Guy Carbonneau, Cory Clouston and Ken Hitchcock are among the potential coaching candidates contacted by Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday.
Nieuwendyk also has made exploratory phone calls to Mike Keenan, Stars associate coach Willie Desjardins, Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Kirk Muller, and Glen Gulutzan, the coach of the team's AHL affiliate in Texas, the report said.
Hitchcock coached the Stars to the Stanley Cup in 1999.
Marc Crawford was fired as Stars coach after two seasons.
Tom Hicks is trying to sell the team, with Tom Gaglardi of Vancouver considered the leading candidate to buy the Stars.
Barnaby case moved
Ex-NHLer Matthew Barnaby was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday but the case was transferred before the hearing.
Barnaby, who pleaded not guilty Saturday to five charges related to an alleged incident involving his former wife and her friend, had his case transferred from Amherst (N.Y.) Town Court to the State Supreme Integrated Domestic Violence Court, according to a Buffalo News report.
Barnaby, 38, faces charges of felony criminal mischief, criminal contempt, criminal trespass, harassment and aggravated harassment. Police allege Barnaby damaged the garage door of his wife's house and made threatening telephone calls to her friend.
No date was set for Barnaby's next appearance in court.
Crosby, Cannes and concussion
Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby is scheduled to return from vacation in Cannes to meet concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins later this month.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Crosby "has been on vacation for a couple of weeks," including a trip with some teammates to the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Crosby and teammates Jordan Staal and Paul Martin were spotted at the premiere screening for the film Trophy Wife at Cannes in the south of France this week.
Crosby didn't play after Jan. 5 because of post-concussion symptoms. He did take part in no-contact practices during the Penguins' first-round playoff series last month against Tampa Bay. He was advised at one point by Collins to stay off skates for about a week.
Boughner heads home
Bob Boughner has resigned as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets to concentrate on family and business commitments in Windsor, Ont.
Boughner, who is the president of the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires, joined the Blue Jackets in July 2010 after also serving as the Spitfires coach from 2006 to 2010.
"While I am disappointed that Bob is leaving our staff, I completely understand and support his decision to put his family first," Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel said.
Boughner led the Spitfires to Memorial Cup championships in 2009 and 2010.
Former NHLer Glen Hanlon is looking for work after being fired Wednesday as coach of the Slovakian national team.
Hanlon, given a four-year contract in March 2010, was let go after Slovakia turned in a dismal showing at the world hockey championship on home soil. The Slovaks beat only Slovenia and Denmark and failed to make the playoff round.
The 54-year-old from Brandon, Man., was the first non-Slovak to coach the team.
Sabres sign D-man
The Buffalo Sabres inked junior defenceman Brayden McNabb to a three-year entry-level contract Wednesday.
McNabb, the Sabres' third-round pick in 2009, had 21 goals and 51 assists in 59 games with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL this season. The 6-foot-5, 217-pounder added three goals and 24 assists in the playoffs as the Ice won the WHL title and advanced to the Memorial Cup.
"Brayden is a big kid with great offensive abilities, and he has continued to improve every year in Kootenay," Sabres GM Darcy Regier said. "His outstanding performance in the WHL playoffs was just another positive sign in his development, and we are thrilled to now have him under contract for the next three years."
Skinner wins award
Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner picked up the Sporting News rookie of the year award Wednesday.
Skinner, one of the finalists for the Calder Trophy, won the publication's award after receiving 62.3% of the votes from the 309 players who participated.
The 19-year-old from Markham, Ont., had 31 goals and 32 assists in his first NHL season. His point total was best among the league's rookies.