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by George Malik on 11/18/06 at 09:41 PM ET
Doug MacLean has presented Blue Jackets owners his list of coaching candidates to replace Gerard Gallant, who was fired Monday. The list includes five names, said MacLean, the team’s president and general manager. Ken Hitchcock, fired in October by the Philadelphia Flyers, is known to be on the list, as is Gary Agnew, currently the Blue Jackets’ interim coach. Other names believed to be included are former Los Angeles Kings coach Andy Murray, former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn and former Blue Jackets player Kevin Dineen, now coaching the Anaheim Mighty Ducks’ top minor-league affiliate in Portland, Maine.Update from TSN:
"I hope it's done within a week," MacLean told the Columbus Dispatch. The interview process likely will begin this weekend and carry over into the early part of next week. "We'll start with three interviews," MacLean added. "Then we'll take a step back, evaluate how the interviews went and decide if we want to go any further, if we want to talk with the other two. "Really, there are three guys in the top group, and that's because of their experience. The other two guys don't have the same experience, but they're great candidates."
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