From Big D to Ricoh?
Seventeen seconds and thus endeth the season.
Now begins the business of hockey. In earnest.
The Maple Leafs have added a goalie, by Sunday will have a new blue-chip prospect from the draft (they hope) and by early next week will have a new minor league coach.
Don't know who the prospect will be (could Max Domi still be there at No. 21?)
But it wouldn't be a bad guess to think Glen Gulutzan may have the inside track on being the new coach of the AHL Marlies.
GM Dave Nonis hasn't officially interviewed the former Dallas Stars coach yet, and all Nonis has really said is that he wants a coach for the Marlies who is capable of becoming an NHL coach.
The 41-year-old Gulutzan was dismissed by the Stars after only two seasons and replaced by Lindy Ruff. Gulutzan was a candidate for a few other NHL jobs, but hasn't landed anything.
Along with NHL coaching experience, Gulutzan has coached in the ECHL and the AHL for two seasons with the Texas Stars. Given the previous experiences by Paul Maurice and Dallas Eakins, both who ended up coaching in the NHL after guiding the Marlies, taking over at Ricoh Coliseum might be a smart move for Gulutzan if he wants to be an NHL head coach again.
It's a good fit. Now we'll see if Nonis likes what he hears when he talks to Gulutzan, and if Gulutzan gets a better offer. Others in the mix might include Barrie head coach Dale Hawerchuk, Kitchener Rangers bench boss Steve Spott and Dominique Ducharme, head coach of the Memorial Cup champion Halifax Mooseheads.
Both Derek King and Gord Dineen, strong assistants under Eakins, may also be considered. It's not clear whether they may join Eakins in Edmonton, but they may also be available to a new Marlie coach.