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May 18, 2016 | 1:42pm ET
Who will lead the flock?

BY HANNAH SPRAKER | TheFourthPeriod.com

ANAHEIM, CA -- It has been weeks since Bruce Boudreau was let go as Head Coach of the Anaheim Ducks, and there is still no word of who will be his replacement.

Multiple names have been thrown into the hat; some within the organization, some with no NHL experience. As time goes on and available coaches are accepting new deals, Anaheim fans are beginning to sweat.

The Ducks have won four consecutive division titles with Boudreau, but never a Stanley Cup. Anaheim needs a playoff coach. While regular-season wins are certainly what gets you on the highway to the Cup, Game 7 exits can no longer be the norm.

So the big question is: Who can break the Game 7 curse, and make the Anaheim Ducks a Stanley Cup team?

Front runners

Travis Green

A former Anaheim Duck himself, Green's NHL career thus far has been as a player, never a coach -- not even an assistant coach at this level, which is the red flag that does not have everyone convinced he is the right guy for the job.

Green has a rather successful career as a coach in the minors, though. Currently in the AHL with the Utica Comets, Green has one WHL championship under his belt and led the Comets to the Calder Cup Finals last year.

Although his resume lacks NHL experience, does that make him any less of a candidate? It could be seen as a risk, but every NHL coach had to be given a shot at some point.

Look at Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He had never coached in the NHL and came in after Guy Boucher was fired in 2013. He has led the Lightning to the playoffs every year since coming in, including making it to the Stanley Cup Final last year, and he was nominated for the Jack Adams Award in 2014.

Paul MacLean

Another familiar face... and mustache, MacLean has been an Assistant Coach in Anaheim this past season and from 2002-2004. Another experienced NHL coach, MacLean coached the Ottawa Senators from 2011-2015. During his time in Ottawa he was named the Jack Adams Award winner for the 2012-13 season.

The Ducks poweprlay was No.1 in the NHL this season under MacLean's watch at 23.1%. MacLean is a great even strength coach and directs five-on-five hockey extremely well given his track record.

With a Jack Adams Award winner already on the bench in Anaheim, one can't help but think that he was brought in last season as a backup if Boudreau came up short.

Trent Yawney

One from within the organization, Yawney has been an Assistant coach for the Ducks for two seasons now. Under his watch, Anaheim had the top penalty kill in the Lague this season, which was a huge factor in their astounding season turnaround.

Yawney is an experienced coach not only in the AHL, where he coached the Norfolk Admirals, but in the NHL, as well. He was an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks, as well as Head Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Yawney is a defensive-minded coach, opposite of Boudreau, and has the respect of the locker room in Anaheim and respect of the organization.

Luke Richardson

Another coach who has yet held the head spot in the NHL, but Richardson does have potential to be a good fit for Anaheim. Head coach of the Binghamton Senators since 2012, Richardson is ready to move onto the NHL. He has been waiting for Ottawa to give him a chance, and with no progress, he decided to leave the organization.

Recently, the Ducks were granted permission to speak to Richardson by Ottawa. In his time as an NHL Assistant Coach and AHL Head Coach, he has winning records and made the playoffs multiple times.

Richardson was an Assistant coach under MacLean in Ottawa, and if Anaheim were to bring him on board, one of two scenarios would play out. Either he would be offered the Head Coach position, or the more likely, MacLean would be given the Head Coach position and Richardson would be brought on as an Assistant.

Dallas Eakins

Anaheim's AHL affiliate coach for the San Diego Gulls could be in the running for the Head Coach position. The former Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers has seen more success in the AHL than in the NHL, leading the Gulls to the playoffs in their first season despite losing key players like John Gibson, Shea Theodore and Nick Ritchie as they got called up to the Ducks.

Although his time with the Oilers was unimpressive, his season with the Gulls is improving his reputation and coaching reliability. Perhaps not the strongest candidate in the running for the job, but nevertheless a consideration as he is in the organization.

Other Options

Mike Yeo

Former Head Coach of the Minnesota Wild, Yeo at first glance looks like a fit for Anaheim. With a Stanley Cup under his belt as Assistant Coach to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, Yeo has more than enough experience in both the AHL and NHL as a coach.

The only problem here is that he is everything that Anaheim does not want. He is more of a stand-back coach who puts an over reliance on veteran players, not something a team with fresh, young talent needs.

Randy Carlyle

A very familiar name in Anaheim, former Head Coach of the Ducks, yet most recently former head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carlyle has a very impressive NHL coaching history. He was Head Coach when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 and has a coaching style much different from Boudreau. Although that may not be a good thing.

While Boudreau's coaching style was more laid-back, Carlyle's is way more invasive and his time in Toronto was unimpressive. He is not a players coach and many players he has formerly coached have come out and criticized his coaching style. At first glance, that might look great, but let's not forget the Ducks fired Carlyle in 2012, and history has a tendency to repeat itself.

Bob Hartley

Another Stanley Cup coach and Jack Adams winner, Hartley was recently fired from the Calgary Flames after missing the playoffs. Hartley has a coaching style more similar to Carlyle; he is very aggressive and tough. He wants the best out of his players and is very demanding. While Anaheim could use a more rigorous coach, Hartley may not be the best fit. Furthermore, while he won the Jack Adams last year, his record as an NHL coach, while extensive, is rather unimpressive with the exception of winning the Stanley Cup in 2001 with the Colorado Avalanche.

Hannah Spraker is the Anaheim Correspondent for The Fourth Period. Follow her on Twitter.

 
 
 

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