By Michael Russo
As I’ve mentioned in recent weeks, I’ve heard lots of names but didn’t want to just throw them against the wall if I wasn’t confident they were true candidates.
One name emerged Tuesday that is clearly a serious candidate. On Saturday, sources tell me that owner Craig Leipold interviewed Ducks assistant GM David McNab. Here is the link to the story.
McNab is an interesting candidate. He’s another second generation hockey guy and is extremely respected. He’s been with Anaheim since Day One and is largely responsible for the Ducks’ always impressive collegiate crop, which has been an area where critics say the Wild must improve.
McNab’s signed Chris Kunitz, Andy McDonald, Dustin Penner, Ryan Shannon, Ryan Carter, Curtis Glencross and MacGregor Sharp out of college.
I also did confirm through sources today that last week, as I suspected because it made sense, Leipold & Gang interviewed Nashville executives Paul Fenton and Mike Santos in Milwaukee. Remember, the Admirals are the Predators’ AHL affiliate.
Pat Quinn has also interviewed, as has Pierre McGuire. Chuck Fletcher is next up today or Thursday, and Tom Lynn will likely be the last. There’s still a chance others emerge. I’m hearing a decision will be made in 10 days to two weeks, and remember, even when Leipold decides on a GM, a contract must be negotiated.
There also could be another round of interviews potentially. The Wild is doing none of the interviews at the arena, meaning there’s always a chance they bring some of the candidates back to tour the offices and arena.
Speaking of the Admirals, they lost to the Wild’s AHL affiliate, Houston, 3-1 in Game 3 Tuesday night. Game 4 is Thursday and the Aeros hold a 2-1 series’ advantage. Here’s the link to the story written by, whattyaknow, Ms. Conduct.
Lastly, here’s Chris Havens’ story on the status of “The Pond,” which would be in part the Wild’s practice facility across from the X.