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The Daily: Three down, Five to Go in NHL Coaching Searches



John Tortorella, Philadelphia Flyers coach
John Tortorella is the new coach of the Philadelphia Flyers

John Tortorella agreed to a four-year contract with the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday as the NHL coaching carousel picks up speed.

Bruce Cassidy is in Vegas. Lane Lambert owns the New York Islanders job. Tortorella is now with Philadelphia, The NHL is down to five teams (Detroit Red Wings, Dallas Stars, Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks) looking for a new person behind the bench.

The Blackhawks’ situation is different because the organization has stated  interim coach Derek King is still a candidate for the job.

Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins set up interviews with five candidates. Bruins assistant coach Joe Sacco is on that list, plus Seattle Kraken assistant Jay Leach, former New York Rangers coach David Quinn, former Stars coach JIm Montgomery and former Providence Bruins assistant coach Spencer Carbery.

Former NHL player Marc Savard, now the Windsor Spitfires coach, reportedly is interviewing with teams.

It is presumed some NHL team, such as the Detroit Red Wings  might want to wait to talk to Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coaches after the Stanley Cup Final is over. Nate Brown looked at the coaching cast of character earlier this week for Detroit Hockey Now.

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Montreal: Canadiens add Evgenii Dadonov by moving Shea Weber’s contract to the Vegas Golden Knights.

New York: New York Islanders prospect William Dufour chosen as MVP of the QMJHL. The 20-year-old Dufour produced 56 goals plus 60 assists for 116 points in 66 regular-season games

Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now looks at what it would cost to replace Evgeni Malkin if he left through free agency.