The Star Tribune's Michael Russo put some names out this morning on his blog this morning for potential Minnesota Wild head coaching candidates.
Apparantly former Edmonton Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish is in the mix and featured prominantly in the post. I'm afraid I'm skeptical. MacTavish left the Oilers under the same circumstances under which Richards left the Wild, perception that the locker room was lost.
Furthermore the oil appeared only twice in the playoffs in MacTavish's 9 seasons.
There's a lot to like about the candidates that Russo also mentions. Ken Hitchcock, might be a good choice (though he had the same problem in Columbus, but he seems to have team Canada on the same page). But New Jersey is apparantly interested as well.
If Washington overreacts and fires Bruce Boudreau this should be a no brainer for Fletcher if he wants to come here. It's not like Tampa was a terrible team, both teams were at the top of the Southeast for most of the year. There are still things that need to be done in Washington, but I'd take him here in a heartbeat.
Aeros head coach Mike Yeo is an interesting choice, he's already a head coach (it had been 5 years since Todd Richards was) and is having a tremendous hear in Houston. But does he have the experience and ability to motivate that Richards lacked?
The pool of available coaches isn't as good as it was the first time Fletcher decided on a head coach. But the pressure is on, Fletch has to make the right call this time.