Willie Desjardins is in demand.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports that both the Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins have asked the Dallas Stars for permission to speak to the Calder Cup-winning coach of their AHL-affiliate Texas Stars.
Desjardins, 58, just wrapped a 4-1 series win over the St. John's IceCaps to capture the Calder Cup. He has served as the Stars had coach for the past two seasons, following a three-year stint as an assitant coach with Dallas.
The native of Climax, Saskatchewan also won a WHL championship in 2004 as coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Both the Canucks and Penguins are in the midst of a management overhaul.
The Canucks fired both general manager Mike Gillis and head coach John Tortorella at the end of last season. Canucks great Trevor Linden was named President of Hockey Operations in April and Jim Benning was hired as general manager last month.
In Pittsburgh, general manager Ray Shero was fired in May. Earlier this month, Jim Rutherford was hired to replace him and subsequently dismissed head coach Dan Bylsma.