The Dallas Stars' coaching search appears to be heating up.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported on Thursday that the Stars have already spoken to veteran bench boss Lindy Ruff about their head coaching vacancy and TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie added that they will also be speaking to former Vancouver Canucks head coach, Alain Vigneault.
McKenzie also tweeted that the Stars will be interviewing Willie Desjardins, who has been coaching the organization's AHL affiliate, and will check in on Dallas Eakins, the current head coach of the Toronto Marlies.
In other coaching news, McKenzie tweeted that Ruff and Paul Maurice may get a look from the Canucks, who have already talked with Eakins about their head coaching vacancy.
Meanwhile, Mark Messier could be a candidate to take over for the recently fired John Tortorella in New York. McKenzie said that the general sense is if Messier is interested in coaching the Rangers, he cannot be ruled out as a candidate.
The Edmonton Oilers considered Messier after letting go of Tom Renney as head coach and before committing to Ralph Krueger in the off-season last off-season.