Lamoriello is notorious for taking his time when searching for a new coach. He's had a lot of practice at it lately, and he's looking for the right person to lead the Devils -- hopefully for more than a season or two.
As the Stanley Cup Finals wind down, and we approach the start of the NHL's brief offseason, Lamoriello is narrowing his search down. The New York Post reports he is down to two candidates to take over for the retired Jacques Lemaire.
The paper's report says former NHL coaches Mike Keenan and Craig MacTavish -- both of whom worked in television during the 2009-2010 season -- are out of the running, and that AHL coach and former Devil John MacLean and former Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien are the finalists.
The Newark Star-Ledger reported Monday morning that Lamoriello hasn't offered the job to either reported finalist, or anyone else.
The NHL isn't as openly stringent as Major League Baseball when it comes to the timing of announcements, but Lamoriello is still expected to wait until the Stanley Cup Finals are over before he makes his choice public. This is especially true if he intends to speak to Haviland about the vacancy.
Lamoriello has preferred candidates with head coaching experience in the past. That's why it was so important for MacLean to work in the AHL after Brent Sutter left last summer. It gave him the head coaching experience he wasn't getting in the NHL, and it may have given him a leg up on this job.
Therrien coached Pittsburgh to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, but he was let go during the 2008-2009 season. His replacement, Dan Bylsma, led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup. Therrien has not coached in the NHL since.