Tuesday, April 19, 2011
With the NHL and AHL Playoffs well underway, the coaching rumors start up in the back rooms. According to Elliotte Friedman of the CBC (buried deep in an article on Raffi Torres), Kevin Dineen and Craig MacTavish will be in the top tier of available coaching candidates.
"There are five coaching vacancies now, with the possibility of more. It sounds like the two men with the most options will be Kevin Dineen of the AHL's Portland Pirates and Craig MacTavish. Dineen's done good work for two different organizations - Anaheim and Buffalo. The Pirates have had the last three American(Hockey) League rookies of the year."
Looking around the league right now, there are vacancies in New Jersey, Florida, Dallas, Minnesota, and Ottawa. If the Canadiens knock out the Bruins in the first round, don't be surprised if the Bruins have a coaching vacancy. What Dineen has done with youngsters doesn't go unnoticed, and he may be the perfect coach to foster youngsters like Tuukka Rask, Tyler Seguin, Steve Kampfer, etc. With a family who has already established roots here in Maine, it also would be the closest NHL job to home.
Regardless, once the Pirates season comes to an end, the annual Kevin Dineen speculation should fire up quickly.