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Calgary’s list of coaching candidates is at least interesting

May 21, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

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While the playoffs roll on, the Calgary Flames are busy thinking about who they should bring in as their new head coach.

Rumors have swirled around regarding who might be the guy tapped with leading the NHL’s oldest team back to the playoffs, and Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald runs down the short list. One thing’s for sure, the Flames will have their choice of either new blood or NHL-seasoned experience behind the bench. Amongst the names being mentioned now:

  • Former Avalanche and Thrashers head coach Bob Hartley
  • Former Oilers head coach and current Chicago Wolves coach Craig MacTavish
  • Current Rangers assistant coach and former Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan
  • Abbostford Heat (Flames AHL affiliate) coach Troy Ward
  • Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs AHL affiliate) coach Dallas Eakins

Feaster has a lot of decisions to make this summer regarding free agents, potential signings, and possible trades but picking out the right coach is one that could help the Flames turn things around faster. With the luck the Flames have had in choosing retreads in recent years, perhaps new blood wouldn’t be the worst idea.

  1. finfan88shark - May 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    You left Todd McLellan

  2. finfan88shark - May 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    You left off Todd Mclellan once he is fired by the Sharks

  3. mydadyourmom - May 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    you wish. McClellan and Marleau for life.

  4. babar61 - May 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Lots of leaf fans wanted Eakins very badly when Wilson was fired. Knowing their luck, the flames will hire him and he will be a great coach and it will go down as another big blunder for Toronto. If Feaster has a brain they will blow this team up and rebuild. The “reloading” attempts they have been trying will continue to fail.

  5. finfan88shark - May 21, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    My dad you mom: great so you can jump off the Sharks bandwagon when Mclellan is fired and Marleau traded.

  6. mydadyourmom - May 21, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    There is no such bandwagon amigo.

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