PENGUINS PLAN TO TALK TO RENNEY, WILSON
Among the six to seven candidates the Penguins Penguins plan to interview, the Penguins are looking heavily at a group of four to five experienced coaches on their shortlist.
In addition to Marc Crawford who will interview on Wednesday, per a source, the team is also scheduled to talk to former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson, Darren Dreger reports. Wilson and Crawford are among the finalists for the Florida Panthers job, though, the sense around the league in the past 24 hours is that the job will go to Dan Bylsma or Gerard Gallant.
Another veteran coach Pittsburgh intends to talk to is Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Tom Renney, a source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports. Bill Peters of the Detroit Red Wings is also believed to be of interest to
AHL coach John Hynes interviewed for the job on Monday.
It remains unclear if top candidate John Stevens will interview for any jobs this summer as the Kings are trying to re-work his contract and give him assurances that he is the coach in waiting.
However, Pittsburgh has requested permission to interview, did so on Saturday, but as of this morning, permission had not yet been granted, nor has Stevens decided whether he will interview for jobs, a league source said. Decision on whether he wants to and will be allowed to interview should happen any day now.
Stevens is looked at as a leading contender for the Hurricanes job, along with Ulf Samuelsson who Penguins ownership is interested in.
Former Penguin Rick Tocchet is strongly pushing for the chance to interview, a close friend and former teammate of Tocchet’s tells me this afternoon.