Edmonton Journal: Jim Matheson reports, Craig MacTavish, who has had multiple talks with Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher about the Wild’s vacant coaching job, is waiting to hear if he’s going to replace Todd Richards behind the bench. MacTavish, who has also interviewed for the Ottawa Senators post along with Detroit Red Wings assistant Paul MacLean and Memorial Cup champ Gerard Gallant (of the Saint John Sea Dogs) with Cory Clouston gone, might find out next week about the Wild job. Fletcher would like to hire a coach before the draft June 24-25 in St. Paul, Minn., and certainly a few weeks before free agency, so players who might want to re-sign know who the coach is.
NESN: Patrick McHugh reports, Though he has not played in the NHL since 2008, Jaromir Jagr could be eyeing a return next season. The future Hall of Fame winger spent the past three seasons playing for Avangard Omsk of the KHL in Russia. Now a free agent, Jagr plans to make a decision in the next week about his playing future, which could include a return to the NHL, according to Canoe.ca.
Slam! Sports: Bruce Garrioch reports, Almost two months after summoning Cory Clouston to an Ottawa airport lounge following the club’s final regular-season game in April to fire him, the Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray‘s search for a replacement is now in high gear. Current assistant coaches Paul MacLean, of the Detroit Red Wings, and Kirk Muller, of the Montreal Canadiens, have been interviewed, as has former Edmonton coach Craig MacTavish. Junior coaches Dave Cameron and Gerard Gallants have had their face-to-face sitdowns with Murray, too. The GM will talk to Binghamton coach Kurt Kleinendorst after the AHL final.
Spector’s Hockey: Lyle Richardson reports, With the recent sale and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, the focus is shifting toward other NHL franchises which might also face the possibility of relocation in the near future. The most notable, of course, are the Phoenix Coyotes, who’ve been a potential relocation candidate since their previous owner, trucking magnate Jerry Moyes, declared the team bankrupt two years ago and attempted to sell them to Blackberry billionaire Jim Balsillie, who had designs on moving the team to Hamilton, Ontario.
St. Petersburg Times: Damian Cristodero reports, It certainly is intriguing to think former Tampa Bay Lightning star Brad Richards has a chance to return to Tampa Bay. And Richards stoked that fire a bit on Thursday when he said he never wanted to leave Tampa and would be willing to listen if the Lightning calls when free agency begins on July 1. But can the two sides actually get together? A big hurdle was cleared last week when the Dallas Stars, in the midst of an ownership transfer, said they will not make Richards an offer.
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