All aboard the NHL's coaching carousel
Anyone tired of all the coaching conversation?
It's old news now, even though it happened late last night, that Ron Wilson's exit in San Jose created the sixth opening behind an NHL bench. And if rumours around the league are to be believed, that's a figure that could jump as high as nine in the new few weeks.
Teams without a coach
Atlanta, Colorado, Florida, Ottawa, San Jose, Toronto
Teams that may make a move
Carolina, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay
(Personally, I think Alain Vigneault's safe until October in Vancouver, but some have speculated otherwise.)
From six to nine openings, and way more candidates than that to fill those jobs. Here's my list of potential NHL head coaches as per personal research and those named in media reports (feel free to add names to the list if you've seen them mentioned):
Former NHL coaches of note
Detroit's Todd McLellan
Dallas' Rick Wilson
N.Y. Rangers' Perry Pearn
Colorado's Tony Granato
Florida's Mike Kitchen
Penguins' Andre Savard
Portland's Kevin Dineen
Providence's Scott Gordon
Chicago Wolves' John Anderson
Rochester's Randy Cunneyworth
Hamilton's Don Lever
Lake Erie's Joe Sacco
I put together a look at the so-called Bruce Boudreau types in The Globe on Saturday, trying to find a few of the less heralded names who have put in some time in the minors.
Pat Quinn and Pat Burns generate headlines, but fellows like Scott Gordon and John Anderson could easily be the next Jack Adams winner. More on that later.