Earlier this week it was reported that the Minnesota Wild had made a big push to acquire head coach Bruce Boudreau, for the Wild's vacant head coaching position, but now it seems that option is off the table.
Wild insider Mike Russo of the Star Tribune believes that there are three candidates at this time, not including current head coach John Torchetti, who is reportedly out of the running due to friction with player Ryan Sutter according to reporters earlier this week.
Two candidates out there that I hear Fletcher has talked with by phone are Crawford and Boucher.
I'd assume Fletcher has called Calgary for permission to talk with Bob Hartley, as well. Hartley coached Colorado to a Cup in 2001 and is 28th in NHL history with 463 wins.
While these names may not have the same cache as Boudreau does, and therefore come as a dissappointment to fans of the Wild, Bob Hartley was coming off Jack Adams award winning season just one year ago, and poor goaltending arguably had more to do with his team's failure this year than his coaching.