Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon said on a radio interview this week that he has targeted three potential coaching candidates and he's expected to personally witness one in action during the upcoming IIHF World Championship in Belarus.

After deciding not to rehire interim coach Peter Horachek on Tuesday, Tallon confirmed that former Islanders/Hurricanes/Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is on his interview list. Laviolette is coaching Team USA in the Worlds (May 9-25) and Tallon, who's on the U.S. national team's advisory board, will be watching closely.

However, Predators longtime GM David Poile is also on the advisory board of Team USA, and he too is in the market for a head coach, so he and Tallon may battle over Laviolette, who guided the Hurricanes to a Stanley Cup title in 2006 and the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals in 2010.

Tallon said on Sportsnet 590 in Toronto on Thursday that he hasn't talked to his three candidates yet, but reiterated that he wants him in place before the June 27 Entry Draft in which the Panthers own the overall top pick.