VANCOUVER -- Former Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault appears to have some interesting opportunities as he pursues a new job. Given his experience and success with the Canucks, Vigneault should get some consideration for the vacant Dallas Stars job. Dallas has a strong core of young, emerging talent, but missed the playoffs the past two seasons under former first-time NHL coach Glen Gulutzan. Vigneault guided the Canucks to a berth in the 2010-11 Stanley Cup finals, two Presidents trophies and six Northwest Division titles. But he got the axe after the Canucks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year. In addition to the Dallas job, he could get consideration for vacancies that have yet to occur, pending the conclusion of the post-season. Most of the opportunities appear to be with teams that toiled in the Eastern Conference this season prior to next seasons realignment. Four or five Eastern teams that missed the playoffs -- including Winnipeg, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Carolina, and Florida -- will likely be evaluating their coaching situations extensively. John Tortorella of the New York Rangers could also be on the hot seat because of the Rangers second-round struggles against Boston. Winnipeg could be a good fit for Vigneault, because he coached Vancouvers former top farm club for one season before moving up to the Canucks and knows the teams owners and management. Most teams who toiled in the Western Conference this season appear to be set. But with Phoenix coach Dave Tippetts contract due to expire, an opportunity could emerge with the Coyotes. Accordingly, Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has no shortage of possible candidates as he looks to find Vancouvers next coach. Gillis, who has come under heavy criticism since firing Vigneault on Wednesday, must decide whether he wants someone with experience or a fresh young face. Potential candidates mentioned publicly range from former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff to ex-Calgary and New Jersey coach Brent Sutter to former Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher. Scott Arniel, the coach of Vancouvers AHL farm club in Chicago in 2012-13, appears likely to get an interview based on his lengthy ties to the Canucks. He is in his second stint as the head coach of their top affiliate. He spent four seasons as head coach of the Manitoba Moose and served for two others as an assistant. But he had limited success in his lone NHL head-coaching assignment, lasting only a season and a half with the Columbus Blue Jackets between 2010-12. Less experienced possible candidates include AHL coaches Dallas Eakins of the Toronto Marlies coach and Willie Desjardins of the Texas Stars. Meanwhile, Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, who was not traded as expected, expressed irony on Twitter on Thursday in that Vigneault left the club before him. "Since our 1st year when we arrived together, AV would always tell me that hed be gone before I would. I guess he was right. Very ironic....," Luongo tweeted. T. J. Oshie USA Jersey. Another stirring performance of the national anthem by a packed arena. Brian Rafalski Team USA Jersey. Durant injured a hamstring in Sundays loss to Green Bay, and the Cowboys played most of the game without their top four linebackers. Sean Lees return is in question for the final two games because of a neck injury. They hope to persuade the other team owners and commissioner Roger Goodell to put pressure on Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to drop the nickname they find offensive. "Given the way the meeting transpired," Ray Halbritter, an Oneida representative and leader of the "Change the Mascot Campaign," said Wednesday, "it became somewhat evident they were defending the continued use of the name. Paul Martin Team USA Jersey. Union executive director Billy Hunter sent a memo Wednesday, obtained by The Associated Press, to players detailing these and other changes of a new labour deal and recommended they ratify the agreement. James van Riemsdyk Team USA Jersey.Va. -- Brendon de Jonge rode a wave of Hokie fever to a share of the second-round lead at the Greenbrier Classic. RALEIGH, N.C. -- Joe Corvos confidence is growing for the Carolina Hurricanes. Corvo opened the scoring and assisted on the go-ahead goal in Carolinas 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. The Hurricanes have won three straight and have gone 8-2-1 since starting the season 0-2. Corvo was a healthy scratch for three consecutive games earlier this month, but since then the defenceman has responded with five points in four games. "When you try to get involved, good things happen, you get chances," Corvo said. "Theres a big difference between playing safe and playing confident. Obviously, right now Im playing pretty confident." Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal, and Jeff Skinner had two assists for Carolina, which played at home for the first time since Feb. 1. Jordan Staal added a goal for the Hurricanes, and brother Eric Staal extended his point streak to an NHL-leading 11 games with an assist on Corvos goal, the first of three for the Hurricanes in the second period. Corvo kept the puck in the Toronto zone and then took advantage of several misplays by the Toronto defence. Eric Staal was knocked off the puck as he attempted to pass from behind the net, but the puck drifted into the slot for Corvo, who scored to Ben Scrivens right side at 6:06 of the second period. "Im not a big defenceman thats physical. I have to bring something to the team," Corvo said. "If I dont bring some sort of offensive edge, then Id be sitting on the bench, playing 12 to 14 minutes, and Im not effective doing that." After Torontos Nazem Kadri got his fourth goal of the season to tie the score at 7:51 of the second, Jokinen gathered in a loose puck in front of a spprawling Scrivens at 12:58 of the second period.dddddddddddd Corvo and Skinner set up the score with a rush on the power play, and Skinner also assisted on Jordan Staals goal at 15:09 of the second. Dan Ellis made 22 saves for the Hurricanes, who stopped Torontos four-game winning streak. Ellis, Cam Wards backup, has won three of his four starts this season. Scrivens made 30 saves for Toronto, which fell to 6-2 on the road. "Theyve got some good hockey players up front," Kadri said of the Hurricanes. "We figured wed get the puck in deep and kind of try and use their D-men as their weak point, but they did an excellent job today, and we just werent good enough." Carolinas Bobby Sanguinetti was whistled for a penalty 22 seconds after Corvos goal, and Toronto took advantage. Dion Phaneufs shot bounced off Carolinas Jamie McBain and then off the shin of Kadri for his fourth goal of the season. Carolina outshot Toronto 33-23, including 13-10 in the second period and 12-5 in the third. NOTES: The teams met for the second of three games in the lockout-shortened season. Carolina won the first meeting 4-1 in Toronto on Feb. 4, part of a 4-1-1 road trip. ... Defenceman Michal Jordan made his NHL debut for Carolina after getting called up from Charlotte of the AHL. ... The Hurricanes played without injured defencemen Joni Pitkanen and Tim Gleason, and forward Chad LaRose was a healthy scratch. ... Carolinas Skinner has a six-game point streak (two goals, seven assists). ... Torontos Scrivens has been playing after James Reimer went out with a knee injury in the second period of the Leafs win over Philadelphia on Monday. ... Kadri leads Toronto in points (12). ' ' '