It appears that one, maybe two of the remaining coaching vacancies are all but finished business.
Bob McKenzie of TSN reported Monday that the Ottawa Senators are expected to announce the hiring of Paul MacLean as their new head coach on Tuesday. McKenzie also reported the Dallas Stars seem to have found their man in Glen Gulutzan as the passed-over candidates have been informed it won't be them.
MacLean is currently an assistant coach under Mike Babcock in Detroit, where he played one of his 11 seasons in the NHL. MacLean also coached under Babcock in Anaheim. MacLean spent the majority of his 11 seasons as a player with the Winnipeg Jets, amassing a total of 324 goals in his career. In Ottawa he would take over a team that finished 32-40-10 last season under Cory Clouston.
Gulutzan never spent time in the NHL as a player or a coach. He spent six seasons coaching the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers before moving to the Texas Stars of the AHL for the last years as coach, reaching the Calder Cup in 2009-10. As a player, the native Manitoban spent time in the WHL, IHL, Finland and the now defunct WCHL. In Dallas he would replace Marc Crawford, who failed to get Dallas to the playoffs in his two seasons on the bench.
-- Brian Stubits