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Done With This Guy

VinnyTSN in Canada is reporting that former Sharks coach Ron Wilson is indeed going to take the Maple Leafs gig, agreeing to a four-year deal to coach in the Centre of the Hockey Universe.

Don't know how much interest the Panthers had in Wilson -- or, more importantly, Wilson's interest in the Panthers -- but that is certainly moot now.

According to the TSN report, interim GM Cliff Fletcher said the two sides are close and had reached a verbal agreement, although "it is not on paper.''

JM told me, and other members of the South Florida media, that the Panthers' search was going to intensify this coming week.

Could be interesting, especially if something leaks out this week.

We shall see.

JM said he has narrowed his coaching candidates to four, and while he wouldn't confirm any of them -- other than saying he has spoken to Paul Maurice and has permission to speak with Perry Pearn -- I'm going to speculate who the four are.

Today's Frozen Poll asks who you would like to see coach the Panthers out of this bunch. Even though JM questioned where we all got Andre Savard as a candidate, I think where there's some smoke, there's fire and am putting him down as Candidate No. 5.

As always, comments are welcomed.

PS: On our last Frozen Poll, the question was whether the Panthers should hire the recently fired John Tortorella. A whopping 70 percent of you said yes. Was a little surprised with that one. But I don't see it happening for various -- and many obvious -- reasons.

Also, with Torts perhaps going to San Jose, that would leave Joel Quenneville available for the Panthers. So he's still in play.

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Of that group; I would rank them Cunneyworth, Pearn, Quinn, Maurice and Savard.

Word is that Atlanta is the landing place for Torts.

The Panthers need someone like Torts but as stated before he is not a JM guy and more importantly as far as the Panther organization goes he is not a Michael Yormark man.

I give Cunneyworth the slight edge over Pearn then a long way back is Quinn and Maurice.

Savard is the least candidate that this team needs, he is just another JM.

Savard said he is not interested in coaching and wants a front office job.

JM wants Savard as coach so it is his job to lose

Not one of those coaches on the pole is the right man. But being as I have not seen this team do much correct during the Martin tenure as coach or GM, I don't see them changing that now. Look for the biggest failure of the bunch, and that's who the Panthers will go with, as they have a penchant recently with rewarding failure; i.e giving Keenan the job of GM after failing as coach, and then again giving Martin the job of GM after failing as coach.

ugh...
i don't want paul maurice here......
I want either pearn or cunneyworth as coach

oh yeah GR i forgot to mention this....
The dominator is expected to announce his retirement today in about 4 minutes so.....

Cunneyworth is the most underrated coach in the AHL. When looking at Buffalo's amazing playoff success in 06 & 07 it was lost in the Drury/Briere mania that it was the young kids who stepped in for injuries and carried that team. Those kids were coached and mentored by Cunneyworth. No coach prepares his players better or is more respected by the players. They just love to play for him. He is exactly what the Panthers need.

Cunneyworth is the most underrated coach in the AHL. When looking at Buffalo's amazing playoff success in 06 & 07 it was lost in the Drury/Briere mania that it was the young kids who stepped in for injuries and carried that team. Those kids were coached and mentored by Cunneyworth. No coach prepares his players better or is more respected by the players. They just love to play for him. He is exactly what the Panthers need.

How come Quennville isn't on there?

Just wondering..

But yeah, I like Cunnyworth, though Pearn would be acceptable as well. Maurice, even though he's not my favorite, probably is an improvement to JM behind the bench.

Not a bad group of guys, if you ask me.

I know JM has hist list, but does Crawford get added to it?

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