The first name has emerged as a potential candidate for the Sharks’ vacant head coaching position.
According to multiple reports, including Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman, the Sharks have permission to speak with former Ducks and Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.
The 59-year-old, who led Anaheim to a Stanley Cup in 2006-07, was fired by Toronto in January. In parts of 10 seasons, he has a 364-260-80 record as a head coach.
While Carlyle’s name is now linked with San Jose, he’s likely just one of several candidates that general manager Doug Wilson will speak with about the Sharks’ head coaching job. When Wilson hired Todd McLellan in 2008, he spoke with 21 different candidates about the job, he said on Monday.
Wilson has offered no timeframe on when he would like to have a new coach in place.
"We don't want to rush,” Wilson said earlier this week during a press conference, in which he announced that the Sharks and McLellan would be parting ways.
“There are people that would like to coach here. We've got a lot of good players. We're in a good position to go forward. There will be some coaches that will probably become available in the next little while, so I don't want to rush the decision from a shortened pool."
Whether Wilson prefers an established coach like Carlyle, or opts to go with a lesser-known candidate with no NHL experience like McLellan was seven years ago, is uncertain.
“We’ll look at all combinations,” Wilson said. “There are teams that are still playing. There’s college. There are junior coaches. We’re looking for the best person.”
The Maple Leafs were 21-16-3 and in the second wild card position in the Eastern Conference when Carlyle was fired on January 6. They went just 9-28-5 the rest of the way under interim coach Peter Horachek, who was also recently dismissed.