, this sort of multi-tasking is of the utmost importance.

Although he's currently enjoying a quick respite with his daughter and grandchildren - as well as son-in-law, former Toronto Maple Leaf Darryl Boyce - on Prince Edward Island, Gallant has much work to do and even less time to do it.

Especially as he'll be in Europe for most of this month helping coach Canada at the World Championships, and will be moving into Vegas with his wife, Pam, at the end of May.

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With the need to fill out his coaching staff, including those who'll stand with him behind the bench and those whose work will come behind the scenes, Gallant's road trip calls were of key significance to the Golden Knights' future.

 

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These hiring decisions will largely be made by Gallant. Although reaching a consensus with general manager George McPhee and assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon will also be required.

"I mean, obviously, when there's new jobs available, people are reaching out," Gallant said. "That's part of it. That's part of the business. Everybody's been through that if you lose your job. People are looking for assistant jobs or other jobs.

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 "We have a lot of names, and we're going to go over a lot of different people's names. To see who can make us better, and help make our coaching staff better. That's what we want.

"When it's a good job, a lot of people want the job. It makes it tough. You've got a lot of good friends out there. But you've got to pick your best staff, the best people available to help us succeed.

"Obviously, I have a pretty good idea of who I am going to bring in. Hopefully I'll be able to get that done in the next month or so, the next month and a half."

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