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May 15, 2017 | 9:50pm ET
Panthers ready to pounce on a coach?
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As off-season decisions begin to bloom, interviews commence for head coaching positions amongst multiple teams across the NHL. Amongst those candidates: Todd Reirden, Bob, Boughner, Jim Montgomery and Michel Therrien.

TSN's Frank Seravalli reported this morning on Twitter that Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden is a candidate for not only the Florida Panthers, but the Buffalo Sabres, as well.

Boughner told the Windsor Star last week that he will be interviewing in Florida in the upcoming weeks. The San Jose Sharks’ Assistant Coach for the past two seasons is looking to find a head coach position with any franchise.

"These are great experiences to be in that circle of people they want to talk to," Boughner told the Windsor Star of trying to acquire one of only 30 NHL head coaching jobs. "It's an honour."

Boughner has led the OHL's Windsor Spitfires to back-to-back Memorial Cups in 2009 and 2010.

Another candidate up for consideration in Florida is Montgomery.

"I have spoken to Florida and I will meet with Florida over the next week to 10 days," he told the Denver Post in a recent phone conversation from Orlando, Fla., where he is vacationing with his family. "The date hasn't yet been confirmed."

Montgomery might not have the most experience of the candidates, but he has had great success in NCAA with the Denver Pioneers. He has also stated that if he leaves the NCAA for the NHL, some players might be moving up as well.

"If my situation was to change, I think they would think long and hard about changing too," Montgomery told the Post of his top-three scorers. "If I was to leave, I know one of those guys for sure is gone."

Will the Panthers choose someone with no NHL coaching experience? Or will they go with the veteran?

Therrien, the former coach of the Montreal Canadiens, is also up for the position, having gone through a second interview. The veteran coach has spent 12 years in the NHL as a coach, four with Pittsburgh and eight with Montreal, where he was dismissed earlier this season.

 
 
 

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