Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher was in California on Tuesday as his coaching search heats up.
Two of the Wild candidates, ex-Anaheim coaches Bruce Boudreau and Randy Carlyle, live in Southern California. Fletcher met with the Wild’s interim coach, John Torchetti, in Minnesota on Monday.
Fletcher trip to California was first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger.
The Ottawa Senators, who have a coaching opening, and the Wild both have been granted permission to talk to Boudreau. Calgary, which fired coach Bob Hartley on Monday, likely will seek permission as well.
Hartley, who won a Stanley Cup with Colorado, was 134-135-25 in four seasons with Calgary and won the Jack Adams Trophy last season as Coach of the Year. He’s veteran coach the Wild could consider.
“Bob has taken this team as far as I feel he can take it,” Flames GM Brad Treliving said of Hartley. “Each coach has their own style, their own way of doing things. Bob, to me, is able to get a lot out of players. But when you sit back and review and as I’ve gone through this process over the last few weeks, I felt for us to move forward as an organization that it was time, it was important and it was critical that we made this decision.”