Bob Hartley had a second interview with the Calgary Flames regarding the team’s head coaching position, according to a report.
Hartley and Flames GM Jay Feaster worked together on the Calder Cup-champion Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League in 1997.
The news comes after it was reported Tuesday that Hartley is the favourite to be the next Montreal Canadiens head coach.
Fred Poulin of The Hockey Writers and Habs Addict, Hartley is the Canadiens’ top choice for the job and he is expected to bring Memorial Cup champion Shawinigan Cataractes coach Eric Veilleux as an assistant.
Hartley was a special advisor to Veilleux and the Cataractes during the Memorial Cup and was said to be seen talking to members of the Canadiens organization throughout the tournament.
The veteran coach was most recently behind the bench with the ZSC Lions in Zurich. Hartley coached the Colorado Avalanche to a Stanley Cup victory in 2001.
Update: According to Montreal’s La Presse the Canadiens have yet to speak with Hartley about their vacant coaching position, despite various reports.
The team has yet to obtain permission from the Lions. “Here in Switzerland we are well aware of rumors concerning the return of Bob Hartley to the NHL,” Lions president Peter Zahner said. “But these are just rumours, because nobody from the NHL has asked for permission to engage in discussions with our coach. No team has done that yet.”
Hartley, along with Michel Therrien, Marc Crawford and Guy Carbonneau are among the candidates for the coaching job.