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Not too hard to read between the lines: the Edmonton Oil Kings GM Bob Green really would like to hire Perry Pearn away from the NHL's Montreal Canadiens as the Western Hockey League's team head coach:

" 'I'm weighing the situations," said Pearn, who coaches the Canadiens defencemen.

"Pearn hasn't been mentioned for an NHL head coaching job for years because he's perceived as being a very good right-hand man.

"Has Green interviewed Pearn?

" 'I would rather not say,' Pearn said, laughing.

"We had a conversation and we'll see where it goes. I'll leave it at that," said Green." (Edmonton Journal)

CBC Sports' Elliotte Friedman tweeted that Pearn "pooh-pooed" the Edmonton rumour. The Canadiens organization losing up-and-coming coach Guy Boucher to the Tampa Bay Lightning might, ipso facto, might provide more reason for Pearn to stay in Montreal.

The Journal notes Derek Laxdal of the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads is the No. 2 choice.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Sports Canada. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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