The on-again, off-again relationship with Butch Goring and Mickey Mouse's version of a hockey team has taken a Euro-Disney type twist - it's dead.
Despite rumors that new Anaheim President Pierre Gauthier lauded the Utah Grizzlies' head coach and general manager as the next Mighty Duck coach, Goring told the Deseret News on Friday that the deal was off and that he was no longer interested in pursuing the coaching position."No, that's not happening anymore," said Goring."I am officially out of the running for the Anaheim job."
Earlier reports suggested that after turning down a take-it-or-leave-it offer that would have made him one the lowest-paid coaches in the NHL, Goring and the Ducks were back at the negotiating table with hopes of resolving the money issue. The first deal Goring was offered would have paid him $350,000 his first year, $375,000 the second and $400,000 in the final year of the contract.
Goring was apparently seeking a deal that was worth around $100,000 more per season, or $300,000 more total.
On Wednesday, Goring told the Orange County Register that, "I'm very optimistic we will work things out. I believe we'll get something done."
But in a phone interview Friday, Goring ruled out any possibility he would be talking with Anaheim in the future and, for the meantime, ending any speculation.
"I'm not going to be pursuing that job any longer. I won't be coaching in Anaheim. I'm not negotiating with Anaheim any more and won't be in the future."
Communications stalled earlier in the week when Goring felt he was being treated unfairly by the Anaheim organization. At that time Goring still was very interested in the job but would not agree to the terms of the contract he was offered.
"I'm a little frustrated and I'm a little disappointed in what's happened," Goring said on Wednesday. "I'd dearly love to coach the Ducks. I'm sincerely hoping they call with another offer."
When Gauthier entered the picture on Thursday, the puck got moving again. It appears, however, that no goal will be scored.
"We weren't able to work things out and now it's over with," said Goring. "The matter is closed."