The Rangers fired head coach John Tortorella on May 29, 2013. Who could be his successor? Steve Zipay looks at five possible candidates.
Hottest name out there. Along with GM Don Maloney, guided Phoenix into the playoffs for three straight years before this season, despite a paltry budget and a messy ownership situation. His contract ends June 30, and teams reportedly have been denied permission to discuss job openings. The former NHL left wing also coached Kings and Stars.
Nicknamed "A.V.," Alain Vigneault is the Vancouver Canucks's all-time leader in coaching wins. He led the club to six Northwest Division titles, two Presidents' Trophy titles (2010, 2011) and an appearance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.
Has been groomed for the front office as a special assistant to Glen Sather, and with his ties to the 1994 Cup team, has to be on the list. But No. 11 has no significant pro coaching resume and if Sather believes the window is closing on another deep playoff run, could look elsewhere.
On the perimeter. The former Maple Leafs coach, 58, won with the Capitals and Sharks and guided Team USA, with Ryan Callahan, to a silver medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The Dallas Stars, who have missed the playoffs the past five seasons, have given 53-year-old Lindy Ruff a four-year contract. Before being fired by Buffalo in February, Ruff had been the Sabres coach for 15 seasons and was the NHL's longest active-serving coach with one team. (Nov. 01, 2011)