While we all sit idly waiting for the Calgary Flames to hire a new head coach already, the Province‘s Ben Kuzma out in Vancouver provided a bit of an update this morning with his latest piece. Combined with a few other recent reports, we now have a decent idea of which individuals have interviewed for Bob Hartley’s old job.
From Kuzma (referring to Utica Comets head coach Travis Green):
That list would include Green. The former Ducks centre has reportedly
been interviewed for vacancies in Anaheim and Calgary. Canucks assistant
coach Glen Gulutzan has also interviewed to replace fired Flames coach
The Flames have 10
players 24 years old or younger, five who are 21 or younger and seven
restricted free agents. They have a need for a teacher and
disciplinarian and have interviewed former Edmonton coach Ralph Krueger
and New Jersey assistant coach Geoff Ward. Green turned down an
opportunity to join Mike Johnston as an assistant coach in Pittsburgh in
2014 because of franchise loyalty.
Mike Russo previously reported that Mike Yeo (formerly of the Minnesota Wild) interviewed with Brad Treliving, and Steve Simmons (and Elliotte Friedman) have noted that Randy Carlyle has interviewed as well. In this week’s 30 Thoughts, Friedman wrote that Treliving was likely beginning to pare down his list.
Let’s begin things with a disclaimer: just because somebody was interviewed doesn’t mean they’re a contender, but it also doesn’t mean that they’re not. Of the group of six contenders mentioned – Green, Gulutzan, Krueger, Ward, Yeo and Carlyle – Carlyle seems the least likely to be a fit given his extensive NHL resume and the likelihood that he probably has a very specific notion of what an NHL coach should be. The other five are all relatively inexperienced at the NHL level and could be molded towards a coaching style that Treliving desires.
Treliving is both notoriously secretive and hard-working, and I don’t doubt that he’s talking to everybody he can in regards to improving the hockey club. That said, it probably does mean something that the same five or six names are repeatedly bubbling up from multiple sources.
The end of the coaching search is probably almost upon us.
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