Wranglers head coach Mitch Love to ‘consider all options,’ will be interviewed for Flames assistant openings
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By Ryan Pike3 months ago
The Calgary Flames have completed their head coaching search, announcing the promotion of assistant coach Ryan Huska on Monday morning. Naturally, questions emerged about the status of Calgary Wranglers head coach Mitch Love, the two-time American Hockey League coach of the year and someone widely considered to be a top contender for the job.
Per Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli, Love’s going to examine his options.
Flames general manager Craig Conroy was asked about Love at Huska’s introductory press conference. Conroy was very complimentary about Love’s candidacy for the head coaching vacancy, confirming reports that he was one of the four finalists for the position.
“He’s going to be interviewed, for sure. The one thing I can say, Mitch has done an unbelievable job. Two-time coach of the year in the American League. He was right in the final four, and he’s confident and he knows he can do it and he’s ready. Even I told Mitch, I’ll be honest today, I think he needs a little time in the NHL because even as a player, when I went from the American League to the NHL, there is a step and there’s a learning curve. To just get thrust into that without going through that, it’s not fair to him.”
Conroy noted that Huska having gone through those steps – he had spent time in the NHL before becoming a head coach – was the difference in making the hire.
Love reportedly has a year remaining on his contract as head coach of the Flames’ AHL affiliate. In two seasons (2021-23) behind the bench in the AHL, he’s led the Heat/Wranglers to a combined 96-33-8-3 record, two Pacific Division regular season titles and victories in three playoff rounds.
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