It's early on in the Wild's coaching search, but staff writer Michael Russo takes a look at some potential candidates to become the third coach in franchise history:
Here are coaches who have run NHL benches in the past:
1. Ken Hitchcock (Dallas, Philadelphia, Columbus): Won a Cup in '99, hard-nosed Hitch's teams play structured, defensively-sound and fast hockey.
2. Craig MacTavish (Edmonton): Tremendous defensive player in his day, the well-spoken TSN analyst coached the Oilers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2006.
3. Craig Hartsburg (Chicago, Anaheim, Ottawa): Former North Stars defenseman has a history with some in the Wild front office.
4. Andy Murray (Los Angeles, St. Louis): The former Shattuck-St. Mary's coach and North Stars assistant is entrenched in Minnesota hockey and works tirelessly.
5. Michel Therrien (Montreal, Pittsburgh): A Jacques Lemaire disciple, this fiery coach doesn't seem the right fit, but he has been scouting for the Wild.
Other possibilities: Los Angeles assistant coach John Stevens (Philadelphia); Atlanta associate coach John Torchetti (Florida, Los Angeles); Pete DeBoer (Florida); Guy Carbonneau (Montreal); Bob Hartley (Colorado, Atlanta).
* parentheses constitutes former teams
Here are experienced coaches with no NHL head coaching experience:
1. Mike Haviland, right: The Blackhawks assistant is said to be ready for a head job, and he'd be a hit with Martin Havlat.
2. Mike Yeo: Very young, but the Houston coach impressed in his first year, leading the Aeros to a second seed in the AHL's Western Conference.
3. Paul MacLean: The longtime Red Wings assistant has a strong pedigree behind the bench.
4. Kirk Muller, right: A terrific former NHL center and current Canadiens assistant, he might get his first shot somewhere this summer.
5. Rick Wilson: Has been an assistant forever; he helped tighten up the Wild's defense before the wheels fell off in March.
« « 1. Jacques Lemaire: Ain't happening, but maybe Chuck Fletcher should call and say, "We were wrong. We don't need to be up-tempo. We just need to win."
2. Dave Tippett: Pray the Coyotes move back to Winnipeg and reports are true the Minnesota resident has an "out" in his contract.
3/4. Todd McLellan and Bruce Boudreau: Hope that San Jose and/or Washington is bounced in the first round and one or the other is canned.
5. Ted Nolan: Ugh!!!
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Broxton||1||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson||2|
|Minnesota - LP: T. May||1||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez||9|
|NY Yankees - WP: C. Capuano||6||FINAL|
|Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle||3|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom||4|
|Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo||8||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - LP: C. Archer||4|
|Miami - LP: C. Hatcher||2||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter||5|
|Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar||6||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Vargas||1|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||7||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: S. Carroll||1|
|Texas - WP: S. Baker||13||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: B. Oberholtzer||6|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: N. Ramirez||7||FINAL|
|St. Louis - LP: P. Neshek||2|
|Colorado - LP: R. Brothers||2||FINAL|
|Arizona - WP: B. Ziegler||5|
|Oakland - LP: J. Lester||0||FINAL|
|LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver||4|
|Los Angeles - LP: K. Correia||2||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: T. Stauffer||3|
|Washington - WP: J. Zimmermann||8||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: F. Hernandez||3|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta||2||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong||13|
|Green Bay||9/4/14 7:30 PM|
|(21) Texas A&M||52||FINAL|
|(9) So Carolina||28|
|(18) Ole Miss||35|
|(19) Arizona State||45|
|(6) Jacksonville St||7||FINAL|
|(8) Michigan State||45|
|Penn State||7||2nd Qtr 7:38|
|(7) UCLA||11:00 AM|
|Western Mich||11:00 AM|
|(5) Ohio State||11:00 AM|
|Appalachian St||11:00 AM|
|Ga Southern||11:30 AM|
|Boston College||2:00 PM|
|West Virginia||2:30 PM|
|(17) Notre Dame|
|(10) South Dakota St||2:30 PM|
|Fla Atlantic||2:30 PM|
|UC Davis||3:00 PM|
|(16) Clemson||4:30 PM|
|(23) North Carolina|
|Ohio U||5:00 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||6:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin||6:10 PM|
|(20) Kansas State|
|Fresno State||6:30 PM|
|Southern Miss||6:30 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||7:00 PM|
|North Texas||7:00 PM|
|(1) Florida State||7:00 PM|
|(14) Wisconsin||8:00 PM|
|South Dakota||9:30 PM|
|(25) Washington||9:30 PM|
|Utah State||8/31/14 6:00 PM|
|SMU||8/31/14 6:30 PM|
|Miami-Florida||9/1/14 7:00 PM|
|Arizona||9/4/14 7:00 PM|
|Pittsburgh||9/5/14 6:00 PM|
|Washington St||9/5/14 9:30 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City||1|
|Winnipeg||8/31/14 3:00 PM|
|Toronto||9/1/14 12:00 PM|
|Edmonton||9/1/14 3:30 PM|
|Brt Columbia||9/5/14 6:30 PM|
|Calgary||9/6/14 6:00 PM|
|Hamilton||9/7/14 12:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||9/7/14 3:00 PM|