SAINT JOHN - It's been just over four years (Oct. 29) since the Saint John Sea Dogs fired head coach and general manager Mike Kelly.
Kelly and the Sea Dogs got off to a 5-10-0-2 start that year, which was good for 12 points. Fast forward four years and the Sea Dogs are off to a 4-9-3-1 start, good for 12 points.
Josh Dixon's job is very likely safe. Whether people like it or not, it's still early, and firing a guy that was hired two months ago would be an overreaction. But you have to wonder if the team is interested in getting him some additional support.
The Sea Dogs have just one assistant coach currently - Jeff Cowan, who's an associate coach. While having one assistant behind the bench has seemingly become a popular trend in junior of late, Saint John has always gone with two assistants.
On Saturday, Rogers TV's Aaron Kennedy got the rumours started on air, saying that Bill Stewart is interested in joining the team's coaching staff. It's unclear if the team is interested in having him join, though.
The @SJSeaDogs have a vacancy on their bench. They have a young, inexperienced head coach who needs to be mentored....— Aaron Kennedy (@scoop88) October 28, 2017
There's a well known coach with ties to Saint John who could be the perfect fit. He has #nhl experience, international experience and #CHL— Aaron Kennedy (@scoop88) October 28, 2017
He guided the Saint John Flames to a berth in 1998 Calder Cup Final. @SJSeaDogs know he's interested & available. He's Bill Stewart.— Aaron Kennedy (@scoop88) October 28, 2017
Stewart has an impressive coaching resume, as his Elite Prospects page will tell you. He had been coaching in Germany until a few weeks ago.