Report: Eight coaches have interviewed for the Wolf Pack job

Dineen (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Gerry Cantlon of Howlings.net is reporting that 8 coaches have interviewed for the Wolf Pack vacancy. He also notes that of the group, 2 were offered the job and both declined for coaching jobs elsewhere.

Howlings Report

Through a variety of sources, eight candidates have been interviewed for the Wolf Pack job. One of the few names confirmed was Mike Vellucci, the Calder Cup-winning coach in Charlotte, and The Louis A. Pieri, AHL Coach of the Year. He took the job in Wilkes Barre/Scranton with the Penguins. The man he replaced there was another BU alumni, Clark Donatelli. Ex-Hartford Whaler, Kevin Dineen, took the job in the San Diego Gulls and the aforementioned Tanguay were interviewed, but nobody has taken the top job or an assistant coach to date. Also confirmed is that two of the eight were offered the top job, but turned it down.

Howlings

So it appears that Vellucci and Dineen were indeed offered the position but both took different offers in the AHL.

Looking for NHL Experience

This is interesting, because it shows that the Rangers are looking for someone with NHL experience for the job. Kevin Dineen and Alex Tanguay are well known former players. Mike Vellucci is also a former player with the Hartford Whalers (albeit 2 games) and coached the Charlotte Checkers in the AHL to a championship this past season.

The Rangers are likely to announce a coach for the Pack within the next 2 weeks.

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