By Pierre LeBrun (The Athletic)

There are currently five NHL head coaching openings and interviews are well underway in all those situations so it’s a good time to look at what’s going on.

Plus, let’s cast an eye as well to the future in the coaching ranks.

NHL free-agent head coaches

Gerard Gallant: Canada’s world championship head coach has interviewed with the Rangers and Blue Jackets so far, sources confirm. I’m told he left a favourable impression on the Rangers’ brass. It’s believed he talked to Seattle in April 2020 but I don’t think the Kraken have circled back. Everywhere he goes, players go through a wall for him. Hard to think he won’t get hired this offseason.

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