Rumors and News from

Some have been wondering about future of Todd McLellan in San Jose. No question in my mind he’ll be back with the Sharks. I would not, however, be surprised if the Sharks look to hire an experienced or veteran assistant coach.

There were rumours that Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle was going to hire his own assistants but I am told now that both Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin are expected back.

The Canadiens are in the process of touching base with potential head coach candidates including Michel Therrien, Guy Carbonneau, Marc Crawford, and Bob Hartley. Interviews have not been set up and the process is in the early stages.

The Flames head coach search is also still in the early stages. A list of 10-12 candidates is to be pared to 5-6 for interviews. Bob Hartley and Troy Ward are prominent.

There are crickets on the Edmonton Oilers’ coaching front. Tom Renney’s contract is expiring. So is that of general manager Steve Tambellini’s although most believe that a Tambellini extension is done.

Renney’s lodge brothers in the coaching fraternity are hoping he’s not being kept on in Edmonton only to be cut loose later when no jobs are available.

And finally, I expect Alain Vigneault’s extension with the Vancouver Canucks to be worked on and presumably completed in the next two weeks.