On the head coach search front, I can report that Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley has asked for and received permission from Chicago to talk to Blackhawks assistant coach John Torchetti about the team’s head coaching position. No word yet on when there will be an interview but I’m working on it.
Torchetti is considered one of the top two candidates for the Thrashers job, which has been open for two months after John Anderson and his staff were not retained following the season. Dudley said he would wait to talk to a candidate until his season was over. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last week.
Boston Bruins assistant Craig Ramsay is considered the other front runner. The Thrashers also interviewed Scott Arniel, who subsequently took the head coach position with Columbus, and Chicago Wolves coach Don Lever. Bill Peters, of the Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate Rockford could also get an interview.
Not huge news on the search for a new coach, but I wanted you folks to know