Mum's the word for Vigneault

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:10 AM ET

Alain Vigneault remains an employee of the Vancouver Canucks, but he still doesn't know if he's in line for a promotion.

And if he does know, he's certainly not telling.

For the time being, Vigneault remains the head coach of the Manitoba Moose and continues to defer all inquiries regarding the vacant bench boss position with the Canucks to Vancouver general manager Dave Nonis.

"It's at the same place it was the last time we talked," said Vigneault, when reached yesterday in Quebec City. "Like I've said to everybody that wants to know, it's not my place to comment on this. I'm just leaving it up to Dave."

When asked if he felt the process was dragging, Vigneault was to the point.

"I'm not commenting on the process and what the process is like," said Vigneault, who refused to say whether or not he had been interviewed for the position. "I'm passing all the comments along to Dave and that's just the way it is."

Vigneault, who led the Moose to a record of 44-24-7-5 in his first American Hockey League season and guided the team to within a period of the Western Conference final, is considered by most to be a front-runner for the Canucks job.

If Vigneault doesn't get the Canucks position, Pittsburgh papers have suggested Penguins head coach Michel Therrien would like to add Vigneault to his staff as an assistant or associate coach but some form of compensation would need to be worked out -- providing Vigneault was interested in leaving his current job to get back to the NHL.

Nonis could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The Canucks are expecting to have a new head coach in place prior to the NHL draft, which takes place June 24 at GM Place in Vancouver.


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