Calgary Flames assistant coach Ryan Huska is the leading contender to be named head coach of the club, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Thursday.
Huska, 47, has been an assistant with the Flames the past five years.
Previously, he was head coach of the Flames’ AHL affiliate for four years as well as head coach of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, leading the latter team to the Memorial Cup final in 2009.
Friedman has previously reported that Calgary Wranglers AHL head coach Mitch Love, Flames assistant Kirk Muller, former Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green and former Florida Panthers coach Andrew Brunette were also candidates for new Flames GM Craig Conroy.
The Flames fired head coach Darryl Sutter after the team missed the playoffs this season.