Malkin, Jackets' search, Johnsson update
CHICAGO -- We had some spare time and got on the horn to some contacts around the league. Here are a few notes of possible interest:
Blue Jackets searchKevin Dineen, Scott Arniel and Claude Noel are the three remaining candidates for the Columbus Blue Jackets' coaching job, although the process remains on hold because the Jackets are also intrigued by AHL coach of the year Guy Boucher, who remains busy with the AHL playoffs and thus hasn't been interviewed by any NHL team yet. Boucher's Bulldogs are tied at 2 in their series against Texas, so it might be a while.
The Montreal Canadiens won't stand in the way of Boucher getting a potential NHL job. Boucher is seen by many as a rising star in the industry. But is he ready? Dineen, a former player who has paid his dues in the coaching world, is the popular choice among fans and media in Columbus. Stay tuned.
Update on CoyotesIt's been quiet in the desert since the city of Glendale unanimously voted to give the NHL an "insurance policy" worth up to $25 million to cover losses for next season until a new owner for the NHL club is found.
The NHL and city of Glendale still need to iron out the exact terms of that insurance policy, and a source told us Friday those negotiations appear to have concluded. Now the process of finding and transitioning over to new ownership will continue.