No ‘first-termers’ need apply: Golden Knights looking for an experienced head coach

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Whoever the Vegas Golden Knights name as their first head coach in franchise history, hockey fans will probably know the name.

That was the only clue the team’s owner, Bill Foley, would provide Wednesday on the Prime Time Sports radio show, adding that general manager George McPhee has “a list of six or seven candidates” for the position.

“He’s not looking for a first-termer,” said Foley. “Some may or may not be available. … I would say the coach that we name is going to be a recognizable individual.”

Foley didn’t list any names, for obvious reasons. But just to throw a few out there: Bob Hartley, Kevin Dineen, and Ralph Krueger. And if the Boston Bruins miss the playoffs for a third straight year, Claude Julien could certainly become available.

“The coaching situation will probably not resolve itself until after the regular season,” said Foley.

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