Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/26/16 at 12:49 PM ET
from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,
ESPN.com: How many resumes have you received so far?
GM: I'll bet that I've had 600-700 texts, 300-400 emails, 60-70 phone calls. It's been unreal. What's difficult is you let people know you'll get back to them when we get organized. If they haven't heard from you in a week, they start texting and emailing again.
ESPN.com: What is it you'll be looking for in a coach in Las Vegas?
GM: We haven't even started [looking] and probably won't until the new year. There are lots of coaching changes in a season, so we want to take a look at what might be there later in the year. A coach has to obviously understand the X's and O's, but more importantly he has to be someone the players really respect. Not only as a coach but as a person. You want a guy that's a lot of things: smart, approachable, unflappable, confident, hard-working, organized, all of those things. Good with the community, good with the media. That's the sort of thing we'll be looking for.
ESPN.com: Have other GMs contacted you about staying away from their players in the expansion draft?
GM: I called [Islanders GM] Garth Snow to say, "Thanks for everything, it was a great experience and you really helped me get the other GM job." He said, "Just remember that during the expansion draft." Then he said, "Now that you're back to being a manager, I can't wait to see you look old again."
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