NHL notes: Wild about Mac-T?
|Craig MacTavish will reportedly become the next head coach of the Minnesota Wild. (DAVID BLOOM/QMI Agency file photo)
Looks like Craig MacTavish will be giving up his TSN gig to return to a coaching job in the NHL.
The Minnesota Wild are set to hire MacTavish as its next head coach, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. MacTavish, who was interviewed twice by general manager Chuck Fletcher, would replace Todd Richards, who was fired at the end of the regular season.
MacTavish was coach of the Edmonton Oilers for eight years before getting the axe after the 2008-09 season. He took the Oilers to the Stanley Cup final in 2006.
Stars find coach
The Dallas Stars have settled on Glen Gulutzan as their next head coach, according to ESPNDallas.com.
The Stars will promote Gulutzan from the Texas Stars of the AHL, the team he coached for the last two seasons, to replace the fired Marc Crawford.
Gulutzan, 39, guided Texas to the Calder Cup final in 2009-10.
The Manitoba native was one of four candidates for the job, according to the report. Also in the running were Montreal assistant coach Kirk Muller, Nashville Predators assistant Peter Horacheck and ex-Stars coach Ken Hitchcock.
Porter singing Blues
The St. Louis Blues signed forward Chris Porter to a one-year contract extension Monday.
Porter, a ninth-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in 203, would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Instead, he agreed to a two-way deal with the Blues.
In 45 games this season, Porter had three goals and four assists. He also had nine goals and 11 assists in 36 games with Peoria of the AHL.
Pens ink Craig
Forward Ryan Craig signed a one-year contract to stay with the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday.
The two-way deal is worth $525,000 at the NHL level.
Craig split the 2010-11 season between the Penguins and their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He had no points in six games with the Pens and added 19 goals and 29 assists in 71 games with WBS.
Vernace re-ups with Bolts
The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenceman Mike Vernace to a one-year, two-way contract Monday.
Vernace, a 25-year-old from Toronto, had one assist in 10 games with the Lightning this season and added seven goals and 21 assists in 68 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.
Vernace, a seventh-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks in 2004, has played just 22 NHL games in his career.
Miele best in U.S.
Phoenix Coyotes prospect Andy Miele has been named USA Hockey's college player of the year.
Miele, the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, led the Miami University RedHawks to the CCHA title. He had 15 goals and 40 assists in 28 league games.
The 22-year-old from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., signed with the Coyotes in early April but didn't play before the end of the season.