Scratch Peter Laviolette off your Devils' coaching wish list.
It's been more than two weeks since Brent Sutter stepped down as head coach of the Devils and no one from the team has contacted Laviolette about the job.
"I haven't talked to anybody," he told me this morning. "Obviously, there's only 30 jobs in the world and they're the best there is, so opportunities that come about I'd be happy to look into them. But, no I haven't had any contact with them."
Laviolette is taking that as a pretty strong sign that he is not a candidate.
"That's what I'm thinking, yeah," said Laviolette, who just returned from a family vacation. "It's hard to answer questions on my end because they're the ones that probably have a plan of where they're going or what they're doing."
Laviolette, who coached Carolina to the 2006 Stanley Cup, but was fired by the Hurricanes in December, said he was "in the mix" for one head coaching opening this off-season. That job in Minnesota went to former San Jose assistant Todd Richards.
Laviolette not being a candidate might be another bit of evidence pointing toward former Devils coach Jacques Lemaire. Lemaire, who was with the Minnesota Wild for nine years before stepping down following the 2008-09 campaign, had said he would make a decison before the draft whether he wants to coach again next season.
By coincidence, Lemaire is in Monteal, where the draft is being held.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello planned to fly to Montreal Tuesday night to join his staff for final draft preparations. Perhaps a meeting with Lemaire is also on his Montreal agenda. (Just a guess by me).
Former Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau, Portland Pirates coach Kevin Dineen, former Dallas coach Dave Tippett, Chicago assistant Mike Haviland and former Islanders coach Ted Nolan remain on the list of potential candidates that no longer includes Laviolette.