The Las Vegas NHL expansion team could wait until next year before starting its search for a coach, general manager George McPhee told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
"We haven't even started [looking] and probably won't until the new year," McPhee said. "There are lots of coaching changes in a season, so we want to take a look at what might be there later in the year."
McPhee did present an idea of the type of coach he wants. He hired Bruce Cassidy, Glen Hanlon, Bruce Boudreau, Dale Hunter and Adam Oates while GM of the Washington Capitals (1997-2014).
"A coach has to obviously understand the X's and O's, but more importantly he has to be someone the players really respect, not only as a coach but as a person," McPhee said. "You want a guy that's a lot of things: smart, approachable, unflappable, confident, hard-working, organized, all of those things. Good with the community, good with the media. That's the sort of thing we'll be looking for."
McPhee said he wants to have his amateur scouting department in place first, and then pro scouting, with the goal to have that staff complete by September.
The Las Vegas team does not have a nickname, but adviser Murray Craven said last week it could be announced in September.