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The clock could start ticking on the Thrashers this week.
Ville Leino, Brian Boucher and Sean O’Donnell have expressed an interest in staying with the Flyers. Keeping Leino may be difficult. VOORHEES, N.J. – Unless a team wins a Stanley Cup, the players know there are going to be changes.Generally the makeover begins with the unrestricted free agents.Sometimes, like in the case of goaltender Michael Leighton last June, their contracts get renewed.Others, like goaltender Ray Emery, are allowed to walk.This year, the Flyers have a bunch of UFAs, including Ville Leino, Brian Boucher and Sean O’Donnell, who have a shot at coming back.
The Wild have talked to former Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish about their coaching vacancy, according to the Edmonton Journal, but the man in charge of the search said the team is in “no rush” to name a successor to coach Todd Richards.
General manager Chuck Fletcher, while declining to divulge specifics on his search for a coach to replace the fired Richards, said he’s talking to candidates and others, “but there’s certainly no rush. Nothing’s changed.”
As the Washington Capitals enter another offseason that arrived too soon, ownership and management must confront a number of difficult decisions that could determine the future of a franchise that hasn’t advanced beyond the conference semifinals in 13 years, despite possessing one of the game’s most talented rosters the past four.
When Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon fired coach Pete DeBoer the day after the season ended, he said there was no sense of urgency to find a replacement, but only that they find the “right guy.”
A month later, with Tallon expected back from Europe, where he had been scouting junior players as well as watching the IIHF World Championships, the interview process will begin in earnest this week.