Buzz: Ulf Samuelsson could be a head coach next season (Updates)

Ulf Samuelsson, Alain Vigneault 6/18/14:

5:15PM: Darren Dreger said on TSN Drive, “he is a good guy and not that it should be enough for an NHL job but he is smart hockey man and respected as a player and has stayed in the game. From a resume perspective he pales in comparison to others. We believe that Francis is close with Samuelsson but you do have the flavor of the month which applies on an annual basis. That applied to Dallas Eakins. Managers go with who they believe in and want to find the next great coach and usually that comes at a cheaper price tag than a Dan Blysma.”

2:51PM Ulf Samuelsson is one of ten people who have interviewed for the Penguins head coaching job. (Darren Dreger)

6/17/14 8:31PM: Pittsburgh has also asked permission to speak with Samuelsson. (John Shannon)

5:21PM: Darren Dreger said on TSN Drive, “He is getting a good look and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Penguins wanted in but the Hurricanes have sought and have been likely granted permission. The belief in the Stanley Cup Final was that Ulf was the guy for Ron Francis and the Hurricanes.”

Dreger says that Francis is in no rush to make a decision and is also considering Todd Nelson, the coach of Oklahoma City in the AHL.

3:29PM: Samuelsson is also a candidate for the Penguins job. (Rob Rossi)

1:17PM: The Hurricanes have asked permission to speak with Samuelsson. (Darren Dreger)

6/17/14: 8:33AM: Darren Dreger said on TSN 1050 that he believes Samuelsson will get the Carolina job.

Alain Vigneault said yesterday that there was no list of assistant coaches who could replace Samuelsson.


6/14/14: 11:35AM:  The Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks and Pittsburgh Penguins are still looking for head coaches and Ulf Samuelsson has been mentioned as a possible candidate for some of the jobs.

Samuelsson has been linked to Carolina because his close friend and former teammate Ron Francis is now the GM.

Pierre LeBrun reported that Francis wanted to speak with Samuelsson after the Rangers season ended. (ESPN)

Elliotte Friedman wrote last week that Samuelsson is on the Hurricanes list but he wonders if because of his history with Pittsburgh, the Penguins will look at him. (CBC)

Craig Custance listed Samuelsson as a candidate for the Penguins job because of his friendship with Mario Lemieux as well as his experience as an assistant with the Coyotes and Rangers and being a head coach in Sweden. (ESPN Insider)

Don Maloney, the GM in Phoenix when Samuelsson was an assistant, said that Ulf is ready to be a head coach.  (ESPN Insider)

Sam Rosen said on MSG this morning that he feels Samuelsson will get the job in Carolina.