The former grinding winger was a Vancouver teammate of general manager Jim Benning and director of collegiate scouting Stan Smyl in the mid-1980s. However, it’s what Lowry has accomplished since retiring after the 2003-04 season and logging 1,084 career games with five NHL teams that has piqued the interest as a possible replacement for the fired Willie Desjardins, or to work in some capacity within the organization.
Utica Comets coach Travis Green has been groomed for the head position and with four AHL seasons to his credit, he’s considered the front-runner. Dan Bylsma, who was fired Thursday by the Buffalo Sabres, was interviewed by the Canucks in the search to replace the fired John Tortorella and could be interviewed again in the due-diligence process.
However, Bylsma has a college connection with Los Angeles GM Rob Blake and could be in contention to replace fired Kings coach Darryl Sutter.
There’s something about Lowry’s connection here and body of work that’s attractive. He was named WHL coach of the year twice in the last four seasons and guided Team Canada in the 2016 world junior championship. At the NHL level, communication and preparation were his strong suits and he wasn’t afraid to stand up to veterans and commanded respect for not giving in.
If Green lands the head Canucks gig, then Lowry …
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