Ron Hextall interviewed Erie Otters coach Kris Knoblauch (36) for a potential Lehigh Valley Phantoms head coaching vacancy, according to Frank Seravalli.
Knoblauch turned a 19-40-9 Otters team in 2012-2013 into a powerhouse with Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, winning 52 and 50 games the last two seasons. Erie was swept in the 2014 Western Conference Finals by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and lost the 2015 OHL Finals in five games to the Oshawa Generals.
In 2011, Kris Knoblauch coached the Kootenay Ice to a WHL title and a Memorial Cup berth.
Terry Murray’s run as Phantoms coach seems to be up, as his contract expires at the end of June. Murray has a Flyers assistant coach offer on the table.
If Hakstol and Knoblauch are manning the benches in the Flyers organization next year, it would be the first time the NHL and AHL coaches were both outside perspectives.
Kris Knoblauch also interviewed with the Leafs, and either Buffalo or Detroit.
Tim Panaccio and Seravalli have speculated LV assistant coach Riley Cote is a candidate for the same job.