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What Will We Value In A Coach?

Golden Knights general manager George McPhee addressed the topic on SiriusXM NHL Network

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It's been an ever-evolving storyline throughout the winter.

Who will be the first head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights?

Rumors have persisted, names have been bandied about. And as the NHL season has worn on and other teams have made coaching changes, the plot has certainly thickened.

In a Wednesday interview with SiriusXM NHL Network, Golden Knights general manager George McPhee shared some insight into what qualities he will be looking for in the team's first head coach.

"We met several months ago on this," McPhee said. "We talked about what we were looking for in a coach. The personality traits and the experience and everything else and decided that there would be a short list that we could put together. That we'd want someone who'd be the right fit for the Vegas Golden Knights, short term and long term. And that we would prefer to have an experienced coach.

"If it took us to the spring to exhaust that process, we would."

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Of course, McPhee didn't tip his hand as to who, or when, the team would make its coaching hire.

But when asked if recent coaching changes by NHL teams had any influence on his timeline, McPhee relented.


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"We're certainly mindful of things that happened here recently, he said. "There's some real quality coaches available. So things may change.

"We've had some time and try to use it wisely. We've talked to people along the way, because you don't get those opportunities very often when your team is up and running. When something isn't working, you have to sometimes make changes quickly.

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"That's why we've tried to take our time on this. Where it goes from here, I'm not quite sure. We'll continue to talk to people."

In a wide-ranging interview, McPhee also addressed many other subjects.

They included:

*How the Golden Knights having no pre-existing contracts and unlimited salary cap space can be advantageous as the team builds its roster.

*How he balances the pressures to build a winner for Vegas quickly and remaining patient.

*On Vegas as a destination for free agents.

*How managing a team not playing any games this season has allowed him a unique opportunity to expand his base of knowledge.

To listen to the full interview, CLICK HERE

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