According to the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline, Portland Pirates head coach Kevin Dineen is expected to interview for the vacant Columbus Blue Jackets head coaching gig this week, perhaps as early as today. Scott Arniel, the head coach of the Manitoba Moose, was interviewed yesterday. Other candidates include Hamilton Bulldogs coach Guy Boucher, Red Wings assistant coach Paul Maclean, and Blue Jackets interim coach Claude Noel. The team went 10-8-6 after Noel took over for the fired Ken Hitchcock, who is rumored to be the front-runner for the New Jersey Devils coaching job.
Dineen has been the head coach of the Pirates since 2005.