Handicapping the NHL's summer coach search: who's hot, who's not
Yzerman will be looking for an experienced assistant to help guide the front office (don't be surprised if
But before he even thinks about all that, Yzerman's first priority is to hook a new coach.
A tough call under the best of circumstances, his decision will be complicated by the fact that he's not the only one with a line in the water.
Three other clubs -- Columbus, New Jersey and Atlanta -- are scouring the hockey talent pool for their next bench boss and at least one, the Blue Jackets, could make their choice within the week. That puts the pressure on the rest to make up their minds or risk settling for their second, or third, choice.
Yzerman has plenty of intriguing choices, but who are the contenders and pretenders?
Instead, the Devils are thought to be honing in on a trio of candidates: Montreal assistant
"He is one of the smartest hockey guys around," captain
Hitchcock makes the most sense here, but Lamoriello loves former Canadiens. Don't rule out Therrien.