For just the third time in its franchise history the Minnesota Wild enter the off season in search of a new head coach. Despite interim coach John Torchetti getting Minnesota into the playoffs, the interim tag has yet to be lifted.
On Thursday, GM Chuck Fletcher said Torchetti is a strong candidate for the head coaching position and the two will meet in the near future according to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo.
If Torchetti is not given the job here are three other names the Wild could consider for its vacant position.
- Caryle logged 700 games with Anaheim and Toronto owning a .574 winning percentage.
- He seems to only get better in the postseason too. In 39 playoff games with Anaheim, he's owns a .615 winning percentage which includes two conference finals appearances and Stanley Cup win in 2007.
- Current Wild Chuck Fletcher worked with Caryle breifly when Fletcher was Director of Hockey Operations in Anaheim.
- Another former Anaheim coach could be considered in Bruce Boudreau who was relieved of his duties on Friday Morning.
- Bourdreau owns the best winning percentage in NHL history with more than 200 games. During his time with Anaheim and Washington, he's won his respective division eight times in ten seasons as a head coach.
- Bourdreau has not had the best of luck in Game 7 situations though, owning 1-7 record in those games.
- Crawford has made four different stops in Quebec/Colorado, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Dallas as a head coach.
- He won a Stanley Cup twenty years ago with the Avalanche but hasn't coached a playoff team since 2004
- Crawford has been coaching in the Swiss League for the last five years and has been interviewing in the NHL as of just a month ago