Putting the pieces together
Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said he will hire a CEO in the next 30 to 60 days. The CEO will hire a general manager, who will in turn hire a coach. Some possible candidates:
Roy Mlakar: The former Senators president has good relationships with commissioner Gary Bettman and Jac Sperling, who is spearheading the search.
Jim Lites: The former Stars president just finished a gig with the NFL's Giants running their seat licensing campaign.
Ron Campbell: The former Lightning president has been a business consultant for the team.
Sean Henry: The former Lightning chief operating officer has helped run the team's recent marketing initiatives.
Bobby Clarke: The Flyers GM for 19 seasons in two stints, Clarke led the team to 16 playoff appearances and three Stanley Cup finals.
Jay Feaster: The former Lightning GM, who took the team to the 2004 Stanley Cup, would jump at the chance.
Claude Loiselle: The former Lightning assistant GM knows the organization, has extensive experience with contracts and was one of the authors of the collective bargaining agreement.
Jim Nill: The longtime assistant GM for the Red Wings is ready for a top job.
Dave Nonis: Assistant to Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke.
Doug Risebrough: The former Wild GM is a consultant/scout for the Rangers and has close ties to Sperling.
Steve Yzerman: He built Canada's gold-medal Olympic team and is vice president of operations for the Red Wings.
Craig MacTavish: Eight seasons with the Oilers; took them to the 2006 Stanley Cup final.
Andy Murray: In 10 seasons as coach of the Kings and Blues, Murray has 333 victories but just four playoff appearances.
Larry Robinson: He led the Devils to the 2000 Stanley Cup and the 2001 final. He is a special assignment coach for New Jersey.
Tom Renney: The former Rangers coach is an associate coach with the Oilers.
Mike Sullivan: The former Lightning associate coach followed John Tortorella to the Rangers. He coached the Bruins from 2003 to 2006.
John Stevens: The Hockey News 2008 coach of the year, he was fired this season, his fourth with the Flyers.