TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
Columnists

Dreger: NHL teams not looking for experienced head coaches

Darren Dreger
4/14/2010 9:05:16 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

While there are several accomplished National Hockey League coaches eager to work, more and more it appears teams are going down the road less travelled to fill their head coaching vacancies.

This week, the St Louis Blues extended Davis Payne's contract by two years, removing the interim label and rewarding a coach with zero previous NHL coaching experience.
 
Payne was promoted from Peoria, the Blues AHL affiliate after veteran coach Andy Murray was fired in January. Columbus, Tampa Bay, and as of today, the Atlanta Thrashers, are all in the market for a head coach and early indications from these teams is that they will consider all options.

Here's a list of candidates without NHL head coaching experience who are rated potential head coaches in the League:

Scott Arniel – Manitoba (AHL)
Guy Boucher – Hamilton (AHL)
Bob Boughner – Windsor (OHL)
Kevin Dineen – Portland (AHL)
Paul MacLean – Detroit (NHL)
Brad McCrimmon – Detroit (NHL)
Brent Peterson – Nashville (NHL)

Dineen, Arniel and Boucher run successful benches in the American Hockey League.  Boucher, in his first year as head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs, was recently named AHL coach of the year.  It's believed Boucher may be a year or two away from making the jump. 

Dineen and Arniel are considered ready now, with Dineen reportedly a top candidate for the job in Columbus.

Veteran NHL associate coaches, Brent Peterson, Paul MacLean and Brad McCrimmon are still awaiting their first opportunities at a head job.

Among the most intriguing is Windsor coach Boughner, who won the Memorial Cup last year and is challenging for a berth in it again this season.

Competing for a job as an NHL head coach has never been more difficult.

Darren Dreger

From The Hockey Insider

'What You Need To Know' for the day from the NHL. More...

Podcasts

TSN 1050: Mike Richards in the Morning: Leafs Breakfast - April 17th

Leafs Breakfast for April 17th with Darren Dreger on Mike Richards in the Morning

TSN 1050: Mike Richards in the Morning: Leafs Breakfast - April 16th

NHL on TSN's Darren Dreger joined Mike & Dave for Leafs Breakfast

TSN 1050: Mike Richards In the Morning: Leafs Breakfast - April 14th

NHL on TSN Insider Darren Dreger joined Mike & Dave for Leafs Breakfast


More Podcasts

Follow Us!

There's a new Twitter feed that will make you a real TSN.ca insider! Follow twitter.com/TSN_Sports_Buzz to get updates on the latest blogs, best videos and more!


More about TSN on Twitter...

Vote in the TSN KLONDIKE NHL POY SHOWDOWN!


Game 1: Flyers at Rangers (TSN)

Tonight at 7pm et/4pm pt

Game 1: Wild at Avalanche (TSN)

Tonight at 9:30pm et/6:30pm pt


NHL on TSN Broadcast Schedule


Western Conference

(1) COL v (WC) MIN (1) ANA 1, (WC) DAL 0
(2) STL v (3) CHI (2) SJ v (3) LA


Eastern Conference

(1) BOS v (WC) DET (1) PIT 1, (WC) CLB 0
(2) TAM 0, (3) MON 1 (2) NYR v (3) PHI


Playoff Schedule/Game-By-Game Breakdown

NHL on TSN Playoff Fantasy Tracker


Canadian Corey Conners, a senior at Kent State, came as close as you can get at the U.S. Amateur Championship and nearly qualified for the Masters. More...

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television