The Edmonton Oilers are being patient as they search for a new head coach.
President of hockey operations Kevin Lowe expects it'll be at least a couple of weeks until someone is hired. "The American League playoffs are going on. There are couple of good young coaches there we might be interested in talking to," he said. "There are a number of other guys we're interested in. I think we'll get it done before the draft, but I'm not promising anything."
Lowe didn't have much to say about rumours that Brent Sutter is a top candidate. "I'm not going to comment on Brent. I didn't talk to him at worlds at all (about the Oilers job)," Lowe explained. "He had a tough enough job."
Meanwhile, Ralph Krueger, who was an associate coach under Tom Renney, is in the mix. "Ralph has impressed everybody around our organization. He's hugely famous in Europe," Lowe said. "We'd be foolish not to consider Ralph." (jrw)