Coaches available to teams who are looking are getting snatched up quickly. Bruce Boudreau joined Minnesota on Saturday, Guy Boucher joined Ottawa on Sunday, and Marc Crawford is expected to be announced as a part of the Ottawa coaching staff Monday.
So, the Calgary Flames should be looking to move quickly (unless they think Darryl Sutter may become available). To that end, the Flames are expected to interview former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on Monday, reports TSN’s Darren Dreger.
Carlyle has spent 11 years as a NHL head coach, up until the 2014-15 season when he was fired from his position with the Leafs. That tenure includes a 2007 Stanley Cup championship with the Anaheim Ducks.
Monday marks the one-week mark since the team relieved former head coach Bob Hartley of his duties. Their interest in Carlyle isn’t surprising after Brian Burke said on TSN radio that he wants the Flames to be a “black and blue” team. That would match the profile of a typical Carlyle-led team.
Additionally, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported over the weekend that current Vancouver Canucks assistant coach Glen Gulutzan is also considered to be a “dark horse” candidate to be interviewed for the Calgary vacancy.
Dustin Nelson is the News Editor for The Hockey Writers. He’s a contributor to Hockey Prospectus, Hockey Wilderness, and writes a column for Rotowire. He’s also written for Gone Puck Wild, Wild Xtra, InDigest, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, Tiny Mix Tapes, Prefix Magazine & other publications. Have a tip? Email him at dlukenelson[at]gmail[dot]com.