THE coaching search for Winnipeg's new NHL team plods towards the end of its first week with another name joining the mix.
Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland has an interview scheduled for today with Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and assistant GM Craig Heisinger, the Free Press learned on Thursday.
Already in the mix for the coaching job are Manitoba Moose coach Claude Noel, former Edmonton Oilers coach and TSN hockey analyst Craig MacTavish and the man who held the job in 2010-11 with the Atlanta Thrashers, Craig Ramsay.
MacTavish's name has suddenly become more intriguing after the veteran NHL player and coach was passed over for the job in Minnesota. He is said to have interviewed twice there. Mike Yeo will be named the new Wild coach today.
Haviland, a 43-year-old New Jersey native, has spent the last three years with the Blackhawks after coaching the organization's AHL club for three years. Prior to that, Haviland was coach at the Blackhawks' AHL affiliates in Rockford and Norfolk. Before that he was in the ECHL at Trenton and Atlantic City.
If True North's list is any larger than four candidates, sources have told the Free Press that Montreal Canadiens assistant Kirk Muller is of interest, as is fired Florida Panthers coach Peter DeBoer.
Several sources have said both would be interviewed.
DeBoer told the Free Press this week he had no interview scheduled and didn't know if he'd get one, though he certainly was interested. He's still under contract to the Panthers for one more year.
Cheveldayoff has said he will put no timetable on the hire, even with the NHL entry draft scheduled for next Friday and Saturday.