Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving said he will have a new coach in place by the 2016 NHL Draft, which takes place June 24-25.
The Flames and Anaheim Ducks are the two NHL teams without a coach
"We're down to the short strokes here," Treliving told Sportsnet 960 on Monday. "That's coming to a conclusion rather quickly. We hope to have that buttoned down fairly soon."
The Flames fired coach Bob Hartley on May 3 after four seasons. Hartley was 134-135-25 and guided Calgary to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.
Treliving also addressed the Flames goaltending Monday, saying he would like to improve the organization's depth. He announced the signing of Czech goalie David Rittich and said he would like to re-sign goalie Joni Ortio, who can become a restricted free agent July 1. Ortio was 7-9-5 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 22 games this season.
"[Rittich's] signing doesn't impact Ortio, per se. He's very much part of discussion going forward," Treliving said. "A lot of it depends on where we go with the goaltending. I think we saw some flashes from Joni that he can play at this level. Now, are we ready to trot him out 65 or 70 games per year, no. But with the right partner, Joni could play a role here."
Center Joe Colborne is also among the pending restricted free agents for Calgary this summer. Colborne had 44 points in 73 games in 2015-16, but with forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan also among Calgary's potential RFAs, Treliving is hoping to make all their contracts fit with the Flames' budget.
"Joe is an excellent young man. I think he grew as a player last year," Treliving said. "In a cap system, it's got to make sense for the players; it's got to make sense for the team. I like Joe a lot, but the puzzle has to all fit, and the pieces have to all fit. Every nickel is part of a bigger puzzle."