By Michael Walters
According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, the Ottawa Senators have given the Anaheim Ducks permission to talk to Luke Richardson. He was the former coach of the Binghamton Senators, which is Ottawa’s AHL affiliate team. He coached there four years starting in 2012-13 through the 2015-16 season. His record was 153-110-31.
Richardson was also an assistant coach for three NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators from 2009-10 through the 2011-12 season. He was interested in the head coaching position for Ottawa, but was ruled out and the Senators went with Guy Boucher. Richardson appears to be still interested in a NHL head coach position.
Richardson could be a good fit for Anaheim. He worked with Paul MacLean in Ottawa before and coached Jakob Silfverberg at Binghamton. He had a winning record in the AHL and made the playoffs twice during his time there. When he was in the NHL as an assistant coach, Ottawa had a winning record two of the three seasons and made the playoffs twice. He does have established relationships in Anaheim and has been able to win in the AHL and NHL so he may be a viable head coach for the Ducks.
He joins the list of confirmed candidates, which include Paul MacLean, Mike Yeo, and Travis Green. According to the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman, Darryl Sutter has agreed to terms with the Kings. An announcement is expected tomorrow. Sutter is no longer a potential option for Bob Murray. For more potential candidates, please visit: Who Should Be Anaheim’s Next Coach?
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