Is Thrasherville close to getting it’s new head coach? Well, according to Andy Strickland… who covers the St. Louis Blues over at Hockeybuzz.com… the answer is ‘yes”.
Strickland tweeted last night that the Thrashers and Torchetti are close to a deal that would bring the Blackhawks assistant coach to Atlanta to fill the head coaching here. He cited that a close friend of Torchetti told him that a “deal is all but signed”.
To be honest, I raised an eyebrow when I learned of this “twitter rumor” given that I haven’t heard or read anything about the two parties even meeting yet. It was only recently revealed that the Thrashers received official permission by the Blackhawks to talk to Torchetti about the job.
But if this is true, then the timing of any announcement could coincide with the NHL entry draft this weekend…something Don Waddell and the Thrashers wanted to do two summers ago when they announced John Anderson would be the new head coach in Atlanta.
UPDATE: Chris Vivlamore says that the Thrashers have indeed spoken with Torchetti.