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Who will coach USA Hockey in 2018 Winter Olympics?

Who will coach USA Hockey in 2018 Winter Olympics?
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2017,Greg WyshynskiPuck DaddyAugust 4

 but behind the bench.,The National Hockey League’s decision not to send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea doesn’t only affect what happens on the ice

 including former Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins as the team’s new bench boss.,We’ve already seen Team Canada name a coaching staff without current NHL gigs

 and there’s a bit of mystery to it. Several prime candidates have current NHL or AHL coaching jobs: Peter Laviolette, John Tortorella,USA Hockey is schedule to announce the head coach for its team on Friday morning, Phil Housley, Jeff Blashill, John Hynes and Doug Weight among them. Former U.S. national team head or assistant coaches like Jack Capuano, Todd Richards, Curt Fraser, Don Granato, Ken Klee,[url=http://www.lightningofficialhockey.com/adidas-nikita-kucherov-jersey]adidas Nikita Kucherov jersey[/url], Joe Sacco and Scott Gordon all have gigs in the NHL or AHL as well.

One assumes all of these names are off the table.

 but it’s hard to imagine one of them committing the necessary time to the national team in-season. David Quinn (BU),The collage ranks also have a few interesting names,[url=http://www.mapleleafshockeyshop.com/adidas-james-van-riemsdyk-jersey]adidas James Van Riemsdyk jersey[/url], Mike Haviland (Colorado College), Rand Pecknold (Quinnipiac) and especially Tony Granato (Wisconsin) would all likely be on the radar.,[url=http://www.mapleleafshockeyshop.com/adidas-auston-matthews-jersey]adidas Auston Matthews jersey[/url], Ted Donato (Harvard), Jeff Jackson (Notre Dame)

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If you’ll recall at the World Cup of Hockey, who of course was hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets a few months later., Team USA wanted to hire a coach who was free and clear of other commitments and could focus intensely on the construction of the roster. That ended up being John Tortorella

We’ll find out if that philosophy still reigns when the coach is announced on Friday. In asking around, here are three names we’ve heard from the slim pickings (thanks again, including a clear frontrunner. And one name we just tossed in there., NHL)

 a real insider will probably have broken who the coach is. Enjoy!,By the time you finish this

Dan Bylsma

The conventional wisdom is that Bylsma, is your 2018 Winter Olympics USA Hockey head coach., 46

He was fired after the 2016-17 season with the Buffalo Sabres, and has Olympic experience as the Team USA coach in Sochi 2016., along with the general manager that hired him. He has a Stanley Cup ring with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009

He also has the festering taste of bile in his mouth from that experience, and he wasn’t without blame., as the Americans timidly lost to Canada and then packed it in against bronze medalist Finland to finish fourth in the tournament. It was the worst 24 hours in recent American hockey history

He’s experienced and he’s available. Several sources mentioned his name first in thinking about possible, candidates. It almost seems too obvious., or probably

Ron Rolston

Another former Sabres coach!

Rolston, 50, coaching 31 games after Lindy Ruff was fired and 20 games before being fired for Ted Nolan.,[url=http://www.mapleleafshockeyshop.com/adidas-james-van-riemsdyk-jersey]Authentic James Van Riemsdyk jersey[/url], was most recently the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes’ AHL affiliate,[url=http://www.mapleleafshockeyshop.com/adidas-auston-matthews-jersey]Authentic Auston Matthews jersey[/url], lasting one terrible season (.395 winning percentage!) before being fired. He coached in Buffalo from 2012-14

He has a wealth of experience with the U.S. National Team Development program, leading the U.S. Under-18 team to three gold medals and a silver medal. And,[url=http://www.canuckshockeyshop.com/adidas-daniel-sedin-jersey]Authentic Daniel Sedin jersey[/url], he’s available. One source mentioned Rolston as a possibility., again

Jack Parker

 but one that came up in conversations.,A total wild card

The 40-year coach of the Boston University Terriers hasn’t been behind the bench since 2013 and turned 72 in March. He’s a legend and a U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductee this year. Has the game passed him by? Could he handle the rigors of this international tournament? Does he even want that commitment at this point in life?

Ed Olczyk

 but I’m adding it for giggles.,[url=http://www.canuckshockeyshop.com/adidas-ryan-miller-jersey]Authentic Ryan Miller jersey[/url],His name didn’t come up in conversations

It’s been rumored that Eddie O. wants to coach again. That’s great in theory, but not when you’ve been in the booth and not behind the bench since 2006. So,[url=http://www.canuckshockeyshop.com/adidas-henrik-sedin-jersey]Authentic Henrik Sedin jersey[/url], taking a head coaching gig with the U.S. national team and excelling at the Olympics would put his name back in the conversation for NHL jobs., again in theory

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